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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

557 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | 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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KingBiscuit

Illinois

1/5  rDev -73.4%

11-21-2012 02:23:51 | More by KingBiscuit
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GeoChase90

California

1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

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.

08-15-2014 05:34:55 | More by GeoChase90
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beercanman

Ohio

2/5  rDev -46.8%

04-08-2013 07:30:56 | More by beercanman
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JHendu

Florida

2/5  rDev -46.8%

05-10-2013 15:26:46 | More by JHendu
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Kyroqz

Oregon

2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

12-07-2012 04:49:44 | More by Kyroqz
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harrymel

Washington

2.3/5  rDev -38.8%

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

03-28-2012 14:49:16 | More by harrymel
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switzer

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

03-11-2012 00:38:38 | More by switzer
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jamiecoppin

North Dakota

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

03-10-2013 17:05:21 | More by jamiecoppin
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inthebeeraisle

Oregon

2.68/5  rDev -28.7%

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.

02-02-2011 00:16:05 | More by inthebeeraisle
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chefduff2

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

01-06-2013 00:02:55 | More by chefduff2
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JLapadura

New York

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

05-21-2013 00:29:34 | More by JLapadura
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

07-16-2013 01:41:37 | More by DonFrap
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Kacer24

California

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

03-03-2013 18:31:40 | More by Kacer24
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TequilaTom

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

07-01-2012 12:27:10 | More by TequilaTom
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scottfrie

California

2.85/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

02-20-2013 01:02:20 | More by scottfrie
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beertunes

Washington

2.9/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

02-03-2011 02:22:53 | More by beertunes
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artoolemomo

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -20.7%

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.

05-12-2014 02:31:12 | More by artoolemomo
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virinow

New York

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-17-2013 13:41:33 | More by virinow
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Sargully

Oregon

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-08-2012 06:28:06 | More by Sargully
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dapatte2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.2%

04-01-2013 01:24:28 | More by dapatte2
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oso

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-13-2014 05:46:16 | More by oso
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

3/5  rDev -20.2%

08-08-2012 03:05:37 | More by ucsbmullet
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.2%

10-23-2013 06:32:29 | More by ygtbsm94
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wiegs4life

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

08-13-2013 00:12:11 | More by wiegs4life
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-06-2012 00:35:10 | More by jaidenjb
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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.