468. Pyramid Brewery Seattle Alehouse – Hop Tep II

Pyramid Brewery - Hop Tep IIIt’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.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Author: kkozlen

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