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Outburst Imperial IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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85
very good
224 Reviews
Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
675
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
20.42%
 
 
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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce twist-off bottle into a Barrington Brewery pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy, golden orange color beneath a three-finger head of white, frothy foam which left some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet and citrusy with hints of herbal pine and fruity esters.

T: Fair caramel malt flavors touch the front of the palate before heavier, toffee-like and fruity flavors lead into the bitter approach of hop resins. Bittersweet array of citrus fruit and some dry, grassy hops before leading into a slightly boozy finish with some lingering hop resins.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel with a viscous body and some sticky hop resins in the finish.

O: A pretty decent DIPA and one of the better Pyramid brews I've had thus far. Not the best you'll find, especially at the $10/pk price point, but this 8.5% ABV imperial ale has enough hop bite to satisfy a quick craving.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jacket_fan
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review of a double/imperial IPA.

Aggressive pour into a pint glass.

A
Big head with a moderately heavy lacing. Darker color with a bit of opaqueness which I assume is a trait of IIPAs.

T
A nice relative strong bitter bite. Not as much as some other dry hopped beers. More fruity than I expected as well. Nice lingering aftertaste.

M
Overall a soft smooth mouthfeel. A bit thin for my preference.

O
I like this beer and will buy again. Would like to try it on draught. Smooth with just enough bite. Will try other IIPAs.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at MacTarnahan's Taproom in Portland, OR.

appearance - poured a very clear amber color, 2 finger head that settled quickly, not much lacing at all

smell - chinook and centennial dominate the nose as well as some of the malts, very sweet

taste - all of the dominant nw hop and malt varieties are here, but there is a chemical taste and lack of organic presence here

mouthfeel - medium body, good carbonation

drinkability - something was missing in this, maybe an organic flavor, the aftertaste isn't my favorite for an iipa

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #206
Served On: 08/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.5%
Date/ Code: 10/04/2012

This was from a 6-pack I found at A.K.A. Friscos in Frederick, MD (awesome sandwich shop by the way).

Look: Poured a cloudy burnt orange with a thin beige film on top. Some random carbonation bubbles formed just below the top.

Smell: Strong hints of juicy grapefruit. Some sweet malts were noticeable in the background. Also an herbal hop note.

Taste: First off was a sweet creamsicle character that moved into a strong citrus. A nice bitterness set in around the middle to balance things out. The finish was a lingering combination of herbal hops and more of that bitterness.

This was a very well balanced imperial IPA that offered a milder palate than other similar offerings out there. The 8.5% ABV was nicely hidden and the drinkability seemed rather scary on this one. It was like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo without the harsh hoppiness and a slightly higher ABV.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper/bronze color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, strong hops (citrus and floral), and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with low carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight pine, slight floral hops, and alcohol. Overall, good aroma, and good blend. The complexity is lacking and the feel is slightly cloying.

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Photo of yamar68
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice surprise. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this one. It pours a nice hazed tangerine with appropriate slightly off white head, good lacing, minimal beading. The nose is big on tropical and citrus bits, dense indica character. The taste carries a lot of the same attributes with the addition of some terrific caramel. This is a great IIPA, not at all what I was expecting.

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Photo of julian89
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into plastic tasting cup at work (I know, classy right?)

Appearance: Clear dark yellow colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell: Strong hops with a crisp evergreen scents of pine, spruce, and cedar. A fairly strong malt scent.

Taste: Nice hops balance, hits you with evergreen mix on the middle palate, finishes semi-dry with a warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A quite decent DIPA. Very well balanced and seems like a good "stronger" beer for this time of year.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields a thick and creamy looking 1 finger head, beer is not totally clear darker orange, I would say copper but not quite bright, head receeds to about .5 finger

S: Has that distinctive aroma that is a combination of sweet caramel malt and resiny hops that combines to smell like one aroma, good though, a tad sweet

T: Tastes about like I expected from the aroma, the balance shifts distinctly towards bitter hops, which is good, too often malt dominates these beers because of the crystal malt, that sweet toffee is still there for balance and blends with the resin, assertive bitterness finishes with a little tingle in your mouth, a well proportioned imperial IPA but lacking a little bit of that hop flavor punch that we've come to expect from the top DIPAs

M: Strong carbonation to keep the heavy flavors from sitting on your tongue, almost masks the mouthfeel which is dry but medium body

O: As I mentioned, a well balanced DIPA (as in correctly proportioned, not even between hops and malt), but lacks that flavor punch. It has the bitterness necessary.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a conical pint glass.

A - Beautiful, crystal clear copper with a short, but impressively frothy head that leaves lace to make a Victorian debutante hate you. This is a great looking ale!

S - Hops. Lots of hops. A twinge of alcohol.

T - The malt taste that is there is roasty and crystal. Lots of "hoppy goodness" with an earthy, herbal taste. The alcohol in the nose is not present on the tongue. The malts come out a bit more on warming up.

M - Full and smooth. Dry at the back.

O - This was really a great beer. It's gorgeous for starters. I actually like this better than Samuel Smith's IPA. I prefer this style at cellar temp or just a bit above and this one is no exception. I wish it had a bit less alcohol as this is a style I like to slay a few of after sweaty yard work.

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Photo of lucasj82
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange color with a finger high head.

S - Citrus hops and pine.

T-Grapefruit like citrus hops, bread, caramel, and pine.

M- Mild on the carbonation and a slightly thin for the style

D - Great beer for the price and very good abv to boot.

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Photo of youradhere
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally found some at Fred Meyers. Pours bright amber orange, nice white head that falls to leave good lacing. Smells like citrus and mangoes, pears. Tastes like mango, and hop bitter, piney, malt body is lacking, off dry body and high carbonation; carbonic acid amplifies the bittering. Dry drinker for an imperial, could possible finish the sixer but the pine bittering might be too unbalanced to do so.

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Photo of Lard_City
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hoppy and sweet. Not much aroma or head but smells malty. Bit of a metallic aftertaste, sort of like Stone Ruination but not nearly as strong or lasting. Very nice.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle served well chilled into glassware. Purchased this seasonal offering (as far as LCBO is considered) as I hadn't seen it any of the local stores for under $6 CDN.

Appearance - Bright copper color, with a dense off-white finger and a half of head. Very clear with plenty of effervescent bubbles present.Head has modest retention time but leaves behind thick soapy lacing around the rim of the glass.

Smell - Tons of balanced citrusy aromas, some pineapple, passionfruit and perhaps some orange and clementine mixture. Fairly aromatic earthy malt base just lingering behind the citrus as well. Really good aroma on this although not quite as pronounced as I may have expected from an Imperial IPA.

Taste - Wow, very nice. Huge blend of the pineapple, then something sweet like mango and passion fruit blend, before finishing with a earthy conclusion mixed with some lemon zest and orange rind. Some mild heat on the back end due to the significant alcohol content.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, dense heavy feel and the flavors coat the mouth nicely, albeit a touch on the syrupy side.Well carbonated, which helps cut through the heavy body. Heat in the mouth and especially the throat afterwards due to the alcohol content.

Overall - A fine DIPA, that I recommend especially to my fellow Ontarians, as this probably won't last in stores too long. A bit on the heavy side, but I could see this being a particularly great sipper on a cool spring evening as it's got a big enough body and booze content to help you warm up even more. Would gladly try again, although beer is probably best if shared.

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Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thick off-white head that sits on the beer and leaves laces down the glass. A nice sweet toasted and caramel malt aroma with some citrus and floral hop. A citrus resiny and pine hop flavor up front with a toasted, caramel malt in the background. There's also some fruity esters in there. Maybe apple and peach. A medium-heavy feel with an oily feel also. Finishes with a bit of bitterness and a touch of alcohol. The toasted malt and citrus resin linger. A nice Imperial IPA, good flavors and drinkable.

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Photo of BillHilly
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rustic imperial IPA appearance, 2 finger head, dissipates to a nice ring

S: Nice sweet & piney hops

T: First sip dries and preps the palate, excellent balance on the malt and hops

M: Light on the carbonation, hides the ABV quite well

D: Outstanding imperial IPA for $7 a sixer...worth a shot, in fact, I'll be buying more. My favorite from this brewer so far...

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting a bit bored with the super hoppy IPA trend lately, but this IPA is top notch! Pyramid never disappoints,do they? So to the stats... the beer pours a beautiful light copper color with the perfect amount of head and lace, perfect amount of carbonation as well. The aroma is hoppy and grassy, but in a sweet way where it is not overpowering. The taste is amazing as for a high ABV IPA, it is not overpoweringly grassy. The best part is how smooth this beer is and how it does not leave a lingering aftertaste like most other IPAs these days seem to do.

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Photo of brodericksloth
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

amber orange color; three finger off white full head good lacing; citrus clean dry hopped dipa: mango, spice (peppery) some chewy pines, grapefruit and orange zest. medium crystal grain not over baked nice malt background; hop dominated but not to the point of taking the slickness off your teeth . some alcohol hotness as it warms but pretty well hidden for 8.5% abv. would be good to try on tap to take a little of the bite off.
very good beer for the price...

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Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque amber, with a nice head and a finger of thick lace. Not bad.

Nose is crisp and pungent citrus hops. Certainly no problem there. Actually, this one is quite appealing.

Taste is hops! Strong, sharp, sticky, and tangy hops, heavy on the citrus tones with some bitterness going on. I also get an almost syrupy malt finish. I give this one solid ratings, and a nice value for a decent imperial IPA.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a tumbler glass from a 12 oz bottle

Pours a crystal clear golden amber, big fluffy 2 finger head that dies down and turns to a bubbly froth that lays over the top. Sticky, dank, piny notes big on the nose. Mango, peach and fresh cut orange also present. Mango, peaches, grapefruit, all on the tongue. Slight alcohol breaks in, sweet and juicy with a hint of caramel malts. This beer is mediuim bodied, very juicy, and bitter. Overall, this beer really suprised me, very easy drinking DIPA, full of flavor, not overwheamling but good and well balanced.

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Photo of bstave
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (best by 5/17/12) poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Copper with white 2 finger head. Dissipated to a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

S- Grapefruit citrus and nice caramel malt aroma.

T- On the sweeter side of an IIPA. Hops do shine through mainly on the back end. Nice bitter finish.

M- Medium to heavy mouth feel with low to medium carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O- At $6.99/6 pack, I believe this is the BEST IIPA on the market. A very satisfying beer that is on the sweeter side, similar to many East Coast IIPAs. Well done.

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Photo of coldriver
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with minimal head and lacing. Pine and citrus hop aroma with bready malts. Pine, grapefruit, and apricot hop flavors, with sticky sweet bready malt backbone. Medium carbonation, dry finish, not too keen on the oversweet aftertaste. Overall this is not a bad DIPA from Pyramid.

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.77 out of 5 based on 675 ratings.
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