Wanderlust - Breakside Brewery

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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 11
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Breakside Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Kopfschuss on 10-25-2013

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Ratings: 226 | Reviews: 43
Photo of Joshoitataol
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites. This well balanced bundle of hops is crisp and full of flavor.

Photo of LoveOregonBeer12
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Utterly fantastic beer! One of my favorite IPAs (along with Laurelwood's Workhorse)

Photo of Laugookneetuss
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer right now. Amazing. Hops are extremely fruity in this one.

Photo of Owwow
4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent beer at an excellent price!

Photo of RDBJ
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Very well balanced, enough hops to be challenging, but smoothed out by a very subtle malt. For my money my palate, I think this is superior to their IPA which won the Gold at GABF this fall.

Photo of mabermud
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is very underrated. Great aroma, great taste. Smooth feel, mellow in your mouth, under the radar.

Photo of muldersha
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 650mL brown glass bottle purchased in Portland, OR. Didn't see a brewed on date.

Pours a vibrant golden color with a boisterous, creamy white head. There's excellent head retention that never entirely dissipates. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass nicely.

Intense, vinous, aromas of stone pine fruit, orange juice, citrus, ripe pineapple, and guava fruit are incredibly pure and inviting. An absolutely beautiful nose.

On the palate, the beer feels medium to full-bodied with a plush fruity mid-palate that eventually gives way to a hoppy, bitter finish along with lingering leafy notes of gentian root and bitter orange. Superb effort!

Photo of draheim
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So happy to see this brewery showing up on Washington shelves.

22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a fluffy white head, patchy lacing.

Aroma is big grapefruit. And that's it. Smells like I just cut open a fresh grapefruit and gave it a big squeeze. Impressive.

Taste follows nose. Bright fresh citrusy hops on a canvas of pale biscuity malt. Clean, sharp, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is balanced an crisp. Very drinkable.

Overall a very solid West Coast IPA. Outstanding.

Photo of StanleysCup
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Wonderful nose, very smooth.

Photo of Reidrover
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from "Lifesource" in Salem OR $4.99 This IPA does appear a lighter colour than normal..a deep golden..with what has to be the most attractive head i have seen in a proper IPA,..about an inch thick,tightly bubbled and quite uniform. Very very intense hop aromas..as said in the intro..weird combination of bright citrus peel and normal PNW dankness..but it works. Taste is similar to aroma but much more effervescent grapefruit ( pink) in the end. Lovely mouth feel..intense yet at the same time light and quaffable ( yes i used That word). Very good IPA ..loving this

Photo of sallustfire
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy yellow with a substantial head.

Smell - Overwhelming citrus aroma

Taste - Leads with a citrus hops and finishes slightly bitter. Little to no malt presence.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and drinks smooth.

Overall - An excellent session-able IPA perfect for a warm summer afternoon.

Photo of Resuin
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a wilibecher. I don't see a date, but if I had to guess I would guess medium freshness.

Appearance: Pours a semi-transparent medium honey-amber and leaves a couple fingers of white head that fade slowly to a white layer atop the beer, leaving plenty of lacing.

Smell: Nice mild citrus and mango hops, honey, sweet malts. Very well balanced aroma - hop dominant but not by much, plenty of malts as well.

Taste: Again, nice balance of hops and malts: citrus hops including some hefty grapefruit, but also with some nice floral and pine, sweet honey and malts, and more of that nice flora aroma at the finish. Very drinkable, nice and balanced.

Mouth-feel: Fairly heavy for the flavor profile and style: Medium carbonation with a medium to medium-thick body. Finishes a tad bitter from the hops.

Overall: This is a super well balanced, but slightly hop-forward IPA. Really well done, and very drinkable. This would be a go to IPA for sure, if available in my area.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after drinking on 4/11/14. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no discernible dating to indicate when it was bottled or when it's best enjoyed by. Poured into an IPA glass from Speigelau.

Appearance - Off to a great start, as my moderate pour yields a massive three finger stark white head of small bubbles that begin expanding at the top as the bubbles evaporate, leaving a rocky, uneven head and sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Beneath the head sits a murky glowing orange with dark shadows and starfruit colored highlights.

Smell - Very fruity hop characteristics burst out of the glass, with full notes of tangerine and pineapple, and even some grapefruit astringency. There is also a more subdued component of herbal and pine notes hiding beneath the aggressive fruitiness and just a hint of pale crackery malt base.

Taste - Much like the aroma, the flavor is bursting and juicy with notes of tropical and citrus fruit sitting atop a more subtle blend of herbal notes of basil and pine and a nice grain foundation that gives this one just enough body to support the great hop profiles. Tangerine juice, lemon zest, and some pineapple are the stars of the show. Pleasant grapefruit pith bitterness lingers on the palate after the liquid has proceeded to my stomach.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and juicy, with moderate carbonation to give the texture some points of interest, no pun intended.

Overall, just a great IPA from Breakside. This is only the third I've had the chance to sample from them, and of the three, two were IPAs--both wonderfully quaffable. You don't hear much about Breakside on the forums around BA, but the two IPAs I've had could more than hold their own against some of the IPA heavyweights of the West Coast.

Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy amber. Tall frothy white head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Moderate to good thin lacing everywhere.

S: Big sharp grapefruit notes - even from quite a distance. Dank, resinous hops as well. Mild bready malt, just a hint?

T: Big bold hoppiness up front. Sharp and bitter grapefruit followed by a very garlicky and resinous burst. Strong and bright hop flavors, some of the brightest I've ever found in a regular IPA. Bready malt on the back end, combining with the garlicky, resinous hops resulting in almost a garlic bread taste. It's even a bit salty it seems, just like garlic bread. Might be my mind and tongue playing tricks on me but it's amusing nonetheless. Sticky, mouthcoating hop oils lend to a salty, drying aftertaste.

M: Nice smooth medium body. A bit dry and resinous in the finish.

O: Really nice west coast IPA. Big and sharp hop flavors. Not super bitter, this one is more of a showcase of hop flavors versus pure bitterness. Big dank, resinous and garlicky hops. Very tasty.

Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The body displays a bright gold hued color, adorned with a thick creamy, rocky, white head. A bountiful blast of pine and citrus aroma; orange zest. Delicately sweet malt presence with an eye-popping touch of hop bitterness. Medium bodied; crisp and dry finish.

Even from a foot away, when I cracked the bottle open my nose absorbed and relished an intense, pleasing aroma of pine resin hop aroma. Subsequent sips revealed more depth and complexity that the aroma suggested. Excellent balance of subtle malt sweetness and crisp, biting hop bitterness. Very smooth and refreshing throughout, this is a bold IPA without the heavy-handed hop blast so many other huge hop-centric IPAs deliver. Very, very enjoyable across the sensory spectrum...

Photo of iCica
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is pretty solid, and readily available just about everywhere in Portland.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a clear, medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film and thick ring around the glass with lots of lacing. Nice aroma, evident immediately after opening the bottle, of pineapple, citrus hops and bready malt. Flavor follows with intense citrus, dominated by graperfruit, sweet biscuit and bready malt, more citrus and slightly piney hops. Medium bodied. A very nice, aromatic citrus forward IPA that tastes very fresh and appealing. As other reviewer have said, the aroma and taste are very much like a ripe, fresh grapefruit (which is great because I can't have real graperfruit any more due to medical restrictions). I feel like I got my vitamin C for the day. Although not that complex, the flavors it presents are excellent. I'll be revisiting this IPA and this brewery again.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Craft, Vancouver.
Pale amber with webby eggshell foam. 4
Mango and musty lemon nose with pine forest floor. 4
Brioche with sugared tangerine, a bit of skunk, tropical fruit salad, and Sunny D hops. 4.25
Orange blossom end and long lean linger.
Medium, smooth, slightly clingy. 4

A shifty one: sweet start, some dank, citrus comeback, but long piney finish. Has that Oregon sugary malt backbone but the IBUs go on and on (especially for just 50.) A bit sweet for me - I rank it below Workhorse - but I get why this wins stuff. 4

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.8.13

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a smaller cream-colored head with decent retention.

S - Grass, pine, lots of grapefruit.

T - Just like the nose, subtle bitter finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Nice flavors. Light and very easy drinking.

Photo of LouZ
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle; poured a hazy golden color similar to a hefe with two fingers of head. Aroma was pronounced and pleasant; strong citrus nose here. Taste matched scent perfectly and mixed nicely with hops. Mouthfeel was medium, but initial sips were a bit too carbonated, much like a soda; however the beer mellowed down as it warmed up and became much more pleasant to imbibe. Overall, this is an easy-drinking and tasty, citrusy IPA.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at URGE Gastropub – Rancho Bernardo, CA
11/07/2014 – Full pint glass

A: The Wanderlust pours a sort of washed out caramel color with some peach tones and a considerable hop haze across the body. Lighter than the standard IPA. Smallish off white cap. Fair enough hang time with a few dotted swaths of lace left behind.

S: Herbal catty Simcoes greet the nose with a supporting blend of pine oils and flowery perfume. I get some sugary grapefruit there as well with no real malt character detected. Just another super fresh hoppy nose from Breakside.

T: Fruity and sweet like candied grapefruit with a blend of grass and pine. There is a buffer of bready malt underneath there albeit rather subdued here. Not all that resinous and a bit on the lighter side. Still decent and balanced with more of a perfumed finish. Kind of a step down from the nose. Not quite as good as their regular IPA but still very enjoyable.

M: Lighter than expected and touch thin at times. Nice and clean without much bitterness or hoppy residuals. Very dry and crisp at the finish.

D: Another solid hoppy offering from Breakside. Not quite as good as the regular IPA but I would say these guys are definitely doing something right and worth keeping on the radar.

Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 41 F poured into a large mug. I can tell there was a bottle code, but I can't tell for sure what it said. It might have been 1/18/14.

Pours slightly hazy, golden, big white head, lots of carbonation. Fades slowly, quite attractive. Smell is floral, citrusy, quite nice.

Taste is citrusy and floral. Not super bitter, some bready/straw malt characteristic.

Mouthfeel is airy. Fluffy. Overall, I'm impressed. It's good.

Photo of Ghrymm
4/5  rDev 0%

Soild West Coast IPA,nice citrus flavors ,pours with a nice head .
Good session IPA on a hot day around the BBQ .

Photo of almostjay
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite as tasty as the standard IPA, but I'm not sure that there are any beers that are. Still such an awesome beer.

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev 0%

sessionable and very aromatic. terrific.

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Wanderlust from Breakside Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.