Outburst Imperial IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

very good
681 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 MeanMotaScootah
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this at the local beer stop but just passed it up so I finally picked up a sixer. Pours a straight brassy color. Medium head, carbonation was about right. Aroma was malty, pine with a bit boozieness peaking through. Taste was very malt heavy, lots of sweetness coming through - a bit odd for an IPA. Not super hoppy but there is definitely some resin-pine hops on the finish. The taste overall is thick and malty with the hops taking a back seat for the most part. I doubt I'd buy this again but I thought I'd buy since I do respect Pyramid Brewery.

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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 jwc215
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed orange amber with a lasting creamy thin white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus and melon, some caramel.

The taste is of citrus, melon, apricot. Caramelized bread balances it. Some alcohol shows. Soft finish for the style.

On the lighter side of the style (other than the alcohol), but smooth and works well enough.

A very good value.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden clear with a very wide white foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is fruity and sweet, with a hint of pine. Taste is refreshing, balanced, bitter lots of hops and malts, excellent body that remains in the palate, I really liked this IIPA. Cheers

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks good, hits those amber/auburn/orange color notes, 1/4" white head, good uniform lacing. All citrus in the aroma.

Taste is a not over the top alcohol or bitterness, dipa, that makes it already better than average, good format (12oz) helps too, affordable price. I like when above average quality meets below average price. Some woody pine comes out in an earthy way in the mouthfeel.

Solid beer when fresh.

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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 Alexkauruk
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber, a bit hazy, smells nice- hops, pine and some citrus. Taste: not something original or outstanding, but balanced, refreshing, sweet, crispy with hoppy and citrus aftertaste. Good one. And i can't taste 8,5 abv at all.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up from Safeway, a frickin' 8.5% IIPA in a sixer for $8.29...on sale, no less. Holy crap, I think even the NB Rampant is like $9 there. But deals aside, and while the label is basic and unispiring, and the name is flat-out cheesy (sounds like a new fuel-efficient compact car), the beer is awesome. Pours a surprising dark-amber, practically orange. Jammy, apricot nose with definite malt presence. Taste exceeds expectations, doubling down on the stone fruit, enough booziness to make its point without detracting from the flavor, light bitterness on the finish, and chewy robust malt filling it out. Mouthfeel is substantial and syrupy. It reminds me of a quad in some respects actually.

This is probably my new favorite IIPA. It's delicious and a great value. Nice job Pyramid!

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Photo of pianoguy
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle No bottling date info

Pours an almost clear copper body with a white head. Little retention. Decent lacing

Smell is an interesting mix of stone fruit, a little citrus, and sweet malt. These scents combined give it an overall perfumed medical scent

Taste takes this perfumed astringent (medical) scent and adds a bitterness. It's a very light bitterness, not in any way overpowering. Interestingly, I am not tasting the (8.5) alcohol at all.

Feel is crisp, Perhaps a little too carbonated

Overall... This is a solid beer. The booze is present but I sure couldn't taste it . I bought this beer at my local Rite Aid for $1.89... Huh?!? A perfect little attitude adjustment at an inexpensive price.

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Photo of stevoj
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another killer IPA from the Northwest. dark amber with high creamy head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is mildly bitter and somewhat astringent. Short finish with a pleasant soft lingering palate. Nice!

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Photo of gandres
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler from the Pyramid Alehouse-Seattle to wine glass
Appearance: Orange in color, a bit hazy
Aroma: Slight smell hops, not too fragrant
Taste: Bitter with sweet aftertaste
Mouth feel: A bit fizzy
Overall: Very good beer, but really something to look for
Drank: January 27,2016

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear amber-copper with thick, foamy, well-retaining tan head. Not half-bad lacing. Spice, resin, pine, raisin, and orange aromas at first, now only a faint breadiness making it past the head. Other smells detectable again, not as strong as before and favoring raisins, once head has sunk down a little. Malt tartness and strong resin character throughout, soon accompanied by citrus rind but not so much its fruit, but a welcome showing of raisins as well as apricot or peach. A nice rindy almost soapy finish accentuated by light peppercorn retro-olfaction. Well-balanced beer: sweet here, bitter there. Still, as good as it is, I prefer more grapefruit and strong black pepper notes, and less sweetness in my IIPAs. That's really what distinguishes them the most from both regular IPAs and experimental ales and even a number of Belgian brews, in my humble opinion. Although, in fairness, this was still no ordinary IPA. Medium body, medium amount of lightly prickly carbonation. Way too wet and bubbly of a swallow, and produces warmth mainly on the lower cheeks. A good beer, but I think I actually prefer Pyramid's Thunderhead to this, believe it or not.

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Photo of muldersha
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dry-hopping seems to save this beer from over-the-top sweetness.

Pours a richly colored amber hue with a relatively large-beaded perlage. But that head sticks around for a while and results in an appetizing-looking creamy lacing.

The aroma smacks of brown sugar and candy sugar with touches of damp leaves, malt syrup, honey, soggy bran flakes, pine resin, and grapefruit.

Very hoppy and fresh on the palate. The dry-hopping appears to lift the beer away from a cloyingly sweet aftertaste to a relatively refreshing aftertaste. The ABV (which is 8.5%) is integrated nicely.

While I wouldn't say this is an original or even interesting Double IPA, it isn't disgusting. It was also $2.50 for 650mL bottle, so I'm sure it's a boozehound's delight out here in the PacNW.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a respectable head that laces nicely. Nose is all pine and malt. The taste is much sweeter than the aroma leads you to believe it will be, with the hop bitters barely reigning it in. Feel is thin and oily, but refreshing. Not bad at all, especially considering the price point.

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Photo of ShlickRick
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Im a simple man with simple pleasures, and this beer is simply remarkable. I usually drink lite american lagers, and this beer had me buzzing after one bottle.

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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 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 takusan1000
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one's pretty hoppy! A frothy head on pouring quickly dissipates, leaving a white lace around the edges. Nice apricot color, almost amber. Smell is distinctly of hops--want to say Chinook or Columbus since is it pretty piney and grapefruity. Strong malty and sweet backbone can't hold it's own against that, but does make itself known. Good medium body, not light, not heavy. For a beer at 8.5% ABV, it is surprisingly drinkable for those who have a tolerance to bitter hops, though alcohol taste is there. This is a solid IIPA and one of my go-to, regularly bought, beers since it is usually sold at such a great price point in the PNW.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber with a nice buff head - didn’t get much, but that must be an artifact of the pour. Aroma is monumentally hoppy, very strong and hops from here to California with a strong evergreen overtone and just a hint of fruit. Seriously hoppy flavor is both woody and evergreen, surprisingly only a little bit bitter, hints of fruit and malt. Lively, tingly texture has firm body and plenty of fizz. An outburst of hops in your mouth.

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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 PintOh1759
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Drinkable but only if its my last choice for an IPA.

Little too sweet for my taste, reminds me a lot of a Hefe, has a strong fruity flavor that smacks you in the nostrils then lays on your tounge like a fresh slice of peach would. Then out of nowhere as you are imagining it to continue this slight bit of bitterness from the hops jumps in and takes you for a ride. really a crazy flavor train with this beer, which if thats your thing then this is the beer for you, But if you like IPAs that are well balanced and full of true hoppyness, and flow from flavor to flavor seamlessly then look elsewhere.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

Fruity to start and fruity to finish- few other brewers embrace and celebrate the floral and fruity character of ale like Pyramid brewers. Their hop-forward beers blur the lines between hop dominance and luxurious fruit esters, an no beer portrays that better than Outburst IPA.

Its bright golden-orange pour casts the slimmest of hazes below a creamy white froth. Pink grapefruit and orange marmalade aromas weave in and out of a candied malt base of caramel and simple syrup before the ale really gets going.

Its middle blossoms with bold citrus and tropical hop tastes- notions of ripe grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, passionfruit and apricot abound, carrying with them the floral and herbal character of their leaf, stem and pith. Its sweeter-than-usual undertow is lightly jammy and sticky to balance the brunt of hops in a moderate chord.

And its that malty-sweet balance that reigns in the bite of hop bitterness, keeping the big IPA perhaps more even-keel than most. Its substantial warmth hides nicely tucked behind spicy hops and is soothed by lingering fruity sweetness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow/orangey color ale with a nice thick white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of citrus notes is quite nice with some residual sugar notes noticeable. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with fresh floral notes that are somewhat offset by too much residual sugar. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice IIPA but I would say that there is too much residual sugar for my own personal taste.

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Photo of GeoChase90
1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

Maybe I have a super old bottle (no date) but this is awful. Almost no hop presence whatsoever, just an attack of malt sweetness. Almost felt like like I was drinking a barley wine or something. Terrible representation of the style in my opinion. I will give this a shot however if I can find a bottle with a fresh date on it.

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Photo of JAinSingapore
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a amber color with a thick head. A smooth IPA that is dry-hopped and it's named incorrectly. I didn't find too much of an outburst, but hoppy enough to make it an IPA. The good news for me is 8.3 on the richter scale and that means a few will do.

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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