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Outburst Imperial IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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BA SCORE
85
very good
224 Reviews
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
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
675
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
20.42%
 
 
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a very nice orange color with some ruby highlights. Upon pouring there is only a tiny white head that fades almost instantly with very little lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet of tropical fruit aromas. Lots of tangerine mango, papaya and banana are most prominent. Along with these fruit smells are smells of toffee and some bready malt with a lightly boozy aroma rounding them all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and light caramel flavor. With these flavors is a moderate grapefruit hop flavor that grows stronger as the taste moves on. While the caramel flavors fade after the initial taste some light tropical flavors of papaya and mango and some tangerine. These flavors are rather light and are soon subdued by a pine hop as well as a slightly boozy taste. A rather bitter and resinous pine and grassy flavor come to the tongue at the end largely taking over the taste to leave their mark on the tongue when all is said and done.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Ok for the style although a slightly thicker body may have highlighted some of the hop taste more appropriately.

Overall – A moderately good double IPA. The aroma was quite nice although it was a bit deceiving as the taste was more bitter and less fruit balanced as would have been perceived. It does however give a nice hoppy bite to the taste buds at the end of the taste and is rather enjoyable to drink overall.

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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 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.

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

T
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.

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

O
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 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 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 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 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 WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get a bottle of the Outburst from the singles shelf at my local Binnys. The beer pours a cloudy light orange with a finger thick frothy head that is lacing like a Vicky secrets catalog. The scent is very malty with subtle scents of hop. The taste is much like the smell....very malty with twangs of pine and big alcohol. The mouthfeel is a full bodied iPad with smooth carbonation. Overall it is ok....I have had better and with the high abv it would be tough to drink very much of it.

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Photo of Spikester
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with one finger head. Head fades in about three minutes. Some moderate lacing.
Smell is strong floral hops. Dry hopped should have a larger aroma.
Taste is very bitter initially with just enough bready malts to subdue the hops. The hops are resinous and oily. More a white grapefruit taste than the pink variety.
Mouthfeel is quite good with just enough carbonation to be there lightly in the finish. I could feel the fairly high alcohol but pretty well masked by the big flavors.
Overall an awesome beer for a $1.99 bomber. No extra points given for value though.
Edit: 9/19/15 Must have bought a fresher one this time and raised the appearance and taste numbers a bit.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Can you drink a sudden beer...? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine needles, grapefruit peel, light spearmint, and some light caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit taking center stage (though never allowed to fully soliloquize). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, slightly sticky finish. Overall, an okay DIPA, nothing close to the top of the heap, but an enjoyable and wallet-friendly option.

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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 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 Hopheadjnr
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a stella chalice.

A...pours with a slightly hazy amber color with an off white, low head.

S...citrus, hops, alcohol and fermented apricot. Excellent aroma for the style
T...the bitterness is there, balanced by a sweet bread maltness. Tasting the apricot that was on the nose and a noticeable alcohol is present but expected.

M....just where it should be. Easy to drink, perfect carbo. Very nice.

O...this is a nice, easy to drink brew. To easy for the abv. Lacks a little something in overall complexity and the finish is a little long for the expected bitterness with this style. Overall, an excellent buy at $8 a sixer. Buying this again on thanksgiving.

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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 stxp
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: beautiful faded/opaque dark gold, apple cidery, almost no head, not bubbly

smell: earthy, slightly fruity, not a ton of hop aroma for 80ibu+ dry hop

taste: cascade/fruity start, peppery hop middle, finishes with a bit of floral hop, surprisingly fast, but leaves a little bitter taste linger

mouthfeel: creamy, foamy, not too heavy, but bitterness makes it not easily drinkable

overall: love the look, aroma could be a bit stonger/piney, taste is a big hop bomb, enjoy the peppery/spicy notes, could be a bit sweeter

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Photo of RenzoD
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a huge Pyramid fan but I have to say this is my favorite brew from them so far.
The beer has a dark copper color with a nice thick head leaving a good looking lace on the glass. The scent might be the characteristic with the least to speak of. Faint aroma of hops, cracker and a tiny trace of citrus, The taste is a lot more malty than what I am used to for an IPA but it is good. The bitter hoppiness is most definitely there but it is put to rest (not too quickly) by the heavy malt taste. I actually still really enjoyed it though. A good solid effort from Pyramid. Better than some, not as good as a lot, but still enjoyed it. Glad I bought a six pack.

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Photo of ericj551
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Outburst Imperial IPA pours a slightly hazy copper with a thin head. Orange/tangerine hops are followed by a sweet light caramel malty aroma. There is an almost minty character. There is a nice piney citrus hop punch in the flavor. The sweetness is there, but milder than the aroma hinted. Tons of resiny, piney and citrus hops pull through in the finish. Overall a pretty good IIPA, almost seems stronger than it is.

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.77 out of 5 based on 675 ratings.
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