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Outburst Imperial IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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85
very good
223 Reviews
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3.77
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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by djbreezy on 04-30-2010

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

$ 1.79 at Wegmens, Jamestown, NY
Enjoy by 6/10/14 (!) at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma weak citrus and malt.
Head average (3cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to an irregular layer between 2 and 5 mm thick.
Lacing good – thick, nearly complete rings with small to medium bubbles.
Body medium orange, slight haze.
Flavor – hopishness is probably dropping off but a bitter citrus presence is still evident. Also, some of the malt backbone is coming through. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation.

We rarely see Pyramid stuff around here, so I grabbed the last bottle they had, despite of the (barely readable in the store) date. It actually is holding up rather well, although it seems more of a pale ale than an IPA – more like a Brit IPA than an American IPA.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a conical pint glass.

A - Beautiful, crystal clear copper with a short, but impressively frothy head that leaves lace to make a Victorian debutante hate you. This is a great looking ale!

S - Hops. Lots of hops. A twinge of alcohol.

T - The malt taste that is there is roasty and crystal. Lots of "hoppy goodness" with an earthy, herbal taste. The alcohol in the nose is not present on the tongue. The malts come out a bit more on warming up.

M - Full and smooth. Dry at the back.

O - This was really a great beer. It's gorgeous for starters. I actually like this better than Samuel Smith's IPA. I prefer this style at cellar temp or just a bit above and this one is no exception. I wish it had a bit less alcohol as this is a style I like to slay a few of after sweaty yard work.

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Photo of mick303
3.77/5  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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pristine clear reddish amber with a frothy, shortlived head that recedes quite quickly. Pineapple and grapefruit hops and cookie dough mix with alcohol heat in the nose. Pine resin and more grapefruit and tropical fruit hop flavors take the lead in the taste. Crystal malt nuttyness/roastyness is noticeable throughout. The finish is moderately to lightly bitter with a good amount of booze flavor for 8.5%.

A pretty good DIPA but a bit lacking in hop intensity and a bit boozy.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO 650ml bottle for $4.95. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours with a white head and dark golden color

S- Very good. Lots of hops.

T- Very good. Not very bitter. This beer has little bittering hops and A LOT of dry hopping. Light despite the 8.5% alcohol.

M- Smooth and creamy. Again a surprise for a high alcohol beer. Traditional APA

O- Pretty good. Will buy again. Good price point. Had a choice between an unfiltered ale from Belgium 330ml bottle for $4.40 or this 650ml girl for $4.95. Same alcohol.... which one would you reach for first?

Food Pairing

This nice little IPA went well with... Spicey Tuna Roll. Yup! Sushi!

Enjoy

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Photo of tbeckett
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best Before 080814.

A - Pours a nice golden/dark golden colour. Bright with good carbonation and a two finger off white head. Decent lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Sugary fruits, pineapple core, malt balance there. Not an overly intense DIPA aroma, but suitable.

T - More sugary fruits, some alcohol, definite malt presence and pineapple core sorta citrus flavour. Orange sort of note there too. Definitely not a DIPA with a complex hop profile by any stretch.

M - Decent bitterness, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Might be the age, but this is certainly not a DIPA that wows. Decent, but I probably won't finish it at this ABV. Not complex enough for the style and seems to just be a 'stronger' IPA.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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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 artoolemomo
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very deep gold to almost red in color. Fairly hazy in the body with a pretty big head. The head sticks around forever and laces very well.

S- Strong malt and booziness right up from before the hops kick in a little bit. This smells mostly like a barleywine that has been fairly well hopped.

T- Just like the scent, this starts off malty and semisweet before turning boozy, then hoppy. Booziness is rather strong for the ABV and evident in the taste. Hoppiness is only light to moderate in bitterness when it kicks in. Finishes with a lingering malty sweetness and alcohol bite.

M- Smooth, thick, and low in carbonation with the aforementioned alcohol presence.

Overall, this is is not fresh, but I can't imagine that it was a whole lot better when fresh. Tons of malt and little evidence that there was ever much more than moderate hopping.

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Photo of Brisket
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack at the Fred Meyer on Overland and 5-mile. Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours crystal clear amber bronze with a dense 3-finger head that fell rapidly leaving heavy lacing.

S- It smells amazing. Pine resin hops dominate.

T- The taste is more of the pine bitterness with mild citrus. The middle has a bready malt flavor with more bitterness that lingers.

M- Light to medium body for the style; heavy carbonation probably contributes to this perception. It doesn't have the typical syrupy deal of many DIPAs.

O- Solid beer. Particularly at this price point and ubiquity in town. I will likely buy again.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 12 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, my customary DIPA end to an evening. Arrived in a tulip glass, a beautiful reddish orange with an inch of beige head. Aroma was effervescent, fruity, and spicy, with grapefruit rind, pepper, starfruit, citrus iced tea, and toasted crust notes apparent. I spent a little time just sniffing this one, which probably looked a tad strange. I'm used to it. Palate was interesting and this one stands apart from other DIPAs I've tried in a number of regards. The malts and overall backbone were less sweet than in many other takes on this style, less toffee and more gummy candy and light toasted notes: Pleasantly bitter, even. The major initial flavor was unripe slightly tart fruit that left a nice tannic puckering effect on the mouth, with pears, watermelon, and green banana discernible. Things then moved in more herbal territory, medicinal tincture and mint followed by more fruity yet earthy notes that recall blackberries and blueberry tea. Moderate body and rather aggressive carbonation contribute to the overall light, fruity, and sour effect, slightly prickly on the mouth but not unpleasant. Finishes dryish and herbal, with some pine making an appearance, but also playfully tweaks you a bit with some Lifesavers candy during the goodbye. Dry hopped with two blends (Falconer's Flight and Zythos) which together account for numerous different varieties, probably explaining the wealth of green, unripe flavors. Tasty enough and a nice chance of pace from the citrus and tropical fruit bombs that I love but nevertheless also love to return to after a dalliance elsewhere.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a beautiful golden amber color. The head is a one finger eggshell shade. The texture is moderately bubbly yet soft, and the retention is okay. Decent stripes of lacing are left behind. Honestly, this one looks incredible in a glass.

S: The hops start off rather piny, but quickly transform into a semi-aggressive rush of pineapple, peach, and apricot. There are some vague tropical hints, too. It also has a fairly prevalent malt backbone, though it thankfully lacks some of the more oppressive toffee notes some DIPAs can have. While it doesn't quite challenge the elite aromas of the top-shelf DIPAs, it certainly provides a respectable nose.

T: Honestly, I'm not quite sure what to make of the flavor profile. It opens up with a good rush of piny bitterness, while the middle and end is a combination of slight pineapple, sugary malts, some earth, orange marmalade, and a touch of mint. There's a decent amount of depth to be found, and also a little booziness as well. It certainly isn't hot, but it's still a bit more prevalent than I like. Otherwise, this is an okay DIPA.

M: Even among DIPAs, this is very prickly, astringent, and sharply carbonated. It's dry, but not soft. The feel improves once the carbonation slows down, but also becomes a little more full bodied and hard to drink. Having said that, drinkability is pretty solid.

O: Not bad, especially in the world of budget DIPAs. It seems oddly English-style, given its earthy, fruity, ever-so-slightly boozy flavor. This one is in the pile of "would drink again; wouldn't buy again" beers.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly recede into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Upfront hints of citrus hops with some grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and apricot. Earthy hints of grass and some pine resin. Solid bready malt backing with hints of sweet caramel, biscuit, grains, toffee, and yeast. A solid juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a juicy, earthy, and moderately sweet hop forward taste with good notes of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Upfront taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, lemon, and apricot. Earthy and floral notes with some grass and pine. Good malt presence with bready notes of caramel, biscuit, yeast, toffee, and grains. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, slightly sticky, and nicely smooth on the finish.

Overall: A solid take on a Double IPA. Nice citrus notes with a good sweet malt balance.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pyramid Brewing 'Outburst Dry Hopped Imp IPA' @ 8.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.50

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to clear amber in the glass with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-pine upfront & citrus in the background

T-piney followed by grapefruit (not that smooth) the bitterness is a bit harsh on the finish

MF-ok carbonation , full bodied , dry bitterness lingers on the palate

Ov-ok beer , the ABV is kinda well hidden , worth a go if your into trying beers

prost LampertLand

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear orange color with a finger of white head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass and nice lingering bubbles on the surface

S: Pine forest and lemon

T: Piney and sweet. Dries from the tongue while sweetness remains on roof and sides of mouth.

M: a bit thick and sticky, nice carbonation

O: a terrific piney, resiny IIPA. I will seek this out again.

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Photo of fitius5150
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I live within walking distance of the Pyramid/Portland Brewing/MacTarnahan's/whatever it is this week brewery in NW Portland. They produce a lot of mediocre to slightly above average beers, especially when compared to the excellent beers to be found all over this city. The Outburst is a step above the rest. It is an all around very good beer that is very drinkable despite the high ABV. To make it even better, they will fill 2 half-gallon growlers with it from the tap for $11 on Fridays. You can't beat that with a stick.

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Photo of joeworrall
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm tasting it head-to-head with three other IPA's: Boulder Beer MOJO, Anderson Valley Heelch O'Hops and Oskar Blues Deviant Dales. Of the four, this is probably my third favorite, but at $7 per six pack, it's also the cheapest.

It's fairly well balanced, with dominant pine hops, but doesn't have a really strong hops presence that I look for in IIPA's. At this price point, my go-to IIPA is still New Belgium Rampant IPA.

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Photo of hopdabble
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A -Color of dried apricot. head is thick, three inches deep...persistent, with lacing

S - mild sweetness,then peppery,then pine

T - brief complex bitterness, smooths to sweet, pepper end

M - carbonation, then coated with dreamy IPA flavor...

high alcohol content is completely hidden.

Surprised at this, given previous middling reviews - right up there with my favorite Imperial IPAs...

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Photo of JohnnyJam
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my second attempt to review this beer. I bought a couple of six-packs recently and every bottle was out of code. I thought the poor head and lack of lacing was on the out-of-code product. The fresh bottle has the same poor head and lacing, though.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with the date code clearly printed on the label ( 12/08/13) into a snifter and get 1/4 fingers of head.

A: Pours a copper, almost orange color. Very interesting. Hazy. Little to no head, though. No lacing to speak of.

S: Biscuit, pine and citrus.

T: A hoppy bitterness that isn't a hop bomb. Taste of an orange peel when you bite into it to peel it. Maybe a little tropical fruit there, also.

M: I can't say that it is medium bodied...just a little less than that. Medium carbonated. Goes down good, though. Maybe too good considering the alcohol content.

O: I like this beer. The alcohol is well hidden and it is not sweet or over-malty.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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?

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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 migwell
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reading reviews on this site has convinced me that I'm a handicapped person. Reason: my sense of smell is actually very limited. I have never before really felt that this was a problem in my life, but of course, it has to do with more than just scent, since the subtleties of flavor are also dependent on a refined sniffer to differentiate the finer distinctions of taste. Thus my reviews, more dependent on drinkability than flavor.

This particular offering seems to me to be pretty much the usual DIPA, since my perceptions are somewhat limited, but what I don't like about it is the obvious alcohol content, undisguised by maltiness, hops or flavor. So many other DIPA's do a much better job at this... sometimes to my detriment (I'm thinking of you, Lagunitas Maximus!)

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.