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Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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very good

487 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Outburst in a refreshingly bitter Imperial IPA. With 80 IBUs, and 8.5% ABV, our dry-hopped Imperial IPA delivers a bold taste with a massive hop flavor.

(Beer added by: djbreezy on 04-30-2010)
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Reviews by SamN:
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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pretty thick, glug-glug-glug. Amber colored liquid, not very deep or dynamic colors. Head is mediocre, a little limp, doesn't last. Smell is pretty good, surprisingly malty, caramel malts, some biscuity bread aromas. Hop profile is rather subdued for an imperial IPA. Some basic citrus fruits of apples and maybe oranges. Really, this is too malty for an IPA. Taste becomes a little more hops dominant but still keeps a healthy malt profile throughout. More caramel malts followed by some darker fruits like plums and oranges. Finishes not too bitter with a fading sweetness. Not bad at all. The higher strength doesn't come through too much, either. Mouthfeel is smooth and relaxed with a bigger character.

Overall; not a great IPA, but decent as a hoppier amber-type ale. Nothing I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:06:02 | More by SamN
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

04-16-2014 02:43:42 | More by KoG
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3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very deep gold to almost red in color. Fairly hazy in the body with a pretty big head. The head sticks around forever and laces very well.

S- Strong malt and booziness right up from before the hops kick in a little bit. This smells mostly like a barleywine that has been fairly well hopped.

T- Just like the scent, this starts off malty and semisweet before turning boozy, then hoppy. Booziness is rather strong for the ABV and evident in the taste. Hoppiness is only light to moderate in bitterness when it kicks in. Finishes with a lingering malty sweetness and alcohol bite.

M- Smooth, thick, and low in carbonation with the aforementioned alcohol presence.

Overall, this is is not fresh, but I can't imagine that it was a whole lot better when fresh. Tons of malt and little evidence that there was ever much more than moderate hopping.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 23:40:00 | More by boilermakerbrew
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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04-04-2014 05:24:00 | More by BreweryRun
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-02-2014 00:45:07 | More by dwtyler
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-31-2014 01:15:56 | More by Haybeerman
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3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack at the Fred Meyer on Overland and 5-mile. Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours crystal clear amber bronze with a dense 3-finger head that fell rapidly leaving heavy lacing.

S- It smells amazing. Pine resin hops dominate.

T- The taste is more of the pine bitterness with mild citrus. The middle has a bready malt flavor with more bitterness that lingers.

M- Light to medium body for the style; heavy carbonation probably contributes to this perception. It doesn't have the typical syrupy deal of many DIPAs.

O- Solid beer. Particularly at this price point and ubiquity in town. I will likely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:17:49 | More by Brisket
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-26-2014 14:01:29 | More by Metaltildeath
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-23-2014 21:37:01 | More by Bearman13
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-16-2014 23:06:42 | More by JaredGolia
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-15-2014 04:40:22 | More by cyrushire
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 12 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, my customary DIPA end to an evening. Arrived in a tulip glass, a beautiful reddish orange with an inch of beige head. Aroma was effervescent, fruity, and spicy, with grapefruit rind, pepper, starfruit, citrus iced tea, and toasted crust notes apparent. I spent a little time just sniffing this one, which probably looked a tad strange. I'm used to it. Palate was interesting and this one stands apart from other DIPAs I've tried in a number of regards. The malts and overall backbone were less sweet than in many other takes on this style, less toffee and more gummy candy and light toasted notes: Pleasantly bitter, even. The major initial flavor was unripe slightly tart fruit that left a nice tannic puckering effect on the mouth, with pears, watermelon, and green banana discernible. Things then moved in more herbal territory, medicinal tincture and mint followed by more fruity yet earthy notes that recall blackberries and blueberry tea. Moderate body and rather aggressive carbonation contribute to the overall light, fruity, and sour effect, slightly prickly on the mouth but not unpleasant. Finishes dryish and herbal, with some pine making an appearance, but also playfully tweaks you a bit with some Lifesavers candy during the goodbye. Dry hopped with two blends (Falconer's Flight and Zythos) which together account for numerous different varieties, probably explaining the wealth of green, unripe flavors. Tasty enough and a nice chance of pace from the citrus and tropical fruit bombs that I love but nevertheless also love to return to after a dalliance elsewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 02:50:14 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-13-2014 05:46:16 | More by oso
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

03-10-2014 03:30:46 | More by apf
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3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a beautiful golden amber color. The head is a one finger eggshell shade. The texture is moderately bubbly yet soft, and the retention is okay. Decent stripes of lacing are left behind. Honestly, this one looks incredible in a glass.

S: The hops start off rather piny, but quickly transform into a semi-aggressive rush of pineapple, peach, and apricot. There are some vague tropical hints, too. It also has a fairly prevalent malt backbone, though it thankfully lacks some of the more oppressive toffee notes some DIPAs can have. While it doesn't quite challenge the elite aromas of the top-shelf DIPAs, it certainly provides a respectable nose.

T: Honestly, I'm not quite sure what to make of the flavor profile. It opens up with a good rush of piny bitterness, while the middle and end is a combination of slight pineapple, sugary malts, some earth, orange marmalade, and a touch of mint. There's a decent amount of depth to be found, and also a little booziness as well. It certainly isn't hot, but it's still a bit more prevalent than I like. Otherwise, this is an okay DIPA.

M: Even among DIPAs, this is very prickly, astringent, and sharply carbonated. It's dry, but not soft. The feel improves once the carbonation slows down, but also becomes a little more full bodied and hard to drink. Having said that, drinkability is pretty solid.

O: Not bad, especially in the world of budget DIPAs. It seems oddly English-style, given its earthy, fruity, ever-so-slightly boozy flavor. This one is in the pile of "would drink again; wouldn't buy again" beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:25:18 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly recede into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Upfront hints of citrus hops with some grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and apricot. Earthy hints of grass and some pine resin. Solid bready malt backing with hints of sweet caramel, biscuit, grains, toffee, and yeast. A solid juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a juicy, earthy, and moderately sweet hop forward taste with good notes of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Upfront taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, lemon, and apricot. Earthy and floral notes with some grass and pine. Good malt presence with bready notes of caramel, biscuit, yeast, toffee, and grains. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, slightly sticky, and nicely smooth on the finish.

Overall: A solid take on a Double IPA. Nice citrus notes with a good sweet malt balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 08:44:39 | More by MattyG85
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-23-2014 21:47:03 | More by scootercrabb
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-22-2014 00:38:10 | More by Tricerahops
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-16-2014 16:15:35 | More by zapx
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pyramid Brewing 'Outburst Dry Hopped Imp IPA' @ 8.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.50

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to clear amber in the glass with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-pine upfront & citrus in the background

T-piney followed by grapefruit (not that smooth) the bitterness is a bit harsh on the finish

MF-ok carbonation , full bodied , dry bitterness lingers on the palate

Ov-ok beer , the ABV is kinda well hidden , worth a go if your into trying beers

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 03:22:49 | More by LampertLand
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-14-2014 20:21:09 | More by ArtZan
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3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting a bit bored with the super hoppy IPA trend lately, but this IPA is top notch! Pyramid never disappoints,do they? So to the stats... the beer pours a beautiful light copper color with the perfect amount of head and lace, perfect amount of carbonation as well. The aroma is hoppy and grassy, but in a sweet way where it is not overpowering. The taste is amazing as for a high ABV IPA, it is not overpoweringly grassy. The best part is how smooth this beer is and how it does not leave a lingering aftertaste like most other IPAs these days seem to do.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 04:54:07 | More by ronniebruner
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-02-2014 20:14:23 | More by stpaulsipper07
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

02-01-2014 22:58:11 | More by Adkins1203
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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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