Outburst Imperial IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

BA SCORE
85
very good
683 Ratings
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
Ratings:
683
Reviews:
226
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.67%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
77
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is one of my favorite double india pale ales out there right now, and certainly my favorite pyramid brew to date. it has a wonderful nose of fresh citrus fruit. pink grapefruit, tangerine zest, and tart tart lemon come to mind. there is a sturdy malt backing to this one, reminicent of an english ipa, but the hops are the star of the show. they offer all the same flavors as the nose lets on, but also some really resinous pine notes as well as this thirstquenching bittersweet semi acidic flavor and feel thats incredibly satisfying and yet equally difficult to place. the feel is very lively in terms of carbonation, and the body is big, but not too big to be undrinkable. this is in fact one of the most drinkable double ipa's ive had. its perfect for summer and spring, with its impeccably fresh flavor. a really impressive beer from a brewery that hasnt amazed me until now. quality stuff here.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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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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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with golden highlights. It had a small, white head of bubbly foam that was short-lived and left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet citrus fruits - orange, pineapple and grapefruit. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and some slight bitterness. Orange and grapefruit flavors came through, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is an okay Imperial IPA. A little too sweet, but still pretty good.

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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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Samuel Smith nonic.
This "imperial: IPA is nicely crafted but lacks the punch of a typical American DIPA. A bit too much alcohol in the aroma; it dominates over the rather evenly alanced caramel malt and hops. Hops finally come to the fore in tasting and linger on afterwards. Exceptional head.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep burnt orange tinged copper with a lacy 1/2 finger white head,aromas of sweet alcohol dipped fruit,caramel,and sticky,resiny hops.Pretty sweet on the palate with the big sugary sweetness bigger than than the herbal,citric hops in my mind.The hops play a late role but its a little boozy,and pretty sweet.Not a horrible beer but just not enough hop flavor and or dryness to the beer.

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3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong and harsh hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is thin and doesn’t provide much balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a very mediocre 2IPA at best.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 drewone
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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