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Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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very good

566 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

seanlanefuller, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Mtooman, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

InspectorBob, Oct 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Mole_Playing_Rough, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

frozenjogurt, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of hopdabble
4.1/5  rDev +9%

A -Color of dried apricot. head is thick, three inches deep...persistent, with lacing

S - mild sweetness,then peppery,then pine

T - brief complex bitterness, smooths to sweet, pepper end

M - carbonation, then coated with dreamy IPA flavor...

high alcohol content is completely hidden.

Surprised at this, given previous middling reviews - right up there with my favorite Imperial IPAs...

hopdabble, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of JohnnyJam
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%

This is my second attempt to review this beer. I bought a couple of six-packs recently and every bottle was out of code. I thought the poor head and lack of lacing was on the out-of-code product. The fresh bottle has the same poor head and lacing, though.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with the date code clearly printed on the label ( 12/08/13) into a snifter and get 1/4 fingers of head.

A: Pours a copper, almost orange color. Very interesting. Hazy. Little to no head, though. No lacing to speak of.

S: Biscuit, pine and citrus.

T: A hoppy bitterness that isn't a hop bomb. Taste of an orange peel when you bite into it to peel it. Maybe a little tropical fruit there, also.

M: I can't say that it is medium bodied...just a little less than that. Medium carbonated. Goes down good, though. Maybe too good considering the alcohol content.

O: I like this beer. The alcohol is well hidden and it is not sweet or over-malty.

JohnnyJam, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

ygtbsm94, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Rasmon, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

vermilcj, Oct 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Docrock, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint. The small print on the label identifies the beer as a "dry-hopped India pale ale". No freshness date, but I bought it at a discount as if they were trying to get rid of it ($2.44 for a bomber). India Pale Ale shouldn't lose its freshness for a long time. I think this may have been sitting around the store for 3-4 months, if not longer.

The reason I mention this is because the lapse of time tends to mellow out the hops. And, since IPA was highly hopped primarily as a preservative measure (along with the elevated alcohol) so that it could survive the long sea voyage to India, my own personal theory is that, by the time the beer got to India, the hops had mellowed and aged to the point where an average Englishman could pronounce it good pale ale. I think the people of that day and age (and certainly many English and Americans in our own), would have thought the fresh stuff too bitter. Were it possible to actually taste the IPA of a hundred years ago, properly aged, I surmise that it would be considered under hopped, at least to American tastes, and perhaps to the British and Indians as well.

An average pour produces about an inch of creamy white, billowy head. This sticks to the sides quite well, and hangs around for the duration, after dissipating to about 1/8 inch within about 2 minutes. The beer is moderately carbonated and is orange-copper in color, with just a touch of haze.

The aroma-flavor is extremely hoppy and in your face bold, as you might expect. The nose becomes accustomed to it rather quickly however, so that it soon strikes one about the same as an American pale ale. The beer is quite bitter on the tongue, with aroma-flavors suggesting the usual grapefruit and pine, with a hard edge of grapefruit rind and pine sawdust. Despite the hops, you can actually taste some bready malt with also a distinct malt-o-meal aftertaste. It also has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Definitely some substance here.

This is well-balanced for the style, and obviously a good value at $2.44 for a bomb-load. As alluded to in my sermon above, the hops probably mellowed out a little with aging. I wonder what this would taste like in another 5-6 months? Like a good pale ale?

archyquaffer, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

DerekCarruth, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A: The beer is hazy orange yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with slight hints of caramel malts, the latter of which becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish along with notes of orange citrus and hints of sour grapefruit. With all of the bitterness, you'll definitely notice that this beer was dry hopped.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might not have the interesting hop aromas and flavors compared to other Imperial IPAs, but it definitely is bitter. If you could get by the bitterness, the beer isn't that difficult to drink because any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

metter98, Oct 12, 2013
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3.24/5  rDev -13.8%

Reading reviews on this site has convinced me that I'm a handicapped person. Reason: my sense of smell is actually very limited. I have never before really felt that this was a problem in my life, but of course, it has to do with more than just scent, since the subtleties of flavor are also dependent on a refined sniffer to differentiate the finer distinctions of taste. Thus my reviews, more dependent on drinkability than flavor.

This particular offering seems to me to be pretty much the usual DIPA, since my perceptions are somewhat limited, but what I don't like about it is the obvious alcohol content, undisguised by maltiness, hops or flavor. So many other DIPA's do a much better job at this... sometimes to my detriment (I'm thinking of you, Lagunitas Maximus!)

migwell, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Jame515, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

BigJYoungblood, Sep 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

atomicskier1889, Sep 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

SerpentX, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

tkmountain, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

davegray, Sep 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Beerlover, Sep 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Cooker_stp, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Beer21, Sep 11, 2013
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.