Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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2.3/5 rDev -38.8%
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
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2012 14:49:16 | More by harrymel
2.68/5 rDev -28.7%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-02-2011 00:16:05 | More by inthebeeraisle
2.85/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-20-2013 01:02:20 | More by scottfrie
2.9/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2011 02:22:53 | More by beertunes
2.98/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2014 02:31:12 | More by artoolemomo
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.