I am a HUGE fan of IPAs and when I found a mixed 12 pack that has Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA in it I thought I was doing a great service for myself and my family. The mixed 12 has three Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPAs, three Thunderhead IPAs, three Haywire Hefeweizens and three Apricot Ales. Six for me and six for my wife.
I was really looking forward to trying the Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA. I'm a giant fan of double and triple IPAs so I felt good about a three beer commitment to try this one from Pyramid. From the Pyramid Breweries Website: "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."
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Appearance : This double IPA pours a clear golden amber with a small, creamy, off-white head which leaves some light lacing.
Aroma : Quite nice with sweet roasted caramel malt, floral/piney hops, citrus and a little mint.
Taste : The flavor is nice (and a bit surprising). Juicy citrus notes (orange, tangerine, grapefruit and lemon), sweet toffee, huge piney hops, and a touch of malt sweetness.
Overall : A very solid beer by Pyramid and one that I would like to try next on tap. With an ABV of 8.5% it falls into the "coupla beers" category in my book. Available May - August.