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Wanderlust | Breakside Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kopfschuss on 10-25-2013

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Photo of pianoguy
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased at the local Albertson's. no bottling info provided

Pours a pale golden slightly hazy body with a huge 1 inch plus surface of the moon head.(on a normal pour) Incredible retention all the way to the bottom of the glass. excellent lacing. This is how a beer should look.

Very prominent scent. Citrus with tropical fruit, a bit of pine. Nice!

Very much follows the nose. Starts with a huge grapefruit / tropical note up front that leads to a bitterness that is there... but then it isn't.... A slight bitterness with an equally slight malt presence. A perfect balance.

Nice full feel

Lot's of work must have gone into brewing this. Bravo !
For the record I have only handed out 5's like this once before( to a particularly excellent Stone Brewing Best Before IPA ) This beer is a 5 in every category from taste to feel. Wish the ABV was higher, but other then that it's perfect. My wife picked this up while grocery shopping today. Halfway through the first one, I put a halt to the review to go buy more. I have never done that before... This beer totally blew me away !

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Photo of RDBJ
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden orange in color, mostly clear (slight chill haze). Thin white cap. Citrus is heavy in the nose along with a substantial pine presance. Malt aroma has a slightly toasted quality that plays off the hops very nicely. Orange and grapefruit are present in the taste along with a piney, resiny bite. Great balance with the malt. Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation. Very dry finish with well balanced bitterness.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beer that steers clear of a lot of the other traps most American IPAs fall into. Brewers sometimes become so obsessed with trying to "out hop" the competition that they forget style guidelines. What we end up with are these enormously hopped, over saturated beers that taste more like double and triple IPAs than they do singles.

This beer doesn't make that mistake.

Very balanced, I get flavors of mild dry hop resin upfront amongst notes of bitter orange and grapefruit rind. Theres a sweet malty cereal flavor on the aftertaste to even it all out. Slightly vegetal and grassy. Very refreshing and clean tasting.

The flavors are profound enough to speak for themselves without overpowering or stealing the spotlight from one another or becoming so strong that they are cloying and abrasive to your palate.

Highly sessionable and thirst quenching.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip. This is exceptional from the the nose to the aftertaste. Big citrusy nose, crisp citrus flavor with a mild bitterness, refreshing and smooth on the way down. I could drink this all day everyday.

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Photo of zonker17
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep yellow with frothy head that disappears. Smells juicy with citrus fruit, also malt. Taste is everything I want in an IPA. Malt and hops blend into a floral sensation with resin and not too bitter finish. The hops linger on the tongue pleasantly. Love this beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Thick, rich, and huge controlled ultra fine and thin bubbled head. Stands tall easily at four fingers, and an almost nitrous appearance but with thick classic retention. Bright white, island puck lacing, thick foam and just a head that wont quit or give. The body color is extremely light and pale, a fine crystal lemon gold with just a hint of fine carbonation, some bubbles rising quickly others slowly. Stunner of an IPA on the eyes.

Classic pine notes and airy hints of spruce like hop come out, just a touch of brown sugar like sweetness of malt too on the nose. Clean, airy, nice almost biscuit notes kicking in as well. Excellent aroma and more on the simple and subtle side.

Palate hits with a much lighter than expected feel but full onslaught of classic flavors. Airy pine and slight toasted malt in the mid palate. Herbs of green and dark almost rosemary like flavors linger after the sip. Excellent spicy almost hot pepper like controlled finish with excellent bone like dryness on the aftertaste like a good glass of champagne. Crisp and big pop and herbal spiced finish of hop. Crackling finish with an airy palate, the mouthfeel stays out of the way and keeps it simple.

A real nice take on an IPA, always would like to have more of these NW goodies from time to time, and a real memorable one right here.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 8 Sep 2015.

Orange, cloudy with great head and lacing.

Smell bursting with hops. Oranges and pineapples, all juicy and sweet.

Taste clean, dry, a touch chalky with excellent aromatic hop presence. Citrus!

Feel outstanding. Med-light body, prickly, tingly, buzzy. Carbonation all over, and right where it should be. Dries out smoothly and pleasantly.

A top-notch IPA. Great juicy, citrusy hops, and very well rounded.

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Photo of muldersha
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of draheim
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops notes with citrusy and grassy notes is wonderful. Taste is also a wonderful mix of floral hops with almost no bitterness and some grassy notes and citrusy notes with light residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Solid juicy IPA.

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Photo of velosuds
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From bomber into a tulip glass. No freshness dating evident.

A-Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a three finger, egg shell white head great retention and copious, sticky lacing. Nice appearance.

S-Floral and citrus hops are wonderfully fragrant with some resinous pine aroma, even before the pour. The aroma is very pronounced and pleasant. Would like to know the hop bill, but the brewery’s website is virtual-less and almost useless. I suspect the normal players are present (like Cascade & Centennial) with maybe a light addition of Mosaic since I note a hint of bubblegum. Definitely more grapefruit than pine, but it is nicely dank.

T-Very well balanced yet simple. Grapefruit and piney hops are blended beautifully by delicate malt sweetness that is not cloying. A definite NW style IPA.

M-A tad light and thin and perhaps under-carbonated.

O-Very drinkable.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice, solid IPA from Breakside. The beer is decidedly dry and bitter on the finish, but with enough (barely) sweet malt to impart a bit of light tropical flavor to go with hoppy bitterness. Drinkability is exceptional. The grumbler I picked up from Growler Guys PDX was gone before I knew it.

I don't know if Breakside continues to tweak the recipe or what, but this has now become my "go to" off the shelf, I can get it any time, locally made IPA. The current version is very well balanced, with just enough tropical fruit to balance the considerable bitterness on the finish. The finish is otherwise very clean, and drinkability is exceptional. There's a nice tropical fruit, light onion, and light dank weed aroma that is very attractive as well. Add to that a pretty reasonable price tag (bombers are typically priced between $4.50 and $5 at most stores, though I've seen it discounted down to under $4 at some grocery stores in the area), and you have a winner!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours hazy medium golden, thin white head fades quickly, a few spots of lace. Light citrus n cracker aroma. Light sweet malt taste and citrus peel hops. Great balance with the citrus peel and floral grassy bitterness winning out and lasting well past the finish. Ultra dry bitter finish, light to medium oily n soft finish. Haven't had this one in a while, as good as I recall.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold, beautifully clear pour with three fingers of viscous white foam. Great lacing down the glass. Fruit forward nose with a lot of citrus, grapefruit, and some tropical notes. Some bready sweetness too. Very balanced taste. The citrus flavors are there, but I get some pine too that I didn't get in the aroma. Enough malt for balance, but the hops are the star. Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation and a lingering bitterness after the swallow. I brought this home from my trip to Portland and I'm impressed, a very good IPA.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of sallustfire
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice light bright golden straw with a big bubly effervescent head. The head settled to a thin ring and left a a sticky dried mess down the glass wall. Smells predominantly of pine resin and orange peel with a touch of wheat grain. Good but a little one dimensional on the nose. The taste however is spot on. It starts off mildly sweet with a wheat and grain breadiness. A juicy citrus, apricot and pear waters the most through the middle. A rush of orange zest and mild pine and cedar wood finishes the taste with a wonderful tingly tangy tartness. The feel is medium dry but again the fruityness and a mild saltiness finishes with a mouthwatering feeling that balances the dry hop feeling. Overall I'm a big fan of this IPA. The fruity citrus notes were spot o and refreshing. Well done.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Clear pint glass
From: Yard House in Waikiki (Honolulu), Hawaii
Price: $7.95
Purchased: Dec. 19, 2015
Consumed: Dec. 19, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with two fingers of fizzy white head when I got it. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Above average foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled pine cone, Citra, floral, sharp grapefruit, tangerine rind and melon. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted grapefruit, resin, pine cone, Citra, grapefruit pulp and earthy tangerine rind. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Citrusy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Really enjoyed this IPA and would love to have it again. (Overall - 4.25)

4.22 | 94 | A-

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of LouZ
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on draft at taproom - poured a hazy golden color similar to a hefe with one finger of head. Aroma was pronounced and pleasant; strong citrus nose here. This is the dank offering to pair with their amazing flagship IPA, and it does not disappoint.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i love how fresh this beer is, how the hops seem to be bursting out of suspension like a pod of dolphins breaching off the coast. its so vibrant and alive, and i love that about it. what i dont love is the hop profile itself. i mean, its so fresh and new and clean and good, but its such a familiar played out profile i feel like. northwestern hops of the old guard here, i know it, maybe not this green, but i have tasted the base beer here a million times already. i always appreciate when someone reinvents the wheel to make it rounder you know? its already been done, but lets do it again, lets do it really really well, but its still the same wheel. this might be one of the finest wheels yet produced in terms of balance, freshness, mouthfeel, finish, and abv (right where i like my ipa!), but its still a wheel to me. breakside continues to impress me though, they have a huge lineup, and all of them are very good.

edit: just had this on tap for the first time, and i almost cant believe the review i wrote of the bottle above. it tasted like a juicy mosaic explosion, a whole lot less of the northwestern pine thing than i obviously picked up in the past. so clean and easy this is from the tap, i wonder if my palate has changed since then or if the beer has, or if there is a marked difference between the two formats. either way, i think i much prefer the draft, what an awesome ipa this is!

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