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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

535 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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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Jordanbryan10

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-21-2012 01:23:37 | More by Jordanbryan10
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

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

"Best by" date stamped on label. Fairly fresh bottle!

Poured into a goblet. This beer pours with a classic looking soft two fingers of white head of a flamed orange sunburst body with just the tiniest touch of amber to darken it up. Very clear.

Smells of juicy northwest hops, primarily pine trees and pineapple. A fair dose of citrus is thrown in as well. After a swirl I smell a little solvent and lemon scented cleaning agent.

Alcohol and synthetic lemon are unfortunately strong in the flavor, and the heat is a detractor. Some spicy hops manifest with strong bitterness and a noticeable vegetal quality. "Earthy" would be a positive way to say it I suppose. There is a little malt around the edges but it is scoured away by the abrasive bitterness and strong alcohol.

The mouthfeel is slightly hot and prickly from carbonation. This isn't a "nectar" feel like some DIPAs achieve.

Conclusion: This really isn't a bad beer in any sense, nor is it a bad DIPA. The hops are pretty good and the overall structure doesn't have any flaws. However, this is a country that has glorified hops beyond any standing they have ever held in history, and there are so many fantastic DIPAs out there that I couldn't justify buying this again unless I had local loyalty or it was much cheaper then the competition.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 19:31:04 | More by allforbetterbeer
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BaronRogue

California

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden copper, minimal lace.

Smell is nice, big but not quite as overwhelming as some IIPAs, approachable (definitely the main theme here).

Taste is really good... really nail-on-the-head apricot and peach flavors, next to no bitterness. Just insanely drinkable. Feels great in the mouth, not as chewy as it could be but still pleasant.

Overall, it's pretty floppy for an IIPA... however, it's still an amazing beer. Approachable from every angle, I'd love to try this one tap some time in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 06:49:37 | More by BaronRogue
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prisdefer

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-17-2012 19:51:40 | More by prisdefer
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Steimie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-16-2012 20:45:08 | More by Steimie
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-15-2012 04:57:22 | More by strongaf
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flagmantho

Washington

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a clear body. Head poured two thick fingers of frothy tan foam. A good-looking beer.

Smell: a nice dose of funky hops with minimal malt character penetrating through them. There's a murky spiciness to them that I also like. Good!

Taste: dank, funky, murky hop flavor. Not bad, but perhaps just a bit too dank for me. Bitterness is moderate but still pretty good. Malt is a bit dry and biscuity for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Pretty good, actually.

Overall: this is not a bad beer, but it's not particularly to my taste. I feel like it's pretty well put-together, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:04:06 | More by flagmantho
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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

03-11-2012 07:53:13 | More by YobroitsJoe
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switzer

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

03-11-2012 00:38:38 | More by switzer
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Edgewater

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

03-10-2012 20:32:59 | More by Edgewater
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-06-2012 00:35:10 | More by jaidenjb
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onedogtwodog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-03-2012 23:36:40 | More by onedogtwodog
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edwardkersh

Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-03-2012 05:35:22 | More by edwardkersh
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BB1313

Ohio

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy burnt orange, not much head, average lacing, nice retention. Wow, this smells really good. Lots of pungent fruity hops, some peach and mango in the mix, really nice. It kind of has subtle soapy aromas which I can deal with due to the style, no it doesn't taste like soap. The flavors don't quite live up to the aromas. Lots of resin and pine, slightly hot and spicy, finishes hot and syrupy. Malt is there. Mouthfeel is thin, but still remains syrupy with some body, nice carbonation. This one has some good moments, it's really hard for me to really nail how I feel.. but it's definitely worthy.

It's not often I come across a 12oz DIPA for $1.50, so this is extremely good considering the price. I wasn't sure what I was going to get, but I'm pleasantly surprised. With a few tweaks, we could really have something here. It's worth a visit.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 00:49:21 | More by BB1313
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BucannonXC5

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The color was a nice looking combination of honey and caramel. About two fingers of head. Decent amount of lacing on the top that was uneven with tiny bubbles. Some sporadic film on the sides. Really liked the overall look.

Could smell the fruity citrus hops right away. Peach is what seemed to come through first, but they hops still gave it a balanced feel. Sweet but hoppy.

Not as much as the smell as I would have liked. Also not as hoppy, but did have some slightly bitter hops at the end. A little bit of peach and a little bit of grapefruit.

Light body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Not a bad beer. A couple of my ratings could have gone up a half-point or down one. I’d give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 07:28:35 | More by BucannonXC5
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a massive off-white three finger head that laces around the glass just a great IPA should. The retention is nice as it leaves a thin blanket on top till the last drop. Rich clear amber color with a few carbonation bubbles swimming to the top.

A rich bouquet of fruity and pine like hops blend together with a fresh bread like malt. Oranges and fresh pine come to mind as I take in the aroma. There is a bit sweetness from the alcohol, but it never over takes any of the aromas.

There is a big malt flavor in this DIPA. Something a lot of breweries do not focus on. The taste is like fresh baked bread served with orange slices while you sit under a pine tree. That is the only why I can describe the rare balance of this DIPA. I am so used to being hopped to death. Nice to have balance sometimes.

Full bodied, a little slick on the tongue. Easy to sip and enjoy. Finishes dry with lingering pine notes.

Pyramid Brewery has been a friend of mine for years. Their brews are sometimes over looked. I'll be dammed! They rarely disappoint and bring you great craft beer at reasonable prices. West coast style all the way! This was a delicious DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:45:23 | More by Luigi
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enznevr

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-29-2012 04:49:03 | More by enznevr
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GeoTravel


4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-28-2012 23:26:46 | More by GeoTravel
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-28-2012 08:04:29 | More by shelby415
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codynevels

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-28-2012 05:27:50 | More by codynevels
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-21-2012 06:56:51 | More by GrindFatherBob
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber in color with a dense white head. Sort of surprising from Pyramid--a really nice, fresh, citrusy hop aroma. Heavy on the grapefruit and just as much pine and floral hop character. Mildly sweet with some toffee and pineapple notes. The flavor is a bit more perfumey than I prefer, but still good citrus and pine flavors and a solid bitterness. Just a little bit of malt sweetness and a nice fruity hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 05:54:47 | More by womencantsail
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ds21tango

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from 22 oz. Good head and decent lace. Smell was hoppy and citrusy. Taste was good. A little bitter and grape fuity. One of the more refreshing imperial IPA's that I have had. Overall a good IPA. I would recommend it and will definitely get it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 17:33:22 | More by ds21tango
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RattleheadKV2

New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review. Poured into goblet.

A - Pours a nice copper/honey color with about a 1 1/2 finger of head, with decent retention. No lacing to speak of whatsoever.

S - Hops! Just as any good IIPA/DIPA should. This one's got lots of citrus notes, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, with a hint of pinyness in the background.

T - Again hops! Just like the smell, huge citrus flavors, of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, ect... There's a bit of malt in there providing a very, very faint bready taste. Finishes fairly bitter.

M - Medium bodied, with a crisp finish, quite drinkable.

O - Great IIPA especially for the price! I picked mine up at the local grocery store for $7.99 for a 6-pack. Pretty good deal for 6 IIPA's, will deffinitely have to pick some up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:40:02 | More by RattleheadKV2
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-18-2012 18:37:34 | More by Kopfschuss
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.