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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

565 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 565
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Cramshawbar, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Cycle69, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

leftoverburrito, Jun 25, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%

Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA has the kind of sun-scorched complexion you'd expect something from the desserts of Egypt to have but is actually far more amber than the remains at Giza or elsewhere; this kind of deep, caramelized colour surely comes from a toasty malt bill. Its head is fine but persistent, seemingly as enduring as the Sphinx itself.

Outburst Imperial IPA is dry-hopped with Zythos and Falconer's Flight hops, the latter of which I'm not very familiar with but have seen popping up with increasing regularity. And I can understand why - hailed as a blend of "the Pacific Northwest's most intriguing aroma hop varieties" there's equal parts grass, serum, grapefruit pith and tangerine peel.

It wouldn't be a West Coast IPA without some resins and, by golly, even the first sip is full of gum-smacking pine tar and sticky tree sap. There's also the requisite grapefruit-like citrus flavour and acidity, as well as the toasty caramel malt to prop them both up.

Outburst might be bitter for the first minute but there's enough caramelization and nutty maltiness that one can quickly become accustomed. It may sport the 'Imperial' moniker - and has the specs to earn it (dry-hopped, 8.5% and 80 IBUs) - but this is, relatively speaking, a very approachable beer given its measurements. For better or worse, this has the quaffability of a standard IPA.

Pyramid may be a fairly big brewery but they're still a small - if swift - current against the mainstream. Outburst Imperial IPA is no Dreadnaught or Pliny the Elder, but it's far, far even less of a Miller High Life or Coors. That this beer is hitting wide audiences is a big boost to craft brewers not just in the Pacific Northwest but everywhere. A sure thing to wean people onto hops.

biegaman, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

pjbfromkc, Jun 24, 2014
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Judgie, Jun 23, 2014
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Bf_89, Jun 22, 2014
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kwjd, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

liamt07, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

cdog707yo, Jun 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ejh06752, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Dhamma73, Jun 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

KevMo84, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

MickeyMonk, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Latarnik, May 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

510a, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
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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.

artoolemomo, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

deansellers, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kjkinsey, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

QuakeAttack, Apr 29, 2014
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.