Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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3.45/5 rDev -8.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle bears a stamp on the neck label, "Enjoy by 072012". Pours a slightly hazy honey amber color, with a 1" head that leaves bubbly lacing down the sides as it reduces. A thin lid of foam remains on top.
Smell is faintly malty and sweet, with very little citrus or hop aroma. Given that this is an imperial IPA. I am surprised at the lack of aroma coming from this beer.
Taste is sweet and malty, with a slightly astringent middle and a sticky sweet finish with a hint of hop bite. A bit of alcohol and grape flavors are present as well.
Medium bodied, there is still enough hop bite to leave the tongue feelng a bit of tingle and burn as this is sipped.
I know the beer is not old because of the date on the label, but if I hadn't seen the "enjoy by" date, I would have sworn this was a beer past its prime. Then again, my experience with Pyramid thusfar has been that, while it was a trailblazer for craft brewers, ultimatley it has failed to keep up with the quality demands and standards of the industry. Just prior to this beer I had a Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster, and would happily trade this for that in a hearbeat.
06-20-2012 01:55:57 | More by TheHoppiest
4/5 rDev +6.4%
A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some sweet caramel malts and a bit of pine hop.
T - Starts off with some grapefruit and other tropical and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some lightly bready malts come through with some pine hops and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of tropical and pine hops with some bitterness and a bit of sweet malts.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Good DIPA with a nice hop profile and pretty good balance.
06-10-2012 04:30:02 | More by ngeunit1
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
P: A murky golden orange topped with a thin layer of airy off white head that vanishes quickly with wet translucent lacing.
S: Toasted sweet malts, potpourri, orange zest, leather, fruit pectin, papaya, clove, pineapple and a cherry on top.
T/M: Toasted malt base, a tad of carmel sneaking in, grapefruit rind, spicier and more floral than the nose. A creamy medium-full body with timid carbonation Finishes dry and slightly boozy with lingering bitter citrus rind and fresh pine.
O: A good imperial IPA that delivers a great drinkability and aggressive but smooth hops. The sweet caramel malts is a bit of a twist but not unpleasant. Not one of my top favorites but a solid brew overall.
06-10-2012 03:47:02 | More by Hopswagger
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured to a tumbler glass from a 12 oz bottle
Pours a crystal clear golden amber, big fluffy 2 finger head that dies down and turns to a bubbly froth that lays over the top. Sticky, dank, piny notes big on the nose. Mango, peach and fresh cut orange also present. Mango, peaches, grapefruit, all on the tongue. Slight alcohol breaks in, sweet and juicy with a hint of caramel malts. This beer is mediuim bodied, very juicy, and bitter. Overall, this beer really suprised me, very easy drinking DIPA, full of flavor, not overwheamling but good and well balanced.
06-09-2012 01:07:53 | More by gabedivision
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
Aroma has pungent notes of hop inspired madness appears in body a golden apricot orange hue of deep amber malt goodness. Full on off white head forms thick with a delicious layer of complexity coming in once again. Aroma has huge apricot citrus layers of hops to balance out malts from the past. Flavor has big pink fruits and other tropical notes hanging out with the initial hoppy flavor going on. In fact it's quite bad, between big malts and alcohol layers, a medium bodied carbonation flows thick. WIth the overall mouthfeel bringing in a thick flow of harsh carbonation. Not my favorite beer by any means but it is what it is.
06-04-2012 20:34:17 | More by WVbeergeek
3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
A - Poured out a clear, orange color with golden highlights. It had a small, white head of bubbly foam that was short-lived and left very little lacing.
S - It smelled of sweet citrus fruits - orange, pineapple and grapefruit. Some caramel aromas, too.
T - It tasted of sweet caramel and some slight bitterness. Orange and grapefruit flavors came through, too.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.
O - This is an okay Imperial IPA. A little too sweet, but still pretty good.
06-03-2012 22:28:33 | More by zeff80
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
12 oz glass poured into a nonic
Pours a mostly clear orangish color with two full fingers of fluffy foam. Aroma is nicely hoppy, predominately tangerine, pineapple and other sweet citrus flavors.
First sip is very sweet initially, followed by a rush of hop flavor, then a bitter kick in the teeth, and then finishing with a lingering hop flavor. Quite complex and good. Nicely balanced with both sweet and bitter flavors coming forward. There is a real rush of sweet tropical fruit flavor.
This is a very nice beer. I appreciate the multiple levels of flavors. Alcohol is disguised nicely, and the bitterness doesn't overwhelm.
06-02-2012 01:41:38 | More by FickleBeast
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
12oz bottle, pours orange/copper in color, frothy ivory colored head holds very great retention and leaves thick, chunky lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas are sweet with caramel, juicy floral hop, pineapple, mango, honey filling the nose. Tastes are sweet up-front with caramel, pineapple, mango, some piny hops in there with grapefruit present as well. Finishes dry and somewhat bitter, but balance is key here - sweet and bitter, goes down well. Mouth-feel is meduim bodied, creamy, smooth. Overall, wow! Pyramid came through with this one. This is a brewery I have tended to avoid with a history of beers being sub-par to me. This one was exceptional!
05-25-2012 17:11:55 | More by barnzy78
4.35/5 rDev +15.7%
Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA is a clear, dense, light copper ale with a dense, creamy sand colored head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a hoppy aroma with notes of grass, flowers, tropical fruit and bubble gum. It's pretty full bodied and foamy. It goes down smooth but leaves the mouth a little trashed. It's quite bitter and a little sweet with caramel and a hint of star fruit. There's a resiny bitterness that leans toward juniper and lasts long after the swallow. This is really jam packed with flavor. If you're ready for a good smack in the mouth, strap in and drink this!
05-25-2012 14:37:20 | More by yesyouam
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
Poured into an A-B flute on 5/24/12
Enjoy by 053112
Slightly hazy honey amber color with a huge expanse of foam - three fingers to the brim on the glass and a pile of bubbles beyond that. The head dissipates over time leaving scattered lace.
The aroma has notes of bread, hints of sugar cookie and faint caramel topped off with oily hop resin, dry pine and a smattering of citric tones. There is a touch of yeast, too. The hops come to the foreground come sipping time with a slick, oily feel accented by some blended tropical notions and a touch of piney bitterness on the finish. There is a bready, grainy backdrop, but the needle is tipped more in the direction of the hops. The body is medium-full; certainly not over-bearing. Carbonation is comfortably on the low side. There is just a hint of alcohol.
This isn't close to the best Imperial IPA out there, but it's enjoyable enough. I have to give Pyramid credit for keeping it at 8.5% abv, which is admirable for the style.
05-24-2012 23:17:51 | More by Ryan011235
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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