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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some sweet caramel malts and a bit of pine hop.

T - Starts off with some grapefruit and other tropical and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some lightly bready malts come through with some pine hops and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of tropical and pine hops with some bitterness and a bit of sweet malts.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good DIPA with a nice hop profile and pretty good balance.

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Photo of BB1313
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy burnt orange, not much head, average lacing, nice retention. Wow, this smells really good. Lots of pungent fruity hops, some peach and mango in the mix, really nice. It kind of has subtle soapy aromas which I can deal with due to the style, no it doesn't taste like soap. The flavors don't quite live up to the aromas. Lots of resin and pine, slightly hot and spicy, finishes hot and syrupy. Malt is there. Mouthfeel is thin, but still remains syrupy with some body, nice carbonation. This one has some good moments, it's really hard for me to really nail how I feel.. but it's definitely worthy.

It's not often I come across a 12oz DIPA for $1.50, so this is extremely good considering the price. I wasn't sure what I was going to get, but I'm pleasantly surprised. With a few tweaks, we could really have something here. It's worth a visit.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 matjack85
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with an enjoy before date on the neck label. Mine has an enjoy by 09/21/12 date on it, which is a little disturbing to me because that means Binny's sold me a bottle that was over 2 months past its prime. Not sure how much this will affect my review.

The beer poured a hazy golden/amber color with just a ½-finger of fizzy white head, which disappeared quickly and left virtually no lacing.

Mix of citrus and piny hops smell along with caramel and bready malts.

Big hop presence, as would be expected from an imperial IPA, but also a surprising amount of sweet caramel and bready malts for balance. The hops are pretty bitter at 80 IBU's, and are mostly piny and citrusy. The hop oils linger into the afdtertaste, as does some of the 8.5% alcohol.

Crisp and medium bodied with higher than average carbonation.

This is a good dry hopped IPA. Never heard of Falconer's flight and zythos hops before, but they made a pretty good combination in this IPA from Pyramid.

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Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MickeyHops
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Beerlover
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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 beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

12oz bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $1.39. No obvious freshness date, but when one considers the fact that it is a spring seasonal, it shouldn’t be too old at all.

Pours a dark amber color that had a very slight chill haze to it, with a big, creamy off-white head that slowly dropped unevenly and left lots of lace.

Tropical fruit flavors are what initially greets the nose. There are also some pine notes.

Fairly bitter tasting with a citric and piney hop blast to the palate. Very grapefruity flavor. Not that much of a malt backbone to the taste.

Medium bodied, with a slick, sticky mouthfeel.

While many beers labeled as DIPAs tend to have huge amounts of malt sweetness, this one leaves me thinking it could use a little more. While not as boozy as some in the style, this could pick up a little more drinkability if there was a little more balance. Not a bad beer overall, but nothing here that seems essential, either.

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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 CJNAPS
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Probably the best beer from them.

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Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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