Review: Pyramid Brewing Blazing Bright and Outburst
If you see a bolder, more eye-catching pyramid on the stacks next time you’re in the beer aisle, don’t be alarmed: Seattle’s Pyramid Brewing has revamped the packaging in its entire lineup, with more iconography-driven graphics in lieu of its older, more traditional illustrations.
Neither of the beers we review here today are ultra-new releases, but they do reflect the state of Pyramid’s production as of 2020.
Pyramid Brewing Blazing Bright Juicy IPA – A 2019 release, this is a summery hazy that’s made with wheat and barley malts, then hopped with Nugget, Cascade, Calypso, and Azacca. It’s full of fruit — lots of mango, particularly — with a lemony character developing and, over time, becoming slightly peachy. Not overwhelming with alcohol but quite full and rounded in body, it finishes with a classic earthiness and a gentle pine note. Great balance. 6.5% abv. A / $NA per six-pack
Pyramid Brewing Outburst Imperial IPA – A dense, almost syrupy brew, the massive Outburst isn’t the most accessible of Pyramid’s beers, though a spray of Nugget, Chinook, Cascade, CTZ, Simcoe, and Centennial hops all attempt to push through the goo with a significant, bitter punch to its hefty belly. Resinous and powerful, the dry-hopped DIPA pours on the funk — and the sweetness, as the finish builds — but it never quite coalesces. Halfway through a full-on swim through a pint, I was ready for a change of pace. 8.5% abv. B / $8 per six-pack