It’s my first day in Seattle on trip for work, and I stopped at Elysian Fields for lunch. There, I had their Blight Pumpkin Ale, and the Dark O’ the Moon. On my way there, I passed Pyramid Brewery Seattle Alehouse a couple blocks from Elysian. So, after I had lunch, took a few pictures of CenturyLink Field (where the Seattle Seahawks play) and Safeco Field (where the Seattle Mariners play), I stopped at this brewery before heading to my hotel to check in.
Location: On tap and served in a regular pint glass at the Pyramid Brewery Seattle Alehouse in Seattle, WA.
Numbers: 6.7% ABV, 67 IBUs, 16.7 OG, ~ 195 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden orange in color and slightly hazy. The head is thin, with soapy-looking bubbles, and despite the thin head, it left some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was hoppy and citrusy with some hints of oranges and grapefruit.
Taste & Feel: It ha a light-medium body and a crisp mouthfeel. There was a bready, slightly honey-like sweetness and pilsner malt flavor up front, with a citrusy hop bitterness coming in during the middle. The hop flavor was a bit bright, sharp and citrusy in the finish, and lasted for a bit in the aftertaste with the hop oils coating my mouth.
Food Pairing: This was a citrusy-hoppy beer with some bready and orange flavors as well. I think I’d pair this with a Hawaiian burger (I don’t know if they serve this here, as I didn’t check out the menu). The bun and burger match nicely with the bready flavors, and the pineapple would mix well with all the citrusy hoppiness this beer brings.
Overall Impression: This beer had the big citrusy hop aroma and flavor I was expecting on the west coast near Yakima Valley. The flavor was bright and crisp, and just a hair sharper than I enjoy. I also noticed a hint of orange zest in the aroma which I thought was a bit different. Overall, it was a good IPA with some nice malt flavors before the hoppiness took over.