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Juggernaut Red Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Juggernaut Red AleJuggernaut Red Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 07-22-2009)
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Reviews by flagmantho:
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flagmantho

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: quite a medium-dark amber-brown, a bit darker than I'm used to in this style. Head is tan in color, creamy in nature and two-fingers in size. Head dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: lots of earthy hops with a little spice and a little bit of toasty malt edging through.

Taste: rather sweet with a lot of caramel and a little toastiness. Hops are not nearly as prevalent as they are on the nose. A pretty solid entry.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied with an average level of carb. Not bad.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable but a little to sweet to drink as a session beer. Perhaps a little more hops on the palate would cut this sweetness.

I'm typically not a fan of red ales, except, apparently, those made here in Seattle. Restraint on toastiness and a greater emphasis on hops really help these out for me.

10-18-2009 15:39:06 | More by flagmantho
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%

I have to say I liked this beer more than most of the others who reviewed it.Poured into a nonic a deep somewhat murky amber/brown with a large creamy-like slight off white head atop.A spike of hop resin and light caramel in the nose,nice full bodied almost creamy feel to it.Good balance of geranium-like hops mixed in with some tea and pine,intertwined with caramel and brown sugar notes,a slight roasted and earth presence in the finish.Wow this a pretty damn good amber,am I drinkin the same beer as the others?

10-06-2009 20:36:26 | More by oberon
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

Here is a late summer seasonal that is ignoring the usual trends.

Thin, sticky lacing; dark amber-brown color. Rich malty aroma with a faint edge of roastiness within the caramel and toasted bread, and some fruity herbal hop in there as well. Creamy and slick medium body drops some smoothness on the palate. Malt sweetness lends mild caramel and faint coffee tones with a whole lot of toasted bread as the base. Soft bitterness from the hops lets the malt shine a bit more; hops linger with a minty, fruity flavor. Are there enough hops here? Yes. The Simcoe and Cascade blend really works great here, but don't expect an onslaught of bitterness--just balance. Pleasant ending of malt sweetness and a hint of citric hop.

Heavy on balance, as both the hops and malt are not really battling for domination yet pair beautifully together. A great pick if you are bored of summery Blonde Ales or not in the mood yet for O-fests and Pumpkin brews.

11-12-2010 19:08:24 | More by BeerAdvocate
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mikechance

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

I'm not a big fan of the Pyramid beers. I find most of the beers undrinkable, but I like to give them a chance every so often.

This might be my favorite Pyramid beer. Snowcap is OK, but I like a million other holiday beers much better. Same thing with Thunderhead - not horrible but I like a million other IPAs better.

It has a nice color and aroma. The taste is solid while not over the top. Not the best Red Ale, but pretty good for Pyramid.

Note: I can only find it in a Fall Seasonal Pack with the horrible Haywire Wheat and Apricot Ale (also comes with Thunderhead which is ok). Or I have to buy a 12-pack to try it out. I'm glad I liked it or else I would have been stuck with a bunch of crap - or my guests would have been stuck with it :)

10-09-2010 16:02:41 | More by mikechance
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Jovo

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

08-01-2012 06:20:51 | More by Jovo
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NOLTERN

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

10-06-2013 02:50:25 | More by NOLTERN
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

A nice deep amber rudy mahogany body with light beige head forms thick dwindles quick with minimal speckled lacing. Aroma has a great hop nose, including a nice pine cone and mild citrus nose. Flavor is nice caramel and roasted malts entwined with mild west coast hop character. A nice rolling charred malt and hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is smooth not very slick with hop oils. Drinkability overall is very nice, a mild drinking beer that has hop character and malt balance better than the average fall brew for sure, I'm glad that rake from last season was broken because I don't wanna use it again.

10-02-2009 23:09:15 | More by WVbeergeek
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

01-23-2014 17:06:16 | More by LXIXME
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Sargully

Oregon

5/5  rDev +42.5%

11-16-2011 00:05:58 | More by Sargully
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

A: deep brick reds with darkly burnt cinnamon orange. The dingy cream on top bubbled up and slipped away before I could asses more detail. However, the lacing it left is worth mentioning. Thin lines have fused together with random small globs, blobs, and the like for a semi-impressive look

S: husky malts, spicy fruits, and delicate caramel sweetness. Upon my first few whiffs I was impressed. Some Marzen/Oktoberfest wafts in and about as well. I going out on a limb, I am already considering this Pyramids best brew just based on the nose. Lets hope the palate does not drift to far from the nose

T: well well, things are not bad at all. The most prominent flavors are the fruity citrus notes that have a nice snap/bite to it. After a few more sips, it is turning out to have a decent yield of citrusy fruit, with the addition of spiced floral tea notes. The maltiness is much like a darkly baked grainy bread glazed with some honey and caramel. Malts move at a leisurely pace and kiss each sip lightly. Overall it has a piquantly crisp, spicy, dry bread character

M: pretty nice feel. The body fits mild just about perfectly. A substantial amount of carbonation exists and it helps rouse the tongue and augments the clean and snappy finish. It's safe to say that it is not smooth. However it has that agreeable profile on the tongue and down the hatch

D: wow, I was taken aback by this brew. Sorry, I have this preconceived notion about Pyramid beers. I usually don't buy them, rarely ever. My last trip to the store I fought through my perspicacity and picked up two 22oz bottles and gave them a fair chance. The Juggernaut has opened my eyes as a solid run of the mill kinda brew. They should brew this year round

10-29-2009 04:32:12 | More by Magpie14
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BamfBacon

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-02-2013 00:05:40 | More by BamfBacon
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a lighter shade of amber with a frothy beige head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is mostly malty, with caramel and biscuit notes, along with some floral and herbal hops, fruity esters, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is similar with caramel and toasted bread upfront, along with some biscuit and fruity esters, herbal and floral hops, and a hint of caramel apple. Decent amber ale, not offensive in any way but not particularly interesting or flavorful.

12-21-2010 02:26:25 | More by silver0rlead
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.23/5  rDev -8%

Took a flyer on this in a mixed sixer..

Pours caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above aversge head retention & lacing

S: Metaliic hops, damp grain & some pears

T: Husky grainyness, slight caramel flavor, metallic hops & slight fruitty flavor (pears mostly) up front. More pear flavor, plus slight breadyness as this warms & more bitter grainyness, plus some applejuice sweetness. Finishes with too much grainy bitterness/ astrigency & more apple juice

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & alright balance

Drinks alright, like many others from this brewey. Used to enjoy this brewery. but they have turned their back on quality for what I can see over the last few years

09-18-2010 02:04:04 | More by russpowell
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Glibber

Idaho

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%

Nice copper color with a very small white head on the pour. Some minor lacing. Very mellow taste with some malt, biscuit, and wheat. The front end was smooth, and the back end was on the bitter side. My wife enjoyed this, and I thought it was decent and a great value ($1.88 for a bomber).

09-12-2011 03:26:08 | More by Glibber
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DOCRW

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-26-2014 05:36:31 | More by DOCRW
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HalfFull

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

From a 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. The Juggernaut pours a clear golden copper with a thin off white head. Somewhat light for the style overall. Retention is brief, lacing is present but short lived as well.

Nose is light of caramel malt, some earthy hops when agitated and a bit of a lager stillness otherwise. Quite light in all regards.

Taste follows as anticipated with a light caramel flavor, bit of hop bitterness on the close. Finish has a touch of citrus and offers a good level of carbonation for the structure.

Overall this beer is light on the malts for an Amber but does throw a bit of hops into the mix. Light and easy on the feel. Easy drinking though yet somewhat unexciting as well. A sessionable Amber that doesn't ask too much.

08-27-2009 06:38:04 | More by HalfFull
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Docer

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%

Finally trying a 12oz. bottle from a 6-pack... heard a lot of good things about this... and red's are a favorite style of mine.

- Nice big creamy white head... leaves a nice constant layer and lace all about. A clear dark copper and red brew.. fits the style nicely.

- Subtle sweet grains and caramel malt... roastiness... pine-like, fresh hops... lightly peppery.. zingy..

- Extremely well balanced.. smooth caramel, grain... oaty malt... zingy bitter pine hops, light citrus notes.. crisp.

- Light to medium bodied, very well carbonated.. slightly drying from the hop bitterness..

09-20-2010 23:30:41 | More by Docer
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Spikester

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +17.7%

Clear amber with a large white head. Good amount of lacings. Nice hoppy aroma. Taste is citrus resinous hops with a slightly sweet malt spine. The hops dominate the malt which is fine with me. Bitter finish gives way to the sweet malts. Good mouthfeel and very good drinkability. Nice red. Kicks most ambers to the curb. Good job Pyramid.

10-15-2009 05:57:29 | More by Spikester
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pBRale

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-10-2012 20:35:28 | More by pBRale
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.58/5  rDev -26.5%

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint, Enjoy by 111409 (cutting it close) 5.6% ABV.

A - Juggernaut pours with less than huge attributes. A low, highly effervescent off-white head with decent retention atop a clear, inactive amber-red body. A bit of lacing is left in collar form.

S - The aroma is very light, almost non-existent. A bit of earthy hops in there give it a mild grassy, mulch-pile nose with malts faintly behind. A bit off-putting.

T - Faint malt flavor is boldly overlapped by basic hop flavors. There is a slight pine citrus flavor but it's almost all dry bitterness with no backing to it. So bland and one-dimensional its staggering.

M - Lighter-bodied and sharply carbonated it has a very dry and bitter finish.

D - It's not god-awful, but I might pour it out for the sake of enjoying something with more of a flavor profile than "bitter". There's just nothing there.

11-13-2009 03:48:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Beardo

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-26-2014 07:12:19 | More by Beardo
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TexIndy

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic. "Enjoy by 110911" on the neck. It was a clear copper color with moderate carb streams. It had a large, foamy white head that settled into a constant small foam cap. Thick sheeting that mostly slides back with a little sticking.

The aroma is malty with caramel and roasted tones and light grassy hops. A little subdued. The taste follows the aroma with addition of some bittering from the hops. A good amount of metallic showed up which knocked the score down. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation but metallic aftertaste.

Overall, an average amber. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one was enough for me [N;N]

09-07-2011 22:23:48 | More by TexIndy
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vwbus7

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14%

07-14-2014 01:36:29 | More by vwbus7
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jeffjeff1

California

3.38/5  rDev -3.7%

This was pretty good.

Appearance- dark reddish color, thin head but retains well, slight lacing

Smell- malt, a bit of hops

Taste- malt, didn't stand out too much

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I would drink it again. not the best but still good enough to drink more of it

10-17-2009 19:45:23 | More by jeffjeff1
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%

Appearance: exceptionally red beer. Head is a bit lacking but color and clarity is awesome.

Aroma: somewhat lacking. No hop aroma which is to style. Slightly estery

Taste: bery nice. Slightly roasty with a nice british hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly overcarbed. Medium bodied.

Drinkability:
smooth drinker. I could have a few of these.

10-13-2009 23:32:35 | More by Squelch
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Juggernaut Red Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.