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Outburst Imperial IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 619 | Reviews: 214
Photo of lukester
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a long time NW hop head this beer was an unexpected welcome intro by Pyramid last spring. It has a very nice hop profile with good body and a nice finish. I'm unfortunately doing this review based on distant memory. It would be nice to see more NW breweries coming out with new big beers to compete with all the great beers coming out of Cali.

BTW - If you're not a hop head please don't review hoppy beers and I'll keep quiet about the pilsners of the world.

Photo of Philousa
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley. Arrived to me with little to no head and the clear pint glass showed how deep red the beer is. Citrus and hoppy nose gave the overall impression of a bright beer.Tasted caramel up front, then citrusy and bitter, fading to an acidic aftertaste. The beer is watery and the hoppy bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

I went on the brewery tour with some friends and our guide told us that Outburst is out of season, but they brewed it for the GABF competition and had some kegs leftover. We all felt special. Pyramid does a good job hiding the alcohol level in this DIPA, but I felt that they do it mostly in the aroma, which is completely unique. It's also one of the most acidic beers I've had, probably due to the dry-hopping, which also played a role in masking the ABV. This is a bright beer that fades to acidic. It's lacking something to give it that kick over the edge, but it's an interesting beer and I'll definitely buy a sixer when it's in season.

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

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, typical new pyramid labeling. Abv and date are marked.

Appearance: clear red color, thick head with good retention.

Smell: nice balance of malt sweetness and a grapefruit hop aroma.

Taste: the sweetness dominates, but the hops do come through. Tastes closer to a barley wine than an iipa.

Overall impression: good beer, but it probably would fit better in the barley wine category. Still has some interesting flavors and is enjoyable.

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

12 oz bottle pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that laces well. Grassy, hoppy aroma with plenty of pine and citrus. Taste has plenty of bitter hop with a grassy, pine and citrus finish. This Imperial IPA is in line with a regular Lagunitas IPA. Worth a try. It looks like Pyramid is finally getting away from all the Hefe's they have.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Abecall98 for providing this in trade.

Decent looking beer. Nice head with a lot of structure. Does collapse on itself and starts leaving lacing all over. A straight amber color with excellent clarity.

Aroma has a touch of alcohol a touch of sweetness and pine.

This is like a big sweet east coast DPA. Very interesting. Some brown sugar in the malt flavors. Very pine focused on the hop flavor and a nice bitterness that mixes well with the sweetness. Pretty well balanced actually. Lots of caramel comes out as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with a touch of heft from the sweetness.

A decent little beer.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A--- Medium golden brown amber, .5 finger head.

S -- Malty with a hint of sweetness, nothing too crazy.

T/M - Meh, nothing that will knock your socks off, but considering this is a Pyramid brew (not bashing, just saying) this beer is very hoppy with a medium to heavy malt, decent ABV that is hard to taste.

Overall: Nothing to write home about, but at the same time, take a few notes. Hoppy with a lot of malt but for an IIPA this one is medium in quality (in a good way)

PP (Price Point) - Very nice, but its on tap at my father in law's house so I didn't pay a dime, PP= indeterminable.

Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge, The Big, OR, poured into slightly chilled shaker pint glass, $4 a pint, 6.3.11.

One finger foamy white head, small bubbles, medium dissipation with very good lacing. Deep gold clear body, a bit of chill haze, multiple streams of slow rising carbonation. Nose is more citrus than tropical, good dose of piney resins, hard to pick up malt profile. Taste is hop forward following the aromas with a wicked creeper bitter finish which got more aggressive as the beer warmed. Medium mouthfeel, decent effervescence. While I thought the hop profile was muddled a bit, this is certainly worth a try for fans of the style.

Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice crystal clear copper color with a nice off white head. Head becomes a cap and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Quite a bit of tropical fruits here. A nice sweet malt back bone. A touch of pine resign as well.

T- Again hops are hop front. Tropical fruits, tobacco and a bit of pine. A good amount of bitterness here.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

O- Pretty impressed with this one.

Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mellow hoppy strong ale.

Lovely dark amber in the snifter. Head is fine and leaves nice swirl of lacing. Fruity, nose with a whiff of alcohol. Malty richness gives a heavy mouthfeel but prickled by nice carbonation. Hops are hot and spicy with a big bitterness that mellows along with the complex malt and caramel. Hint of smoke and Scotch whisky.

Just short of a barley wine, but a great example of a maltier and well-balanced DIPA.

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

Aroma: Citrusy and floral with lightly toasted malt

Appearance: Deep orange/amber with a light frothy white head that dissipates quickly

Taste: Bitter, citrusy and overall very hoppy. Grapefruit and pine are also pretty noticeable, then balanced off with caramel and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, crisp and clean, finished dry.

Overall: Not bad, not great. The alcohol is barely noticeable, I could drink a couple of these before my taste buds start to scream.

Notes: Dry hopped. Uses 2-row, munich, caramel malt, along with nugget, chinook, Centennial and simcoe hops

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.

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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