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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

211 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 211
Hads: 635
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 58 | 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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Reviews: 211 | Hads: 635
Photo of JayWhiteNM
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful copper/amber color. Very clear.

S: Citrusy pine armoa.

T: Good upfront bitterness. Lingering warmth and pine notes.

M: Crisp and refreshing.

O: I love this beer and the price really doesn't hurt either. This is a great "everyday" DIPA. (252 characters)

Photo of ShlickRick
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Im a simple man with simple pleasures, and this beer is simply remarkable. I usually drink lite american lagers, and this beer had me buzzing after one bottle. (160 characters)

Photo of btbedell
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber on sale for two dollars and change.

Pours a nice clear copper.

Aroma is big, pleasing grapefruit with touches of spice and malt. The smell hits you right from the bottle. Dominated by Simcoe? Very distinct. Terrific.

Taste is citrus and grapefruit, malt sweetness toned way down by the hops and ABV. Another IPA afterward tasted like malt syrup in comparison.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and crisp for something this big. Maybe better for a late spring beer, but still nice.

Great, distinctive IIPA. Would easily put it on tap at home. I normally don't buy Pyramid beers; that will now change! (612 characters)

Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear orange color with a finger of white head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass and nice lingering bubbles on the surface

S: Pine forest and lemon

T: Piney and sweet. Dries from the tongue while sweetness remains on roof and sides of mouth.

M: a bit thick and sticky, nice carbonation

O: a terrific piney, resiny IIPA. I will seek this out again. (367 characters)

Photo of lukester
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a long time NW hop head this beer was an unexpected welcome intro by Pyramid last spring. It has a very nice hop profile with good body and a nice finish. I'm unfortunately doing this review based on distant memory. It would be nice to see more NW breweries coming out with new big beers to compete with all the great beers coming out of Cali.

BTW - If you're not a hop head please don't review hoppy beers and I'll keep quiet about the pilsners of the world. (463 characters)

Photo of machostacos
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottle says enjoy by May 25, 2011.

A: Bright amber/orange, slightly hazy, with a half-inch cream-colored head that sticks around for a while. Darker than many DIPAs, but delicious-looking nonetheless.

S: Balanced. Nice solid malt backbone to hold up all those hops. Lots of juicy citrus and floral hops sit comfortably atop a sweet caramel and slightly bready malt base.

T: The malts are really evident here - toasty caramel (almost Creme Brulee-esque), a little nutty, buiscuty. It's a delicious platform for hops - citrusy, floral, and quite bitter. It finishes bittersweet (emphasis on the bitter), a little juicy from the hops with that slightly puckering bitterness (though it's not offensive at all - invites another sip.) The balance here is fantastic, though tipped more towards the malts.

M: Full and chewy, a little oily and slick, with medium carbonation - just the right amount. Finishes a little dry. Very nice.

O: This is a fantastic DIPA, and certainly a nice change from the "I only exist to destroy your mouth with hops" DIPAs that I've had recently. This is a very well-balanced beer, rich and flavorful in all the right places. For $1.99/bottle at my local store, it's a steal. I should have bought a six-pack! (1,262 characters)

Photo of NoQuarter
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is quite simply my favorite IPA. I was a little loath to fully commit to such an inexpensive beer, but it deserves even more credit considering the larger brewery that produced it.

In a taste test against 8 other IPAs, including Bridgeport's, Ninkasi's Total Dom, Laurelwood's Workhorse, Alameda's Yellow Wolf, and Rogue's Brutal Bitter, Outburst came out on top.

Here are my notes from the tasting:

"Floral smell, bready aroma (not yeasty). Dark amber in color. Peppery, tropical fruit taste. Sweet, but not too sweet, and bready. High alcohol. Amazingly wonderful profile of tastes and smells."

The only downside to this ale is that it is seasonal, and I don't expect it back until next January. Here's to January! (730 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, pours orange/copper in color, frothy ivory colored head holds very great retention and leaves thick, chunky lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas are sweet with caramel, juicy floral hop, pineapple, mango, honey filling the nose. Tastes are sweet up-front with caramel, pineapple, mango, some piny hops in there with grapefruit present as well. Finishes dry and somewhat bitter, but balance is key here - sweet and bitter, goes down well. Mouth-feel is meduim bodied, creamy, smooth. Overall, wow! Pyramid came through with this one. This is a brewery I have tended to avoid with a history of beers being sub-par to me. This one was exceptional! (662 characters)

Photo of Thingus
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live tasting, bottle poured into my brand spankin' new Duvel Tulip :D

Appearance; pours a copper-orange color with two fingers of fine straw colored head... Retention is good, with about a half of a fingers worth of head hanging around (that laser etch is really workin it's magic!!) with good lacing on the glass.

Smell; notes of pineapple, orange and mango, other generic citrus fruits and hints of pine.

Taste; is like the smell on steroids!! The flavor is ratcheted up to 11 on this one!! They named it rightly, calling it outburst! Pineapple, orange, mango, lemon and grapefruit rinds with hints of pine on the finish (just enough in my opinion, Im not huge on pine in my ipa's, I far prefer citrus)

Mouthfeel; this is bright and lovely with good carbonation, slight effervescence with a finish that hangs around for a bit, a good amount of bitterness...

Overall; WOW!! I received this on a trade recommendation from a good friend (Thanks Steve!!!) and it knocked me for a loop!! I feel like this beer is underrated for sure, the only beer by Pyramid that I've had previously is the Haywire and that caused me to pass on other offerings from this brewery, after Outburst, well I'll be revisiting their other beers!! I definitely recommend this one!! (1,262 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA is a clear, dense, light copper ale with a dense, creamy sand colored head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a hoppy aroma with notes of grass, flowers, tropical fruit and bubble gum. It's pretty full bodied and foamy. It goes down smooth but leaves the mouth a little trashed. It's quite bitter and a little sweet with caramel and a hint of star fruit. There's a resiny bitterness that leans toward juniper and lasts long after the swallow. This is really jam packed with flavor. If you're ready for a good smack in the mouth, strap in and drink this! (596 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A SURPRISE FROM THE WIFE! I have now enjoyed half of the six pack, and now I feel confident to compose a review.

Appearance is red to amber brown, with pale gold at the bottom. A two finger tan, the color of deer hid quickly disappears to bubbles. Carbonation is pleasant, and not overpowering, furthermore this is just a smooth beer.

Smells: Grapefruit, pine, and bread pudding. Of course not a sweet smell, but an opening one.

Tastes: Pine, alcohol, and lemon zest. At the finish you can really taste the booze.

Mouthfeel: Thick and warming, not as warming as Old Raspy of course, but not too many people are comfortable in long beards, hair shirts, and priestly vestments.

Overall, this is a good beer. A grand Double IPA that does it's job well. Refreshes, and relaxes! (778 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz glass poured into a nonic

Pours a mostly clear orangish color with two full fingers of fluffy foam. Aroma is nicely hoppy, predominately tangerine, pineapple and other sweet citrus flavors.

First sip is very sweet initially, followed by a rush of hop flavor, then a bitter kick in the teeth, and then finishing with a lingering hop flavor. Quite complex and good. Nicely balanced with both sweet and bitter flavors coming forward. There is a real rush of sweet tropical fruit flavor.

This is a very nice beer. I appreciate the multiple levels of flavors. Alcohol is disguised nicely, and the bitterness doesn't overwhelm. (631 characters)

Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a stella chalice.

A...pours with a slightly hazy amber color with an off white, low head.

S...citrus, hops, alcohol and fermented apricot. Excellent aroma for the style
T...the bitterness is there, balanced by a sweet bread maltness. Tasting the apricot that was on the nose and a noticeable alcohol is present but expected.

M....just where it should be. Easy to drink, perfect carbo. Very nice.

O...this is a nice, easy to drink brew. To easy for the abv. Lacks a little something in overall complexity and the finish is a little long for the expected bitterness with this style. Overall, an excellent buy at $8 a sixer. Buying this again on thanksgiving. (686 characters)

Photo of superdavex
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow Pyramid. I never expected such a perfectly balanced, drinkable Imperial IPA from the same people that have been giving us such mediocre "craft" beers for so many years. I bought a sixer on my way home for the first time a few weeks ago and cracked the first and before I knew it, around 5 hours later, I had dusted of all six and was feeling exactly like I just drank 72 ounces of 8.5% beer. In other words, I was pretty messed up.

Now, knowing how dangerously drinkable this latest and greatest concoction is from the newly very respectable people at Pyramid is, I try to limit myself to three or on occasion four of these for fear of having to deal with the following day not in top form. This has become a weekly challenge lately as this is the best quality budget beer out there for about 7$/six IMHO. Thank you very much. (831 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber with a nice buff head - didn’t get much, but that must be an artifact of the pour. Aroma is monumentally hoppy, very strong and hops from here to California with a strong evergreen overtone and just a hint of fruit. Seriously hoppy flavor is both woody and evergreen, surprisingly only a little bit bitter, hints of fruit and malt. Lively, tingly texture has firm body and plenty of fizz. An outburst of hops in your mouth. (459 characters)

Photo of Luigi
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a massive off-white three finger head that laces around the glass just a great IPA should. The retention is nice as it leaves a thin blanket on top till the last drop. Rich clear amber color with a few carbonation bubbles swimming to the top.

A rich bouquet of fruity and pine like hops blend together with a fresh bread like malt. Oranges and fresh pine come to mind as I take in the aroma. There is a bit sweetness from the alcohol, but it never over takes any of the aromas.

There is a big malt flavor in this DIPA. Something a lot of breweries do not focus on. The taste is like fresh baked bread served with orange slices while you sit under a pine tree. That is the only why I can describe the rare balance of this DIPA. I am so used to being hopped to death. Nice to have balance sometimes.

Full bodied, a little slick on the tongue. Easy to sip and enjoy. Finishes dry with lingering pine notes.

Pyramid Brewery has been a friend of mine for years. Their brews are sometimes over looked. I'll be dammed! They rarely disappoint and bring you great craft beer at reasonable prices. West coast style all the way! This was a delicious DIPA. (1,161 characters)

Photo of hickmancase
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the variety pack.

A: Looks like an IPA. Slightly sticky two-finger head. Doesn't quite look imperial.

S: Great flowery, hoppy smell. Almost as pungent as Port Brewing's Whambo (one IPA whose nose I cannot find a match for).

T: Great taste. Excellent hop profile. Can't believe such an excellent offering could come from this bigger brewery.

M: Can't remember.

D: Excellent. After offering a friend the last of the four bottles, I actually snuck it away in my pocket for myself. What a jerk!

8/10 (513 characters)

Photo of kagent777
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the Utah State store, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Crystal clear light amber/dark golden. White head settled quickly into a thin island of foam.

Smell: Very nice herbal/pine/citrus hops smell. The smallest hint of toasty malt in the nose.

Taste: This is really balanced for an IIPA. There is a nice only slightly sweet toasted malt note up front combined with a hop note, which recedes into bitterness only at the end of the sip. The hop flavor is not as present in the taste as it is in the nose. Really clean.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation and middling finish for an IIPA.

Overall: I will seek this one out again, pleasant surprise! It is easy for me to get here in Utah. The price point makes this one easy on the wallet, too. (757 characters)

Photo of takusan1000
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (641 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Big beer! Poured this at a good temperature with a large, thickl, foamy, frothy, light tan head that settled after a bit and some lace. Color is a clear honey amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is firstly hoppy, then malty and on the subdued side especially for as brash a beer as this. Flavor has a lot more going on tho it too, is dominated by hop and followed by malt. Fairly dry, and the carbonic tang is just right. Body is perfect. Finish is very long and bitter. (475 characters)

Photo of RyanTeeter
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a bottle via a pint glass.

a: The appearance was transparent however not crystal clear. Slight haze to it. Vigorous pour led to a thin head that disappeared within a minute.

s: Wonderful aroma. Full of citrus and floral hop. Wonderful smell - could not get my nose out of the bottle.

t: Great taste. Sweet flavor paired perfectly with the bitterness of several hop flavors.

m: Mouthfeel truly added to the overall flavor as flavor rushed into every crevice within my mouth. Slightly heavy feel to the tongue, flavor lingers just long enough to allow time in-between drinks.

o: I am not always an IPA fan however this Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA was fantastic. It wonderfully balanced the intense hop flavors with their blended malts to truly give a wonderful experience.

Currently my highest rated beer. (822 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is now a Spring seasonal. 22 oz from Fred Meyer, North Salem, amazing price of $2.19. dark orange/copper ale , small bubbles of carbonation, small off white head. Tha aroma is SUPERB..i smelled the pine/resin as soon as i cracked the bottle open.Piney,resiney citrus glory!! Taste is like the wonderful aroma but keyed back a bit..but its very nice juicy hops with a substantial malt backing..very nice. Nice palate to the beer also..not spectacular but keeps the intrest. Overall a very nice IIPA and for $2.19 a wonderful value. Thank you Pyramid..this has to be a loss leader!! (585 characters)

Photo of ds21tango
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from 22 oz. Good head and decent lace. Smell was hoppy and citrusy. Taste was good. A little bitter and grape fuity. One of the more refreshing imperial IPA's that I have had. Overall a good IPA. I would recommend it and will definitely get it again. (273 characters)

Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pumpkin-amber with a foamy tan head that leaves blobs of lace on the glass. Nice, savory pine sap and grapefruit peel with pale malts in the aroma. Big, dank hop notes make for a fairly one sided affair with mild pale malt to balance. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. An easy drinker and suprisingly good. Kudos to Pyramid for making an outstanding example of the style and keeping it affordable. I hope they keep it up. (461 characters)

Photo of marcellaproust
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent dark butterscotch hard candy color. Quickly fading 2-3 cm head, coarse bubbles. Carbonation strong. Very light scent--hop on the floral side. The taste is fronted with an IPA cut with smoothness; some kind of sweetness. Not malt syrup but what I would describe as the raw sugar, not processed 'brown sugar' but brown sugar taste of those blocks of raw sugar you can buy in Asian markets. That said, the more time that passed and I struggled to name the sweetness, the less the sweetness, the more the hoppiness. More floral than citrusy; not vegetal per se. Body and toward the finish: silky mouthfeel, dry finish but fading hoppiness and peppery. A totally delightful and refreshing difference from tediously, brute over-hoppy IPAs. (745 characters)

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.