As my regular readers well know, I’m quite the hophead and I love a good IPA. I’m sure at least some of you out there are serious hopheads too, but do you have a favorite IPA sub-style? What I mean is, do you prefer regular, straight up, West Coast style single IPAs, Double/Imperial IPAs, New England style IPAs, White IPAs, Black IPAs, Red IPAs, Belgian IPAs, etc? Most of my favorites are Double/Imperial IPAs and I’ve also enjoyed many of the New England style IPAs we’ve been flooded with lately, although I am starting to grow just a bit weary of the haze (thankfully, it’s usually not too difficult to find a non-hazy IPA on tap).
What about tart IPAs? Have you ever had one? They were called ‘The Next Big Thing’ by All About Beer Magazine back in April of 2016, though I’m not sure they’ve quite lived up to that level of hype. I’ve only had a few myself, the most recent being Passionate Clouds from Skookum in Arlington, WA. They can have a juicy quality without necessarily including fruit (though some do), thanks to late hop additions and sometimes dry hopping. Their tartness is somewhat comparable to that of a kettle sour but not so tart as to obscure the hop character.
Pyramid Brewing Company wanted to get in on the tart IPA scene, so they’ve taken one of their most popular beers: Outburst IPA and turned it on it’s head. Outburst Berry Tart IPA is loaded with hibiscus, cranberries and black currants to provide a crisp tartness that should be a real thirst quencher as Summer approaches.
Here is the full press release from Pyramid Brewing Company:
SEATTLE (April 16, 2018) – Pyramid Brewing Co. today announced its all-new, year-round addition to the Outburst family of beers with Berry Tart IPA. This pioneering IPA provides an exciting enhancement to Pyramid’s traditional brewing by incorporating berry fruits into craft beer.
Outburst Berry Tart IPA joins Outburst Imperial IPA and Outburst Citrus. An explosion of flavor, Berry Tart was brewed with the most adventurous beer lovers in mind. Pyramid took inspiration from the Northwest’s most popular Imperial IPA – Outburst –and added hibiscus, cranberries and black currants to give it an unparalleled, thirst-quenching tartness. Its unique berry notes, combined with the region’s juicy and flavorful hops, make Berry Tart the perfect addition to the Outburst portfolio.
IPA remains the largest segment of craft brewing. With numerous style variants and hybrids of IPAs, Pyramid sought to develop a novel recipe at the leading edge of brewing innovation. After three decades of brewing some of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite ales and lagers, Pyramid is thrilled to introduce this inventive beer.
“We’re really excited to debut Berry Tart to the Outburst line,” said Head Brewer Ryan Pappe. “Our brewing philosophy celebrates passion for adventure and craft brews, and we’re taking it to the next level. Adding berry fruits to beer is a first for us! The result is a great balance of tartness and hoppy-ness of an IPA with a beautiful crimson color.”
Pyramid prides itself on seeking the best homegrown ingredients. The amazing Pacific Northwest regional resources like glacial water runoff and flavorful hops grown in our backyards of the Yakima and Willamette Valleys provides an incredible amount of inspiration to brew and enjoy craft beer. Berry Tart is brewed with Nugget and Centennial hops, dry-hopped with Calypso and Denali and infused with hibiscus, cranberries and black currants. The key ingredients for Berry Tart are sourced locally with exclusively Pacific Northwest hops and cranberries and black currants from Oregon Fruit Products in the Willamette Valley.
“Our team is incredibly passion about craft brewing and worked hard to bring Berry Tart to market,” said General Manager Robert Rentsch. “This hop-forward tart IPA is not a sweet or sour IPA, but the distinct flavor was made for those beer lovers who crave adventure.”
Outburst Berry Tart IPA is available in 6-packs cans and 22 oz. bottles at your local grocer as well as on tap at the Pyramid Alehouse in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. Please share and enjoy Pyramid beers responsibly. For more news and events, follow Pyramid Brewing Co. on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @pyramidbrew and share your adventures with #findyourpyramid.
About Pyramid Brewing Co.
Born in the Pacific Northwest, Pyramid Brewing Co. crafts some of the PNW’s favorite brews from its year-round ales and lagers to the seasonal and Brewer’s Reserve series. In 1984, Pyramid discovered a new way of crafting beer, bringing together adventure, friends and bold new flavors and innovation. Today, Pyramid shares this spirit through its craft beers, and at its breweries and alehouses in Seattle and Portland. Pyramid Brewing Co. is part of the North American Breweries (NAB) family of breweries and brands with a purpose. To find your Pyramid, visit:www.pyramidbrew.com.
I recently received a sample of Outburst Berry Tart IPA from Pyramid (just yesterday, in fact), but I haven’t had the chance to try it yet. Be sure to follow me on Twitter so you can see my score/tasting notes when I check it in on Untappd – probably sometime this evening. Pyramid Outburst Berry Tart IPA is available now both in 6-pack cans and 22 oz bottles and, of course, on tap at the Pyramid Alehouse.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.