Description: "With big beer taste and massive hop flavor, Outburst lights spring's fuse. Dry-hopped for an extra rejuvenating rush, this imperial IPA causes a thirst-quenching commotion wherever it's poured. Ignite the season with a bang.” — Pyramid Brewing Co.
Random thoughts:This is part of my series on Spring Seasonals. I haven't had an IPA in a while. So when I opened the beer fridge to select today's brew, it was an easy choice. I should write about my beer fridge sometime. It's a full-sized freezer that was converted to a refrigerator using a $65 temperature controller. I heart my beer fridge...
The tasting: Deep orange red color (clear) with a white head that dissipated quickly, leaving small bits of lacing on the glass. It looks stunning. Big aroma of citrus, floral and tropical fruit hops (great dry hopping) that combine with a boozy smell that gives you a hint of what's in store. The flavor is dominated by piney and grapefruit hops, but notes of caramel and bready malt come through.
Make no mistake, this is a bitter beer. But I'd expect nothing less of an 80 IBU brew. At the end of the taste, the alcohol kicks in and provides a warming sensation. Outburst is medium bodied, has medium carbonation, and a slightly effervescent mouth feel. It finishes with piney hop bitterness and alcohol that both linger. For a bitter, 8.5% ABV brew, it's very drinkable. Handle with care
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! Kudos to the Pyramid crew! Not only is Outburst a solid Imperial IPA, it's an amazing value. I'm not aware of another Imperial IPA priced at $7-$8 for a six-pack. I hope Pyramid plans to make Outburst a year-round beer—they have a winner here. If you want to try it, you better move quickly. It's already starting to disappear to make room for Pyramid's Summer seasonal, Curve Ball.
My colleague Bill, from It's Pub Night, just conducted a blind Imperial IPA tasting which pitted Outburst against heavyweights Tricerahops from Ninkasi and Ace of Spades from Hopworks. Who won the Battle Royle?? Check it out.