Pyramid Broken Rake… COME ON DOWN!!! You’re the next contestant on the fall seasonal beer tour! As noted on the Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale post, I love the seasonal ales. We started the blog too late in the year to really have any fun with this genre last year, so we have to make up for it this year for sure. So far we have a few good contestants (in rating order):
So the big question should be… where does Broken Rake come in… drumroll…
Not so hot. Hwah, hwah, hwahhhhhh… 😦 Probably just after the Twilight Ale and just before the Harvest Moon.
At first sniff, you smell Pyramid Amber Ale. At second sniff, you smell… Pyramid Amber Ale. And so on and so forth. At first sip, you taste Pyramid Amber Ale. At second… ok… you get the point. While this may have been a competetive move just to capture a piece of the seasonal market, I don’t think Pyramid put much into it, to be honest. It smells, tastes, and finishes like Pyramid Amber Ale. I don’t catch the addition of the Cascade hops or the sweet finish. Just tastes middle of the road.
If you think I am full of it, you could ask my neighbors, as well… everyone concurred that while they were able to finish this beer, it wasn’t something they would likely buy again.
JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road