Review: Juggernaut, Pyramid Breweries

Juggernaut
Pyramid Breweries — Seattle, WA

Stats:
  • Style: Red / Amber Ale
  • Bitterness: 45 IBU
  • ABV: 5.6%
  • OG: 13.8
  • Malts: 2 Row, Carared, C-120, Carafa II, and Roasted Barley
  • Hops:  Simcoe, Cascade
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: “Juggernaut is an irresistible American red ale brimming with delectable caramel malts, delicious hops and an unquenchable spirit."  — Pyramid Breweries

Random thoughts:  This is the sixth of my fall seasonal reviews.  This is the first Pyramid beer I have sampled while writing my blog.  While researching Pyramid for this post, I learned that they are owned by North American Breweries, the same company that owns MacTarnahan's Brewing Co. (which itself was formally known as Portland Brewing Co.).  It appears that there is quite of bit of consolidation going on amongst larger craft brewers!  Anyway, Pyramid operates a Taproom in the industrial area of NW Portland.  I've been there before, and they have great food.  I need to make another visit.

The tasting:  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.

Rating:  3 star.  Good. I'd drink this again if someone gave it to me.  I liked Juggernaut, but it reminded me much more of an IPA than of a Red / Amber Ale.  Since it's labeled as a Red Ale, I expected less hops and more of a malt backbone.  In their description, Pyramid mentions caramel malts.  However, those malts are overshadowed by the hops—to the point where I couldn't taste them.  Also, I don't really get the seasonal aspect of this beer, other than the beautiful reddish color.





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