Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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595 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 41 | 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 snohojimbo
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. As a lover of IPA's, this is, along with Deschutes Inversion, Red Hook's Longhammer, Scuttlebutt's Gale Force, or New Belgium's Ranger, one of my "daily" drinkers.

One of the advantages of this beer is that is just as good from a bottle as it is from a glass. Why drink from the bottle? Well, when I am out biking or hiking in the great Northwest, I like to take a beer or two along, and its tough to pour into a glass on the trail! :^)

Photo of drpimento
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Big beer! Poured this at a good temperature with a large, thickl, foamy, frothy, light tan head that settled after a bit and some lace. Color is a clear honey amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is firstly hoppy, then malty and on the subdued side especially for as brash a beer as this. Flavor has a lot more going on tho it too, is dominated by hop and followed by malt. Fairly dry, and the carbonic tang is just right. Body is perfect. Finish is very long and bitter.

Photo of durlta
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of RyanTeeter
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a bottle via a pint glass.

a: The appearance was transparent however not crystal clear. Slight haze to it. Vigorous pour led to a thin head that disappeared within a minute.

s: Wonderful aroma. Full of citrus and floral hop. Wonderful smell - could not get my nose out of the bottle.

t: Great taste. Sweet flavor paired perfectly with the bitterness of several hop flavors.

m: Mouthfeel truly added to the overall flavor as flavor rushed into every crevice within my mouth. Slightly heavy feel to the tongue, flavor lingers just long enough to allow time in-between drinks.

o: I am not always an IPA fan however this Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA was fantastic. It wonderfully balanced the intense hop flavors with their blended malts to truly give a wonderful experience.

Currently my highest rated beer.

Photo of Rudes
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jamiecoppin
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a very nice orange color with some ruby highlights. Upon pouring there is only a tiny white head that fades almost instantly with very little lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet of tropical fruit aromas. Lots of tangerine mango, papaya and banana are most prominent. Along with these fruit smells are smells of toffee and some bready malt with a lightly boozy aroma rounding them all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and light caramel flavor. With these flavors is a moderate grapefruit hop flavor that grows stronger as the taste moves on. While the caramel flavors fade after the initial taste some light tropical flavors of papaya and mango and some tangerine. These flavors are rather light and are soon subdued by a pine hop as well as a slightly boozy taste. A rather bitter and resinous pine and grassy flavor come to the tongue at the end largely taking over the taste to leave their mark on the tongue when all is said and done.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Ok for the style although a slightly thicker body may have highlighted some of the hop taste more appropriately.

Overall – A moderately good double IPA. The aroma was quite nice although it was a bit deceiving as the taste was more bitter and less fruit balanced as would have been perceived. It does however give a nice hoppy bite to the taste buds at the end of the taste and is rather enjoyable to drink overall.

Photo of Kacer24
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of rrock44
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Past it's best by date (1/11/13). Free, so who cares.

Pours gold with an enormous head, tons of carbonation,not much lace.

Pale and caramel malt scent with a bit of overripe fruit and citrus.

Caramel and lemon zest pop out first with pine resin close behind. Fresh mown lawn and pale malts follow with a nice, lingering grass and citrus aftertaste. Too heavy on the carbonation, moderate body.

A nice surprise from Pyramid. Nothing too special, but certainly not a bad DIPA.

Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of vic21234
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
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 jacket_fan
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review of a double/imperial IPA.

Aggressive pour into a pint glass.

Big head with a moderately heavy lacing. Darker color with a bit of opaqueness which I assume is a trait of IIPAs.

A nice relative strong bitter bite. Not as much as some other dry hopped beers. More fruity than I expected as well. Nice lingering aftertaste.

Overall a soft smooth mouthfeel. A bit thin for my preference.

I like this beer and will buy again. Would like to try it on draught. Smooth with just enough bite. Will try other IIPAs.

Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear bronze with a huge, off-white head, leaves plenty of lace. Perfect.

S: Not as much aroma as you might expect from a DIPA, but it's nice. Pine, citrus rind, tropical fruit, sweet toffee.

T: Piny resin, citrus rind, mango, sponge toffee, solid bitterness. It's all good, but lacking the power of some DIPA's (it's more balanced and quaffable).

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a hint of hop acidity, with a crisp finish.

O: It's such a pleasant drinker that I question the abv. A REALLY nice IPA, but it's not at all brash or as assertive as some DIPA's.

Photo of constantine_272
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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 scottfrie
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

On-tap at the brewpub in Sac.

A: Body is deep amber color, darker than I was expecting; looks almost like a brown ale. Served with no head, although a thin one was present at the time of the pour because there is an empty space at the top of my glass.
S: Fairly substantial grapefruit scented hops with sweet and roasted smelling malt undertones.
T: Not as juicy as the nose but still full of grapefruit and ambiguous citrus. The finish is a very bitter but bit rough and astringent with just the slightest bit of alcohol warmth noticeable. I’m getting tons of roasted malts in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body with lots of amply fizzy carbonation. Not especially smooth.
O: Bitter and straightforward but unbalanced and tough to drink. Probably won’t try this again.

Photo of Bagoosh
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would consider this taste more malty than hoppy. I am more of a hop fan, so it was not my favorite IPA. If you prefer a malty taste you will enjoy this one. It's pretty strong with a good alcohol content, but again, too much of a malty taste. I would drink it again, but prefer others.

Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of NIURicky
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Imperial IPA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, produced a very nice thick white head, great retention and above average lacing.The aroma was full of citrus fruit and pine. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel, there was a foundation of toasted malt that gave way to bitter pine and citric hops. Dry finish. Overall very nice IIPA, well balanced, great session beer, aggressively hopped but its not over the top. A great beginner IIPA if there is such a thing. Prost!

Photo of doughanson78
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DrewV
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

NOTE: The label on the bottle is different than what's shown in the BA picture, but I'm sure it's gotta be the same beer.

After living on beers from Bell's, Founders, and Lagunitas for years, I decided to give this one a try. I always considered Pyramid to be a second-tier brewer and frankly this beer did not change my mind at all.

That being said, it was a fairly decent brew. Definitely on the bitter side, but with enough sweet malt to balance out the hops. Lacking a bit in body and mouthfeel, it still manages to satisfy. One sign of a good IPA is wanting to drink another one when you get to the bottom of the glass, and this brew fits the bill.

At $9/six-pack, this is probably one of the best beers out there for the money.

Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.