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Friday, April 1, 2011

Pyramid Breweries Outburst Imperial IPA

My calendar says Spring officially began two weeks ago, but it's only in the last few days that the clouds have given way to pure sunshine and the temperature has risen above 70, so it's time to pull out Pyramid Brewing's Spring seasonal release, Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA.

Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA sat slightly hazy orange in the glass with no observable carbonation and topped with a thin, sticky white head.  The ale had a perfumed, nectarine and mango fruitiness to it.

Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA opened surprisingly bright considering the lack of carbonation, with a nectarine front backed by a very subtle bitter hop that mellowed into a sweet, tropical fruit body.  Outburst ended on a surprisingly dry finish.

I have to applaud Pyramid for putting out as ballsy and boozy an ale as this that is both highly drinkable and very affordable.   This ale comes close to reaching the greatness of the best Imperial/Double IPAs around without a boutique price-tag or feigned exclusiveness.  The only thing I would change is making this a year-round beer, as it is certainly worthy of all four seasons.

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