Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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2.98/5 rDev -20.7%
Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a medium amber which appears as pale to medium amber in the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.
Nose- Pretty strange for an Imperial IPA. I'm having a really hard time getting any hop notes. I get malt notes- some caramel, a touch of honey, even a little bit of bubblegum. Maybe some hints of citrus, a little bit of grapefruit, equally diminutive pine and resin. Maybe some peach. Swirling seems to indicate a little bit of apricot or pear.
Taste- Starts off with some light citrus notes but this beer's fruitiness is fairly mild. Moves into a middle of caramel and honey which is quickly overtaken by big notes of pine and resin, matchstick and earwax. Maybe a little bit of dankness on the finish. Big spices notes on the finish- coriander and lots of cracked, black pepper. The big problem with the noticeable hop notes of the finish is that they don't really seem to mesh well together. Right now, I'm drinking what seems to me to be an incongruous mess. A hophead might appreciate this a little more but this beer really doesn't do much for me. It's a good thing there is a malt backbone or this beer would be a complete failure in regard to balance. Slightly below average to average beer. Would be okay if the integration weren't such a mess.
Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation that has some carbonic zing to it. Doesn't help the beer's harsher qualties.
Drinkability- Messy to the point of being abrasive. It's pretty cheap but I don't think it could ever be cheap enough. There are too many decent, bargain double IPAs to mess with this beer.
Overall- Slightly below average to average. Better than BMC but not by much. I would pass this by unless you enjoy brash, hoppy IIPAs that are nothing but that. I will not be buying this again.
05-12-2014 02:31:12 | More by artoolemomo
3.13/5 rDev -16.8%
A- Pours a very deep gold to almost red in color. Fairly hazy in the body with a pretty big head. The head sticks around forever and laces very well.
S- Strong malt and booziness right up from before the hops kick in a little bit. This smells mostly like a barleywine that has been fairly well hopped.
T- Just like the scent, this starts off malty and semisweet before turning boozy, then hoppy. Booziness is rather strong for the ABV and evident in the taste. Hoppiness is only light to moderate in bitterness when it kicks in. Finishes with a lingering malty sweetness and alcohol bite.
M- Smooth, thick, and low in carbonation with the aforementioned alcohol presence.
Overall, this is is not fresh, but I can't imagine that it was a whole lot better when fresh. Tons of malt and little evidence that there was ever much more than moderate hopping.
04-10-2014 23:40:00 | More by boilermakerbrew
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.