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Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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542 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | 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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3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Reddish copper color with a 1/2" off white head.

N: Dense pine and earth rounded off by pineapple.

T: Moderately bitter and moderately sweet. Pine and earth are here. Nothing mind-blowing, but definitely solid.

M: Decently resinous with a dry, scraping mouthfeel.

O: I thought this was going to be underwhelming, but it’s really solid stuff. Not complex but clean.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 22:29:19 | More by writerLJBerg
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with ample head and decent retention. Aroma is hoppy with ample citrus and floral notes. Taste follows with generous hops and light malty background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good balance between bitter and sweet. Overall a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 05:06:56 | More by IllNate
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-25-2014 03:13:56 | More by Mrose78
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-25-2014 02:50:33 | More by gotgopher2
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-25-2014 02:49:55 | More by stensja
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-25-2014 00:20:21 | More by Kuzkot
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-24-2014 08:48:28 | More by abeeronthebeach
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-24-2014 03:29:20 | More by wrentmore
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-22-2014 01:51:31 | More by TerryW
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 1.79 at Wegmens, Jamestown, NY
Enjoy by 6/10/14 (!) at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma weak citrus and malt.
Head average (3cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to an irregular layer between 2 and 5 mm thick.
Lacing good – thick, nearly complete rings with small to medium bubbles.
Body medium orange, slight haze.
Flavor – hopishness is probably dropping off but a bitter citrus presence is still evident. Also, some of the malt backbone is coming through. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation.

We rarely see Pyramid stuff around here, so I grabbed the last bottle they had, despite of the (barely readable in the store) date. It actually is holding up rather well, although it seems more of a pale ale than an IPA – more like a Brit IPA than an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 21:05:14 | More by Ozzylizard
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a conical pint glass.

A - Beautiful, crystal clear copper with a short, but impressively frothy head that leaves lace to make a Victorian debutante hate you. This is a great looking ale!

S - Hops. Lots of hops. A twinge of alcohol.

T - The malt taste that is there is roasty and crystal. Lots of "hoppy goodness" with an earthy, herbal taste. The alcohol in the nose is not present on the tongue. The malts come out a bit more on warming up.

M - Full and smooth. Dry at the back.

O - This was really a great beer. It's gorgeous for starters. I actually like this better than Samuel Smith's IPA. I prefer this style at cellar temp or just a bit above and this one is no exception. I wish it had a bit less alcohol as this is a style I like to slay a few of after sweaty yard work.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 21:05:08 | More by TheVenerableMead
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-15-2014 05:23:47 | More by yancot
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-13-2014 02:31:51 | More by SJbigtuna
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-12-2014 23:51:51 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-11-2014 22:07:21 | More by WillAndSarah
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Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass, colour is quite a dark caramelly brown, a bit orange, slight head but good film and lacing on it. Completely clear. Smell has lots of grapefruit and lemons, caramel malt has an impact, some piney character, quite rich. Taste is characterized mainly by a tug of war between the hefty caramel malt and the hops with grapefruit and citrus, some pine and florals but the caramel malt has quite a sweetness to it and only nearer the end does it dry out. I thought it was a decently sessionable DIPA but the caramel malt was too overplayed in my opinion. Hop profile had a lot of cascade to it, and it was fairly balanced but the alcohol also was a bit more pronounced and apparent than I would have preferred. Fairly good but the other DIPAs I sampled were better.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 21:56:54 | More by mick303
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pristine clear reddish amber with a frothy, shortlived head that recedes quite quickly. Pineapple and grapefruit hops and cookie dough mix with alcohol heat in the nose. Pine resin and more grapefruit and tropical fruit hop flavors take the lead in the taste. Crystal malt nuttyness/roastyness is noticeable throughout. The finish is moderately to lightly bitter with a good amount of booze flavor for 8.5%.

A pretty good DIPA but a bit lacking in hop intensity and a bit boozy.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 02:57:42 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO 650ml bottle for $4.95. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours with a white head and dark golden color

S- Very good. Lots of hops.

T- Very good. Not very bitter. This beer has little bittering hops and A LOT of dry hopping. Light despite the 8.5% alcohol.

M- Smooth and creamy. Again a surprise for a high alcohol beer. Traditional APA

O- Pretty good. Will buy again. Good price point. Had a choice between an unfiltered ale from Belgium 330ml bottle for $4.40 or this 650ml girl for $4.95. Same alcohol.... which one would you reach for first?

Food Pairing

This nice little IPA went well with... Spicey Tuna Roll. Yup! Sushi!


Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 21:44:36 | More by DaveBar
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-08-2014 09:01:27 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-06-2014 19:30:20 | More by NightINgale
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-06-2014 15:43:51 | More by polloenfuego
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-05-2014 03:43:03 | More by KrisDLSmith
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Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best Before 080814.

A - Pours a nice golden/dark golden colour. Bright with good carbonation and a two finger off white head. Decent lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Sugary fruits, pineapple core, malt balance there. Not an overly intense DIPA aroma, but suitable.

T - More sugary fruits, some alcohol, definite malt presence and pineapple core sorta citrus flavour. Orange sort of note there too. Definitely not a DIPA with a complex hop profile by any stretch.

M - Decent bitterness, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Might be the age, but this is certainly not a DIPA that wows. Decent, but I probably won't finish it at this ABV. Not complex enough for the style and seems to just be a 'stronger' IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 23:19:23 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-04-2014 22:48:31 | More by andrenaline
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle into nonic pint. enjoy by (no stone brewing here) august 8, 2014. consumed on july 2, 2014

a: a really vibrant and clear copper, deep orange thing going on here. three fingers of foamy head from a carelessly violent pour. good retention, excellent sticky lacing

s: caramel malt, grapefruit, sweet orange, and some pineapple in the front. slight pine, slight alcohol. smells great

t: citrus flavours dance around the tongue initially -- grapefruit and orange -- but fade out quickly and never make it to centre stage. big caramel/burnt brown sugar flavours emerge just before mid-palate and linger on all the way to the finish. alcohol presence around this stage as well. the mild hop bitterness here isn't quite enough to round out that malty sweetness, but it's not like it tastes bad or anything. i just prefer my IPAs to have a bigger fruit presence. finishes piney and somewhat dry

m: sticky, creamy medium mouthfeel. light-to-medium carbonation. very nice

o: shame about the flavours because other than that, this beer has what it takes to be A+ material. also, the freshness may be a factor here because this brew hit the shelves at LCBO just over a month before its enjoy-by date. i'm sure it's much better fresh. still worth a try

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 01:53:01 | More by kevinlater
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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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