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Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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very good

559 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | 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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Photo of sharpski


3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

02-15-2012 22:38:55 | More by sharpski
Photo of Popp24


4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-15-2012 15:31:58 | More by Popp24
Photo of Thingus


4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

Live tasting, bottle poured into my brand spankin' new Duvel Tulip :D

Appearance; pours a copper-orange color with two fingers of fine straw colored head... Retention is good, with about a half of a fingers worth of head hanging around (that laser etch is really workin it's magic!!) with good lacing on the glass.

Smell; notes of pineapple, orange and mango, other generic citrus fruits and hints of pine.

Taste; is like the smell on steroids!! The flavor is ratcheted up to 11 on this one!! They named it rightly, calling it outburst! Pineapple, orange, mango, lemon and grapefruit rinds with hints of pine on the finish (just enough in my opinion, Im not huge on pine in my ipa's, I far prefer citrus)

Mouthfeel; this is bright and lovely with good carbonation, slight effervescence with a finish that hangs around for a bit, a good amount of bitterness...

Overall; WOW!! I received this on a trade recommendation from a good friend (Thanks Steve!!!) and it knocked me for a loop!! I feel like this beer is underrated for sure, the only beer by Pyramid that I've had previously is the Haywire and that caused me to pass on other offerings from this brewery, after Outburst, well I'll be revisiting their other beers!! I definitely recommend this one!!

02-09-2012 05:27:53 | More by Thingus
Photo of Sargully


3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-08-2012 06:28:06 | More by Sargully
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-06-2012 02:33:07 | More by pdxbeerdrinker
Photo of bstave


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz bottle (best by 5/17/12) poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Copper with white 2 finger head. Dissipated to a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

S- Grapefruit citrus and nice caramel malt aroma.

T- On the sweeter side of an IIPA. Hops do shine through mainly on the back end. Nice bitter finish.

M- Medium to heavy mouth feel with low to medium carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O- At $6.99/6 pack, I believe this is the BEST IIPA on the market. A very satisfying beer that is on the sweeter side, similar to many East Coast IIPAs. Well done.

02-01-2012 05:07:42 | More by bstave
Photo of GabrielM

New Mexico

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

I haven't had a Pyramid brew in years but I always love trying new DIPAs, and at $5.99/6pk I couldn't resist. "Enjoy by" date of 5/18/12. Poured into a Bruery snifter.

A - dark golden color with a quarter-inch head on top that didn't stick around for long.

S - very citrussy, some lemon grass, mango, centennial hops. Nice aroma.

T - very hop forward and bitter, resinous, and with some bready malt action on the back. A bit one dimensional, though.

M - good, but pretty heavy. I tend to favor liter, crisper DIPAs and this is not one of them.

O - it's a nice enough brew, especially at the price, and I'm thankful to have tried. Also glad to know that Pyramid is expanding.

01-28-2012 00:07:45 | More by GabrielM
Photo of PougeMahone


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

Yea its back. This is probally the best beer for the price ever. $1.99 for a DIPA from my local BIMART. Iam not a fan of most of Pyramids budget series beers. But this one is over the top. Sampled from a 22oz bottle with a best before date of May 26 2012.

01-27-2012 04:00:09 | More by PougeMahone
Photo of JupiterJesus


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

01-20-2012 03:36:25 | More by JupiterJesus
Photo of towlea25


4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-07-2012 23:23:10 | More by towlea25
Photo of CoryR


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-02-2012 00:18:58 | More by CoryR
Photo of twelveinches


4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-10-2011 06:59:25 | More by twelveinches
Photo of ROGUE16


4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-08-2011 20:06:45 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of PhatAtUT


4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-05-2011 21:47:11 | More by PhatAtUT
Photo of jenray


3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-30-2011 18:17:45 | More by jenray
Photo of lukester


4.43/5  rDev +17.8%

As a long time NW hop head this beer was an unexpected welcome intro by Pyramid last spring. It has a very nice hop profile with good body and a nice finish. I'm unfortunately doing this review based on distant memory. It would be nice to see more NW breweries coming out with new big beers to compete with all the great beers coming out of Cali.

BTW - If you're not a hop head please don't review hoppy beers and I'll keep quiet about the pilsners of the world.

10-03-2011 20:16:00 | More by lukester
Photo of Philousa


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Served on tap at the Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley. Arrived to me with little to no head and the clear pint glass showed how deep red the beer is. Citrus and hoppy nose gave the overall impression of a bright beer.Tasted caramel up front, then citrusy and bitter, fading to an acidic aftertaste. The beer is watery and the hoppy bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

I went on the brewery tour with some friends and our guide told us that Outburst is out of season, but they brewed it for the GABF competition and had some kegs leftover. We all felt special. Pyramid does a good job hiding the alcohol level in this DIPA, but I felt that they do it mostly in the aroma, which is completely unique. It's also one of the most acidic beers I've had, probably due to the dry-hopping, which also played a role in masking the ABV. This is a bright beer that fades to acidic. It's lacking something to give it that kick over the edge, but it's an interesting beer and I'll definitely buy a sixer when it's in season.

09-12-2011 14:53:22 | More by Philousa
Photo of rowew


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, typical new pyramid labeling. Abv and date are marked.

Appearance: clear red color, thick head with good retention.

Smell: nice balance of malt sweetness and a grapefruit hop aroma.

Taste: the sweetness dominates, but the hops do come through. Tastes closer to a barley wine than an iipa.

Overall impression: good beer, but it probably would fit better in the barley wine category. Still has some interesting flavors and is enjoyable.

09-10-2011 02:35:51 | More by rowew
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz bottle pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that laces well. Grassy, hoppy aroma with plenty of pine and citrus. Taste has plenty of bitter hop with a grassy, pine and citrus finish. This Imperial IPA is in line with a regular Lagunitas IPA. Worth a try. It looks like Pyramid is finally getting away from all the Hefe's they have.

07-05-2011 19:48:18 | More by SFrankBrew
Photo of Reagan1984


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

A big thanks to Abecall98 for providing this in trade.

Decent looking beer. Nice head with a lot of structure. Does collapse on itself and starts leaving lacing all over. A straight amber color with excellent clarity.

Aroma has a touch of alcohol a touch of sweetness and pine.

This is like a big sweet east coast DPA. Very interesting. Some brown sugar in the malt flavors. Very pine focused on the hop flavor and a nice bitterness that mixes well with the sweetness. Pretty well balanced actually. Lots of caramel comes out as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with a touch of heft from the sweetness.

A decent little beer.

06-12-2011 02:53:57 | More by Reagan1984
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3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

A--- Medium golden brown amber, .5 finger head.

S -- Malty with a hint of sweetness, nothing too crazy.

T/M - Meh, nothing that will knock your socks off, but considering this is a Pyramid brew (not bashing, just saying) this beer is very hoppy with a medium to heavy malt, decent ABV that is hard to taste.

Overall: Nothing to write home about, but at the same time, take a few notes. Hoppy with a lot of malt but for an IIPA this one is medium in quality (in a good way)

PP (Price Point) - Very nice, but its on tap at my father in law's house so I didn't pay a dime, PP= indeterminable.

06-05-2011 03:05:36 | More by alexhahn82
Photo of jdense


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge, The Big, OR, poured into slightly chilled shaker pint glass, $4 a pint, 6.3.11.

One finger foamy white head, small bubbles, medium dissipation with very good lacing. Deep gold clear body, a bit of chill haze, multiple streams of slow rising carbonation. Nose is more citrus than tropical, good dose of piney resins, hard to pick up malt profile. Taste is hop forward following the aromas with a wicked creeper bitter finish which got more aggressive as the beer warmed. Medium mouthfeel, decent effervescence. While I thought the hop profile was muddled a bit, this is certainly worth a try for fans of the style.

06-04-2011 14:15:14 | More by jdense
Photo of nrbw23


4/5  rDev +6.4%

A- Pours a nice crystal clear copper color with a nice off white head. Head becomes a cap and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Quite a bit of tropical fruits here. A nice sweet malt back bone. A touch of pine resign as well.

T- Again hops are hop front. Tropical fruits, tobacco and a bit of pine. A good amount of bitterness here.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

O- Pretty impressed with this one.

05-26-2011 20:48:18 | More by nrbw23
Photo of mactrail


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

Mellow hoppy strong ale.

Lovely dark amber in the snifter. Head is fine and leaves nice swirl of lacing. Fruity, nose with a whiff of alcohol. Malty richness gives a heavy mouthfeel but prickled by nice carbonation. Hops are hot and spicy with a big bitterness that mellows along with the complex malt and caramel. Hint of smoke and Scotch whisky.

Just short of a barley wine, but a great example of a maltier and well-balanced DIPA.

05-20-2011 05:12:09 | More by mactrail
Photo of thebeerisgood


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Aroma: Citrusy and floral with lightly toasted malt

Appearance: Deep orange/amber with a light frothy white head that dissipates quickly

Taste: Bitter, citrusy and overall very hoppy. Grapefruit and pine are also pretty noticeable, then balanced off with caramel and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, crisp and clean, finished dry.

Overall: Not bad, not great. The alcohol is barely noticeable, I could drink a couple of these before my taste buds start to scream.

Notes: Dry hopped. Uses 2-row, munich, caramel malt, along with nugget, chinook, Centennial and simcoe hops

05-18-2011 01:12:50 | More by thebeerisgood
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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