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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

537 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:41:38 | More by FickleBeast
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PaulMc

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-01-2012 03:27:00 | More by PaulMc
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warrenc

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-28-2012 01:03:28 | More by warrenc
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-27-2012 04:29:50 | More by bluntedboywonder
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 17:11:55 | More by barnzy78
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yesyouam

New York

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 14:37:20 | More by yesyouam
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 23:17:51 | More by Ryan011235
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alamode

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-23-2012 18:32:20 | More by alamode
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-22-2012 12:07:51 | More by Mullinger1980
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ThickNStout

Georgia

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

12oz bottle from Crabapple Bottle Shoppe (Alpharetta, GA). 2.49. Best enjoyed by 8/3/12- that's no problem for me. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pourss vibrant clear orange with 1.5 finger off-white head. 

Nice citrusy hop nose. Orange, mango, pine and sweet bread. Rather pleasing. 

Taste delivers on those citrus hops. Bitter orange rind, grassy pine, mango, biscuit and a cut if booze. Booze is just a tad strong- not at all an unpleasant trait but I've had several imperial IPAs with higher abv that is far less noticeable. 

Medium mouthfeel with moderate to strong carbonation. That nice tingle helps produce a long sharp bittersweet hop aftertaste. 

The guy at the store may have oversold this a bit but I'd certainly drink it again. I was assured a "perfect balance" of hops and malts. It's got some nice hops in it but personally, I'd prefer a tad more malt sweetness to add body and counter the sharp bitterness. Far from the best imperial IPA around but it's still quite enjoyable. 

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 04:59:48 | More by ThickNStout
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retetntion & lacing

S: Pineyness & grassyness, some breadyness

T: Follows the nose, along with grapefruit up front. Orange peel& grapefruit as this warms, some dryness & breadyness as well, plus a bit of caramel. Finishes with grapefruit & pineapple, & a nice crispness

MF: Fairly chewy, subtle carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, a fairly nice DIPA

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 03:05:22 | More by russpowell
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Durge

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark and hazy amber/tea color with a modest off-white head and decent lacing. The aroma brings an interesting sweet grassy-herbal hop and mild maple malt. The flavor leads with the sweet maple and follows quickly with the herbal hop bitterness. I get bright grass and near mint highlights. Malt and nut bread. This is medium bodied with polite tingly carbonation for a solid feel with a hint of alcohol. Not as intense as the best doubles but a happy hop brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:59:43 | More by Durge
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from above the glass about an inch or so gave this beer a super big off white head that slowly died above a clear honey copper colored beer.

A light soapy sour citrus hops with a pretty descent amount of pine tree aroma with just a tad bit of a light sweet malt creeping in.

Dry light bitter citrus, pine sap, and a light sweet caramel malt taste, a well balanced IPA taste, quite enjoyable.

This medium bodied beer finishes with a with a dry aftertaste with some bitter citrus hanging around.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 00:10:19 | More by LXIXME
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Timmyg128

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

05-18-2012 22:34:02 | More by Timmyg128
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julian89

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into plastic tasting cup at work (I know, classy right?)

Appearance: Clear dark yellow colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell: Strong hops with a crisp evergreen scents of pine, spruce, and cedar. A fairly strong malt scent.

Taste: Nice hops balance, hits you with evergreen mix on the middle palate, finishes semi-dry with a warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A quite decent DIPA. Very well balanced and seems like a good "stronger" beer for this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 12:23:18 | More by julian89
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-15-2012 01:46:59 | More by HoistinBrews
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amart80

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-13-2012 21:15:10 | More by amart80
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coldriver

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with minimal head and lacing. Pine and citrus hop aroma with bready malts. Pine, grapefruit, and apricot hop flavors, with sticky sweet bready malt backbone. Medium carbonation, dry finish, not too keen on the oversweet aftertaste. Overall this is not a bad DIPA from Pyramid.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 18:11:40 | More by coldriver
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-12-2012 19:36:25 | More by Skye1024
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OldTime

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-12-2012 00:07:44 | More by OldTime
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Las Vegas NV for 1.99

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with an average size frothy/fizzy off-white coloured head. Hard to make out the level of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is a bit of grapefruit, oranges, and also some pineapple and a hint of apricot/strawberry flavour. It ends with a malty and fruity aftertaste with quite a lot of hop bitterness.

Overall - A good beer for hop heads, but it seems to be lacking a little bit taste wise. It's closer to a IPA than a DIPA for me. I'm not sure how fresh my bottle is so maybe that has something to do with it. Still glad i tried it, but I'd reach for something else next time.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 18:05:23 | More by spinrsx
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MouthfulOfchris

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

05-07-2012 14:56:10 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Crystal clear amber with a 1 and a half finger head of creamy white suds. Good lacing. Solid head rentention.

S – Strong aroma of cut grass, dank resinous hops, white bread, and citrus.

T – Big, lush, fruity hops upfront with hints of apricot, pear, grapefruit, and even a little banana. Mid-palate features malt dough reminiscent of white bread, and earthy hop dankness. Finishes slightly peppery. Everything works together well. Refreshingly sweet.

M – Good firm body and medium carbonation. Alcohol comes through just a little in the finish. Nice.

O – A damn good DIPA. Very lush and if you favor sweeter, more fruity DIPA’s instead of tongue peeling bitterness, this could be the IPA for you. I’d buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 22:52:03 | More by TempeBeerMan
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

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

A - Pours a clear red hued, amber body. 2 fingers of of eggshell head that forms a collar with thick lacing.

S - Pine, candied grapefruit, tangerine, orange, caramel malt, hints of banana esters

T - Juicy fruit gum, passion fruit, citrus peel bitterness, caramel malt, pine hops, finishes with floral and pine bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

Aroma is very juicy and tropical. The flavor is good too but doesn't match the nose. Surprisingly good IIPA!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 21:54:31 | More by StaveHooks
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Jkirk790

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-04-2012 15:09:03 | More by Jkirk790
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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