Outburst Imperial IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

very good
683 Ratings
Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by djbreezy on 04-30-2010

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Photo of legalag11
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ElGordo
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review. Poured into goblet.

A - Pours a nice copper/honey color with about a 1 1/2 finger of head, with decent retention. No lacing to speak of whatsoever.

S - Hops! Just as any good IIPA/DIPA should. This one's got lots of citrus notes, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, with a hint of pinyness in the background.

T - Again hops! Just like the smell, huge citrus flavors, of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, ect... There's a bit of malt in there providing a very, very faint bready taste. Finishes fairly bitter.

M - Medium bodied, with a crisp finish, quite drinkable.

O - Great IIPA especially for the price! I picked mine up at the local grocery store for $7.99 for a 6-pack. Pretty good deal for 6 IIPA's, will deffinitely have to pick some up again.

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Photo of Epicfail97081
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of guzzleacoldone
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing one of these with me.

Pours a bright, amber-orange with a little soft, white head. The nose is very malty and bready with a nice, grapefruity citrus aroma. The flavor is similar; bready, citrusy, grapefruit-like, a little bitter, a little piny. This beer has a smooth, medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

This was a decent DIPA. It was malty, flavorful, and smooth. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of scootpolute
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12oz brown bottle into a cone pint glass.

A: Clear golden amber color... Nice heady start. Three fingers high of dense head...good lacing.

S: Piny, minty and lots of citric hops on the nose...

T: 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...

M: Nothing hot here, alcohol is noticeable for sure but it does not get in the way...with some noticeable malts; slab of bread, toasted a bit. Finishes with a nice balance, big hop flavor, lingering bitterness, malts, as well as the alcohol warmth.
D: I was pleasantly surprised Pyramid 'pulled-it off' with this one!! Living in the Seattle area for over 12 years, Pyramid has sort of dulled-out for a while (with the immense competition they’re up against)...I'd also like to point out (and show my appreciation) that this beer has the 'BIG' hop flavor as the focus. Some of the recent DIPAs I have had have focused on malts (rather than hops), disappointingly getting fanfare for being original...I'm appalled...Malts do NOT characterize IPAs, hops do...(period)...and that's why I'm thankful for living in the Pacific NW (aka hop-land)!! Chasin' Cheers :~)

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Photo of rajendra82
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of carbonation which formed a large head, almost four fingers thick, which filled up almost half the glass despite some careful pouring, and tested my patience greatly. The aroma was quite citric (grapefruit, tangerine) with some floral undertones. The taste continued on the citric theme, with a tart bitterness, and a slightly spicy finish. Very clean malt presence contributed a balancing sweetness, and some tropical fruit flavors. Quite a sticky presence in the mouth, with lots of mouth coating feeling. Aftertaste was spicy and bit boozy. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of czillmer
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nimbly_Bimbly
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of ssmack
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice copper honey amber colour. More on the clear side than hazy. One inch slightly yellowish head that was soon gone. Light carbonation and a bit of lacing.

Sweetish citrus aroma of orange marmalade. Not sharp.

Very flavourful and complex taste. Grapefruit bitterness and the herby taste. Strong bitter marmalade. Finishes with woody - oak and pine together - along with taste of alcohol. A toasty butterscotch malt taste throughout.

Medium to light feel. Low carbonation. Slightly oily coating in the mouth.

The imperial IPA has a super taste. One of the best IPA tastes that I have had. But it lacks in aroma. Well balanced. Mellow .. not harsh.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoying a glass of this beer at a pizza place in Seattle called Luigi's. Really good pizza and friendly staff at a little hole in the wall, unassuming type of establishment. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a mainly clear, but slightly hazy, medium amber/copper color with a nice white Head that's an inch thick when first poured. Head eventually settles to a tiny ring of foam lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing. Aromas of caramel malt sweetness and big smells of citrus and floral hop bitterness. The taste is exactly the same, with a somewhat bready, caramel malt sweetness that gives way to sharp citrus and floral, grassy hop bitterness. Good balance of the different flavors here. Has a a crisp, Yet smooth, slightly frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean, somewhat dry finish. Worth a try.


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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dmheinz57
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from above the glass about an inch or so gave this beer a super big off white head that slowly died above a clear honey copper colored beer.

A light soapy sour citrus hops with a pretty descent amount of pine tree aroma with just a tad bit of a light sweet malt creeping in.

Dry light bitter citrus, pine sap, and a light sweet caramel malt taste, a well balanced IPA taste, quite enjoyable.

This medium bodied beer finishes with a with a dry aftertaste with some bitter citrus hanging around.

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Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Mtooman
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retetntion & lacing

S: Pineyness & grassyness, some breadyness

T: Follows the nose, along with grapefruit up front. Orange peel& grapefruit as this warms, some dryness & breadyness as well, plus a bit of caramel. Finishes with grapefruit & pineapple, & a nice crispness

MF: Fairly chewy, subtle carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, a fairly nice DIPA

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Photo of seanh99
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of fivetime
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.77 out of 5 based on 683 ratings.
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