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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

603 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 47 | 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:
Beer added by: djbreezy on 04-30-2010

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

Picked this up to fill out a mixed sixer and I was a little surprised that I actually liked it. Nice orange color, not much head. Smells like hops but nothing overpowering. Taste is nice, bubblegum, pine, mint, alcohol, a hint of malts in the back. The alcohol is a little astringent on the tongue but for $1.69 this was a decent DIPA that I might buy again.

Photo of yamar68
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice surprise. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this one. It pours a nice hazed tangerine with appropriate slightly off white head, good lacing, minimal beading. The nose is big on tropical and citrus bits, dense indica character. The taste carries a lot of the same attributes with the addition of some terrific caramel. This is a great IIPA, not at all what I was expecting.

Photo of Tiriansdoor
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of cletetron
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Yesdog
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ZAP
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not on the Mount Rushmore of DIPA's but a very solid and affordable offering.

Some perfumy hop aromas.... pine and also some tropical fruits to a lighter extent...

The flavor is nicely balanced and has the classic DIPA malt load I look for leaning to the caramel bread flavor....hops lend a light to medium bitterness and more of a piney/resiny flavor...

Body is a little light for my liking with a DIPA...feels more like a regular strength IPA.

Don't get me wrong. This is not Hopslam or Hoptimium or whatever from Sierra but this is definitely worth buying for the price point....about half the price of those and not half as good...I'd say if those rate 100....this is more like a 78...

Photo of GarretD
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of bstevens736
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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

A - Pours a medium to deep copper/amber color, small head, and barely detectable carbonation.

S - Orange and citrus is detectable and subdued but buried beneath a wall of earthy toasted caramel malt; there's also a trace of tobacco aroma.

T - This is one of the more balanced D-IPA's that I've had. Earthy herbalness, a little minty, some tobacco, and toasted caramel malt monopolize the palette with slight citrus fruit and pine surfacing at times.

M - There's a little bit of alcohol effervesence and the finish is dry with a light medium body. The mouth is left with a coating of thin herbal pine bitterness and alcohol residue.

O - A decent D-IPA, but too herbally for my liking.

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

Another tasty ipa...nay, dipa...from pyramid brewing. I'd never herd of this particular flavour until I stumbled across it at the supermarket and I was glad to pick it up. I'm already a fan of the thunderhead ipa, and ts one is even tastier and hoppier...which I enjoy. It doesn't set itself apart from the other ipas and dipas I've had as far as flavour or appearance or smell - it's your classic delicious hop bomb. I guess what I did really appreciate was the very affordable price point for the style of beer - under $8 for a six pack. I really love affordable but tasty beer. Give it a try some time if you are a fan of the ipa style.

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.

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

Photo of Kevlee722
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of edraz1224
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Jordanbryan10
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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.

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.

Photo of prisdefer
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Steimie
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.