Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

631 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 54 | 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 CraftBeerTastic
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #206
Served On: 08/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.5%
Date/ Code: 10/04/2012

This was from a 6-pack I found at A.K.A. Friscos in Frederick, MD (awesome sandwich shop by the way).

Look: Poured a cloudy burnt orange with a thin beige film on top. Some random carbonation bubbles formed just below the top.

Smell: Strong hints of juicy grapefruit. Some sweet malts were noticeable in the background. Also an herbal hop note.

Taste: First off was a sweet creamsicle character that moved into a strong citrus. A nice bitterness set in around the middle to balance things out. The finish was a lingering combination of herbal hops and more of that bitterness.

This was a very well balanced imperial IPA that offered a milder palate than other similar offerings out there. The 8.5% ABV was nicely hidden and the drinkability seemed rather scary on this one. It was like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo without the harsh hoppiness and a slightly higher ABV.

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper/bronze color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, strong hops (citrus and floral), and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with low carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight pine, slight floral hops, and alcohol. Overall, good aroma, and good blend. The complexity is lacking and the feel is slightly cloying.

Photo of yamar68
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice surprise. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this one. It pours a nice hazed tangerine with appropriate slightly off white head, good lacing, minimal beading. The nose is big on tropical and citrus bits, dense indica character. The taste carries a lot of the same attributes with the addition of some terrific caramel. This is a great IIPA, not at all what I was expecting.

Photo of julian89
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into plastic tasting cup at work (I know, classy right?)

Appearance: Clear dark yellow colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell: Strong hops with a crisp evergreen scents of pine, spruce, and cedar. A fairly strong malt scent.

Taste: Nice hops balance, hits you with evergreen mix on the middle palate, finishes semi-dry with a warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A quite decent DIPA. Very well balanced and seems like a good "stronger" beer for this time of year.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields a thick and creamy looking 1 finger head, beer is not totally clear darker orange, I would say copper but not quite bright, head receeds to about .5 finger

S: Has that distinctive aroma that is a combination of sweet caramel malt and resiny hops that combines to smell like one aroma, good though, a tad sweet

T: Tastes about like I expected from the aroma, the balance shifts distinctly towards bitter hops, which is good, too often malt dominates these beers because of the crystal malt, that sweet toffee is still there for balance and blends with the resin, assertive bitterness finishes with a little tingle in your mouth, a well proportioned imperial IPA but lacking a little bit of that hop flavor punch that we've come to expect from the top DIPAs

M: Strong carbonation to keep the heavy flavors from sitting on your tongue, almost masks the mouthfeel which is dry but medium body

O: As I mentioned, a well balanced DIPA (as in correctly proportioned, not even between hops and malt), but lacks that flavor punch. It has the bitterness necessary.

Photo of TheVenerableMead
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.

Photo of lucasj82
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange color with a finger high head.

S - Citrus hops and pine.

T-Grapefruit like citrus hops, bread, caramel, and pine.

M- Mild on the carbonation and a slightly thin for the style

D - Great beer for the price and very good abv to boot.

Photo of youradhere
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally found some at Fred Meyers. Pours bright amber orange, nice white head that falls to leave good lacing. Smells like citrus and mangoes, pears. Tastes like mango, and hop bitter, piney, malt body is lacking, off dry body and high carbonation; carbonic acid amplifies the bittering. Dry drinker for an imperial, could possible finish the sixer but the pine bittering might be too unbalanced to do so.

Photo of Lard_City
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hoppy and sweet. Not much aroma or head but smells malty. Bit of a metallic aftertaste, sort of like Stone Ruination but not nearly as strong or lasting. Very nice.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle served well chilled into glassware. Purchased this seasonal offering (as far as LCBO is considered) as I hadn't seen it any of the local stores for under $6 CDN.

Appearance - Bright copper color, with a dense off-white finger and a half of head. Very clear with plenty of effervescent bubbles present.Head has modest retention time but leaves behind thick soapy lacing around the rim of the glass.

Smell - Tons of balanced citrusy aromas, some pineapple, passionfruit and perhaps some orange and clementine mixture. Fairly aromatic earthy malt base just lingering behind the citrus as well. Really good aroma on this although not quite as pronounced as I may have expected from an Imperial IPA.

Taste - Wow, very nice. Huge blend of the pineapple, then something sweet like mango and passion fruit blend, before finishing with a earthy conclusion mixed with some lemon zest and orange rind. Some mild heat on the back end due to the significant alcohol content.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, dense heavy feel and the flavors coat the mouth nicely, albeit a touch on the syrupy side.Well carbonated, which helps cut through the heavy body. Heat in the mouth and especially the throat afterwards due to the alcohol content.

Overall - A fine DIPA, that I recommend especially to my fellow Ontarians, as this probably won't last in stores too long. A bit on the heavy side, but I could see this being a particularly great sipper on a cool spring evening as it's got a big enough body and booze content to help you warm up even more. Would gladly try again, although beer is probably best if shared.

Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thick off-white head that sits on the beer and leaves laces down the glass. A nice sweet toasted and caramel malt aroma with some citrus and floral hop. A citrus resiny and pine hop flavor up front with a toasted, caramel malt in the background. There's also some fruity esters in there. Maybe apple and peach. A medium-heavy feel with an oily feel also. Finishes with a bit of bitterness and a touch of alcohol. The toasted malt and citrus resin linger. A nice Imperial IPA, good flavors and drinkable.

Photo of BillHilly
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rustic imperial IPA appearance, 2 finger head, dissipates to a nice ring

S: Nice sweet & piney hops

T: First sip dries and preps the palate, excellent balance on the malt and hops

M: Light on the carbonation, hides the ABV quite well

D: Outstanding imperial IPA for $7 a sixer...worth a shot, in fact, I'll be buying more. My favorite from this brewer so far...

Photo of ronniebruner
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting a bit bored with the super hoppy IPA trend lately, but this IPA is top notch! Pyramid never disappoints,do they? So to the stats... the beer pours a beautiful light copper color with the perfect amount of head and lace, perfect amount of carbonation as well. The aroma is hoppy and grassy, but in a sweet way where it is not overpowering. The taste is amazing as for a high ABV IPA, it is not overpoweringly grassy. The best part is how smooth this beer is and how it does not leave a lingering aftertaste like most other IPAs these days seem to do.

Photo of brodericksloth
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

amber orange color; three finger off white full head good lacing; citrus clean dry hopped dipa: mango, spice (peppery) some chewy pines, grapefruit and orange zest. medium crystal grain not over baked nice malt background; hop dominated but not to the point of taking the slickness off your teeth . some alcohol hotness as it warms but pretty well hidden for 8.5% abv. would be good to try on tap to take a little of the bite off.
very good beer for the price...

Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Outburst is a very hazy copper red color with thin short-lived head.

The aroma is hoppy but sweet like citrus candy. It smells and tastes fairly fresh even though this is a Spring seasonal which probably came out a month or two ago.

Flavor is surpringly balanced for a double IPA. A nice sweetness from the malts keeps the hops in check but still allows them to shine. In a sense, this beer almost bridges the gap between DIPA and barleywine. Caramel and toffee battle grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a pretty good beer. Not the best double IPA but solid and at a great price. Hard to beat that!

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque amber, with a nice head and a finger of thick lace. Not bad.

Nose is crisp and pungent citrus hops. Certainly no problem there. Actually, this one is quite appealing.

Taste is hops! Strong, sharp, sticky, and tangy hops, heavy on the citrus tones with some bitterness going on. I also get an almost syrupy malt finish. I give this one solid ratings, and a nice value for a decent imperial IPA.

Photo of gabedivision
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a tumbler glass from a 12 oz bottle

Pours a crystal clear golden amber, big fluffy 2 finger head that dies down and turns to a bubbly froth that lays over the top. Sticky, dank, piny notes big on the nose. Mango, peach and fresh cut orange also present. Mango, peaches, grapefruit, all on the tongue. Slight alcohol breaks in, sweet and juicy with a hint of caramel malts. This beer is mediuim bodied, very juicy, and bitter. Overall, this beer really suprised me, very easy drinking DIPA, full of flavor, not overwheamling but good and well balanced.

Photo of bstave
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (best by 5/17/12) poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Copper with white 2 finger head. Dissipated to a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

S- Grapefruit citrus and nice caramel malt aroma.

T- On the sweeter side of an IIPA. Hops do shine through mainly on the back end. Nice bitter finish.

M- Medium to heavy mouth feel with low to medium carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O- At $6.99/6 pack, I believe this is the BEST IIPA on the market. A very satisfying beer that is on the sweeter side, similar to many East Coast IIPAs. Well done.

Photo of coldriver
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with minimal head and lacing. Pine and citrus hop aroma with bready malts. Pine, grapefruit, and apricot hop flavors, with sticky sweet bready malt backbone. Medium carbonation, dry finish, not too keen on the oversweet aftertaste. Overall this is not a bad DIPA from Pyramid.

Photo of RJLarse
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Outburst Imperial IPA at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny rich copper color and is clear. Frothy two finger head leaves quite a bit of lace on the glass.

Smell is a sweet juniper aroma with some citrus notes along side. It is a very mild aroma for the style.

Taste is as sweet caramel malt flavor up front, with a pine and citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly cloying.

A drinkable brew for a DIPA. The ABV probably makes it less than sessionable. One of the better Pyramid brews I have had.

Photo of timtwoface
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another tasty ipa...nay, dipa...from pyramid brewing. I'd never herd of this particular flavour until I stumbled across it at the supermarket and I was glad to pick it up. I'm already a fan of the thunderhead ipa, and ts one is even tastier and hoppier...which I enjoy. It doesn't set itself apart from the other ipas and dipas I've had as far as flavour or appearance or smell - it's your classic delicious hop bomb. I guess what I did really appreciate was the very affordable price point for the style of beer - under $8 for a six pack. I really love affordable but tasty beer. Give it a try some time if you are a fan of the ipa style.

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, this was a fresh sample though.

Nice heady start, three fingers high of dense head followed by a spectacle of lacing. Clear golden amber color. Piny, minty and citric hop nose ... strength in that order and a burst of tropical fruit within. Smooth and slick with a full-ish body. Bitterness is aggressive but not abusive, hop flavor jumps from herbal / tobacco to pine resin to mint to citric. Nothing hot here, alcohol is noticeable for sure but it does not get in the way. Oh yeah, there is malt here too ... slab of bread, toasted a bit. Finishes with a big hop flavor and lingering bitterness as well as the alcohol warmth.

While other limited batches of DIPA's garner all of the hype this sleeper has awakened my palate. Highly recommended especially at the prices it will be selling at.

Photo of blackcompg
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a solid finger+ of solid, off-white eggshell head. Body is a gorgeous hazy lighter orange amber, golden hilights at the edges.

Smell - Really nice floral nose, big bready malts, nice touches of pineapple and mango, some nice citrus and touch of vanilla carmels - wonderful nose.

Taste - Wow, Huge floral hops here - clover, lavender, dried semisweet flowers, and unfiltered clover honey sweetness. Nice muted pineapple, mango, and some surprising banana esters, tropical. As this goes to the back of the tongue there is some sweet ruby red grapefruit and then huge bready malt flavors. After the sip there is grapefruit pith, and dried wheat breat crusts. This is a very complex, balanced and unique flavor profile, really nice.

Mouthfeel - Bolder flavors make this nearly medium, carb is nearly medium and has a smooth foaming feel, yet has some nice crisp edges at the sides/back of the tongue. Very drinkable, but there is a slightly dry and chalky finish on this..and a juiciness from the tropical notes - again, very unique.

Overall - I'll tell you what, this is alot like a dipa with a hefeweizen influence - in both flavor and appearance. The alcohol is barely sensed between sips, reminding you that this is 8.5%, but not unpleasant at all. A very unique dipa, and one that you should try. If you want a floral and tropical dipa, then look no further.

Photo of edgeh2o
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I now know what dry feels like. This beer is the complete opposite of New Belgium Rampant. The mouthfeel dissipates so quickly resulting in a dry sensation. Therefore, you can definitely find yourself drinking this one fast. Overall, a pretty standard IPA. Nothing bad, nothing excellent, one of the only Pyramid beers I'd drink.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 12 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, my customary DIPA end to an evening. Arrived in a tulip glass, a beautiful reddish orange with an inch of beige head. Aroma was effervescent, fruity, and spicy, with grapefruit rind, pepper, starfruit, citrus iced tea, and toasted crust notes apparent. I spent a little time just sniffing this one, which probably looked a tad strange. I'm used to it. Palate was interesting and this one stands apart from other DIPAs I've tried in a number of regards. The malts and overall backbone were less sweet than in many other takes on this style, less toffee and more gummy candy and light toasted notes: Pleasantly bitter, even. The major initial flavor was unripe slightly tart fruit that left a nice tannic puckering effect on the mouth, with pears, watermelon, and green banana discernible. Things then moved in more herbal territory, medicinal tincture and mint followed by more fruity yet earthy notes that recall blackberries and blueberry tea. Moderate body and rather aggressive carbonation contribute to the overall light, fruity, and sour effect, slightly prickly on the mouth but not unpleasant. Finishes dryish and herbal, with some pine making an appearance, but also playfully tweaks you a bit with some Lifesavers candy during the goodbye. Dry hopped with two blends (Falconer's Flight and Zythos) which together account for numerous different varieties, probably explaining the wealth of green, unripe flavors. Tasty enough and a nice chance of pace from the citrus and tropical fruit bombs that I love but nevertheless also love to return to after a dalliance elsewhere.

Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.