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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

546 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | 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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bump8628

Oklahoma

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 14:52:56 | More by bump8628
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-06-2012 00:35:10 | More by jaidenjb
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-04-2012 23:12:38 | More by BigTrubble
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-22-2013 00:51:49 | More by JTomczak
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 21:58:20 | More by mfnmbvp
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RickS95

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 04:13:03 | More by RickS95
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-22-2013 20:18:06 | More by mc4z
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-22-2014 01:51:31 | More by TerryW
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:42:49 | More by Omnium
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-14-2013 03:24:00 | More by Beerlover
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BucannonXC5

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 07:28:35 | More by BucannonXC5
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deonreds

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-06-2012 06:04:37 | More by deonreds
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-25-2014 00:16:52 | More by leftoverburrito
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bzach

Indiana

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-29-2012 19:52:44 | More by bzach
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-23-2014 01:02:14 | More by OregonGrown7
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artoolemomo

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 02:31:12 | More by artoolemomo
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Docer

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked a very good priced 12 oz. into a cheater pint.

- Clear dark copper amber colored brew... fizzy finger of white head down to some spotty creamy pasty head.

- Sweet grainy caramel with a huge citrus hop presence. Slightly roasty, grassy, and earthy.. light alcohol odor, more grain and starchy note.

- Citrus earthy and grassy hop hit heavy in this one with a roasty sweet caramel malt. Quit bitter and grapefruit-like though balanced enough to make it smooth.

- Medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth. Slightly drying and bitter dry. A little chewy and sticky.

- Overall a very respectable IIPA. Quite smooth and drinkable, and doesn't come across as one of those ones that would hit the gag reflex if you had too many.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 01:17:48 | More by Docer
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avaldivia

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-03-2012 07:46:50 | More by avaldivia
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried to be as hard as I could on this beer: I have no love for Pyramid products. Or, at least I didn't...

Outburst Imperial IPA, served in a SA PP glass

A medium golden tone with the slightest of haze, a little effervescent (possibly because of the etchings on the bottom of my glass). Two finger off white head is soapy and dissipates more quickly than most double IPAs.

Hop spice on the nose: earthy, grassy, piney with a little grapefruit. Pleasant and not overpowering. No real 'wow' factor though.

Tastes like an IPA. The bitterness is upfront with a small grapefruit presence. It's not quite bitter enough upfront, and the flavors fade relatively quickly, leaving a dry hop bitterness on the roof of your mouth as the aftertaste. Not bad but not impressive really. Just tasty. Hops don't attack your tongue like other DIPAs.

MF starts a little creamy but doesn't measure up to other DIPAs like Tricerahops or Hoptimum, both of which I've had in the last week.

An excellent value, and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 15:09:13 | More by Scotchboy
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-15-2012 01:46:59 | More by HoistinBrews
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rowew

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 02:35:51 | More by rowew
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snaotheus

Washington

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".

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 00:56:19 | More by snaotheus
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djtomain

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-20-2012 23:43:02 | More by djtomain
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-04-2013 05:06:47 | More by pirmannt1
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rawfish

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 08:08:26 | More by rawfish
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.