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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

581 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 40 | 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 hosehead83
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Copper/amber in color, with a two-inch off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Citrussy, piney hops, faint sweet malt
Taste-Swet, toasted malt,big burst of bitter hops, grapefruit-rind lingering bitterness. Pretty well-balanced and easy drinking for a DIPA. A pleasant surprise from the folks at Pyramid. A nice lower ABV option DIPA.

hosehead83, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Outburst Imperial IPA at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny rich copper color and is clear. Frothy two finger head leaves quite a bit of lace on the glass.

Smell is a sweet juniper aroma with some citrus notes along side. It is a very mild aroma for the style.

Taste is as sweet caramel malt flavor up front, with a pine and citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly cloying.

A drinkable brew for a DIPA. The ABV probably makes it less than sessionable. One of the better Pyramid brews I have had.

RJLarse, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Glibber
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber in color, poured a nice creamy 1/2 inch head that settled out to 1/8 inch. Good thick lacing on the glass. Very aromatic, with citrus pine and peach front. Decent carbonation and smooth to drink for a high octane beer. Nice citrus hop flavor on the back end- warms the stomach. I did not think the hops were overpowering at all. The malts come out when the beer warms up a bit. Very drinkable beer. To tell you the truth, I was suprised it was so good. For the price the beer is a steal.

Glibber, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours an impossibly clear amber, decent head, that receded quickly. the aroma lived up to the 'outburst' name - an explosion of piney hops, malt and citrus.

taste is good, but not great. pretty hop-forward, but the taste doesn't quite live up the incredible nose. the citrusy-pine aroma is somewhat over-powered by a faintly peppery and slightly acidic bite. not bad, but the nose really had me expecting something special. mouthfeel is middling - a bit thin and carbonation, while low, is a bit rough.

the one big plus - pricing. $2.29 for a bomber? if value was a category, this would be an easy 5.0!

robbrandes, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Bookseeb
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a nice copper tone with a thick head and fair lace. Smell is mainly big on the dry hopping creating a floral hoppy aroma with a malt background. Taste is big on the grapefruit, piney bitterness powering over a nice malt background. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbontion. Enjoyable, but I couldn't have to many at a time.

Bookseeb, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of LazyL
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice flourescent orange with a thick off white foam. Lots of lacing and great retention on the glass.
Big orange/grapefruit rind notes and some pine, mint and vanilla to create a beautifull nose.
Same flavours as the nose and the bitterness level is perfect. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and light bodied. Very drinkable especially for the ABV rate.
Really quite good and worth picking up while in season.

LazyL, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of biggred1
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pumpkin-amber with a foamy tan head that leaves blobs of lace on the glass. Nice, savory pine sap and grapefruit peel with pale malts in the aroma. Big, dank hop notes make for a fairly one sided affair with mild pale malt to balance. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. An easy drinker and suprisingly good. Kudos to Pyramid for making an outstanding example of the style and keeping it affordable. I hope they keep it up.

biggred1, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, this was a fresh sample though.

Nice heady start, three fingers high of dense head followed by a spectacle of lacing. Clear golden amber color. Piny, minty and citric hop nose ... strength in that order and a burst of tropical fruit within. Smooth and slick with a full-ish body. Bitterness is aggressive but not abusive, hop flavor jumps from herbal / tobacco to pine resin to mint to citric. Nothing hot here, alcohol is noticeable for sure but it does not get in the way. Oh yeah, there is malt here too ... slab of bread, toasted a bit. Finishes with a big hop flavor and lingering bitterness as well as the alcohol warmth.

While other limited batches of DIPA's garner all of the hype this sleeper has awakened my palate. Highly recommended especially at the prices it will be selling at.

Jason, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of julian
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice crystal clear copper color with a good amount of slightly off white head. Lacing is a little oily, but otherwise nice. coats the glass nicely.

S: First impressions are the most important and right off the bat, this smells delicious. Lots of fruity hop aroma, sweet tropical candy. Very nice.

T: Less fruity flavor than the nose led me to anticipate. Kind of subdued, more of an earthy bitterness than anything. Not much in the way of complexity in the flavor.

M: Good mouthfeel, it coats the tongue and mouth nicely with a proportionate amount of carbonation and has a balanced flavor/feel and no off aftertaste.

D: Not my favorite IIPA, but definitely a step up for Pyramid. They're trying to branch out and I see that. Keep it up Pyramid, and keep these new "seasonals" coming...you just might hit the jackpot with one of them eventually (cmon do something BIG, like a RIS or something barrel aged).

julian, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of hopsbreath
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear light amber in the glass with a couple fingers of ecru head. Moderate lacing help this look pretty solid. 4/5

S: Light citrus and light pine backed up by some bisuity goodness. Not bad. 3/5

T: Big and pure bitter citrus with a touch of sour citrus. Bitter lingering citrus on the finish as well. A little one dimensional here and refreshing given the big ABV. 3.5/5

M: Thin bodied and low on the carbonation. Smooth and clean on the finish put this in my ball park. 4/5

D: I probably could have had $4 worth of this stuff. Instead I had a $1 worth since I split the bomber with my wife. Find a better tulip full of DIPA for $1. I bet you can't. 4/5

hopsbreath, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass...

The beer was a copper color with ruby red hues, there was a lofty tan colored head with medium sized bubbles. The head stuck nicely to the glass and stuck around the whole time.

Smells strongly of hops, grapefruit, sugar and pine with caramel malt. There is also a hint of tropical fruit, maybe peaches. Even though that's not really that tropical.

The taste is more sweet than bitter. There is a rush of sweet malt followed by a citrusy bitterness similar to the peel of a grapefruit, also there are some hints of melon.

Typical thick Imperial IPA, soft, low carbonation and a dry finish.

This is a solid Imperial IPA, and has a reasonable price. I'm glad I discovered this one.
The combination of Nugget, Chinook, Centennial and Simcoe hops creates a great hoppy flavor.

JMad, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - very clear copper color, with about a finger's worth of foam that dissipates slowly. Very slow/low carbonation.

Smell - extremely hoppy, probably with Cascade hops. Maybe a hint of peach.

Taste and Mouthfeel - as strong in its hop taste as it was in the smell. The flavor of the hops hits you in the beginning and middle, but only at the end does the force of the bitterness assail you. Very interesting progression. Still a hint of peach to me. Texture is well-balanced.

Drinkability - very interesting brew, but possibly a little too bitter for me to handle in a six-pack's worth.

Nerudamann, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle during the Super Bowl last night. Poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

The beer was darker than I expected. Deep orange and brown, not a bad looker. However, the head dissipated a bit too quickly and didn't quite stand up to want I wanted.

The smell was predominantly hoppy with a strong malt presence. I wish that the hops were fruitier (don't I always?). The notes from these were just a bit... blah. Not hops that truly stand out, but otherwise fairly solid.

The taste was pretty much in line for the style, but I got a strange fruitiness from the malt backbone. If that fruitiness was more pleasant or in line for the style, I would have kicked this beer into the 4's range overall. However, that just held me back. The hops were also a bit bland. I wish they would have stood out more.

That being said, this was a solid offering and I wouldn't turn one down. The beer went down comparatively smoothly (though, that could be because I drank a fresh Bigfoot right before this...). All in all, a decent offering from a brewery that doesn't have the greatest reputation on this site.

UTCengOwl, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is now a Spring seasonal. 22 oz from Fred Meyer, North Salem, amazing price of $2.19. dark orange/copper ale , small bubbles of carbonation, small off white head. Tha aroma is SUPERB..i smelled the pine/resin as soon as i cracked the bottle open.Piney,resiney citrus glory!! Taste is like the wonderful aroma but keyed back a bit..but its very nice juicy hops with a substantial malt backing..very nice. Nice palate to the beer also..not spectacular but keeps the intrest. Overall a very nice IIPA and for $2.19 a wonderful value. Thank you Pyramid..this has to be a loss leader!!

Reidrover, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up yesterday at the COOP.. poured into my Kasteel goblet... nice long lasting foamy off white/yellowish head... great lacing... the brew is a polished deep orange.

Surprisingly good nose... plenty of pithy citrus.. and maybe some background pale malts that help the hops deliver.

Good bitterness up front quickly gives way to a descent malt profile.. a bit of toasted malt adds complexities without distracting or ever verging on too malty... the above hoppiness translates well.. and lingers for a long while on the finish.

The body seems a tad thick... the carbonation is about right and pretty smooth small bubble.

This brew is not earth shattering by any stretch, but it is good and a fantastic price. Glad to see Pyramid stretching their legs again.


JohnGalt1, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of youradhere
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally found some at Fred Meyers. Pours bright amber orange, nice white head that falls to leave good lacing. Smells like citrus and mangoes, pears. Tastes like mango, and hop bitter, piney, malt body is lacking, off dry body and high carbonation; carbonic acid amplifies the bittering. Dry drinker for an imperial, could possible finish the sixer but the pine bittering might be too unbalanced to do so.

youradhere, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of jsh420
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours bright clear copper orange with a 1+ finger head that faded to a film and left no lacing

smell - tons of pine (whcih i like!!)

taste is right up there with all the big boys from the west coast - again lots of pine cheek puckering bitter grapefruit and the malt to back it all up

mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side with good carbonation

drinkability - the full body and the bitterness make me only want to drink one per session but i will enjoy drinking the entire six pack

jsh420, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of chumba526
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears darkish gold/ amber in color with a white frothy head.

It smells of pine and floral smelling hops. I get a bit of a caramel sweetness to the beer.

It tastes of pine like hops. I get a bit of an earthy flavor. I get a sweet sort of floral flavor. There is a bit of a caramel malt flavor. The beer finishes with a substantial amount of bitterness that balances out the sweet caramel flavor of the malt and the sweet floral flavor of the beer.

There is a moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is somewhat smooth.

Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down smooth though the beer does not seem to be that exciting. I could easily drink a few glasses of this though.

Overall not a great IIPA but pretty good for the price. It is not a complex IIPA but it gets the job done. This is the best beer I have had from Pyramid. I am probably going to pick up a few more bottles of this as they are only 1.89 per 22 ounces at a local store.

chumba526, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is a golden amber color topped by a small creamy white head thar quickly recedes to a thin layer. A small stream of carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is huge on citrus- primarily grapefruit - and a good dose of cannabis. A huge dose of C-series hops. A mild pale malt base provides a little temperance from the hop assault.
Palate is aggressively hopped through and through. Grapefruit and cannabis are the prominent flavors, with a mild, almost honey sweetness from the malt. Finish has a nice, lingering bitterness, with a bunch of citrus to boot. Body is full but not thick or syrupy, although lacking a little in the way of carbonation. Overall, an imperfect but still impressive brew.

ElGordo, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep burnt orange tinged copper with a lacy 1/2 finger white head,aromas of sweet alcohol dipped fruit,caramel,and sticky,resiny hops.Pretty sweet on the palate with the big sugary sweetness bigger than than the herbal,citric hops in my mind.The hops play a late role but its a little boozy,and pretty sweet.Not a horrible beer but just not enough hop flavor and or dryness to the beer.

oberon, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Docer
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked a very good priced 12 oz. into a cheater pint.

- Clear dark copper amber colored brew... fizzy finger of white head down to some spotty creamy pasty head.

- Sweet grainy caramel with a huge citrus hop presence. Slightly roasty, grassy, and earthy.. light alcohol odor, more grain and starchy note.

- Citrus earthy and grassy hop hit heavy in this one with a roasty sweet caramel malt. Quit bitter and grapefruit-like though balanced enough to make it smooth.

- Medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth. Slightly drying and bitter dry. A little chewy and sticky.

- Overall a very respectable IIPA. Quite smooth and drinkable, and doesn't come across as one of those ones that would hit the gag reflex if you had too many.

Docer, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of beertunes
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 10oz glass. poured a clean, clear coppery gold color with just under an inch of off-white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was dominantly pine hops, with a bit of floral hops and just a trace of malt in the background. The flavors as well were mostly solid pine with some floral and a trace of fruit, with just a bit of malt sweetness in the background.

The body was a bit on the thin side for the style. Drinkability was decent, I finished the bottle easily and might have another. Or try it on tap if I see it.

Overall, a pleasant little surprise from a brewery I don't generally expect too much from. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

Edit 2/25/12: I had this on tap last night without realizing that I had already reviewed it. I wouldn't have had it again and regretted wasting the time and calories on this beer. While there was nothing technically wrong with this beer, it just wasn't very impressive, memorable or tasty. It was mostly a sweet, sticky mess. The bottle review above and the beer I had last night couldn't be more different. This borders on an avoid, but try it if you want.

beertunes, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of inthebeeraisle
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Mactarnahan's taproom. 16 oz. pint glass.

A: A pretty flat looking beer without much bubbles. Pours a orange hay color.

S: This beer smells like real grassy hops. A big aroma that brings you back for more. Intriguing.

T: A hoppy beer with little sweetyness considering the ABV. Not enough balance to get me excited.

M: This is a dense feeling beer. The grassy hop flavor lingers long enough that I wait a little while between sips.

D: I wouldn't order this beer again. Glad I tried it, but unimpressed overall. Just too much lack of malt backbone to go with the big dense hop flavor.

inthebeeraisle, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Beernoisseur
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a real nice IIPA. I was pretty impressed at the aroma and flavor. The smell was on par with other, bigger IIPAs, lots of citrus and a smidge of pine. The flavor is more hop forward than malt, but only just. Mouthfeel was medium to full, very pleasant. Nice carbonation. I could drink lots and lots of these beers.

Beernoisseur, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, nice citrus/pine notes. The taste is hoppy, slighlty malty, with some citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this one really surprised me, excellent job Pyramid, recommended.

Wasatch, Jan 28, 2011
Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.