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Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

594 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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 rowew:
Photo of rowew
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, typical new pyramid labeling. Abv and date are marked.

Appearance: clear red color, thick head with good retention.

Smell: nice balance of malt sweetness and a grapefruit hop aroma.

Taste: the sweetness dominates, but the hops do come through. Tastes closer to a barley wine than an iipa.

Overall impression: good beer, but it probably would fit better in the barley wine category. Still has some interesting flavors and is enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow/orangey color ale with a nice thick white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of citrus notes is quite nice with some residual sugar notes noticeable. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with fresh floral notes that are somewhat offset by too much residual sugar. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice IIPA but I would say that there is too much residual sugar for my own personal taste.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Fruity to start and fruity to finish- few other brewers embrace and celebrate the floral and fruity character of ale like Pyramid brewers. Their hop-forward beers blur the lines between hop dominance and luxurious fruit esters, an no beer portrays that better than Outburst IPA.

Its bright golden-orange pour casts the slimmest of hazes below a creamy white froth. Pink grapefruit and orange marmalade aromas weave in and out of a candied malt base of caramel and simple syrup before the ale really gets going.

Its middle blossoms with bold citrus and tropical hop tastes- notions of ripe grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, passionfruit and apricot abound, carrying with them the floral and herbal character of their leaf, stem and pith. Its sweeter-than-usual undertow is lightly jammy and sticky to balance the brunt of hops in a moderate chord.

And its that malty-sweet balance that reigns in the bite of hop bitterness, keeping the big IPA perhaps more even-keel than most. Its substantial warmth hides nicely tucked behind spicy hops and is soothed by lingering fruity sweetness.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep burnt orange tinged copper with a lacy 1/2 finger white head,aromas of sweet alcohol dipped fruit,caramel,and sticky,resiny hops.Pretty sweet on the palate with the big sugary sweetness bigger than than the herbal,citric hops in my mind.The hops play a late role but its a little boozy,and pretty sweet.Not a horrible beer but just not enough hop flavor and or dryness to the beer.

Photo of legalag11
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of migwell
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reading reviews on this site has convinced me that I'm a handicapped person. Reason: my sense of smell is actually very limited. I have never before really felt that this was a problem in my life, but of course, it has to do with more than just scent, since the subtleties of flavor are also dependent on a refined sniffer to differentiate the finer distinctions of taste. Thus my reviews, more dependent on drinkability than flavor.

This particular offering seems to me to be pretty much the usual DIPA, since my perceptions are somewhat limited, but what I don't like about it is the obvious alcohol content, undisguised by maltiness, hops or flavor. So many other DIPA's do a much better job at this... sometimes to my detriment (I'm thinking of you, Lagunitas Maximus!)

Photo of dmheinz57
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clean golden amber with a smallish creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, some melon and a little resiny piney hops.

The flavor is crystal malts with a little fruit and some resiny piney hops with decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid but not spectacular DIPA. Good value.

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, this was a fresh sample though.

Nice heady start, three fingers high of dense head followed by a spectacle of lacing. Clear golden amber color. Piny, minty and citric hop nose ... strength in that order and a burst of tropical fruit within. Smooth and slick with a full-ish body. Bitterness is aggressive but not abusive, hop flavor jumps from herbal / tobacco to pine resin to mint to citric. Nothing hot here, alcohol is noticeable for sure but it does not get in the way. Oh yeah, there is malt here too ... slab of bread, toasted a bit. Finishes with a big hop flavor and lingering bitterness as well as the alcohol warmth.

While other limited batches of DIPA's garner all of the hype this sleeper has awakened my palate. Highly recommended especially at the prices it will be selling at.

Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JupiterJesus
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz twist off bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

Pours out a hazy dark orange almost red color with a skim, somewhat retentive off white colored layer of head. Spotty lace only after a sip. Just a touch of alcohol legs are noticeable if you look hard enough.

Smells almost more malty than it does hoppy, similar to an American barleywine. Some old, maybe faded herbaly hops, woody pine. Becomes more leafy and a hint boozey as it warms.

Again, very malty, lots of chewy, sweet caramel malts are almost in balance with herbal, woody pine hops. A bit of dry grapefruit citrus bitterness in the finish. Quite a bit of alcohol warmth considering what this is.

Thick, sweet, and chewy. Resiny. It has an IPA bitterness, but the sweetness from the malt seems to throw that off a bit.

This might be a touch more hoppy if it was really fresh, but still probably not so in a way that it would become anymore enjoyable. Not my thing and not something ill come back to.

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zapx
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of joeworrall
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm tasting it head-to-head with three other IPA's: Boulder Beer MOJO, Anderson Valley Heelch O'Hops and Oskar Blues Deviant Dales. Of the four, this is probably my third favorite, but at $7 per six pack, it's also the cheapest.

It's fairly well balanced, with dominant pine hops, but doesn't have a really strong hops presence that I look for in IIPA's. At this price point, my go-to IIPA is still New Belgium Rampant IPA.

Photo of MattyG85
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cool little orange and amber pour, minimal head to it, but impressive lace. Big citrus hop aroma, no pine up in this one.

Taste, a solid double ipa, all about the hops, not too long of a boil so as to just boost ibus (a seemingly more prevalent practice/taste from upstart brewers). Floral, citrusy, orange and grapefruit. Despite not being around in the nose, the pine couples with an almost mild tobacco mouthfeel making this quite interesting.

You can't beat the price on these, and the availability. Hides the alcohol quite nicely.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has pungent notes of hop inspired madness appears in body a golden apricot orange hue of deep amber malt goodness. Full on off white head forms thick with a delicious layer of complexity coming in once again. Aroma has huge apricot citrus layers of hops to balance out malts from the past. Flavor has big pink fruits and other tropical notes hanging out with the initial hoppy flavor going on. In fact it's quite bad, between big malts and alcohol layers, a medium bodied carbonation flows thick. WIth the overall mouthfeel bringing in a thick flow of harsh carbonation. Not my favorite beer by any means but it is what it is.

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Samuel Smith nonic.
This "imperial: IPA is nicely crafted but lacks the punch of a typical American DIPA. A bit too much alcohol in the aroma; it dominates over the rather evenly alanced caramel malt and hops. Hops finally come to the fore in tasting and linger on afterwards. Exceptional head.

Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Adkins1203
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.