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Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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566 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 566
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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Photo of youradhere
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of Hopalong29
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Clear copper in color with slight head and minimal lacing.
Nice aroma of citrus and some peppery spice.
Hoppy, citrus and slight malt sweetness.
Somewhat drying mouthfeel.
Not my favorite but would definitely put in "won't let you down" list.

Hopalong29, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a bottle to a Pyramid pint glass! How perfect.

Appearance: Depp copper with a white head that leaves little lace immediately, but more lower in the glass.

Smell: Earthy hop oils, sweet malt, a little peppery spice, and the hint of alcohol.

Flavor: Hop bitterness in the front with a strong malt backbone. Hops are grassy with a very small citrus twang and no floral notes. Finishes semi-dry with crisp sweetness and lingering grapefruit tones. Hops are not as complex as could be, but the malt support is great, something I thought lacked in pyramid's 'thunderhead' ipa.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, without the huge hops of some DIPAs. Probably one of the easier drinking doubles that I've had, and my favorite beer out of Pyramid to date.

ebrauser, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of BillHilly
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Rustic imperial IPA appearance, 2 finger head, dissipates to a nice ring

S: Nice sweet & piney hops

T: First sip dries and preps the palate, excellent balance on the malt and hops

M: Light on the carbonation, hides the ABV quite well

D: Outstanding imperial IPA for $7 a sixer...worth a shot, in fact, I'll be buying more. My favorite from this brewer so far...

BillHilly, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of philbertk
4.1/5  rDev +9%

Pyramid Brewing Company Washington--Outburst Imperial I.P.A. 8.50% ABV. 80 IBU's. Ignite The Night Seattle Beer Week 6 oz. Taster at Alehouse. Thin mild lace white head. Clear thin bright amber gold color. Soft aromatic Chinook hop front. Smooth creamy mellow sweet doughy caramel earthy pine hop resin infused body. Smooth rich hop spice end. (3.75 / 5.0) Sampled 5/14/2010.

Outburst Imperial I.P.A Seasonal Ale--Spring Seasonal--Dry-Hopped India Pale Ale--2011 12 & 22 oz. Bottle. Purchased at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 1/13/2011. 6-Pack 12 oz.--$5.99. 22 oz.--$2.47 each. Sampled 22 oz. on January 15th and 12 oz. on January 16th, 2011. 8.5% ABV--80 IBU's! Rich lacy lasting off white head. Thick pour. Clear rich bright dark amber pretty enticing color. Huge earthy floral pine citrus grassy herbal hop front. Mellow sweet creamy crusty rich caramel hop resin mild fruit slightly doughy chewy smooth malty body. Rich earthy smoothly bitter hop spice mild citrus balanced clean end. Huge Hop big balanced smooth Imperial IPA.

philbertk, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

Clear orane-amber with thin tan head with good lacing and okay retention. Caramel and grapefruit aromas. Big grapefruit with a balanced caramel finish. The balance starts to tips toward the malts by the end. Okay bitter linger that does not last too long. Alcohol is well blended with a sharp carbonation and feel.

The server said this one was 10% abv which I seriously doubted by the end of the glass. This isn't too bad of an DIPA especially if you like a little more balance in your beer. The hops are fairly one dimensional and there's a little too much on the malt side for me but it's pretty well crafted.

Bfarr, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured at MacTarnahan's Taproom in Portland, OR.

appearance - poured a very clear amber color, 2 finger head that settled quickly, not much lacing at all

smell - chinook and centennial dominate the nose as well as some of the malts, very sweet

taste - all of the dominant nw hop and malt varieties are here, but there is a chemical taste and lack of organic presence here

mouthfeel - medium body, good carbonation

drinkability - something was missing in this, maybe an organic flavor, the aftertaste isn't my favorite for an iipa

djbreezy, Apr 30, 2010
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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.