Outburst Imperial IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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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.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy orange yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with slight hints of caramel malts, the latter of which becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish along with notes of orange citrus and hints of sour grapefruit. With all of the bitterness, you'll definitely notice that this beer was dry hopped.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might not have the interesting hop aromas and flavors compared to other Imperial IPAs, but it definitely is bitter. If you could get by the bitterness, the beer isn't that difficult to drink because any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

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Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark and hazy amber/tea color with a modest off-white head and decent lacing. The aroma brings an interesting sweet grassy-herbal hop and mild maple malt. The flavor leads with the sweet maple and follows quickly with the herbal hop bitterness. I get bright grass and near mint highlights. Malt and nut bread. This is medium bodied with polite tingly carbonation for a solid feel with a hint of alcohol. Not as intense as the best doubles but a happy hop brew.

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Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Chimay Chalice

A - Pours a hazy orange/amber color, one finger soapy head, nice lacing.
S - Nice Pine and earthy hop aromas up front, then comes some really ripe fruit. Melon, papaya, orange. Some weird burnt caramel smell too, but its strangely not too bad.
T - Big orange and citrus, as well as a toasted caramel with some mild alcohol warmth.
M - Big feeling IPA, very chewy and mildly bitter.
O - A good Double IPA, lots of flavor, depends on what your profiles are, but its something just a tad different. Its geared more at an east coast style wit the malt. Good job by pyramid though.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Enjoy by 06/27/12.

A: Pours a clearish ruby amber with a 1 finger white head. Dissipates to a thin lacing with a few fish eyes that is thicker around the rim. Not much visible carbonation. No real lacing.

S: Great hop aroma up front that consists of citrus hops. Plentiful grapefruit. A hint of sweetness with a raisin like aroma. Some malt in there when you swirl the glass.

T: Hits you with the hop bitterness and a strong malt body. Nothing spectacular stands out but overall not bad, smell is misleading. The malt comes off sweet Alcohol is definitely present.

M: Pretty thick bodied and a little syrupy. Lingering stickiness in the mouth. Alcohol is warming and could be strong for some. Takes some time to sip on.

Overall the best Pyramid brew I have had, but most of theirs have been disappointing. Smell is the best and hopefully they can incorporate more of that into the taste.

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Photo of Sorcerer
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a brandy snifter shape. No head.

Decanted on 062813 and label says drink by 091313.

Appearance: Amber color, brown, or a Halloween-ish orange. No head. No lacing, No legs. Well actually with each swill there's a 1-2mm tracing of foam, which is interesting because it looks like it is alive, but then dies quickly. Nice color but no foam.

Smell: On my third bottle now and the smell is still the same...By Odin I swear the first thing I smell is watermelon Jolly Rancher (which I despise), pizza dough yeast, grass, bamboo, wet mud, rain, passion fruit (which smells a bit like vomit), cherry, viongnier, shellac, dead pines, cactus sap.

Taste: First let me tell you that this beer really opens up once it warms up and gasses out, and changes into more different things. On cold pour the flavour (UK spelling for effect) was a thirst quenching British IPA profile with no hints of pine, easy to drink fast (if you are a DIPA drinker). At first malty yet not boozy, with a quick hop bitterness following each swallow. Now as I am on the tail end of the third 12oz serving I can taste the cherries turning into blackberries and even cabernet (well let's be realistic..Zinfandel) towards the end. The tropical candy fruit smell, Liesavers almost, Ludens cherry cough-drops maybe, is not what this tastes like at all. Tastes pretty damn good. As a DIPA drinker who seeks the pine and grapefruit this is lacking. However, this is something worth appreciating for the balance point it achieves.

Mouthfeel: Very good. Not overly carbonated and yet substantial, a tad syrupy, cloyingly addictive. Might need a chaser of water if hot and thirsty.

Overall: Not great but very very good. Will drink this again I am sure.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

great head, dies down to a solid thin layer, leaving sticky lacing (it gets a 4 for the lacing) all the way down the side. deep orange color with a hint of garnet. up front oily hops, citrus but not much in the grapefruit range, which i rather like. nose has some minty/bready something-or-other fighting with the fruits that throws me off a bit. good body, again, a pleasant oiliness/thickness that make s it stand out from others i've had. especially at this price, a great one on which to stock up.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. This 2XIPA pours a deep orange colour with a nice bit of fluffy white head. There are some typical hop-heavy pine and orange peel aromas on the nose, with plenty of sweet caramelly malt, as well. The taste offers up tropical fruit flavours and ample sweetness. There's a surprising lack of bitterness on the finish, which would help balance it a bit. Tasty if not a little on the sweet side.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 20oz pint in the speakeasy-esque confines of The Underground tap-house, on cheap strong beer day, no less!

This beer appears a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with one finger of foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a nicely rendered pattern of honeycomb lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells lightly of grapefruit and zesty orange pith, a bit of lemon Pine-sol, bready caramel malt, mildly zingy, metallic spice, and a further simmering booziness. The taste is moderately bitter citrus and leafy pine resin, crackery, lightly caramelized malt, a touch of sourdough bread, a rising Yuk-a-Flux warming, and a slight hard water minerality.

The carbonation is average, as in duly supportive, the body a sturdy medium weight, and smooth, but with that nipping hop caveat. It finishes off-dry, the malt stepping it up a level or so, as the hops go to town with their fruity qualities.

An agreeable enough DIPA, the hops sort of blowing their already under endowed hop bitterness quotient a bit too early in the game, leaving the fruitiness to hold the bag. The booze is mostly well integrated, just manifesting in a subtle dryness, one that goes a long way in engendering a desire for another round of this offering.

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Photo of CHickman
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 2 finger creamy off white head that had tons of bubbles in it and left good lacing sliding down the sides; the head faded on the faster side, but it was an above average looking head.

Smells of strong piney hops up front, with citrus following, including grapefruit, orange peel, mint, herbs, caramel, a buttered biscuit, light brown sugar and some floral notes; nice hoppy sweetness combined with a solid malt and caramel backbone. Not what I would consider a strong NorthWest DIPA nose, but still a really nice smelling IPA overall.

Tastes like it smells, with strong piney hops up front, followed by grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, mint, herbs like tea leaf, biscuit, toasted grains, light brown sugar, floral hops and spicy notes like pepper and a dash of coriander; the dry hopping listed on the bottle comes through more in the flavor, as the floral notes and spices seem to linger with the light bitterness with a chalky almost cinnamon like ending. Almost seems like vanilla notes in the finish, which was a nice touch.

Mouthfeel is on the smooth side, with a medium chewy body, light carbonation and a sweet slightly bitter finish that lingers for a while. This brew hides the ABV very well, but was a lot tamer than I expected from a Seattle DIPA.

It is much more enjoyable cold and fresh, and more of a DIPA light than a true DIPA; as an IPA this would be above average, and as a DIPA it’s barely above average. Overall a good beer that’s worth a try.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 7/5/12.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, herbal hops, and some honey aromas. Taste is much the same with a malt flavor coming through on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice hop aromas and flavors. Definitely better than I was expecting.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Antbox530
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells like apricot to me, not super great smelling however

Taste:a bit heavier on the malt than most of the very hop forward IPAs I drink (knee deep.) Hops are present, but if you're a seasoned hoppy drinker, this won't be a hop bomb. Pretty smooth.

Overall: Damn good value, 3.99 a bomber for an 8.5 ABV beer that's drinkable is a nice price point. For 3.99, I'll drink these more often, if it were 6 or 7, I'd have to pass because of how many better beers are at that price point.

If you want a bargain high abv IPA with a decent balance of malt and hops, yet still being slightly malt forward, this is for you. Similar to a few ninkasi brews I've had.

Good, not great. The price point is phenomenal though.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Coreylag for hooking me up with this one. Cheers!

Crystal bright copper color with a solid 2 finger head that leaves a curtain of lacing. Pretty beer!

Stewed fruit and yeasty aroma. Pleasant but not exactly typical for DIPA.

Crisp citrus and herbal hop flavor with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Some caramel presence, but dry and not detracting from the hops. A bit of the strange stewed fruit flavor comes through.

Juicy with a light-medium body. Not a bad DIPA - very drinkable and I didn't realize it was an imperial version until I checked the label. I couldn't find a freshness date so I can't help but wonder if it would be a little more impressive right out of the brewery.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up yesterday at the COOP.. poured into my Kasteel goblet... nice long lasting foamy off white/yellowish head... great lacing... the brew is a polished deep orange.

Surprisingly good nose... plenty of pithy citrus.. and maybe some background pale malts that help the hops deliver.

Good bitterness up front quickly gives way to a descent malt profile.. a bit of toasted malt adds complexities without distracting or ever verging on too malty... the above hoppiness translates well.. and lingers for a long while on the finish.

The body seems a tad thick... the carbonation is about right and pretty smooth small bubble.

This brew is not earth shattering by any stretch, but it is good and a fantastic price. Glad to see Pyramid stretching their legs again.


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Photo of Hopswagger
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:   A murky golden orange topped with a thin layer of airy off white head that vanishes quickly with wet translucent lacing. 

S:  Toasted sweet malts, potpourri, orange zest, leather, fruit pectin, papaya, clove, pineapple and a cherry on top. 

T/M:  Toasted  malt base, a tad of carmel sneaking in, grapefruit rind, spicier and more floral than the nose.  A creamy medium-full body with timid carbonation Finishes dry and slightly boozy with lingering bitter citrus rind and fresh pine.  

O:   A good imperial IPA that delivers a great drinkability and aggressive but smooth hops. The sweet caramel malts is a bit of a twist but not unpleasant.  Not one of my top favorites but a solid brew overall. 

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pristine clear reddish amber with a frothy, shortlived head that recedes quite quickly. Pineapple and grapefruit hops and cookie dough mix with alcohol heat in the nose. Pine resin and more grapefruit and tropical fruit hop flavors take the lead in the taste. Crystal malt nuttyness/roastyness is noticeable throughout. The finish is moderately to lightly bitter with a good amount of booze flavor for 8.5%.

A pretty good DIPA but a bit lacking in hop intensity and a bit boozy.

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Photo of BaronRogue
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden copper, minimal lace.

Smell is nice, big but not quite as overwhelming as some IIPAs, approachable (definitely the main theme here).

Taste is really good... really nail-on-the-head apricot and peach flavors, next to no bitterness. Just insanely drinkable. Feels great in the mouth, not as chewy as it could be but still pleasant.

Overall, it's pretty floppy for an IIPA... however, it's still an amazing beer. Approachable from every angle, I'd love to try this one tap some time in the near future.

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Photo of Philousa
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up to fill out a mixed sixer and I was a little surprised that I actually liked it. Nice orange color, not much head. Smells like hops but nothing overpowering. Taste is nice, bubblegum, pine, mint, alcohol, a hint of malts in the back. The alcohol is a little astringent on the tongue but for $1.69 this was a decent DIPA that I might buy again.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Amber body, creamy white head.

S- Malty sweetness, Banana, Grapefruit

T- Grapefruit, sweet malt, and a slight lingering bitterness.

F- Decent feel, but seems lacking.

O- Great beer for the price!

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle during the Super Bowl last night. Poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

The beer was darker than I expected. Deep orange and brown, not a bad looker. However, the head dissipated a bit too quickly and didn't quite stand up to want I wanted.

The smell was predominantly hoppy with a strong malt presence. I wish that the hops were fruitier (don't I always?). The notes from these were just a bit... blah. Not hops that truly stand out, but otherwise fairly solid.

The taste was pretty much in line for the style, but I got a strange fruitiness from the malt backbone. If that fruitiness was more pleasant or in line for the style, I would have kicked this beer into the 4's range overall. However, that just held me back. The hops were also a bit bland. I wish they would have stood out more.

That being said, this was a solid offering and I wouldn't turn one down. The beer went down comparatively smoothly (though, that could be because I drank a fresh Bigfoot right before this...). All in all, a decent offering from a brewery that doesn't have the greatest reputation on this site.

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Photo of thebeerisgood
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Crabapple Bottle Shoppe (Alpharetta, GA). 2.49. Best enjoyed by 8/3/12- that's no problem for me. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pourss vibrant clear orange with 1.5 finger off-white head. 

Nice citrusy hop nose. Orange, mango, pine and sweet bread. Rather pleasing. 

Taste delivers on those citrus hops. Bitter orange rind, grassy pine, mango, biscuit and a cut if booze. Booze is just a tad strong- not at all an unpleasant trait but I've had several imperial IPAs with higher abv that is far less noticeable. 

Medium mouthfeel with moderate to strong carbonation. That nice tingle helps produce a long sharp bittersweet hop aftertaste. 

The guy at the store may have oversold this a bit but I'd certainly drink it again. I was assured a "perfect balance" of hops and malts. It's got some nice hops in it but personally, I'd prefer a tad more malt sweetness to add body and counter the sharp bitterness. Far from the best imperial IPA around but it's still quite enjoyable. 

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Photo of beerdown77
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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