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Outburst Imperial IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft piney hops and an earthy caramel.

The taste was a bit tired with dull piney hops and an awkwardly assertive malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with some residual bitterness.

Overall a decent malt forward DIPA.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a brandy snifter shape. No head.

Decanted on 062813 and label says drink by 091313.

Appearance: Amber color, brown, or a Halloween-ish orange. No head. No lacing, No legs. Well actually with each swill there's a 1-2mm tracing of foam, which is interesting because it looks like it is alive, but then dies quickly. Nice color but no foam.

Smell: On my third bottle now and the smell is still the same...By Odin I swear the first thing I smell is watermelon Jolly Rancher (which I despise), pizza dough yeast, grass, bamboo, wet mud, rain, passion fruit (which smells a bit like vomit), cherry, viongnier, shellac, dead pines, cactus sap.

Taste: First let me tell you that this beer really opens up once it warms up and gasses out, and changes into more different things. On cold pour the flavour (UK spelling for effect) was a thirst quenching British IPA profile with no hints of pine, easy to drink fast (if you are a DIPA drinker). At first malty yet not boozy, with a quick hop bitterness following each swallow. Now as I am on the tail end of the third 12oz serving I can taste the cherries turning into blackberries and even cabernet (well let's be realistic..Zinfandel) towards the end. The tropical candy fruit smell, Liesavers almost, Ludens cherry cough-drops maybe, is not what this tastes like at all. Tastes pretty damn good. As a DIPA drinker who seeks the pine and grapefruit this is lacking. However, this is something worth appreciating for the balance point it achieves.

Mouthfeel: Very good. Not overly carbonated and yet substantial, a tad syrupy, cloyingly addictive. Might need a chaser of water if hot and thirsty.

Overall: Not great but very very good. Will drink this again I am sure.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 2 finger creamy off white head that had tons of bubbles in it and left good lacing sliding down the sides; the head faded on the faster side, but it was an above average looking head.

Smells of strong piney hops up front, with citrus following, including grapefruit, orange peel, mint, herbs, caramel, a buttered biscuit, light brown sugar and some floral notes; nice hoppy sweetness combined with a solid malt and caramel backbone. Not what I would consider a strong NorthWest DIPA nose, but still a really nice smelling IPA overall.

Tastes like it smells, with strong piney hops up front, followed by grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, mint, herbs like tea leaf, biscuit, toasted grains, light brown sugar, floral hops and spicy notes like pepper and a dash of coriander; the dry hopping listed on the bottle comes through more in the flavor, as the floral notes and spices seem to linger with the light bitterness with a chalky almost cinnamon like ending. Almost seems like vanilla notes in the finish, which was a nice touch.

Mouthfeel is on the smooth side, with a medium chewy body, light carbonation and a sweet slightly bitter finish that lingers for a while. This brew hides the ABV very well, but was a lot tamer than I expected from a Seattle DIPA.

It is much more enjoyable cold and fresh, and more of a DIPA light than a true DIPA; as an IPA this would be above average, and as a DIPA it’s barely above average. Overall a good beer that’s worth a try.

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 688 ratings
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