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Monday, August 22, 2011

Pyramid - Outburst Imperial IPA

Dead Soldier
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Outburst Imperial IPA (Seasonal)
Pyramid Brewing Company
91 S Royal Brougham Way
Seattle, WA USA
Est. 1984(Hart Brewing) 1996(Pyramid)

Brain Damage Quotient = 8.5 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Rich, resonant orange/copper color.
Powerful pine hops nose with malts that can be slowly picked out.
Two finger firm firm off-white head that leaves great draped lacing. Settles to a cap long into the glass.
Firm hops traction after starting with a rich malt and caramel taste. 
Finishes on the hoppy side. Very slightly warming tones.
Pin prickly amount of carbonation zip.
Full flavor, full bodied. No noticeable alcohol notes, save for the warmth.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Opening this one, before it is past prime as it's been chillin' in the examining room cooler for a few months. It is a spring seasonal, and already the brewers are sending out the fall stuff. Not to be dissuaded, I removed the skull cap during the dissection. You cannot believe the amount of hop notes that arose from that 3/4 inch opening at the top of the bottle. I hadn't even poured it and the hops aromas were leaping out, sprung like the hounds on a hunt. Oh, ho, ho! This is going to be a treat!

Though seasonal, this would be a great year round entry to their regular lineup. The 8.5% ABV made this Imperial IPA hold up well through the summer in the back of the fridge. Nothing could deter the fine flavors of this twelve ounce beauty. Now, I have examined their brews by the ounce at The Great American Beer Festival in the past, but a whole twelve ounces of this beer is, (dare I say), heaven on earth!

Did I just say heaven on earth?!? Muahahaahahaaaa!

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