India Pale Lager | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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India Pale LagerIndia Pale Lager

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 70
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger white colored foamy head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew has nice notes of tropical fruits of tangerine and mango, along with a blend of hops of a grapefruit and floral nature. Along with these aromas comes a bit of a caramel and bready smell as well as just a hint of a more herbal aroma, which when combined with the rest, produces a very nice aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a tropical fruit flavor mixed with a bit of a doughy taste. The smooth and sweet flavor has a bit of a grapefruit hop at the start, which grows stronger as the taste moves forward. Along with the grapefruit getting stronger, other hop flavors of an herbal and pine nature come to the tongue. The herbal gets somewhat more potent then would be expected, but brings a nice dimension to the brew. Toward the end, the taste develops a more dank tasting hop profile, which is balanced by a little bit of caramel that also arrives on the science and leaves a quite pleasantly hopped moderately malty and smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is slightly thicker with a carbonation level that is slightly lower. The thicker body and lower carbonation really allow the more dank hop flavors to linger on the tongue and create a nice heavier feel then would normally be encountered in a lager.

Overall – This is one tasty brew at a fantastic price. I really liked the unique blend of hop that blended very nicely with the lager body. Very nice.

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Photo of mjurney
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber honey color, hazy. Lots of small bubbles streaming. Thick rocky head.

Citrus, piney, resiny, sweet malts.

Hop bitterness up front, citrus, piney, resiny, herbal. Sweet bready malts, caramel, biscuit. Finish is slight bitter, very crisp. Body is medium, crisp, clean, refreshing, a little oily, semi-dry.

It's a very good India Pale Lager.

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Photo of BCborn
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of samtrillo
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, nice to see something new from this brewery, up here north of 49.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly tan head, which leaves some stellar sticky webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells lightly of biscuity pale malt, saltine crackers, lemon wedges, dried orange rind, pine needles, and a mild earthy chalkiness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, a lessened white cracker edginess, more lemon and orange mixed fruitiness, wet chalk, damp pine trees, and a further plain earthy, weedy hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty low-key, beyond the capable handling of their support duties, the body a pleasant medium weight, and mostly smooth, these hops not in the mood to mess with a good thing. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity character still strong, but letting in a bit of the malty sweetness sheerly out of the goodness of its heart.

An enjoyable rendition of this burgeoning proto-style, the hoppiness not overbearing, but working well with the choice of peppy malts. Good on Pyramid for branching out a bit, and venturing down different roads - I'd like to see more of this sort of thing (IPLs, that is) - done well, of course!

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pour produces a relatively clear and a rust-tinged orange color with a sandstone head that sits at finger's width. Good retention results in a fair layer of surface suds and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Generous amounts of lacing is left along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Citrusy aroma with touches of grain, bread and a hint of spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrusy flavor that hits on orange and lesser notes of grapefruit and pine. Light black pepper spiciness comes through mid-taste. Generic malty sweetness hinting at white bread. A bit of earthiness in the finish to go with orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Not quite as light and crisp as one might expect from an IPL. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Not bad at all. It certainly surpassed my expectations. Only downside is the body which is more IPA-like than lager-like. Not a huge issue, but if I were looking for something more light and refreshing in the summer I'd likely grab something else.

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Photo of dertyd
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a clear amber colored body.
The aroma is honey and pine. Mild but nice.
The taste tends to the sweet side, with some mild pine and lemon bitterness in the middle. Longer malty finish.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
It's a nice lager with some extra citrus and pine flavors.

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Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Schwegler
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bombventure
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Beardo
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BlueSpader
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdog707yo
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Rivarol
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mediocre. Too hoppy for a refreshing lager, not hoppy enough for a satisfying IPA.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep and slightly hazy reddish-amber in color, sporting a vast, dense off-white head, with superb retention, and lacing like Hieratic script .

Aroma: Profound aroma of orange and grapefruit rind and pine hops, pale malt is also notable, but understated by comparison.

Taste: Opens with fairly powerful grapefruit and pine hops; the pale malt is evident, with a white bread and cracker profile. As the taste progresses, the hops utterly dominate. Late in the taste, no hint of the malt remains. Finishes with a moderate and quite lingering flavor of pine.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and full, with just a faint bit of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, drinkable example of the style. The lager's clean and smooth profile shines.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce short brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Reidrover
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from a local "mom and pop" convenience store. $2.79 Pours a clear lightish amber colour ( like darker honey) with a nice sized frothy and thick off white head. Ok spicy/floral hop aromas..bread like malts. Good spicy hoppy taste..sweet bready malts balance in the back. nice. Mouth feel is fine medium carbonation and medium thick..drinks real well. Overall really nice little amber lager here..not bad at all ( i find myself saying that often with Pyramid nowadays).

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Photo of zestd
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -14%

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