Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pyramid Brewing H7 Unfiltered Imperial IPA

Beer Name: H7 Unfiltered Imperial IPA
Brewery: Pyramid Breweries (Seattle, WA)
ABV: 9.5%
How sold: 22 oz. bottles
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $8.99 for 22 oz bottle
IBU: 80
Date Opened/Drank: April 21, 2016

What's on the Bottle/Website: "We hopped this limited edition Unfiltered Imperial IPA every which way we could think of. From citrus to pine to tropical fruit and back again, we used 7 different varieties. We hopped it thrice in the boil, once in the whirlpool and twice in fermentation. It's a hop journey meant to showcase the dynamic range of flavors and aromas the mighty hop has bestowed upon us." Click here for more!

When brewed? Seasonal beer. Brewer's Reserve series. Generally released May through July.

Where distributed: Pyramid Brewing ships to only select states. Check to see if Pyramid beers are found in your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured cloudy orange-amber into a pint glass. Significant sediment suspends in the beer, almost looking like smoke billowing from a fire. Off-white head. 4/5

Smell (25%): Sweet tropical citrus, pine, floral, and very heavy malty aroma. Complex. 3.5/5

Taste (40%): Nice tropical fruit and pine/floral experience from start to finish, but also very noticeable alcohol and octane here. For me, it drinks more like a no-holds-barred Triple IPA. You'll probably need to enjoy a powerful beer here. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Full-bodied, with significant carbonation. Velvety coating of the tongue; really sticks everywhere in the mouth. 3.75/5

Overall (20%): An average Double IPA. While I found it real cool to see all that sediment suspended throughout the beer, it just felt too floral and a bit higher octane than anticipated. Pyramid does have some other year-round beers that I have tried (and enjoyed) in the past, so they do have some options that I would drink if given one at a function. 3.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.45/5

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