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Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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609 Ratings
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 48 | 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:
Beer added by: djbreezy on 04-30-2010

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.
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Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Outburst is a very hazy copper red color with thin short-lived head.

The aroma is hoppy but sweet like citrus candy. It smells and tastes fairly fresh even though this is a Spring seasonal which probably came out a month or two ago.

Flavor is surpringly balanced for a double IPA. A nice sweetness from the malts keeps the hops in check but still allows them to shine. In a sense, this beer almost bridges the gap between DIPA and barleywine. Caramel and toffee battle grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a pretty good beer. Not the best double IPA but solid and at a great price. Hard to beat that!

Photo of SamN
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pretty thick, glug-glug-glug. Amber colored liquid, not very deep or dynamic colors. Head is mediocre, a little limp, doesn't last. Smell is pretty good, surprisingly malty, caramel malts, some biscuity bread aromas. Hop profile is rather subdued for an imperial IPA. Some basic citrus fruits of apples and maybe oranges. Really, this is too malty for an IPA. Taste becomes a little more hops dominant but still keeps a healthy malt profile throughout. More caramel malts followed by some darker fruits like plums and oranges. Finishes not too bitter with a fading sweetness. Not bad at all. The higher strength doesn't come through too much, either. Mouthfeel is smooth and relaxed with a bigger character.

Overall; not a great IPA, but decent as a hoppier amber-type ale. Nothing I would seek out again.

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

Pours gold/amber with a slight chill haze and a two finger parchment colored two finger head that settles a bit quick but leaves a ring of curtain lace on the glass.

Aroma is dominant of pine and mint with a good amount of tropical fruit backing unripe mango and fresh peaches. Slight toasted bread malt character.

Taste is still hop dominant with resinous pine, and a bit of grass and tropical fruit, malt character is very low especially for a DIPA, slightly sweetening toasted dry bread. Doesn't dry well, a tad sticky. Simple in delivery, hop variety is a good change up.

Lacks in body with average carbonation. More malt character would've assuredly helped build this one up some. Alcohol seems to be impeding the dryness though very well hidden.

Nothing exceptional but an excellent value DIPA, alcohol well hidden and drinks smaller than it is while delivering a nice punch of flavor.

Photo of NoQuarter
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is quite simply my favorite IPA. I was a little loath to fully commit to such an inexpensive beer, but it deserves even more credit considering the larger brewery that produced it.

In a taste test against 8 other IPAs, including Bridgeport's, Ninkasi's Total Dom, Laurelwood's Workhorse, Alameda's Yellow Wolf, and Rogue's Brutal Bitter, Outburst came out on top.

Here are my notes from the tasting:

"Floral smell, bready aroma (not yeasty). Dark amber in color. Peppery, tropical fruit taste. Sweet, but not too sweet, and bready. High alcohol. Amazingly wonderful profile of tastes and smells."

The only downside to this ale is that it is seasonal, and I don't expect it back until next January. Here's to January!

Photo of obrike
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice surprse..i saw this in the cooler at the Round Rock Specs...just over 8 bucks for a DIPAA sixer? Why the hell not give it a try.

Not a bad look...amber orange...little cloudy, spotty lacing throughout.

Fresh...mango, grapefruit, a bit of pine., some sweet malt. Nothing at all wrong with the scent.

Tasty...follows nose... mango, a bit of hoppy pine, but primarily tropical fruit. Refreshing, but not exactly complicated. A bit more bitter than some of the DIPAs I've had recently, could use a little more malt balance.

Pretty smooth...hides the 8.5 quite well...very easy to down a few of these and be in serious trouble...a little too light on the carbonation though.

A very nice effort from Pyramid...probably the best I've had from these guys, and at a great price to boot. One of the best priced, above-average DIPAs I've come across. Pick up a sixer if you see it.

Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $1.39. No obvious freshness date, but when one considers the fact that it is a spring seasonal, it shouldn’t be too old at all.

Pours a dark amber color that had a very slight chill haze to it, with a big, creamy off-white head that slowly dropped unevenly and left lots of lace.

Tropical fruit flavors are what initially greets the nose. There are also some pine notes.

Fairly bitter tasting with a citric and piney hop blast to the palate. Very grapefruity flavor. Not that much of a malt backbone to the taste.

Medium bodied, with a slick, sticky mouthfeel.

While many beers labeled as DIPAs tend to have huge amounts of malt sweetness, this one leaves me thinking it could use a little more. While not as boozy as some in the style, this could pick up a little more drinkability if there was a little more balance. Not a bad beer overall, but nothing here that seems essential, either.

Photo of bump8628
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper/amber with a thin but persistent white head.

Herbal and grassy are the main contributions from the hops with just a small amount of pine and very little citrus. Steely caramel is a bit heavy handed and clashes some with the hops.

I was excited at the prospect of a value-priced double IPA but this one didn't deliver. I found Bridgeport's Hop Czar did a much better job of filling that niche.

Tried the 2012 version and was much more impressed. Nice and dank with a huge smack herbal/grassy hop bitterness and flavor. Malt is firm but not sweet or overwhelming. Clean, but pungent. Really good.

Photo of machostacos
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottle says enjoy by May 25, 2011.

A: Bright amber/orange, slightly hazy, with a half-inch cream-colored head that sticks around for a while. Darker than many DIPAs, but delicious-looking nonetheless.

S: Balanced. Nice solid malt backbone to hold up all those hops. Lots of juicy citrus and floral hops sit comfortably atop a sweet caramel and slightly bready malt base.

T: The malts are really evident here - toasty caramel (almost Creme Brulee-esque), a little nutty, buiscuty. It's a delicious platform for hops - citrusy, floral, and quite bitter. It finishes bittersweet (emphasis on the bitter), a little juicy from the hops with that slightly puckering bitterness (though it's not offensive at all - invites another sip.) The balance here is fantastic, though tipped more towards the malts.

M: Full and chewy, a little oily and slick, with medium carbonation - just the right amount. Finishes a little dry. Very nice.

O: This is a fantastic DIPA, and certainly a nice change from the "I only exist to destroy your mouth with hops" DIPAs that I've had recently. This is a very well-balanced beer, rich and flavorful in all the right places. For $1.99/bottle at my local store, it's a steal. I should have bought a six-pack!

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep red and amber color with a little bit of brown to it. It isn't cloudy, mostly clear. It has a medium white head that goes down slowly.

S: Smell mostly consists of hoppy and floral notes. There is also some fruity and woody smells that all amalgamate to form a crisp smell.

T: It has a nice hop profile that isn't overbearing. It doesn't rip your tongue apart like other double IPAs.

M: It drinks smoothly for a double IPA. It has a medium body and leaves a strong tingling sensation on the tongue.

D: Overall, it is very easy to drink for a double IPA. Not a bad rendition of a double IPA, but definitely not the best.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clean golden amber with a smallish creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, some melon and a little resiny piney hops.

The flavor is crystal malts with a little fruit and some resiny piney hops with decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid but not spectacular DIPA. Good value.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cool little orange and amber pour, minimal head to it, but impressive lace. Big citrus hop aroma, no pine up in this one.

Taste, a solid double ipa, all about the hops, not too long of a boil so as to just boost ibus (a seemingly more prevalent practice/taste from upstart brewers). Floral, citrusy, orange and grapefruit. Despite not being around in the nose, the pine couples with an almost mild tobacco mouthfeel making this quite interesting.

You can't beat the price on these, and the availability. Hides the alcohol quite nicely.

Photo of hickmancase
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the variety pack.

A: Looks like an IPA. Slightly sticky two-finger head. Doesn't quite look imperial.

S: Great flowery, hoppy smell. Almost as pungent as Port Brewing's Whambo (one IPA whose nose I cannot find a match for).

T: Great taste. Excellent hop profile. Can't believe such an excellent offering could come from this bigger brewery.

M: Can't remember.

D: Excellent. After offering a friend the last of the four bottles, I actually snuck it away in my pocket for myself. What a jerk!


Photo of kagent777
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the Utah State store, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Crystal clear light amber/dark golden. White head settled quickly into a thin island of foam.

Smell: Very nice herbal/pine/citrus hops smell. The smallest hint of toasty malt in the nose.

Taste: This is really balanced for an IIPA. There is a nice only slightly sweet toasted malt note up front combined with a hop note, which recedes into bitterness only at the end of the sip. The hop flavor is not as present in the taste as it is in the nose. Really clean.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation and middling finish for an IIPA.

Overall: I will seek this one out again, pleasant surprise! It is easy for me to get here in Utah. The price point makes this one easy on the wallet, too.

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Clear amber with an a small off-white head.

S - Citrus, light tropical fruits, pine, and a small amount of mint on the nose. The more I smell it, the more I enjoy it. The nose isn't intense, but it's pleasant.

T - Pine and earthy bitterness up front. There's a slight amount of citrus through the drink and on the swallow there's a minty characteristic. You get some hop oil bitterness lingering on the tongue long after you finish your sip. I don't taste a lot of the alcohol, which is impressive for a 8.5%.

M - Smooth and medium mouthfeel.

D - It's a good beer. Put I was underwhelmed at points. For the price point (8-9 bucks a 6) you can afford to knock a few back in a sitting without feeling guilty.

Photo of superdavex
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow Pyramid. I never expected such a perfectly balanced, drinkable Imperial IPA from the same people that have been giving us such mediocre "craft" beers for so many years. I bought a sixer on my way home for the first time a few weeks ago and cracked the first and before I knew it, around 5 hours later, I had dusted of all six and was feeling exactly like I just drank 72 ounces of 8.5% beer. In other words, I was pretty messed up.

Now, knowing how dangerously drinkable this latest and greatest concoction is from the newly very respectable people at Pyramid is, I try to limit myself to three or on occasion four of these for fear of having to deal with the following day not in top form. This has become a weekly challenge lately as this is the best quality budget beer out there for about 7$/six IMHO. Thank you very much.

Photo of betsona
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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
3.77/5  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
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.