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Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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594 Ratings

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 41 | 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 betsona
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear copper color with a finger plus worth of off-white head. Head dissipates into nothing. Have one snake looking lace on the glass. No visible carbonation.

S- Very light citrus hop smell. A little tropical fruit/candy smell. Not getting much malt. Nothing that woos me off my feet.

T- Smooth malt start followed by a mild bitterness. Is extremely subdued all the way through. The back of the beer provides a nice piney bitterness. Is not hot in any manner. Straight forward and nothing that overwhelms.

M- Light body with minimal carbonation. Kind of flat. Slight bitter lingering taste.

D- The price is right. I think I may pick it up for friends that prefer mild IPAs. I will probably pick up a few more to try again in the future. Hard to pass up a Imperial IPA at $1.70 a bottle.

Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown 12 oz. twist off bottle, the Outburst claims to be a Spring Seasonal and not something noticed before. $1.69 for a single seems like a reasonable risk. Pours a clear copper into a large wine glass and offers half an inch of white foam. Bit of haze on the pour and with decent retention and light lace.

Light citrus on the nose with some pine and a bit of caramel malt. Pleasant and unobtrusive though a bit light and takes some digging.

Orange citrus and light caramel on the tongue up front, finishing a bit thin and with a return of hop spiced citrus on the close. Light in texture and with a moderate bitterness. Warming brings a drier finish yet without revealing more bitterness and also exposes a bit of sugary sweetness.

Decent brew though lightly hopped for the style. Yet rather smooth nonetheless.

Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Deep amber, medium tan, one finger head and some lacing

S - Really, really malty up front. Toasted barley, maybe some wheat, and a bit sweet. Hoppy in the backbone. Pine and citrus notes are very prevalent

T - Very hoppy, with subtle malt and very sweet. Not a huge alcohol flavor which is nice. Pine, flowers and tons of citrus fruits

M - Coats the mouth with bitterness and sweetness lingers the whole way through. Nice and carbonated and a bit fluffy

D - Really nice for a 8.5 abv. I could drink a sixer with no problem other than getting nice and toasty

Final thought - $6.99 for 6 - 12oz with 8.5 abv. Count me in

Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this is a lightly hazy orange-amber color with a small head. The nose is loaded with hops... quite citrusy, almost medicinal. I wonder what the variety is. Very good flavor that really emphasizes hop taste over bitterness, and this is some of the most minty/citrus-tasting hops I've had. It fades a bit at the finish, giving some sweet malt and not as much drying bitterness as I would have expected.

Decent beer... does this replace the Thunderhead?

Photo of beerdown77
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange with two fingers of foamy head, some lacing. The taste is big citrus and hops. It is suprisingly bitter up front with the sweetness that you should expect from 8.5. Had this beer chilled from a bottle first. It is much better right from he fridge, poured into a glass. Medium body, which is pleasant for its ABV. The bitterness last through the after taste and leaves a bit on your tongue. Good beer, I could have two.

Photo of alleykatking
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks go out to SuperNova777 for this one.

A- Pours a golden amber color. No real head except for a short stump of white foam that dies right away. Lace is spotty at best with most of it falling back into the beer.

S- Caramel malts hit the nose first. This is followed by a combo of medicinal alcohol and citrus hops. The ending of this aroma has some light caramel malts mixing with a more bitter forward pine hop. It doesn't seem like it would work but actually it fits pretty nicely together to make a balanced aroma.

T- Upon tasting this the caramel malts show up first with a strong bitter piney hop. The middle of the beer has a die down in piney hops but not really the caramel malts. About this time grapefruit notes and citrus hops are thrown into the mix. This lasts until a light medicinal alcohol ending on the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts with a hint of bitter hops and alcohol are left on the palate. Aftertaste is warming alcohol (medicinal), caramel malts, and citrus hops that fade first. This beer is well balanced..maybe a little too much for the style. No off flavors at all. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is a little too simple for its own good. What I mean by that is it is well balanced with nothing really grabbing you and keeping you there. The ABV is high enough that you might only want a glass or two. I would throw this out there with most well balanced DIPA's and while good it isn't worth seeking out..unless you want a nicely balanced beer.

Photo of snaotheus
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz glass

Pours a moderately cloudy coppery-orange color, with medium beige head. Smell is surprisingly bright and flowery, nice.

Taste is a letdown from the smell...the nice floral stuff is definitely muted, and replaced with a sort of flat bitterness imparted by the hops.

Mouthfeel is mild, slightly grainy. Overall, I guess I'd classify this beer as "fine".

Photo of dball
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Outburst was a great price for a solid imperial IPA. It's not the best I've had but it's good for $8 a six-pack. Not sure if this was a sale price or regular price. I would certainly get this again. It is only the second Pyramid I've had. The other was the winter seasonal and it was good as well.

The color is a little more clear orange/gold that I would expect. It tastes like it would be a bit more cloudy in color. The head settles quickly and the beer doesn't have a creamy feel. It bites like an IPA should but the hops aren't overwhelming. It's flavor is not the greatest but again for an imperial it's worth the $8.

Photo of chaz410
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice transparent amber body with a half finger white head.
Smell is of pine, grassy and slightly citrus hops.
Taste has a solid caramel malt backbone and has layers of pine and melon like hops, kinda cantalope and pineapple. Slight citrus finish and some grassy lingerings.
Mouthfeel is very smooth considering the IBUs.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby to amber with good clarity. Head was a bit small. Nose on the lighter side with candied malt and citrus, then mint and pine. Big grapefruit fruity sweetness and bitterness noted right away on the palate, along with assertive pine. Finish goes herbal with a hint of mint, and high ABV is apparent even when cold right out of the fridge, and becomes more salient as it warms.

Photo of gkunkle
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This isn't going to knock your socks off, but for the price, it is definitely worth it. It is a well made beer that is a great value. As a believer in the free market economy, this will be receiving my dollar vote frequently when I just want a good overall beer.

Pours a copper color with a decent white head that left a little lacing in my glass. Smell is pretty darn hoppy, I am noticing citrus and pine hops, pretty standard for the pacific northwest. Taste is surprisingly good, definitely more on the hops side of the IPA balance. The hops stand out, but don't kick your ass like so many others. I enjoy an ass kicking on occasion, but this has the right level of hops to enjoy alone or with a meal. Mouthfeel is good, medium weight with decent carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding for a DIPA.

Photo of btbedell
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber on sale for two dollars and change.

Pours a nice clear copper.

Aroma is big, pleasing grapefruit with touches of spice and malt. The smell hits you right from the bottle. Dominated by Simcoe? Very distinct. Terrific.

Taste is citrus and grapefruit, malt sweetness toned way down by the hops and ABV. Another IPA afterward tasted like malt syrup in comparison.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and crisp for something this big. Maybe better for a late spring beer, but still nice.

Great, distinctive IIPA. Would easily put it on tap at home. I normally don't buy Pyramid beers; that will now change!

Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried to be as hard as I could on this beer: I have no love for Pyramid products. Or, at least I didn't...

Outburst Imperial IPA, served in a SA PP glass

A medium golden tone with the slightest of haze, a little effervescent (possibly because of the etchings on the bottom of my glass). Two finger off white head is soapy and dissipates more quickly than most double IPAs.

Hop spice on the nose: earthy, grassy, piney with a little grapefruit. Pleasant and not overpowering. No real 'wow' factor though.

Tastes like an IPA. The bitterness is upfront with a small grapefruit presence. It's not quite bitter enough upfront, and the flavors fade relatively quickly, leaving a dry hop bitterness on the roof of your mouth as the aftertaste. Not bad but not impressive really. Just tasty. Hops don't attack your tongue like other DIPAs.

MF starts a little creamy but doesn't measure up to other DIPAs like Tricerahops or Hoptimum, both of which I've had in the last week.

An excellent value, and pretty drinkable.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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.

Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.