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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

213 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 644
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 20.42%
Wants: 7
Gots: 63 | 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: 213 | Hads: 644
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 7/5/12.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, herbal hops, and some honey aromas. Taste is much the same with a malt flavor coming through on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice hop aromas and flavors. Definitely better than I was expecting.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is one of my favorite double india pale ales out there right now, and certainly my favorite pyramid brew to date. it has a wonderful nose of fresh citrus fruit. pink grapefruit, tangerine zest, and tart tart lemon come to mind. there is a sturdy malt backing to this one, reminicent of an english ipa, but the hops are the star of the show. they offer all the same flavors as the nose lets on, but also some really resinous pine notes as well as this thirstquenching bittersweet semi acidic flavor and feel thats incredibly satisfying and yet equally difficult to place. the feel is very lively in terms of carbonation, and the body is big, but not too big to be undrinkable. this is in fact one of the most drinkable double ipa's ive had. its perfect for summer and spring, with its impeccably fresh flavor. a really impressive beer from a brewery that hasnt amazed me until now. quality stuff here.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 20oz pint in the speakeasy-esque confines of The Underground tap-house, on cheap strong beer day, no less!

This beer appears a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with one finger of foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a nicely rendered pattern of honeycomb lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells lightly of grapefruit and zesty orange pith, a bit of lemon Pine-sol, bready caramel malt, mildly zingy, metallic spice, and a further simmering booziness. The taste is moderately bitter citrus and leafy pine resin, crackery, lightly caramelized malt, a touch of sourdough bread, a rising Yuk-a-Flux warming, and a slight hard water minerality.

The carbonation is average, as in duly supportive, the body a sturdy medium weight, and smooth, but with that nipping hop caveat. It finishes off-dry, the malt stepping it up a level or so, as the hops go to town with their fruity qualities.

An agreeable enough DIPA, the hops sort of blowing their already under endowed hop bitterness quotient a bit too early in the game, leaving the fruitiness to hold the bag. The booze is mostly well integrated, just manifesting in a subtle dryness, one that goes a long way in engendering a desire for another round of this offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with golden highlights. It had a small, white head of bubbly foam that was short-lived and left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet citrus fruits - orange, pineapple and grapefruit. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and some slight bitterness. Orange and grapefruit flavors came through, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is an okay Imperial IPA. A little too sweet, but still pretty good.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep burnt orange tinged copper with a lacy 1/2 finger white head,aromas of sweet alcohol dipped fruit,caramel,and sticky,resiny hops.Pretty sweet on the palate with the big sugary sweetness bigger than than the herbal,citric hops in my mind.The hops play a late role but its a little boozy,and pretty sweet.Not a horrible beer but just not enough hop flavor and or dryness to the beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Can you drink a sudden beer...? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine needles, grapefruit peel, light spearmint, and some light caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit taking center stage (though never allowed to fully soliloquize). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, slightly sticky finish. Overall, an okay DIPA, nothing close to the top of the heap, but an enjoyable and wallet-friendly option.

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mellow hoppy strong ale.

Lovely dark amber in the snifter. Head is fine and leaves nice swirl of lacing. Fruity, nose with a whiff of alcohol. Malty richness gives a heavy mouthfeel but prickled by nice carbonation. Hops are hot and spicy with a big bitterness that mellows along with the complex malt and caramel. Hint of smoke and Scotch whisky.

Just short of a barley wine, but a great example of a maltier and well-balanced DIPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong and harsh hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is thin and doesn’t provide much balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a very mediocre 2IPA at best.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from above the glass about an inch or so gave this beer a super big off white head that slowly died above a clear honey copper colored beer.

A light soapy sour citrus hops with a pretty descent amount of pine tree aroma with just a tad bit of a light sweet malt creeping in.

Dry light bitter citrus, pine sap, and a light sweet caramel malt taste, a well balanced IPA taste, quite enjoyable.

This medium bodied beer finishes with a with a dry aftertaste with some bitter citrus hanging around.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retetntion & lacing

S: Pineyness & grassyness, some breadyness

T: Follows the nose, along with grapefruit up front. Orange peel& grapefruit as this warms, some dryness & breadyness as well, plus a bit of caramel. Finishes with grapefruit & pineapple, & a nice crispness

MF: Fairly chewy, subtle carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, a fairly nice DIPA

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has pungent notes of hop inspired madness appears in body a golden apricot orange hue of deep amber malt goodness. Full on off white head forms thick with a delicious layer of complexity coming in once again. Aroma has huge apricot citrus layers of hops to balance out malts from the past. Flavor has big pink fruits and other tropical notes hanging out with the initial hoppy flavor going on. In fact it's quite bad, between big malts and alcohol layers, a medium bodied carbonation flows thick. WIth the overall mouthfeel bringing in a thick flow of harsh carbonation. Not my favorite beer by any means but it is what it is.

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Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Samuel Smith nonic.
This "imperial: IPA is nicely crafted but lacks the punch of a typical American DIPA. A bit too much alcohol in the aroma; it dominates over the rather evenly alanced caramel malt and hops. Hops finally come to the fore in tasting and linger on afterwards. Exceptional head.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, nice citrus/pine notes. The taste is hoppy, slighlty malty, with some citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this one really surprised me, excellent job Pyramid, recommended.

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Photo of plaid75
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft piney hops and an earthy caramel.

The taste was a bit tired with dull piney hops and an awkwardly assertive malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with some residual bitterness.

Overall a decent malt forward DIPA.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up yesterday at the COOP.. poured into my Kasteel goblet... nice long lasting foamy off white/yellowish head... great lacing... the brew is a polished deep orange.

Surprisingly good nose... plenty of pithy citrus.. and maybe some background pale malts that help the hops deliver.

Good bitterness up front quickly gives way to a descent malt profile.. a bit of toasted malt adds complexities without distracting or ever verging on too malty... the above hoppiness translates well.. and lingers for a long while on the finish.

The body seems a tad thick... the carbonation is about right and pretty smooth small bubble.

This brew is not earth shattering by any stretch, but it is good and a fantastic price. Glad to see Pyramid stretching their legs again.


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Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get a bottle of the Outburst from the singles shelf at my local Binnys. The beer pours a cloudy light orange with a finger thick frothy head that is lacing like a Vicky secrets catalog. The scent is very malty with subtle scents of hop. The taste is much like the smell....very malty with twangs of pine and big alcohol. The mouthfeel is a full bodied iPad with smooth carbonation. Overall it is ok....I have had better and with the high abv it would be tough to drink very much of it.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.