Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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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 SamN
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pretty thick, glug-glug-glug. Amber colored liquid, not very deep or dynamic colors. Head is mediocre, a little limp, doesn't last. Smell is pretty good, surprisingly malty, caramel malts, some biscuity bread aromas. Hop profile is rather subdued for an imperial IPA. Some basic citrus fruits of apples and maybe oranges. Really, this is too malty for an IPA. Taste becomes a little more hops dominant but still keeps a healthy malt profile throughout. More caramel malts followed by some darker fruits like plums and oranges. Finishes not too bitter with a fading sweetness. Not bad at all. The higher strength doesn't come through too much, either. Mouthfeel is smooth and relaxed with a bigger character.

Overall; not a great IPA, but decent as a hoppier amber-type ale. Nothing I would seek out again.

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

12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date printed on label. Twist off cap.

A: Pours a murky/hazy amber color with a thin white head. I see plenty of small bubbles rising to the top. An adequate lacing is lest behind.

S: Alcoholic! fruits and citrus with a hint of hops. Masculine.

T/M: Full bodied and goes down slick. Citric--->Pine hop taste. Fruity bitterness is strong but balanced out some by a thick malt taste. Like bread or something. The finish is somewhat clean with the remnants of hops and the fumes of alcohol.

O: I have not had many DIPA's in my life. I think I need to start looking for more. With the higher ABV this beer is surprisingly easy to drink. The alcohol is concealed pretty well letting the wonderful taste come through.


Photo of constantine_272
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper in color with mostly white foam. Sticky foam, but most of it disappeared quickly. Decent carbonation.

S: Straightforward hop and citrus. Not much else there that I'm getting.

T: Nicely balanced considering the high alcohol. Tangy strong hop and lemon notes the a bit of roasted grain to balance it out. Good zest unless from the carbonation adds tanginess without bitterness. The taste finishes off with a bit of orange peel.

M: Pretty good here. The bitterness is good but it still maintains some lightness. Nice balance for 8.5% alcohol.

O: Overall it's hard to give a beer with this much hop and this much alcohol a great score. It felt one dimensional at first but then I discovered the orange peel flavor halfway through which kept me interested and gained back a few points. In the end though, it just wasn't for me. The hops cover most of the booze, but at the cost of complexity.

Photo of Glibber
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber in color, poured a nice creamy 1/2 inch head that settled out to 1/8 inch. Good thick lacing on the glass. Very aromatic, with citrus pine and peach front. Decent carbonation and smooth to drink for a high octane beer. Nice citrus hop flavor on the back end- warms the stomach. I did not think the hops were overpowering at all. The malts come out when the beer warms up a bit. Very drinkable beer. To tell you the truth, I was suprised it was so good. For the price the beer is a steal.

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

This isn't going to knock your socks off, but for the price, it is definitely worth it. It is a well made beer that is a great value. As a believer in the free market economy, this will be receiving my dollar vote frequently when I just want a good overall beer.

Pours a copper color with a decent white head that left a little lacing in my glass. Smell is pretty darn hoppy, I am noticing citrus and pine hops, pretty standard for the pacific northwest. Taste is surprisingly good, definitely more on the hops side of the IPA balance. The hops stand out, but don't kick your ass like so many others. I enjoy an ass kicking on occasion, but this has the right level of hops to enjoy alone or with a meal. Mouthfeel is good, medium weight with decent carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding for a DIPA.

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 whatthehull
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Deep amber, medium tan, one finger head and some lacing

S - Really, really malty up front. Toasted barley, maybe some wheat, and a bit sweet. Hoppy in the backbone. Pine and citrus notes are very prevalent

T - Very hoppy, with subtle malt and very sweet. Not a huge alcohol flavor which is nice. Pine, flowers and tons of citrus fruits

M - Coats the mouth with bitterness and sweetness lingers the whole way through. Nice and carbonated and a bit fluffy

D - Really nice for a 8.5 abv. I could drink a sixer with no problem other than getting nice and toasty

Final thought - $6.99 for 6 - 12oz with 8.5 abv. Count me in

Photo of GeoChase90
1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

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.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Crystal clear amber with a 1 and a half finger head of creamy white suds. Good lacing. Solid head rentention.

S – Strong aroma of cut grass, dank resinous hops, white bread, and citrus.

T – Big, lush, fruity hops upfront with hints of apricot, pear, grapefruit, and even a little banana. Mid-palate features malt dough reminiscent of white bread, and earthy hop dankness. Finishes slightly peppery. Everything works together well. Refreshingly sweet.

M – Good firm body and medium carbonation. Alcohol comes through just a little in the finish. Nice.

O – A damn good DIPA. Very lush and if you favor sweeter, more fruity DIPA’s instead of tongue peeling bitterness, this could be the IPA for you. I’d buy again.

Photo of hickmancase
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the variety pack.

A: Looks like an IPA. Slightly sticky two-finger head. Doesn't quite look imperial.

S: Great flowery, hoppy smell. Almost as pungent as Port Brewing's Whambo (one IPA whose nose I cannot find a match for).

T: Great taste. Excellent hop profile. Can't believe such an excellent offering could come from this bigger brewery.

M: Can't remember.

D: Excellent. After offering a friend the last of the four bottles, I actually snuck it away in my pocket for myself. What a jerk!


Photo of archyquaffer
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?

Photo of BierStein711
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A SURPRISE FROM THE WIFE! I have now enjoyed half of the six pack, and now I feel confident to compose a review.

Appearance is red to amber brown, with pale gold at the bottom. A two finger tan, the color of deer hid quickly disappears to bubbles. Carbonation is pleasant, and not overpowering, furthermore this is just a smooth beer.

Smells: Grapefruit, pine, and bread pudding. Of course not a sweet smell, but an opening one.

Tastes: Pine, alcohol, and lemon zest. At the finish you can really taste the booze.

Mouthfeel: Thick and warming, not as warming as Old Raspy of course, but not too many people are comfortable in long beards, hair shirts, and priestly vestments.

Overall, this is a good beer. A grand Double IPA that does it's job well. Refreshes, and relaxes!

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 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 julian
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice crystal clear copper color with a good amount of slightly off white head. Lacing is a little oily, but otherwise nice. coats the glass nicely.

S: First impressions are the most important and right off the bat, this smells delicious. Lots of fruity hop aroma, sweet tropical candy. Very nice.

T: Less fruity flavor than the nose led me to anticipate. Kind of subdued, more of an earthy bitterness than anything. Not much in the way of complexity in the flavor.

M: Good mouthfeel, it coats the tongue and mouth nicely with a proportionate amount of carbonation and has a balanced flavor/feel and no off aftertaste.

D: Not my favorite IIPA, but definitely a step up for Pyramid. They're trying to branch out and I see that. Keep it up Pyramid, and keep these new "seasonals" coming...you just might hit the jackpot with one of them eventually (cmon do something BIG, like a RIS or something barrel aged).

Photo of hopsbreath
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear light amber in the glass with a couple fingers of ecru head. Moderate lacing help this look pretty solid. 4/5

S: Light citrus and light pine backed up by some bisuity goodness. Not bad. 3/5

T: Big and pure bitter citrus with a touch of sour citrus. Bitter lingering citrus on the finish as well. A little one dimensional here and refreshing given the big ABV. 3.5/5

M: Thin bodied and low on the carbonation. Smooth and clean on the finish put this in my ball park. 4/5

D: I probably could have had $4 worth of this stuff. Instead I had a $1 worth since I split the bomber with my wife. Find a better tulip full of DIPA for $1. I bet you can't. 4/5

Photo of kevinlater
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Photo of chaz410
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice transparent amber body with a half finger white head.
Smell is of pine, grassy and slightly citrus hops.
Taste has a solid caramel malt backbone and has layers of pine and melon like hops, kinda cantalope and pineapple. Slight citrus finish and some grassy lingerings.
Mouthfeel is very smooth considering the IBUs.

Photo of vic21234
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle has a best by date of 2/28/13.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a large amount of an off-white head. The head sticks around awhile and forms some nice lacing along the sides of the glass. Nice looking IIPA.

S- Not an overly aromatic beer for an IIPA. Some citrus notes are apparent but nothing pops out at you.

T- Some citrus notes in the taste, other than that it seems overly sweet and almost syrupy. Not a fan. Could this be a bad bottle?

M- Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, bitter with a dry finish.

Something is off with the taste. I'm drinking it a day before the best by date but I don't think it would effect it with the way it tasted.

Photo of kagent777
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the Utah State store, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Crystal clear light amber/dark golden. White head settled quickly into a thin island of foam.

Smell: Very nice herbal/pine/citrus hops smell. The smallest hint of toasty malt in the nose.

Taste: This is really balanced for an IIPA. There is a nice only slightly sweet toasted malt note up front combined with a hop note, which recedes into bitterness only at the end of the sip. The hop flavor is not as present in the taste as it is in the nose. Really clean.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation and middling finish for an IIPA.

Overall: I will seek this one out again, pleasant surprise! It is easy for me to get here in Utah. The price point makes this one easy on the wallet, too.

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

Had this from a bottle during the Super Bowl last night. Poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

The beer was darker than I expected. Deep orange and brown, not a bad looker. However, the head dissipated a bit too quickly and didn't quite stand up to want I wanted.

The smell was predominantly hoppy with a strong malt presence. I wish that the hops were fruitier (don't I always?). The notes from these were just a bit... blah. Not hops that truly stand out, but otherwise fairly solid.

The taste was pretty much in line for the style, but I got a strange fruitiness from the malt backbone. If that fruitiness was more pleasant or in line for the style, I would have kicked this beer into the 4's range overall. However, that just held me back. The hops were also a bit bland. I wish they would have stood out more.

That being said, this was a solid offering and I wouldn't turn one down. The beer went down comparatively smoothly (though, that could be because I drank a fresh Bigfoot right before this...). All in all, a decent offering from a brewery that doesn't have the greatest reputation on this site.

Photo of robbrandes
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours an impossibly clear amber, decent head, that receded quickly. the aroma lived up to the 'outburst' name - an explosion of piney hops, malt and citrus.

taste is good, but not great. pretty hop-forward, but the taste doesn't quite live up the incredible nose. the citrusy-pine aroma is somewhat over-powered by a faintly peppery and slightly acidic bite. not bad, but the nose really had me expecting something special. mouthfeel is middling - a bit thin and carbonation, while low, is a bit rough.

the one big plus - pricing. $2.29 for a bomber? if value was a category, this would be an easy 5.0!

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. This 2XIPA pours a deep orange colour with a nice bit of fluffy white head. There are some typical hop-heavy pine and orange peel aromas on the nose, with plenty of sweet caramelly malt, as well. The taste offers up tropical fruit flavours and ample sweetness. There's a surprising lack of bitterness on the finish, which would help balance it a bit. Tasty if not a little on the sweet side.

Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.