It's been a few years since I visited the Seattle area, but when I was there I met some friends at Pyramid Brewing Company. As I recall it was a great beer drinking experience.
It wasn't until very recently that I've been able to buy Pyramid beer all the way here on the east coast. When I spotted it, I picked up a six pack of Pyramid Thunderhead IPA at my local beer store. Happily it's as good as I remember it being, if not better.
Thunderhead is a hearty 6.7% ABV. It pours a rich golden color with a fluffy quickly dissipating head that leaves behind lots of lacing with every sip. It has all the elements of an IPA that makes me love them so much . . . a sharp citrus bite, a bit of floral and hoppy bitterness. It's not super hoppy but the hops are definitely IT with this beer. But hops are not all there is to Thunderhead . . . the malt lends a light caramelly sweetness that adds balance and character to the beer. Overall this is a fairly mild IPA as compared to a lot of the other West Coast IPAs I've had that go for BIG, HUGE and sometimes ENORMOUS amounts of hoppiness.
This is right in the middle . . . somewhere between mellow and big . . . and I like it. I like it because when combined the relatively light mouthfeel it is an very drinkable beer that goes down easy.
The six pack didn't last very long, I can tell you that! I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!
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