Juggernaut Red Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Juggernaut Red AleJuggernaut Red Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 07-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - An average pour got me about 90 percent foam. Once the foam subsided it appeared to be a deep amber color. The frothy head is a beige color.

S - I get some caramel and crystal malt. I also get some floral hops.

T - The taste is exactly what I expected from the aroma. I get sweet malt balanced with floral hops.

M - Medium

O - It's a little sweet.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I knew it was way out of season when I bought it, but it was still a slid brew.

A - Poured out an amber color with a two-finger head of bubbly, khaki colored foam. It left some sudsy trails of lacing.

S - It smelled piney and floral with a biscuity malt aroma.

T - Bread crust, sweet caramel, toffee and some mild roastiness. It had a light bitterness with a hint of pine.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale that finished fairly dry.

O - This is a nice red ale. I haven't had much from Pyramid lately but this one was pretty good.

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Photo of corylew
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep deep red, almost maroon with a fluffy white head. Some thin, some big bubbles.

Smells like oily hops, CO2, esters and maybe a small amount of malt. Plenty of stuff to smell. Doesn't mean its my favorite beer smells, but there at least is plenty there which I can appreciate.

Taste is roasty and malty. Caramel is the main flavor I get from this. Some piney bitterness from the hops in the back of your throat.

Mouthfeel is about right. Smooth carbonation and slightly heavy feeling for the ABV it packs.

Overall, this is actually pretty damn good. Maybe I expected to dislike it, but I was surprised how much I'm enjoying this beer.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 3 fingers of thick cream-colored head over a transparent dark ruby/orange body; great lace

S - bready malt and citrus hops; weak

T - bready malt with light honey-like sweetness; citrusy hops appear in the middle for a nice balance; citrus thrives in the finish

M - medium body, medium/high carbonation, smooth and creamy

O - a middle-of-the-road red ale

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Surprising to get a gusher from a brewery such as Pyramid, but there you have it; loads of foam billow above the clear amber liquid; the flip side of a gusher is usually great retention and lacing and this beer is no exception

Smell: Toasted bread and citrusy hops; well-balanced but a bit understated

Taste: Well-balanced from the outset to the finish, with both toasty elements and a bit of citrus; minimal development, however

Mouthfeel: Medium body but effervescent

Overall: With a better mouthfeel, this would have been a surprisingly decent Amber (say what you want about the limitations of the style) but being over-carbonated relegates this beer to second class status

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Photo of Glibber
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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).

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Photo of TexIndy
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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]

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Photo of doughanson78
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark reddish brown in color. Big 2+ finger head that is very rocky, off white, great retention and decent lacing.

S: Mainly sweet caramel. A hint of floral hops. Some light buttery bready notes. Kinda light in the nose.

T: A nice caramel sweetness upfront. Then the hops come in. A weird earthy/floral mixture, that luckily isn't to powerful because it would totally ruin this beer. The malts come back just enough to mute the crappy hops.

M: Medium to light bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess.

O: Overall this is better than the last two I've had. This might be worth buying if cheap enough. But I believe it's around $6.99 a 6-pack so might as well get Deschutes or Sierra Nevada at that point.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl brown glass bottle served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired as part of Pyramid's fall seasonal pack.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of fair cream and thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a caramel copper.

Sm: Light caramelized malt alongside amber hops. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malt and dark amber hops. A bit musty. Simplistic, imbalanced, and badly built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but fairly thick. Hardly complementary of the flavours of the body.

Dr: Well priced, but tastes bad and is hard to drink as a result. I don't recommend it.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug

A Pours a dark ruby red color with a thick white head that has pretty decent retention.

S The nose is malt forward with a hint of caramel and some hop notes I can't quite identify.

T Some nice malt notes with caramel along with some floral hop notes and a bit of bitterness.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer. Nothing spectacular but it seems to make a pretty good beer for an afternoon of college football.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a ruby amber having a thin head leaving nil lace. Smell of sweet caramel malt, darker fruits and mild hops in the back. Taste has a faint sweetness hanging around the malt thats a little roasty leaving a the bitter of the hops after it goes down. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Nothing complex, just a good fall seasonal.

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Photo of obrike
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-er in Round Rock for just over 7 bucks. Like the look of this one...pours a dark amber, leaving a nice fluffy head...fades slowly...bits of lacing along the glass...nice.

Smells of subtle roasted malt, some grassy hops as well...but a bit too faint to mark this any higher.

Interesting taste...decent balance between malty sweetness and bitter hops, but nothing really stands out. I got a bit of cinammon(?) maybe. A very dry aftertaste of citrus on the backend kind of brings the flavor points down a bit.

This is a pretty easy drinking late summer/early fall beer for those looking to try something other than heifes

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pyramid, Seattle, WA

A decent but typical red/amber. Poured a clear amber with slight ruby highlights and a small frothy white head. Pretty good balance of malts and hops in the aroma, perhaps a bit weak for me to get a full impression. Similar in the taste: earthy, caramel malts, and a nice hop background for decent balance. Good, but overall nothing too distinctive. Light-medium mouthfeel and pretty easily drinkable.

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Photo of gpogo
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber brown body with a small off white head. Light lacing, moderate carbonation.

A- Sweet bready brown malt aroma.

T- Nice bitter bite up front. Followed by a malty sweetness. Leaving a bready/caramel malt flavor as an aftertaste.

M- Medium body, stick around in my mouth. Moderate carbonation.

D- Decent seasonal from Pyramid. I'd gladly enjoy this.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a great look to it but I was not a big fan of the taste. The body was a dark red amber and a little bit cloudy. The head was off white with spread out lace and both had average staying power. I liked the herbal fruity aroma. The flavor was just too hoppy for that style in my opinion. It would have been nice if it would have had some warning. I the taste was grapefruit like with some hints of bread dough and caramel. The body was a little slick and chewy at the same time.

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Photo of notsoprobeer
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is reddish orange with a clear white head. The beer is clear with no haze. Aroma is mostly hops, I don't smell anything else. I can taste some malts, but again it's mainly hops. I would have thought this is was an IPA. It has the bitterness of on IPA, but the IBU count is well below that of your typical IPA. Body is light to medium.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JNeider
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I agree with the last posting in that this did not appear as a red at all but rather a brown. Tawny head that only lasted for a bit and reduced to a film but laced fairly well. Attempted to smell like fall but just wasn't there yet, toasted aroma with a faint hop or two was subdued. Toasted rolled oats came out in taste with some neglected candy corn in there. Mouthfeel was solid although not to creamy or thin, it was just kind of there. It was fairly drinkable but I almost got bored with it after a while as I couldn't find anything new about it as I drank.

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Photo of climax
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would have thought this was a brown ale, if it didn't say RED ale on the label. It pours a grizzly bear brown with some hazy swirls and a couple fingers tan head. Lace was good, thick notches as I drank.

The nose was incredibly sweet, full of chocolate fudge and caramel. The flavors were good, no real hops to speak of though.

The flavor had the same thing in mind... mmm dessert. Chocolate fudge, cocoa , and caramel. Hops made a cameo in the taste actually, leaving a lingering dryness through the finish. 45 IBU's though? Hidden well.

The body was no slouch, but lent itself easy to drink. It was dry dry through the finish and a bit chalky.

Judging by all of this, this is more of a brown ale. But I liked it. So I rated it without style in mind. So deal with it. It was good. I'd have another. Ok.

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Photo of mikechance
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 :)

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Photo of argock
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Enjoy by 111010 in white on bottleneck label. Purchased as part of Pyramid Fall mixed 12-pack for $13.99.

A: Pleasing dark amber with creamy off-white 1-finger head with decent retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Husky caramel-toffee malts are cut with citrus, mineral hops -- overall the nose is on the light side

T: Flavor is not terrible but a bit messy with more harsh grainy flavors that I like in an amber and not enough toasty, bready flavors. Some apple and pear fruitiness is apparent with warming. Hops are much more spicy in the flavor and unfortunately ends with an mineral note that definitely doesn't belong in this style.

M: The body is a tad thin and there is astringency in the finish that leaves it overly bitter as there is not enough body or malt to hold up the raw bitterness.

D: Not a great beer by any means and I will be taking a pass in the future as far as this goes.

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Photo of bonapartist1
2.08/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Just dull, like every pyramid product I've yet tried. I'm a big red fan, and am happy to find beers like Bear Republic's Red Rocket at any bar I visit. This was just a massive let down. It's a "red" in the sense that the Nectar Amber is, just a dull dishwatery ale to appeal to macro consumers.


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Photo of Docer
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..

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Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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