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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

627 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 51 | 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:
Beer added by: djbreezy on 04-30-2010

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.
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Ratings: 627 | Reviews: 215
Reviews by secondtooth:
Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque amber, with a nice head and a finger of thick lace. Not bad.

Nose is crisp and pungent citrus hops. Certainly no problem there. Actually, this one is quite appealing.

Taste is hops! Strong, sharp, sticky, and tangy hops, heavy on the citrus tones with some bitterness going on. I also get an almost syrupy malt finish. I give this one solid ratings, and a nice value for a decent imperial IPA.

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 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 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 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 dogfishandi
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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 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
4.1/5  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.

Photo of takusan1000
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's pretty hoppy! A frothy head on pouring quickly dissipates, leaving a white lace around the edges. Nice apricot color, almost amber. Smell is distinctly of hops--want to say Chinook or Columbus since is it pretty piney and grapefruity. Strong malty and sweet backbone can't hold it's own against that, but does make itself known. Good medium body, not light, not heavy. For a beer at 8.5% ABV, it is surprisingly drinkable for those who have a tolerance to bitter hops, though alcohol taste is there. This is a solid IIPA and one of my go-to, regularly bought, beers since it is usually sold at such a great price point in the PNW.

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
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
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 LXIXME
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from above the glass about an inch or so gave this beer a super big off white head that slowly died above a clear honey copper colored beer.

A light soapy sour citrus hops with a pretty descent amount of pine tree aroma with just a tad bit of a light sweet malt creeping in.

Dry light bitter citrus, pine sap, and a light sweet caramel malt taste, a well balanced IPA taste, quite enjoyable.

This medium bodied beer finishes with a with a dry aftertaste with some bitter citrus hanging around.

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A sort of burnt, heavy dark orange in color, this beers develops a creamy yellow-tan head on top. Retention is pretty good, but what's most impressive is the creaqmy lacing that leaves a thick ring at the top of the glass followed by webby legging that follows most of the rest of the way down.
Tropical fruits do kind of burst, like...out, at least on the nose. It's followed by citrus bitterness and resin with a little mint. Malts balance but let hops take senter stage.
The taste follows suit, with maybe a bit more dryness sneaking in there and more mintiness going into the finish. Otherwise, though, all the tropical fruits, citrus, zest and resinous notes are in there.
The feel is crisp in a medium body that perhaps leans just a little light. Carbonation and crispness make for almost a frothy creaminess.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Enjoy by 06/27/12.

A: Pours a clearish ruby amber with a 1 finger white head. Dissipates to a thin lacing with a few fish eyes that is thicker around the rim. Not much visible carbonation. No real lacing.

S: Great hop aroma up front that consists of citrus hops. Plentiful grapefruit. A hint of sweetness with a raisin like aroma. Some malt in there when you swirl the glass.

T: Hits you with the hop bitterness and a strong malt body. Nothing spectacular stands out but overall not bad, smell is misleading. The malt comes off sweet Alcohol is definitely present.

M: Pretty thick bodied and a little syrupy. Lingering stickiness in the mouth. Alcohol is warming and could be strong for some. Takes some time to sip on.

Overall the best Pyramid brew I have had, but most of theirs have been disappointing. Smell is the best and hopefully they can incorporate more of that into the taste.

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 20oz pint in the speakeasy-esque confines of The Underground tap-house, on cheap strong beer day, no less!

This beer appears a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with one finger of foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a nicely rendered pattern of honeycomb lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells lightly of grapefruit and zesty orange pith, a bit of lemon Pine-sol, bready caramel malt, mildly zingy, metallic spice, and a further simmering booziness. The taste is moderately bitter citrus and leafy pine resin, crackery, lightly caramelized malt, a touch of sourdough bread, a rising Yuk-a-Flux warming, and a slight hard water minerality.

The carbonation is average, as in duly supportive, the body a sturdy medium weight, and smooth, but with that nipping hop caveat. It finishes off-dry, the malt stepping it up a level or so, as the hops go to town with their fruity qualities.

An agreeable enough DIPA, the hops sort of blowing their already under endowed hop bitterness quotient a bit too early in the game, leaving the fruitiness to hold the bag. The booze is mostly well integrated, just manifesting in a subtle dryness, one that goes a long way in engendering a desire for another round of this offering.

Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Outburst is a very hazy copper red color with thin short-lived head.

The aroma is hoppy but sweet like citrus candy. It smells and tastes fairly fresh even though this is a Spring seasonal which probably came out a month or two ago.

Flavor is surpringly balanced for a double IPA. A nice sweetness from the malts keeps the hops in check but still allows them to shine. In a sense, this beer almost bridges the gap between DIPA and barleywine. Caramel and toffee battle grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a pretty good beer. Not the best double IPA but solid and at a great price. Hard to beat that!

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing one of these with me.

Pours a bright, amber-orange with a little soft, white head. The nose is very malty and bready with a nice, grapefruity citrus aroma. The flavor is similar; bready, citrusy, grapefruit-like, a little bitter, a little piny. This beer has a smooth, medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

This was a decent DIPA. It was malty, flavorful, and smooth. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of ElGordo
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is a golden amber color topped by a small creamy white head thar quickly recedes to a thin layer. A small stream of carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is huge on citrus- primarily grapefruit - and a good dose of cannabis. A huge dose of C-series hops. A mild pale malt base provides a little temperance from the hop assault.
Palate is aggressively hopped through and through. Grapefruit and cannabis are the prominent flavors, with a mild, almost honey sweetness from the malt. Finish has a nice, lingering bitterness, with a bunch of citrus to boot. Body is full but not thick or syrupy, although lacking a little in the way of carbonation. Overall, an imperfect but still impressive brew.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get a bottle of the Outburst from the singles shelf at my local Binnys. The beer pours a cloudy light orange with a finger thick frothy head that is lacing like a Vicky secrets catalog. The scent is very malty with subtle scents of hop. The taste is much like the smell....very malty with twangs of pine and big alcohol. The mouthfeel is a full bodied iPad with smooth carbonation. Overall it is ok....I have had better and with the high abv it would be tough to drink very much of it.

Photo of RickS95
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had this three months after the 'best by' date, so take the review with a grain of salt.

A golden/copper/amber pour, a bit clear for my liking, leaves a nice head, about a finger and a half thick. Good staying power and a nice lace. Has a foamy look, somewhat craterous.

Not much smell. Crackers and the faintest hit of citrus. Nothing else registers.

Taste follows the lead of the smell, there's just not much there. Slightly bready, the lightest bit piney, there's just not much happening.

It's bitter from the moment it hits your lips and it lasts til it coats your tongue with the hop oils. Medium bodied.

It's not amazing. It's very bitter and I like the alcohol level, but the bottle I had is very ordinary.

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

P: 12oz brown bottle into a cone pint glass.

A: Clear golden amber color... Nice heady start. Three fingers high of dense head...good lacing.

S: Piny, minty and lots of citric hops on the nose...

T: 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...

M: Nothing hot here, alcohol is noticeable for sure but it does not get in the way...with some noticeable malts; slab of bread, toasted a bit. Finishes with a nice balance, big hop flavor, lingering bitterness, malts, as well as the alcohol warmth.
D: I was pleasantly surprised Pyramid 'pulled-it off' with this one!! Living in the Seattle area for over 12 years, Pyramid has sort of dulled-out for a while (with the immense competition they’re up against)...I'd also like to point out (and show my appreciation) that this beer has the 'BIG' hop flavor as the focus. Some of the recent DIPAs I have had have focused on malts (rather than hops), disappointingly getting fanfare for being original...I'm appalled...Malts do NOT characterize IPAs, hops do...(period)...and that's why I'm thankful for living in the Pacific NW (aka hop-land)!! Chasin' Cheers :~)

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retetntion & lacing

S: Pineyness & grassyness, some breadyness

T: Follows the nose, along with grapefruit up front. Orange peel& grapefruit as this warms, some dryness & breadyness as well, plus a bit of caramel. Finishes with grapefruit & pineapple, & a nice crispness

MF: Fairly chewy, subtle carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, a fairly nice DIPA

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.