A nice bounceback to the series after a rough start leaves the Detroit Tigers feeling slightly better about themselves heading up to the Pacific Northwest. When Josh Donaldson sent a homer into the night off Joe Nathan, many fans felt that there was a "Curse of Coco Crisp" related to playing the A's in the Coliseum, but Porcello and Co. came back yesterday and put the kibosh on about 53 scoring opportunities for Oakland. For now, the Tigers have a three-gamer up at Safeco with the pleasant news that Felix Hernandez will be skipped in the rotation. I'm sure they'll all say hi to Lloyd, though.
As I said last year, Seattle is one of the forerunners of the brewpub revolution nationally, churning out The Ram among other restaurants under the premise that you shouldn't have the same four beer choices every time you go out to eat. This feeling has been felt in the city of Seattle, where various crazy beer styles are being featured all over (just don't get too crazy and go try the Voodoo Maple Bacon Donut Ale by Rogue from Portland, trust me on this one, you'll thank me later). Pyramid Brewery is one of these place, most notably offering their great Apricot Ale. Today, this series will focus on their Outburst Imperial IPA.
Outburst is the quintessential bold, strong Imperial IPA, relying on a wonderful dry hopped flavor to impart the heavy floral and citrus characteristics of the hop onto a clean, crisp brew without overreaching on the bitterness. The copper body and biscuit-colored head greet the nose with a great piney-grapefruit aroma, and the fresh hoppiness is present from the first sip to the last glug. The caramel and red malts give the beer a nice, smooth feel in the mouth that works well to play up the better characteristics of the hops. At 8.5% ABV and 80 IBUs, this is definitely a beer to savor over the weekend with some red meat and great baseball played by the boys in the road grays.
Pyramid Brewery is located in Seattle, WA.