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Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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214 Reviews
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Reviews: 214
Hads: 649
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 20.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States | website

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 jzeilinger
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium to deep copper/amber color, small head, and barely detectable carbonation.

S - Orange and citrus is detectable and subdued but buried beneath a wall of earthy toasted caramel malt; there's also a trace of tobacco aroma.

T - This is one of the more balanced D-IPA's that I've had. Earthy herbalness, a little minty, some tobacco, and toasted caramel malt monopolize the palette with slight citrus fruit and pine surfacing at times.

M - There's a little bit of alcohol effervesence and the finish is dry with a light medium body. The mouth is left with a coating of thin herbal pine bitterness and alcohol residue.

O - A decent D-IPA, but too herbally for my liking.

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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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing one of these with me.

Pours a bright, amber-orange with a little soft, white head. The nose is very malty and bready with a nice, grapefruity citrus aroma. The flavor is similar; bready, citrusy, grapefruit-like, a little bitter, a little piny. This beer has a smooth, medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

This was a decent DIPA. It was malty, flavorful, and smooth. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of harrymel
2.33/5  rDev -38%
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 CloudStrife
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Enjoy by 06/27/12.

A: Pours a clearish ruby amber with a 1 finger white head. Dissipates to a thin lacing with a few fish eyes that is thicker around the rim. Not much visible carbonation. No real lacing.

S: Great hop aroma up front that consists of citrus hops. Plentiful grapefruit. A hint of sweetness with a raisin like aroma. Some malt in there when you swirl the glass.

T: Hits you with the hop bitterness and a strong malt body. Nothing spectacular stands out but overall not bad, smell is misleading. The malt comes off sweet Alcohol is definitely present.

M: Pretty thick bodied and a little syrupy. Lingering stickiness in the mouth. Alcohol is warming and could be strong for some. Takes some time to sip on.

Overall the best Pyramid brew I have had, but most of theirs have been disappointing. Smell is the best and hopefully they can incorporate more of that into the taste.

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is strong hops with a spicy evergreen scent of spruce and cedar. Fainter tobacco aroma with a fairly strong malt scent. Little bit of grapefruit but this one is all about the conifer smells.

Starts out sweet with a savory taste. Tropical fruit flavors, papaya and pine apple. Spruce and cedar tastes. Alcohol is detectable as a slight burn.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty and interesting DIPA. Almost a great beer.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Coreylag for hooking me up with this one. Cheers!

Crystal bright copper color with a solid 2 finger head that leaves a curtain of lacing. Pretty beer!

Stewed fruit and yeasty aroma. Pleasant but not exactly typical for DIPA.

Crisp citrus and herbal hop flavor with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Some caramel presence, but dry and not detracting from the hops. A bit of the strange stewed fruit flavor comes through.

Juicy with a light-medium body. Not a bad DIPA - very drinkable and I didn't realize it was an imperial version until I checked the label. I couldn't find a freshness date so I can't help but wonder if it would be a little more impressive right out of the brewery.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best by" date stamped on label. Fairly fresh bottle!

Poured into a goblet. This beer pours with a classic looking soft two fingers of white head of a flamed orange sunburst body with just the tiniest touch of amber to darken it up. Very clear.

Smells of juicy northwest hops, primarily pine trees and pineapple. A fair dose of citrus is thrown in as well. After a swirl I smell a little solvent and lemon scented cleaning agent.

Alcohol and synthetic lemon are unfortunately strong in the flavor, and the heat is a detractor. Some spicy hops manifest with strong bitterness and a noticeable vegetal quality. "Earthy" would be a positive way to say it I suppose. There is a little malt around the edges but it is scoured away by the abrasive bitterness and strong alcohol.

The mouthfeel is slightly hot and prickly from carbonation. This isn't a "nectar" feel like some DIPAs achieve.

Conclusion: This really isn't a bad beer in any sense, nor is it a bad DIPA. The hops are pretty good and the overall structure doesn't have any flaws. However, this is a country that has glorified hops beyond any standing they have ever held in history, and there are so many fantastic DIPAs out there that I couldn't justify buying this again unless I had local loyalty or it was much cheaper then the competition.

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Photo of BaronRogue
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden copper, minimal lace.

Smell is nice, big but not quite as overwhelming as some IIPAs, approachable (definitely the main theme here).

Taste is really good... really nail-on-the-head apricot and peach flavors, next to no bitterness. Just insanely drinkable. Feels great in the mouth, not as chewy as it could be but still pleasant.

Overall, it's pretty floppy for an IIPA... however, it's still an amazing beer. Approachable from every angle, I'd love to try this one tap some time in the near future.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a clear body. Head poured two thick fingers of frothy tan foam. A good-looking beer.

Smell: a nice dose of funky hops with minimal malt character penetrating through them. There's a murky spiciness to them that I also like. Good!

Taste: dank, funky, murky hop flavor. Not bad, but perhaps just a bit too dank for me. Bitterness is moderate but still pretty good. Malt is a bit dry and biscuity for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Pretty good, actually.

Overall: this is not a bad beer, but it's not particularly to my taste. I feel like it's pretty well put-together, though.

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Photo of BB1313
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy burnt orange, not much head, average lacing, nice retention. Wow, this smells really good. Lots of pungent fruity hops, some peach and mango in the mix, really nice. It kind of has subtle soapy aromas which I can deal with due to the style, no it doesn't taste like soap. The flavors don't quite live up to the aromas. Lots of resin and pine, slightly hot and spicy, finishes hot and syrupy. Malt is there. Mouthfeel is thin, but still remains syrupy with some body, nice carbonation. This one has some good moments, it's really hard for me to really nail how I feel.. but it's definitely worthy.

It's not often I come across a 12oz DIPA for $1.50, so this is extremely good considering the price. I wasn't sure what I was going to get, but I'm pleasantly surprised. With a few tweaks, we could really have something here. It's worth a visit.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The color was a nice looking combination of honey and caramel. About two fingers of head. Decent amount of lacing on the top that was uneven with tiny bubbles. Some sporadic film on the sides. Really liked the overall look.

Could smell the fruity citrus hops right away. Peach is what seemed to come through first, but they hops still gave it a balanced feel. Sweet but hoppy.

Not as much as the smell as I would have liked. Also not as hoppy, but did have some slightly bitter hops at the end. A little bit of peach and a little bit of grapefruit.

Light body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Not a bad beer. A couple of my ratings could have gone up a half-point or down one. I’d give it another try.

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Photo of Luigi
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a massive off-white three finger head that laces around the glass just a great IPA should. The retention is nice as it leaves a thin blanket on top till the last drop. Rich clear amber color with a few carbonation bubbles swimming to the top.

A rich bouquet of fruity and pine like hops blend together with a fresh bread like malt. Oranges and fresh pine come to mind as I take in the aroma. There is a bit sweetness from the alcohol, but it never over takes any of the aromas.

There is a big malt flavor in this DIPA. Something a lot of breweries do not focus on. The taste is like fresh baked bread served with orange slices while you sit under a pine tree. That is the only why I can describe the rare balance of this DIPA. I am so used to being hopped to death. Nice to have balance sometimes.

Full bodied, a little slick on the tongue. Easy to sip and enjoy. Finishes dry with lingering pine notes.

Pyramid Brewery has been a friend of mine for years. Their brews are sometimes over looked. I'll be dammed! They rarely disappoint and bring you great craft beer at reasonable prices. West coast style all the way! This was a delicious DIPA.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber in color with a dense white head. Sort of surprising from Pyramid--a really nice, fresh, citrusy hop aroma. Heavy on the grapefruit and just as much pine and floral hop character. Mildly sweet with some toffee and pineapple notes. The flavor is a bit more perfumey than I prefer, but still good citrus and pine flavors and a solid bitterness. Just a little bit of malt sweetness and a nice fruity hop profile.

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Photo of ds21tango
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from 22 oz. Good head and decent lace. Smell was hoppy and citrusy. Taste was good. A little bitter and grape fuity. One of the more refreshing imperial IPA's that I have had. Overall a good IPA. I would recommend it and will definitely get it again.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review. Poured into goblet.

A - Pours a nice copper/honey color with about a 1 1/2 finger of head, with decent retention. No lacing to speak of whatsoever.

S - Hops! Just as any good IIPA/DIPA should. This one's got lots of citrus notes, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, with a hint of pinyness in the background.

T - Again hops! Just like the smell, huge citrus flavors, of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, ect... There's a bit of malt in there providing a very, very faint bready taste. Finishes fairly bitter.

M - Medium bodied, with a crisp finish, quite drinkable.

O - Great IIPA especially for the price! I picked mine up at the local grocery store for $7.99 for a 6-pack. Pretty good deal for 6 IIPA's, will deffinitely have to pick some up again.

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Photo of Thingus
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live tasting, bottle poured into my brand spankin' new Duvel Tulip :D

Appearance; pours a copper-orange color with two fingers of fine straw colored head... Retention is good, with about a half of a fingers worth of head hanging around (that laser etch is really workin it's magic!!) with good lacing on the glass.

Smell; notes of pineapple, orange and mango, other generic citrus fruits and hints of pine.

Taste; is like the smell on steroids!! The flavor is ratcheted up to 11 on this one!! They named it rightly, calling it outburst! Pineapple, orange, mango, lemon and grapefruit rinds with hints of pine on the finish (just enough in my opinion, Im not huge on pine in my ipa's, I far prefer citrus)

Mouthfeel; this is bright and lovely with good carbonation, slight effervescence with a finish that hangs around for a bit, a good amount of bitterness...

Overall; WOW!! I received this on a trade recommendation from a good friend (Thanks Steve!!!) and it knocked me for a loop!! I feel like this beer is underrated for sure, the only beer by Pyramid that I've had previously is the Haywire and that caused me to pass on other offerings from this brewery, after Outburst, well I'll be revisiting their other beers!! I definitely recommend this one!!

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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.

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Photo of GabrielM
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had a Pyramid brew in years but I always love trying new DIPAs, and at $5.99/6pk I couldn't resist. "Enjoy by" date of 5/18/12. Poured into a Bruery snifter.

A - dark golden color with a quarter-inch head on top that didn't stick around for long.

S - very citrussy, some lemon grass, mango, centennial hops. Nice aroma.

T - very hop forward and bitter, resinous, and with some bready malt action on the back. A bit one dimensional, though.

M - good, but pretty heavy. I tend to favor liter, crisper DIPAs and this is not one of them.

O - it's a nice enough brew, especially at the price, and I'm thankful to have tried. Also glad to know that Pyramid is expanding.

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Photo of PougeMahone
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yea its back. This is probally the best beer for the price ever. $1.99 for a DIPA from my local BIMART. Iam not a fan of most of Pyramids budget series beers. But this one is over the top. Sampled from a 22oz bottle with a best before date of May 26 2012.

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Photo of lukester
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a long time NW hop head this beer was an unexpected welcome intro by Pyramid last spring. It has a very nice hop profile with good body and a nice finish. I'm unfortunately doing this review based on distant memory. It would be nice to see more NW breweries coming out with new big beers to compete with all the great beers coming out of Cali.

BTW - If you're not a hop head please don't review hoppy beers and I'll keep quiet about the pilsners of the world.

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Photo of Philousa
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley. Arrived to me with little to no head and the clear pint glass showed how deep red the beer is. Citrus and hoppy nose gave the overall impression of a bright beer.Tasted caramel up front, then citrusy and bitter, fading to an acidic aftertaste. The beer is watery and the hoppy bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

I went on the brewery tour with some friends and our guide told us that Outburst is out of season, but they brewed it for the GABF competition and had some kegs leftover. We all felt special. Pyramid does a good job hiding the alcohol level in this DIPA, but I felt that they do it mostly in the aroma, which is completely unique. It's also one of the most acidic beers I've had, probably due to the dry-hopping, which also played a role in masking the ABV. This is a bright beer that fades to acidic. It's lacking something to give it that kick over the edge, but it's an interesting beer and I'll definitely buy a sixer when it's in season.

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Photo of rowew
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, typical new pyramid labeling. Abv and date are marked.

Appearance: clear red color, thick head with good retention.

Smell: nice balance of malt sweetness and a grapefruit hop aroma.

Taste: the sweetness dominates, but the hops do come through. Tastes closer to a barley wine than an iipa.

Overall impression: good beer, but it probably would fit better in the barley wine category. Still has some interesting flavors and is enjoyable.

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Photo of SFrankBrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that laces well. Grassy, hoppy aroma with plenty of pine and citrus. Taste has plenty of bitter hop with a grassy, pine and citrus finish. This Imperial IPA is in line with a regular Lagunitas IPA. Worth a try. It looks like Pyramid is finally getting away from all the Hefe's they have.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Abecall98 for providing this in trade.

Decent looking beer. Nice head with a lot of structure. Does collapse on itself and starts leaving lacing all over. A straight amber color with excellent clarity.

Aroma has a touch of alcohol a touch of sweetness and pine.

This is like a big sweet east coast DPA. Very interesting. Some brown sugar in the malt flavors. Very pine focused on the hop flavor and a nice bitterness that mixes well with the sweetness. Pretty well balanced actually. Lots of caramel comes out as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with a touch of heft from the sweetness.

A decent little beer.

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.