When I bought Pyramid Outburst I was specifically looking for a big hoppy beer. Sometimes you get lucky and get just the thing your heart - or tastebuds - desire. Nom!
I love Pyramid beer and Outburst didn't disappoint.
Outburst is an Imperial IPA (8.5% ABV). It pours a hazy amber with a thick bubbly head. The aroma is a mouthwatering barrage of grapefruity citrus and piney hops with a hint of sweet caramel malt. There is a definite twang of booziness in the nose, as well.
The flavor is truly reflective of the smell. There is a veritable gustatory explosion of tart, sweet, bitter awesomeness.
Grapfruit is big up front with an underlying tropical fruitiness. There is a layer of sweet caramel malt to compliment and balance out the bitterness. The finish is crisp and bitter.
The mouth feel is very effervescent and smooth. I would say cautiously drinkable.
There is a touch of alcohol burn that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms in the glass.
Make no mistake - this is no girlie-girl beer nor for the novice IPA drinker. My fellow hopheads should truly appreciate the big time hoppy bitterness goodness the dominates this brew.
Overall - very good.
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