Outburst Imperial IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

very good
682 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 MaltsOfGlory
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A pretty standard pour yields a huge three finger head into my willi glass, must be pretty carbonated. The head actually looks quite nice, just a hair-off white, frothy and pillowy. The body is a dark copper color, deep shades of red and brown. Visibility is very low, carbonation looks very high. Head retention so far is amazing. So far, a good looking beer.

The nose is not bad, a little bit of dms I think. Not overly sweet other than that though, which is good for a double IPA. A little vegetal at first. Further sniffs give way to some nice fruity aromas, strawberry, mango. Hops are there, but not in super large effect. There are some off aromas here, but this isn’t bad.

The flavor hit for just a nano second with that vegetal taste, but only briefly. It then leads into those really nice fruit notes – I get a good amount of strawberry. A hair biscuity. It’s quite sweet, and it definitely has a supporting malt backbone, but not in an extracty way. I should also note that I doubt they are adding any fruit flavoring to a beer marketed as a simple double IPA, I think these fruit flavors are authentic from the hops. Maybe they add sugar, but I kinda doubt that too, considering there would already be plenty from the grain bill. Has a hair of a booze tinge at the end, but just barely, it’s perfectly fine. Hops are present, but not making much noise - not unheard of in a double IPA, with so much else going on, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to like that aspect! Has a little bit of that soft, almost creamy taste some IPA have these days. Definitely drinks more like a sweet, fruity, single IPA. Honestly, this is quite nice.

The mouthfeel is decent. Somewhat sweet, though the sugars don’t stick too much, it’s reasonable. Bitterness is not much of a factor, lingers for a very small period of time. The carbonation is quite low, which is surprising for a number of reasons; this is not terrible, but I would desire a higher carbonation. Body is on the lighter side, again, not a huge problem, but I would prefer something heavier. Overall it’s ok.

The drinkability is very high for a 8.5% double. I’m quite enjoying drinking this, and with no hesitation.

The appearance turned out magnificent. Head retention was bonkers. I had a full head for at least half of the glass, as well as a good half head for the rest. Lacing was thick from top to bottom. Wonderful looking beer.

Overall, this surprised me, considering how low the last Pyramid beer was. This is a pretty good double IPA, and I’m pretty picky about my double IPA’s. The flavor is solid, and a little unique. Not much more to say, good beer.

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Photo of speedlimit7
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Brob245
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Labeorphile
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of AnotherDisease
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nimbly_Bimbly
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 8BaconBits
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

decent beer

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Photo of Bali_hi
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Pyramid Outburst drank

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Photo of Strunner
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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 TwoTrees
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Superheatnsubcool
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnyminor
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 ChuckTom
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of AD17
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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