Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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3.13/5 rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 23:40:00 | More by boilermakerbrew
3.61/5 rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Picked up a six pack at the Fred Meyer on Overland and 5-mile. Poured into a tulip.
A- Pours crystal clear amber bronze with a dense 3-finger head that fell rapidly leaving heavy lacing.
S- It smells amazing. Pine resin hops dominate.
T- The taste is more of the pine bitterness with mild citrus. The middle has a bready malt flavor with more bitterness that lingers.
M- Light to medium body for the style; heavy carbonation probably contributes to this perception. It doesn't have the typical syrupy deal of many DIPAs.
O- Solid beer. Particularly at this price point and ubiquity in town. I will likely buy again.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 21:17:49 | More by Brisket
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Enjoyed 12 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, my customary DIPA end to an evening. Arrived in a tulip glass, a beautiful reddish orange with an inch of beige head. Aroma was effervescent, fruity, and spicy, with grapefruit rind, pepper, starfruit, citrus iced tea, and toasted crust notes apparent. I spent a little time just sniffing this one, which probably looked a tad strange. I'm used to it. Palate was interesting and this one stands apart from other DIPAs I've tried in a number of regards. The malts and overall backbone were less sweet than in many other takes on this style, less toffee and more gummy candy and light toasted notes: Pleasantly bitter, even. The major initial flavor was unripe slightly tart fruit that left a nice tannic puckering effect on the mouth, with pears, watermelon, and green banana discernible. Things then moved in more herbal territory, medicinal tincture and mint followed by more fruity yet earthy notes that recall blackberries and blueberry tea. Moderate body and rather aggressive carbonation contribute to the overall light, fruity, and sour effect, slightly prickly on the mouth but not unpleasant. Finishes dryish and herbal, with some pine making an appearance, but also playfully tweaks you a bit with some Lifesavers candy during the goodbye. Dry hopped with two blends (Falconer's Flight and Zythos) which together account for numerous different varieties, probably explaining the wealth of green, unripe flavors. Tasty enough and a nice chance of pace from the citrus and tropical fruit bombs that I love but nevertheless also love to return to after a dalliance elsewhere.
Serving type: on-tap
03-15-2014 02:50:14 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.18/5 rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A: Pours a beautiful golden amber color. The head is a one finger eggshell shade. The texture is moderately bubbly yet soft, and the retention is okay. Decent stripes of lacing are left behind. Honestly, this one looks incredible in a glass.
S: The hops start off rather piny, but quickly transform into a semi-aggressive rush of pineapple, peach, and apricot. There are some vague tropical hints, too. It also has a fairly prevalent malt backbone, though it thankfully lacks some of the more oppressive toffee notes some DIPAs can have. While it doesn't quite challenge the elite aromas of the top-shelf DIPAs, it certainly provides a respectable nose.
T: Honestly, I'm not quite sure what to make of the flavor profile. It opens up with a good rush of piny bitterness, while the middle and end is a combination of slight pineapple, sugary malts, some earth, orange marmalade, and a touch of mint. There's a decent amount of depth to be found, and also a little booziness as well. It certainly isn't hot, but it's still a bit more prevalent than I like. Otherwise, this is an okay DIPA.
M: Even among DIPAs, this is very prickly, astringent, and sharply carbonated. It's dry, but not soft. The feel improves once the carbonation slows down, but also becomes a little more full bodied and hard to drink. Having said that, drinkability is pretty solid.
O: Not bad, especially in the world of budget DIPAs. It seems oddly English-style, given its earthy, fruity, ever-so-slightly boozy flavor. This one is in the pile of "would drink again; wouldn't buy again" beers.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 19:25:18 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.11/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.
Appearance: Pours a deep amber golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly recede into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.
Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Upfront hints of citrus hops with some grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and apricot. Earthy hints of grass and some pine resin. Solid bready malt backing with hints of sweet caramel, biscuit, grains, toffee, and yeast. A solid juicy aroma.
Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a juicy, earthy, and moderately sweet hop forward taste with good notes of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Upfront taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, lemon, and apricot. Earthy and floral notes with some grass and pine. Good malt presence with bready notes of caramel, biscuit, yeast, toffee, and grains. A pretty solid taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, slightly sticky, and nicely smooth on the finish.
Overall: A solid take on a Double IPA. Nice citrus notes with a good sweet malt balance.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 08:44:39 | More by MattyG85
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.