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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

567 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 567
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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Photo of SkinniePost
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SkinniePost, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of rajendra82
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of carbonation which formed a large head, almost four fingers thick, which filled up almost half the glass despite some careful pouring, and tested my patience greatly. The aroma was quite citric (grapefruit, tangerine) with some floral undertones. The taste continued on the citric theme, with a tart bitterness, and a slightly spicy finish. Very clean malt presence contributed a balancing sweetness, and some tropical fruit flavors. Quite a sticky presence in the mouth, with lots of mouth coating feeling. Aftertaste was spicy and bit boozy. I enjoyed it.

rajendra82, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by 04/03/2013 printed on the top label. A new beer for me, and got this six pack on sale from the local beer store for $3.99. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields about three fingers of doughy, fluffy, khaki / tan colored head. Body is a burnt sienna orange color with plenty of bubbles rushing to the top, and some light sediment floating around. Scattered lacing.

S - Some bitter sweet citrus hops, like grapefruit, mango and papaya, but kind of faint smelling. Strong malt profile, reminiscent of a barleywine. A subtle nose, with not a whole lot of action happening.

T - Some spicy hop bitterness, and alcohol heat is most prominent with this one. Some nail polish remover alcohol astringency happening here, which isn't exactly appealing. Juicy bitter grapefruit rind, some blood orange, and a dry bitter finish. I wish I had some cheese to pair with this.

M - Feel is sticky, with some resinous hop lingerance. Finishes fairly dry with some sugary fruit tastes lingering around also.

Overall, not a beer I would want to pay full-price for, but it was definitely a decent buy for 4 dollars a six pack. A fairly simple, bitter, dry-hopped imperial IPA. An easy sipping imperial IPA, with a highly bitter hop presence. I got an entire case of these bad boys for just $15, so you definitely can't go wrong at the price this beer is selling for. A definite must have beer.

Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA ---4/5

mfnmbvp, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Beerlover
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Beerlover, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper/amber with a thin but persistent white head.

Herbal and grassy are the main contributions from the hops with just a small amount of pine and very little citrus. Steely caramel is a bit heavy handed and clashes some with the hops.

I was excited at the prospect of a value-priced double IPA but this one didn't deliver. I found Bridgeport's Hop Czar did a much better job of filling that niche.

Tried the 2012 version and was much more impressed. Nice and dank with a huge smack herbal/grassy hop bitterness and flavor. Malt is firm but not sweet or overwhelming. Clean, but pungent. Really good.

bump8628, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

JTomczak, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of BigTrubble
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

BigTrubble, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

deonreds, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -20.2%

jaidenjb, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of sharpski
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

BucannonXC5, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

mc4z, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Brams17
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Brams17, Friday at 07:48 PM
Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

TerryW, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of RickS95
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had this three months after the 'best by' date, so take the review with a grain of salt.

A golden/copper/amber pour, a bit clear for my liking, leaves a nice head, about a finger and a half thick. Good staying power and a nice lace. Has a foamy look, somewhat craterous.

Not much smell. Crackers and the faintest hit of citrus. Nothing else registers.

Taste follows the lead of the smell, there's just not much there. Slightly bready, the lightest bit piney, there's just not much happening.

It's bitter from the moment it hits your lips and it lasts til it coats your tongue with the hop oils. Medium bodied.

It's not amazing. It's very bitter and I like the alcohol level, but the bottle I had is very ordinary.

RickS95, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of leftoverburrito
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

leftoverburrito, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Chimay Chalice

A - Pours a hazy orange/amber color, one finger soapy head, nice lacing.
S - Nice Pine and earthy hop aromas up front, then comes some really ripe fruit. Melon, papaya, orange. Some weird burnt caramel smell too, but its strangely not too bad.
T - Big orange and citrus, as well as a toasted caramel with some mild alcohol warmth.
M - Big feeling IPA, very chewy and mildly bitter.
O - A good Double IPA, lots of flavor, depends on what your profiles are, but its something just a tad different. Its geared more at an east coast style wit the malt. Good job by pyramid though.

Omnium, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of djtomain
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

djtomain, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold/amber with a slight chill haze and a two finger parchment colored two finger head that settles a bit quick but leaves a ring of curtain lace on the glass.

Aroma is dominant of pine and mint with a good amount of tropical fruit backing unripe mango and fresh peaches. Slight toasted bread malt character.

Taste is still hop dominant with resinous pine, and a bit of grass and tropical fruit, malt character is very low especially for a DIPA, slightly sweetening toasted dry bread. Doesn't dry well, a tad sticky. Simple in delivery, hop variety is a good change up.

Lacks in body with average carbonation. More malt character would've assuredly helped build this one up some. Alcohol seems to be impeding the dryness though very well hidden.

Nothing exceptional but an excellent value DIPA, alcohol well hidden and drinks smaller than it is while delivering a nice punch of flavor.

rawfish, May 03, 2011
Photo of snaotheus
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz glass

Pours a moderately cloudy coppery-orange color, with medium beige head. Smell is surprisingly bright and flowery, nice.

Taste is a letdown from the smell...the nice floral stuff is definitely muted, and replaced with a sort of flat bitterness imparted by the hops.

Mouthfeel is mild, slightly grainy. Overall, I guess I'd classify this beer as "fine".

snaotheus, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of bzach
3/5  rDev -20.2%

bzach, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of mick303
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

mick303, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

OregonGrown7, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

artoolemomo, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

HoistinBrews, May 15, 2012
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.