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Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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213 Reviews
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Reviews: 213
Hads: 641
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 20.42%
Wants: 6
Gots: 62 | 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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Photo of GeoChase90
1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

Maybe I have a super old bottle (no date) but this is awful. Almost no hop presence whatsoever, just an attack of malt sweetness. Almost felt like like I was drinking a barley wine or something. Terrible representation of the style in my opinion. I will give this a shot however if I can find a bottle with a fresh date on it.

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Photo of harrymel
2.33/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by: unk
Copper with a central cone and rim of fine cream foam. Smells of toffee malts, some herbal hops, citrus, resin and some pine. A little subdued for an IIPA. Malt, crystal malts and some sweet bubble gum flavors in the back. Some moderate bitterness but not really much remarkable hop flavor. Medium bodied with over hi carb and a semi dry finish. This beer is meh.

Best by: 6/2/11, reviewed 20FEB11
A: Pours a dark amber, red tones. single finger off white head dissipates to thick sheet of the same. Foam only evidence of carbonation.
S: Resiny, pine, almost skunked. Very one dimensional for an Impy IPA. Not impressed.
T: Very malty for an IPA. Little bitterness. Poorly applied hops. Almost like they hopped it for bitterness, then added some at the dry hop. Not crafty, but marketable.
M: Medium heavy for the style. Medium carbonation. Decent feel.
D: This beer is nearly sessionable. At 8.5% ABV, the beer is highly drinkable. Not a good example of the style though. 3/2/2.5/3/2.5~2.83

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
2.71/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Mactarnahan's taproom. 16 oz. pint glass.

A: A pretty flat looking beer without much bubbles. Pours a orange hay color.

S: This beer smells like real grassy hops. A big aroma that brings you back for more. Intriguing.

T: A hoppy beer with little sweetyness considering the ABV. Not enough balance to get me excited.

M: This is a dense feeling beer. The grassy hop flavor lingers long enough that I wait a little while between sips.

D: I wouldn't order this beer again. Glad I tried it, but unimpressed overall. Just too much lack of malt backbone to go with the big dense hop flavor.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

On-tap at the brewpub in Sac.

A: Body is deep amber color, darker than I was expecting; looks almost like a brown ale. Served with no head, although a thin one was present at the time of the pour because there is an empty space at the top of my glass.
S: Fairly substantial grapefruit scented hops with sweet and roasted smelling malt undertones.
T: Not as juicy as the nose but still full of grapefruit and ambiguous citrus. The finish is a very bitter but bit rough and astringent with just the slightest bit of alcohol warmth noticeable. I’m getting tons of roasted malts in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body with lots of amply fizzy carbonation. Not especially smooth.
O: Bitter and straightforward but unbalanced and tough to drink. Probably won’t try this again.

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Photo of beertunes
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 10oz glass. poured a clean, clear coppery gold color with just under an inch of off-white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was dominantly pine hops, with a bit of floral hops and just a trace of malt in the background. The flavors as well were mostly solid pine with some floral and a trace of fruit, with just a bit of malt sweetness in the background.

The body was a bit on the thin side for the style. Drinkability was decent, I finished the bottle easily and might have another. Or try it on tap if I see it.

Overall, a pleasant little surprise from a brewery I don't generally expect too much from. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

Edit 2/25/12: I had this on tap last night without realizing that I had already reviewed it. I wouldn't have had it again and regretted wasting the time and calories on this beer. While there was nothing technically wrong with this beer, it just wasn't very impressive, memorable or tasty. It was mostly a sweet, sticky mess. The bottle review above and the beer I had last night couldn't be more different. This borders on an avoid, but try it if you want.

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Photo of PintOh1759
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Drinkable but only if its my last choice for an IPA.

Little too sweet for my taste, reminds me a lot of a Hefe, has a strong fruity flavor that smacks you in the nostrils then lays on your tounge like a fresh slice of peach would. Then out of nowhere as you are imagining it to continue this slight bit of bitterness from the hops jumps in and takes you for a ride. really a crazy flavor train with this beer, which if thats your thing then this is the beer for you, But if you like IPAs that are well balanced and full of true hoppyness, and flow from flavor to flavor seamlessly then look elsewhere.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a medium amber which appears as pale to medium amber in the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Pretty strange for an Imperial IPA. I'm having a really hard time getting any hop notes. I get malt notes- some caramel, a touch of honey, even a little bit of bubblegum. Maybe some hints of citrus, a little bit of grapefruit, equally diminutive pine and resin. Maybe some peach. Swirling seems to indicate a little bit of apricot or pear.

Taste- Starts off with some light citrus notes but this beer's fruitiness is fairly mild. Moves into a middle of caramel and honey which is quickly overtaken by big notes of pine and resin, matchstick and earwax. Maybe a little bit of dankness on the finish. Big spices notes on the finish- coriander and lots of cracked, black pepper. The big problem with the noticeable hop notes of the finish is that they don't really seem to mesh well together. Right now, I'm drinking what seems to me to be an incongruous mess. A hophead might appreciate this a little more but this beer really doesn't do much for me. It's a good thing there is a malt backbone or this beer would be a complete failure in regard to balance. Slightly below average to average beer. Would be okay if the integration weren't such a mess.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation that has some carbonic zing to it. Doesn't help the beer's harsher qualties.

Drinkability- Messy to the point of being abrasive. It's pretty cheap but I don't think it could ever be cheap enough. There are too many decent, bargain double IPAs to mess with this beer.

Overall- Slightly below average to average. Better than BMC but not by much. I would pass this by unless you enjoy brash, hoppy IIPAs that are nothing but that. I will not be buying this again.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber into standard pint.

A: a finger of white head that falls to a decent looking cap and a sturdy ring. Dark caramel red, looks appetizing actually.

S: hoppy, but of course. Kind of floral, a touch of malt sweetness breaks through. The dryhopping gives a big hop nose but it still smells a lot like long boil hops. Not amazing but right for the style.

T: big malt up front, a bit of sweetness just like the nose. The hops tastes mostly like long boil cascade. Not much complexity to it. The bigger malt from being an imperial helps me like it a bit more. But not as much as Tricerahops from Ninkasi. Again I would say standard for the style.

M: rich. The little carb doesn't hurt or help it. Not amazingly smooth but not bad. Drinkable, has a good amount of chew for a pale style.

O: average all around pretty much, not expecting much from Pyramid though. would buy again considering the price.

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Photo of vic21234
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle has a best by date of 2/28/13.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a large amount of an off-white head. The head sticks around awhile and forms some nice lacing along the sides of the glass. Nice looking IIPA.

S- Not an overly aromatic beer for an IIPA. Some citrus notes are apparent but nothing pops out at you.

T- Some citrus notes in the taste, other than that it seems overly sweet and almost syrupy. Not a fan. Could this be a bad bottle?

M- Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, bitter with a dry finish.

Something is off with the taste. I'm drinking it a day before the best by date but I don't think it would effect it with the way it tasted.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong and harsh hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is thin and doesn’t provide much balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a very mediocre 2IPA at best.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of muldersha
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dry-hopping seems to save this beer from over-the-top sweetness.

Pours a richly colored amber hue with a relatively large-beaded perlage. But that head sticks around for a while and results in an appetizing-looking creamy lacing.

The aroma smacks of brown sugar and candy sugar with touches of damp leaves, malt syrup, honey, soggy bran flakes, pine resin, and grapefruit.

Very hoppy and fresh on the palate. The dry-hopping appears to lift the beer away from a cloyingly sweet aftertaste to a relatively refreshing aftertaste. The ABV (which is 8.5%) is integrated nicely.

While I wouldn't say this is an original or even interesting Double IPA, it isn't disgusting. It was also $2.50 for 650mL bottle, so I'm sure it's a boozehound's delight out here in the PacNW.

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Photo of migwell
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
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!)

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Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orane-amber with thin tan head with good lacing and okay retention. Caramel and grapefruit aromas. Big grapefruit with a balanced caramel finish. The balance starts to tips toward the malts by the end. Okay bitter linger that does not last too long. Alcohol is well blended with a sharp carbonation and feel.

The server said this one was 10% abv which I seriously doubted by the end of the glass. This isn't too bad of an DIPA especially if you like a little more balance in your beer. The hops are fairly one dimensional and there's a little too much on the malt side for me but it's pretty well crafted.

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Photo of Bagoosh
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would consider this taste more malty than hoppy. I am more of a hop fan, so it was not my favorite IPA. If you prefer a malty taste you will enjoy this one. It's pretty strong with a good alcohol content, but again, too much of a malty taste. I would drink it again, but prefer others.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A fairly mild DIPA. Tastes pretty good but the aroma is lacking. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a DIPA. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber. Takes a hard pour to get a medium size head. Average retention and some bands of lacing.

Aroma is almost completely lacking for a DIPA. A little piney hops, thats about it.

Taste had a decent amount of bitterness and a resinous piney hops taste. Nothing complex but a nice light bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is a hair light for a DIPA. Still crisp with a good amount of bitterness and a little piney oiliness.

Not a memorable DIPA, but it stood up well to the curry I made tonight. Think I will stick with some of the hop bomb DIPAs.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of betsona
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear copper color with a finger plus worth of off-white head. Head dissipates into nothing. Have one snake looking lace on the glass. No visible carbonation.

S- Very light citrus hop smell. A little tropical fruit/candy smell. Not getting much malt. Nothing that woos me off my feet.

T- Smooth malt start followed by a mild bitterness. Is extremely subdued all the way through. The back of the beer provides a nice piney bitterness. Is not hot in any manner. Straight forward and nothing that overwhelms.

M- Light body with minimal carbonation. Kind of flat. Slight bitter lingering taste.

D- The price is right. I think I may pick it up for friends that prefer mild IPAs. I will probably pick up a few more to try again in the future. Hard to pass up a Imperial IPA at $1.70 a bottle.

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Photo of chaz410
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice transparent amber body with a half finger white head.
Smell is of pine, grassy and slightly citrus hops.
Taste has a solid caramel malt backbone and has layers of pine and melon like hops, kinda cantalope and pineapple. Slight citrus finish and some grassy lingerings.
Mouthfeel is very smooth considering the IBUs.

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Photo of mpedara429
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened the bottle with a bottle cap opener only to find out it was a screw top. Fail.

A: Poured out a slightly hazy amber color. Less than a finger of white head. There was very little lacing and head retention even with a vigorous pour.

S: Pine, grapefruit, and floral/herbal spiciness along a toffee malt backbone

T: Very much like the smell. I'm getting more citrus like orange in the taste.

M: Medium body that is very chewy with medium carbonation.

O: Interesting concept. It feels a lot like a budget IPA, but it is imperial. The spiciness in this one makes it a bit unique. Not great, but not bad either. I could see myself wanting to bring a six pack of this to a party or something.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A--- Medium golden brown amber, .5 finger head.

S -- Malty with a hint of sweetness, nothing too crazy.

T/M - Meh, nothing that will knock your socks off, but considering this is a Pyramid brew (not bashing, just saying) this beer is very hoppy with a medium to heavy malt, decent ABV that is hard to taste.

Overall: Nothing to write home about, but at the same time, take a few notes. Hoppy with a lot of malt but for an IIPA this one is medium in quality (in a good way)

PP (Price Point) - Very nice, but its on tap at my father in law's house so I didn't pay a dime, PP= indeterminable.

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.