Brew Review: Pyramid Outburst

by Kelli H. on October 23, 2012

Beer: Pyramid Outburst
Date: 10-14-12
Location: Seattle, Berkeley, Portland
Type: Double IPA
Availability: Year round
Alcohol: 8.5%
IBU’s: 80

Aroma: Sweet hops

Appearance: Hazy, creamy beige head, and bright orange

Body & Texture: Tingly upon first sip. Sweet and alcohol in the mouth.

Aftertaste: Sweet and bitter

Overall Impression:
I’m definitely not impressed by this one. I wouldn’t buy it, and I wouldn’t drink it if it was offered to me. My dad bought me and himself one of these too try, and I don’t think he was impressed either. I was barely able to finish my glass, which was probably around 6 ounces. It was off balanced in that it was too sweet for a Double IPA. You could tell in the aroma it was sweet, but I was really taken back by how truly sweet it was. There isn’t much a brew review here, because I wouldn’t recommend this beer to anyone, but I thought I should share anyway. I was disappointed, because I hadn’t had a Pyramid beer is years, and I was eager to give them another shot, but I definitely won’t be buying Pyramid in the future.

Have you tried Outburst? 
What were your thoughts?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Janine Ryan October 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Ugh, what a bummer! I hate when you have hopes that a brew will be good only to be disappointed. I’m ready to rejoin the world of beer drinkers on Saturday – and won’t be buying this one!


Made in Sonoma October 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm

It’s definitely a let down. I hope you celebrate with a great one (or a few…).


Kim Merselis October 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Really like the Pyramid Apricot. Usually can’t do beer with fruit but this one was strangely good!


Made in Sonoma October 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I used to like their Hefeweizen. I tried the apricot years ago. I should try it again sometime.


sonia the mexigarian November 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Their Hef and the Apricot are good. I don’t recall if I had their outburst before.

If you get the chance, you can go to their brewery in Berkeley, but Golden Gate Fields to try some of their other beers on a smaller scale 🙂


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