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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

567 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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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)
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

shelby415, Feb 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

codynevels, Feb 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

GrindFatherBob, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ds21tango
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.

ds21tango, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of RattleheadKV2
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.

RattleheadKV2, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Kopfschuss, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

hopluva1, Feb 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Popp24, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Thingus
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Thingus, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Sargully, Feb 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

pdxbeerdrinker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of bstave
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bstave, Feb 01, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

GabrielM, Jan 28, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

PougeMahone, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

JupiterJesus, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

CoryR, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

twelveinches, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

ROGUE16, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

PhatAtUT, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

jenray, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of lukester
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

lukester, Oct 03, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Philousa, Sep 12, 2011
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.