Outburst Imperial IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA
686 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 rrock44
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Past it's best by date (1/11/13). Free, so who cares.

Pours gold with an enormous head, tons of carbonation,not much lace.

Pale and caramel malt scent with a bit of overripe fruit and citrus.

Caramel and lemon zest pop out first with pine resin close behind. Fresh mown lawn and pale malts follow with a nice, lingering grass and citrus aftertaste. Too heavy on the carbonation, moderate body.

A nice surprise from Pyramid. Nothing too special, but certainly not a bad DIPA.

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Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of vic21234
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle has a best by date of 2/28/13.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a large amount of an off-white head. The head sticks around awhile and forms some nice lacing along the sides of the glass. Nice looking IIPA.

S- Not an overly aromatic beer for an IIPA. Some citrus notes are apparent but nothing pops out at you.

T- Some citrus notes in the taste, other than that it seems overly sweet and almost syrupy. Not a fan. Could this be a bad bottle?

M- Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, bitter with a dry finish.

Something is off with the taste. I'm drinking it a day before the best by date but I don't think it would effect it with the way it tasted.

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Photo of jacket_fan
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review of a double/imperial IPA.

Aggressive pour into a pint glass.

Big head with a moderately heavy lacing. Darker color with a bit of opaqueness which I assume is a trait of IIPAs.

A nice relative strong bitter bite. Not as much as some other dry hopped beers. More fruity than I expected as well. Nice lingering aftertaste.

Overall a soft smooth mouthfeel. A bit thin for my preference.

I like this beer and will buy again. Would like to try it on draught. Smooth with just enough bite. Will try other IIPAs.

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Photo of Derek
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear bronze with a huge, off-white head, leaves plenty of lace. Perfect.

S: Not as much aroma as you might expect from a DIPA, but it's nice. Pine, citrus rind, tropical fruit, sweet toffee.

T: Piny resin, citrus rind, mango, sponge toffee, solid bitterness. It's all good, but lacking the power of some DIPA's (it's more balanced and quaffable).

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a hint of hop acidity, with a crisp finish.

O: It's such a pleasant drinker that I question the abv. A REALLY nice IPA, but it's not at all brash or as assertive as some DIPA's.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper in color with mostly white foam. Sticky foam, but most of it disappeared quickly. Decent carbonation.

S: Straightforward hop and citrus. Not much else there that I'm getting.

T: Nicely balanced considering the high alcohol. Tangy strong hop and lemon notes the a bit of roasted grain to balance it out. Good zest unless from the carbonation adds tanginess without bitterness. The taste finishes off with a bit of orange peel.

M: Pretty good here. The bitterness is good but it still maintains some lightness. Nice balance for 8.5% alcohol.

O: Overall it's hard to give a beer with this much hop and this much alcohol a great score. It felt one dimensional at first but then I discovered the orange peel flavor halfway through which kept me interested and gained back a few points. In the end though, it just wasn't for me. The hops cover most of the booze, but at the cost of complexity.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

On-tap at the brewpub in Sac.

A: Body is deep amber color, darker than I was expecting; looks almost like a brown ale. Served with no head, although a thin one was present at the time of the pour because there is an empty space at the top of my glass.
S: Fairly substantial grapefruit scented hops with sweet and roasted smelling malt undertones.
T: Not as juicy as the nose but still full of grapefruit and ambiguous citrus. The finish is a very bitter but bit rough and astringent with just the slightest bit of alcohol warmth noticeable. I’m getting tons of roasted malts in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body with lots of amply fizzy carbonation. Not especially smooth.
O: Bitter and straightforward but unbalanced and tough to drink. Probably won’t try this again.

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Photo of Bagoosh
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would consider this taste more malty than hoppy. I am more of a hop fan, so it was not my favorite IPA. If you prefer a malty taste you will enjoy this one. It's pretty strong with a good alcohol content, but again, too much of a malty taste. I would drink it again, but prefer others.

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Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of NIURicky
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Imperial IPA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, produced a very nice thick white head, great retention and above average lacing.The aroma was full of citrus fruit and pine. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel, there was a foundation of toasted malt that gave way to bitter pine and citric hops. Dry finish. Overall very nice IIPA, well balanced, great session beer, aggressively hopped but its not over the top. A great beginner IIPA if there is such a thing. Prost!

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Photo of doughanson78
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DrewV
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

NOTE: The label on the bottle is different than what's shown in the BA picture, but I'm sure it's gotta be the same beer.

After living on beers from Bell's, Founders, and Lagunitas for years, I decided to give this one a try. I always considered Pyramid to be a second-tier brewer and frankly this beer did not change my mind at all.

That being said, it was a fairly decent brew. Definitely on the bitter side, but with enough sweet malt to balance out the hops. Lacking a bit in body and mouthfeel, it still manages to satisfy. One sign of a good IPA is wanting to drink another one when you get to the bottom of the glass, and this brew fits the bill.

At $9/six-pack, this is probably one of the best beers out there for the money.

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Photo of Andragos
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of RickS95
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had this three months after the 'best by' date, so take the review with a grain of salt.

A golden/copper/amber pour, a bit clear for my liking, leaves a nice head, about a finger and a half thick. Good staying power and a nice lace. Has a foamy look, somewhat craterous.

Not much smell. Crackers and the faintest hit of citrus. Nothing else registers.

Taste follows the lead of the smell, there's just not much there. Slightly bready, the lightest bit piney, there's just not much happening.

It's bitter from the moment it hits your lips and it lasts til it coats your tongue with the hop oils. Medium bodied.

It's not amazing. It's very bitter and I like the alcohol level, but the bottle I had is very ordinary.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a solid finger+ of solid, off-white eggshell head. Body is a gorgeous hazy lighter orange amber, golden hilights at the edges.

Smell - Really nice floral nose, big bready malts, nice touches of pineapple and mango, some nice citrus and touch of vanilla carmels - wonderful nose.

Taste - Wow, Huge floral hops here - clover, lavender, dried semisweet flowers, and unfiltered clover honey sweetness. Nice muted pineapple, mango, and some surprising banana esters, tropical. As this goes to the back of the tongue there is some sweet ruby red grapefruit and then huge bready malt flavors. After the sip there is grapefruit pith, and dried wheat breat crusts. This is a very complex, balanced and unique flavor profile, really nice.

Mouthfeel - Bolder flavors make this nearly medium, carb is nearly medium and has a smooth foaming feel, yet has some nice crisp edges at the sides/back of the tongue. Very drinkable, but there is a slightly dry and chalky finish on this..and a juiciness from the tropical notes - again, very unique.

Overall - I'll tell you what, this is alot like a dipa with a hefeweizen influence - in both flavor and appearance. The alcohol is barely sensed between sips, reminding you that this is 8.5%, but not unpleasant at all. A very unique dipa, and one that you should try. If you want a floral and tropical dipa, then look no further.

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Photo of fivetime
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of sam_bliss
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into New Belgium globe pint

A- Amber and dark orange. Filtered clear with an off-white head that thins after a minute.

S- Citrus hops mostly. I like the fruity yeast. There's plenty of alcohol present - mixed with the lemon it almost reminds me of some cleaners I've used.

T- Super roasted malts well balanced with evergreen and grapefruit/orange hop taste. A little charcoal and some caramel.

M- Thick with a little palate-stick. Kind of a leftover syrup feel but the carbonation and hops leave a nice tongue-tingle

O- Better than I expect from Pyramid, which tends to be second-tier craft beer. This is a high alcohol beer that doesn't taste like most IPAs with ABVs above 8% - it is sweeter and more fruity but as a result of the lightness the alcohol taste is relatively unmasked.

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Photo of ericlawton007
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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