1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Not Rated.
Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

567 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 567
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Outburst Imperial IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 567 | Reviews: 202 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing one of these with me.

Pours a bright, amber-orange with a little soft, white head. The nose is very malty and bready with a nice, grapefruity citrus aroma. The flavor is similar; bready, citrusy, grapefruit-like, a little bitter, a little piny. This beer has a smooth, medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

This was a decent DIPA. It was malty, flavorful, and smooth. I would definitely have this again.

tdm168, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of harrymel
2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by: unk
Copper with a central cone and rim of fine cream foam. Smells of toffee malts, some herbal hops, citrus, resin and some pine. A little subdued for an IIPA. Malt, crystal malts and some sweet bubble gum flavors in the back. Some moderate bitterness but not really much remarkable hop flavor. Medium bodied with over hi carb and a semi dry finish. This beer is meh.

Best by: 6/2/11, reviewed 20FEB11
A: Pours a dark amber, red tones. single finger off white head dissipates to thick sheet of the same. Foam only evidence of carbonation.
S: Resiny, pine, almost skunked. Very one dimensional for an Impy IPA. Not impressed.
T: Very malty for an IPA. Little bitterness. Poorly applied hops. Almost like they hopped it for bitterness, then added some at the dry hop. Not crafty, but marketable.
M: Medium heavy for the style. Medium carbonation. Decent feel.
D: This beer is nearly sessionable. At 8.5% ABV, the beer is highly drinkable. Not a good example of the style though. 3/2/2.5/3/2.5~2.83

harrymel, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Kevlee722
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Kevlee722, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of edraz1224
4/5  rDev +6.4%

edraz1224, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Enjoy by 06/27/12.

A: Pours a clearish ruby amber with a 1 finger white head. Dissipates to a thin lacing with a few fish eyes that is thicker around the rim. Not much visible carbonation. No real lacing.

S: Great hop aroma up front that consists of citrus hops. Plentiful grapefruit. A hint of sweetness with a raisin like aroma. Some malt in there when you swirl the glass.

T: Hits you with the hop bitterness and a strong malt body. Nothing spectacular stands out but overall not bad, smell is misleading. The malt comes off sweet Alcohol is definitely present.

M: Pretty thick bodied and a little syrupy. Lingering stickiness in the mouth. Alcohol is warming and could be strong for some. Takes some time to sip on.

Overall the best Pyramid brew I have had, but most of theirs have been disappointing. Smell is the best and hopefully they can incorporate more of that into the taste.

CloudStrife, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is strong hops with a spicy evergreen scent of spruce and cedar. Fainter tobacco aroma with a fairly strong malt scent. Little bit of grapefruit but this one is all about the conifer smells.

Starts out sweet with a savory taste. Tropical fruit flavors, papaya and pine apple. Spruce and cedar tastes. Alcohol is detectable as a slight burn.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty and interesting DIPA. Almost a great beer.

Zorro, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Coreylag for hooking me up with this one. Cheers!

Crystal bright copper color with a solid 2 finger head that leaves a curtain of lacing. Pretty beer!

Stewed fruit and yeasty aroma. Pleasant but not exactly typical for DIPA.

Crisp citrus and herbal hop flavor with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Some caramel presence, but dry and not detracting from the hops. A bit of the strange stewed fruit flavor comes through.

Juicy with a light-medium body. Not a bad DIPA - very drinkable and I didn't realize it was an imperial version until I checked the label. I couldn't find a freshness date so I can't help but wonder if it would be a little more impressive right out of the brewery.

CliffBrake, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Jordanbryan10
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Jordanbryan10, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of allforbetterbeer
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.

allforbetterbeer, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of BaronRogue
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.

BaronRogue, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of prisdefer
4.25/5  rDev +13%

prisdefer, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Steimie
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Steimie, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

strongaf, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
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.

flagmantho, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

YobroitsJoe, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of switzer
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

switzer, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Edgewater
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Edgewater, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -20.2%

jaidenjb, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of onedogtwodog
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

onedogtwodog, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of edwardkersh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

edwardkersh, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BB1313
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

BB1313, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
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.

BucannonXC5, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Luigi
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.

Luigi, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of enznevr
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

enznevr, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of GeoTravel
4/5  rDev +6.4%

GeoTravel, Feb 28, 2012
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.