In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Pyramid Breweries IPL

Aroma: Rich, caramelly, toasty malt backed by assertive, spicy, piney, perfumy hops. Some bubblegum esters and notes of fruit gummies. Citrus, orange, and lemon.

Flavor: Rich malted milk body with chewy melanoidins. A little too sweet. Hops flavor is also aggressive, the strong but smooth bitterness crisp and balancing. Finish is fairly clean with some lasting bitterness. Malt backbone is just strong enough to balance. Nice lemon or orange rind citrus.

Overall: A big, bold beer. The body is a bit too full for this to be very refreshing, but it’s a flavor explosion—in a good way. Nice hops expression. A pint of this with smoky barbecue would be great—it would really stand up to the food. Good showcase for hops with lager cleanliness.