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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: 59 | 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 muldersha
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (776 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 Lard_City
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (164 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Amber body, creamy white head.

S- Malty sweetness, Banana, Grapefruit

T- Grapefruit, sweet malt, and a slight lingering bitterness.

F- Decent feel, but seems lacking.

O- Great beer for the price! (207 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 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 ssmack
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice copper honey amber colour. More on the clear side than hazy. One inch slightly yellowish head that was soon gone. Light carbonation and a bit of lacing.

Sweetish citrus aroma of orange marmalade. Not sharp.

Very flavourful and complex taste. Grapefruit bitterness and the herby taste. Strong bitter marmalade. Finishes with woody - oak and pine together - along with taste of alcohol. A toasty butterscotch malt taste throughout.

Medium to light feel. Low carbonation. Slightly oily coating in the mouth.

The imperial IPA has a super taste. One of the best IPA tastes that I have had. But it lacks in aroma. Well balanced. Mellow .. not harsh. (654 characters)

Photo of PintOh1759
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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. (603 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

Fruity to start and fruity to finish- few other brewers embrace and celebrate the floral and fruity character of ale like Pyramid brewers. Their hop-forward beers blur the lines between hop dominance and luxurious fruit esters, an no beer portrays that better than Outburst IPA.

Its bright golden-orange pour casts the slimmest of hazes below a creamy white froth. Pink grapefruit and orange marmalade aromas weave in and out of a candied malt base of caramel and simple syrup before the ale really gets going.

Its middle blossoms with bold citrus and tropical hop tastes- notions of ripe grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, passionfruit and apricot abound, carrying with them the floral and herbal character of their leaf, stem and pith. Its sweeter-than-usual undertow is lightly jammy and sticky to balance the brunt of hops in a moderate chord.

And its that malty-sweet balance that reigns in the bite of hop bitterness, keeping the big IPA perhaps more even-keel than most. Its substantial warmth hides nicely tucked behind spicy hops and is soothed by lingering fruity sweetness. (1,088 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow/orangey color ale with a nice thick white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of citrus notes is quite nice with some residual sugar notes noticeable. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with fresh floral notes that are somewhat offset by too much residual sugar. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice IIPA but I would say that there is too much residual sugar for my own personal taste. (493 characters)

Photo of GeoChase90
1.75/5  rDev -53.7%

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. (327 characters)

Photo of JAinSingapore
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a amber color with a thick head. A smooth IPA that is dry-hopped and it's named incorrectly. I didn't find too much of an outburst, but hoppy enough to make it an IPA. The good news for me is 8.3 on the richter scale and that means a few will do. (252 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber colour, 2 fingers of white head, good lace. Smell is citrusy hops and sweet caramel, some toasted bread, fuzzy peaches and orange slices, malt is pretty big on the nose. Taste is bitter upfront, hoppy with an equal amount of malt, sweet up front but drying in the finish, muddy citrus. Light carbonation, medium body. Pretty average stuff, nothing I dont think I would revisit though. (390 characters)

Photo of IllNate
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with ample head and decent retention. Aroma is hoppy with ample citrus and floral notes. Taste follows with generous hops and light malty background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good balance between bitter and sweet. Overall a fine beer. (262 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 1.79 at Wegmens, Jamestown, NY
Enjoy by 6/10/14 (!) at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma weak citrus and malt.
Head average (3cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to an irregular layer between 2 and 5 mm thick.
Lacing good – thick, nearly complete rings with small to medium bubbles.
Body medium orange, slight haze.
Flavor – hopishness is probably dropping off but a bitter citrus presence is still evident. Also, some of the malt backbone is coming through. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation.

We rarely see Pyramid stuff around here, so I grabbed the last bottle they had, despite of the (barely readable in the store) date. It actually is holding up rather well, although it seems more of a pale ale than an IPA – more like a Brit IPA than an American IPA. (810 characters)

Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass, colour is quite a dark caramelly brown, a bit orange, slight head but good film and lacing on it. Completely clear. Smell has lots of grapefruit and lemons, caramel malt has an impact, some piney character, quite rich. Taste is characterized mainly by a tug of war between the hefty caramel malt and the hops with grapefruit and citrus, some pine and florals but the caramel malt has quite a sweetness to it and only nearer the end does it dry out. I thought it was a decently sessionable DIPA but the caramel malt was too overplayed in my opinion. Hop profile had a lot of cascade to it, and it was fairly balanced but the alcohol also was a bit more pronounced and apparent than I would have preferred. Fairly good but the other DIPAs I sampled were better. (800 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pristine clear reddish amber with a frothy, shortlived head that recedes quite quickly. Pineapple and grapefruit hops and cookie dough mix with alcohol heat in the nose. Pine resin and more grapefruit and tropical fruit hop flavors take the lead in the taste. Crystal malt nuttyness/roastyness is noticeable throughout. The finish is moderately to lightly bitter with a good amount of booze flavor for 8.5%.

A pretty good DIPA but a bit lacking in hop intensity and a bit boozy. (487 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO 650ml bottle for $4.95. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours with a white head and dark golden color

S- Very good. Lots of hops.

T- Very good. Not very bitter. This beer has little bittering hops and A LOT of dry hopping. Light despite the 8.5% alcohol.

M- Smooth and creamy. Again a surprise for a high alcohol beer. Traditional APA

O- Pretty good. Will buy again. Good price point. Had a choice between an unfiltered ale from Belgium 330ml bottle for $4.40 or this 650ml girl for $4.95. Same alcohol.... which one would you reach for first?

Food Pairing

This nice little IPA went well with... Spicey Tuna Roll. Yup! Sushi!

Enjoy (685 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle into nonic pint. enjoy by (no stone brewing here) august 8, 2014. consumed on july 2, 2014

a: a really vibrant and clear copper, deep orange thing going on here. three fingers of foamy head from a carelessly violent pour. good retention, excellent sticky lacing

s: caramel malt, grapefruit, sweet orange, and some pineapple in the front. slight pine, slight alcohol. smells great

t: citrus flavours dance around the tongue initially -- grapefruit and orange -- but fade out quickly and never make it to centre stage. big caramel/burnt brown sugar flavours emerge just before mid-palate and linger on all the way to the finish. alcohol presence around this stage as well. the mild hop bitterness here isn't quite enough to round out that malty sweetness, but it's not like it tastes bad or anything. i just prefer my IPAs to have a bigger fruit presence. finishes piney and somewhat dry

m: sticky, creamy medium mouthfeel. light-to-medium carbonation. very nice

o: shame about the flavours because other than that, this beer has what it takes to be A+ material. also, the freshness may be a factor here because this brew hit the shelves at LCBO just over a month before its enjoy-by date. i'm sure it's much better fresh. still worth a try (1,256 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,607 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA has the kind of sun-scorched complexion you'd expect something from the desserts of Egypt to have but is actually far more amber than the remains at Giza or elsewhere; this kind of deep, caramelized colour surely comes from a toasty malt bill. Its head is fine but persistent, seemingly as enduring as the Sphinx itself.

Outburst Imperial IPA is dry-hopped with Zythos and Falconer's Flight hops, the latter of which I'm not very familiar with but have seen popping up with increasing regularity. And I can understand why - hailed as a blend of "the Pacific Northwest's most intriguing aroma hop varieties" there's equal parts grass, serum, grapefruit pith and tangerine peel.

It wouldn't be a West Coast IPA without some resins and, by golly, even the first sip is full of gum-smacking pine tar and sticky tree sap. There's also the requisite grapefruit-like citrus flavour and acidity, as well as the toasty caramel malt to prop them both up.

Outburst might be bitter for the first minute but there's enough caramelization and nutty maltiness that one can quickly become accustomed. It may sport the 'Imperial' moniker - and has the specs to earn it (dry-hopped, 8.5% and 80 IBUs) - but this is, relatively speaking, a very approachable beer given its measurements. For better or worse, this has the quaffability of a standard IPA.

Pyramid may be a fairly big brewery but they're still a small - if swift - current against the mainstream. Outburst Imperial IPA is no Dreadnaught or Pliny the Elder, but it's far, far even less of a Miller High Life or Coors. That this beer is hitting wide audiences is a big boost to craft brewers not just in the Pacific Northwest but everywhere. A sure thing to wean people onto hops. (1,760 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (1,950 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (855 characters)

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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