Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
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
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 01:53:01 | More by kevinlater
3.94/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
650 ml bottle served well chilled into glassware. Purchased this seasonal offering (as far as LCBO is considered) as I hadn't seen it any of the local stores for under $6 CDN.
Appearance - Bright copper color, with a dense off-white finger and a half of head. Very clear with plenty of effervescent bubbles present.Head has modest retention time but leaves behind thick soapy lacing around the rim of the glass.
Smell - Tons of balanced citrusy aromas, some pineapple, passionfruit and perhaps some orange and clementine mixture. Fairly aromatic earthy malt base just lingering behind the citrus as well. Really good aroma on this although not quite as pronounced as I may have expected from an Imperial IPA.
Taste - Wow, very nice. Huge blend of the pineapple, then something sweet like mango and passion fruit blend, before finishing with a earthy conclusion mixed with some lemon zest and orange rind. Some mild heat on the back end due to the significant alcohol content.
Mouthfeel - Dry finish, dense heavy feel and the flavors coat the mouth nicely, albeit a touch on the syrupy side.Well carbonated, which helps cut through the heavy body. Heat in the mouth and especially the throat afterwards due to the alcohol content.
Overall - A fine DIPA, that I recommend especially to my fellow Ontarians, as this probably won't last in stores too long. A bit on the heavy side, but I could see this being a particularly great sipper on a cool spring evening as it's got a big enough body and booze content to help you warm up even more. Would gladly try again, although beer is probably best if shared.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 19:30:05 | More by DenisKolkin
3.81/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2014 23:32:23 | More by biegaman
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
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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