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Day #76 – Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA

March 18, 2011

Well I am feeling great today.  Yesterday was just about perfect.  I rocked my GRE test in the morning, cooked breakfast for myself (which is a major accomplishment), sold my old crappy car and bought a Mazda RX-8 Shinka and then had some tasty beer that evening.  To celebrate a rockin day, let’s go with a tasty new beer and a new style today!

Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA

An Imperial IPA is basically this: an IPA on steroids.  It’s everything you would expect from a great IPA and then magnified.  Sometimes they are a subtle magnification, and sometimes they completely bowl you over.  Often times the amount of hops used in brewing is doubled or even tripled, the alcohol level is often higher also.  I had this beer a few weeks ago and was very happy with it, so I picked up another bottle for the purposes of this blog.  I am quite excited to try this one again!  ABV sits at 8.5%.

Pyramid Brewing Company is based out of Seattle, Washington and is the 5th largest craft brewery in the United States.  They are known for some of their fruit ales, especially their apricot beer.  I’ll get to that one eventually.

Wow, so I usually start with the appearance but I just cracked the cap and haven’t even poured the beer yet and I can already smell strong grapefruit from here!

The appearance is rockin.  It pours a bright orange color with a tall off-white head.  Very foamy and it is a bit hazy too.  Difficult to see through.

The aroma is as I mentioned before, HUGE grapefruit smell.  Very fruity and hoppy, strong smells indeed.  Sweet smelling and pleasant.

The flavor is lots of tart fruit and almost comes to the point of being mouth-puckering…but not quite.  Dry flavors and bitter hops prevail.  Very hoppy and fruity sweet.  It has a lingering bitterness that mixes well with the tart fruityness.  It’s like a mix of grapefruit and orange.  Very nice.

Let me be clear, this beer is intense!  If you do not like hops then you will think I’m insane for liking this, but this beer will certainly appeal to the hopheads out there.

Cheers!

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