Seattle, WA - Basking in the mid-August sun, the Northwest is often host to varieties of temperate weather. Around the Puget Sound the average can be 75, while in Boise it’s closer to 80 and Portland, well its anywhere between 75 to 90 depending on how the wind blows thru the Columbia River. Unfortunately , whether you detest the heat or enjoy it, it will soon be gone.
Recognizing this and realizing that people need a reminder of what they might have forgotten, Pyramid has brought back something not seen since last year. Named Juggernaut, this Red Ale is a reminder that although the mercury says 70, Fall is only a few months away.
Brewed as a familiar American-style Red Ale (or Amber Ale), Juggernaut is an ale that wants to remind people that it’s not always about the hops. Originally started in the Northern Tip of California and the Pacific Northwest, this beer today can be found not just in the Northwest but throughout the country. With an attention to more malt than hops, one could almost call this beer the anti-Pale to say a Sierra Nevada or other familiar Pale Ale.
Knowing this we proceed to pop the top off this beer before letting it rest in our glass.
Juggernaut Red Ale, pours out of the bottle burnt red but maintains a strong clarity as the beer inch high, strong, foamy, head rests at the top of the glass. As the beer rests for a bit you pick up minor bits of lace as the beer begins to warm up in the evening sun.
Once swirled in the glass and rested under the nose you cannot help but recognize the smell of a warm breeze as pine and citrus notes gather under the nose. Additionally, the scent of toasted biscuit and sweet caramel is recalled.
Sipping on this beer slowly, the same familiar characteristics appears, as the strong malt breadiness, with medium roasted barley, with a slight medicinal phenol character in the middle, before the beer finishes strong with minor apricot, pine and citrus bitterness.
Overall this medium bodied ale, will hit the spot (at 5.60%) with some salmon, a savory steak, or a hearty plate of sharp cheeses.
Juggernaut is an American Red Ale brimming with delectable caramel malts, delicious hops, and an unquenchable spirit. Pouring a rich red hue, Juggernaut is balanced in body with subtle caramel flavors that shine through. Simcoe and Cascade hops compliment the malty character, creating an inviting aroma and finish. Juggernaut pairs incredibly well with a wide variety of food, including cheeses, red meat, poultry, and fish.
You Should Try. Red Ales are hard to come by and even harder to find one that isn't without its flaws. As this beer is classified for Fall, we see nothing wrong with enjoying this beer with some Salmon and melted Tillamook Smoked Cheddar drenched Broccoli.
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