Wanderlust - Breakside Brewery

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 263
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 25.69%
Wants: 12
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of pianoguy
5/5  rDev +24.7%
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 +18.5%

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 zeledonia
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +7%
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 +6.5%
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 Reidrover
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +5.5%
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 +5.5%
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 LambicPentameter
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Dope
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of LouZ
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A--Surprisingly light. Maybe a 9/10 SRM. Nice lacing and small head.
S--Subtle, bright citrus, light but wonderful dry hopping. Not overpowering but lovely.
T--Again bright citrus with the perfect amount of hops. I'm used to West Coast IPAs that knock your teeth out and this is a nice change. Not very sticky or dank but a little hop bite.
M--Carbonation is almost perfect if not a little large, but crisp with the perfect amount of lingering hops that meld into delicious.
D/O--Excessively drinkable. I can't remember the last IPA I had that went down so fast and so pleasantly. A real winner; their Lunch ISA was good but this is a great IPA.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thank you, sir!

Clear orange body with a small, fluffy, white head. A combo of citrus and pine scents. Fresh hops with moderate bitterness. Pretty straightforward for the style. Easy drinking. Pretty good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jellikit
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: orange. Thin head. Light haze.

S: grapefruit.

T: citrus. Grapefruit. A small sweet note. Malty Bread. And...more grapefruit.

M: medium carbonation. Medium-big body.

O: good IPA. Big on bittering. Grapefruit dominates. Balanced well.

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Photo of Spikester
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazed gold with almost two fingers of light cream color head. Retention is better than average with good amount of lace.
Smell is grapefruit pineapple a bit of dankness a touch of yeast and biscuit malt.
Taste is pink grapefruit pine resin deep bitterness just shy of overload. Malts are there but shoved aside by the hop resin aspect. Alcohol is faintly tasted probably due to the light malts.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is barely enough. Finish is on the dry side of medium.
Overall a tasty pale IPA. Although the resin aspect could be helped with a touch more of the fruitier hops or a little more malt. Those who crave the bigger resinous flavors will love this beer.
There was not a lot of pop when the cap was pulled and no bottle date.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A light sweet fruity nose, some biscuit and tangerine. Super clean flavor with oranges, big grapefruit, pretty hefty but not distracting bitterness, some light resinous sweetness. But not super sweet. A big balance with earthy biscuit malts.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/5/14. 6.7% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky golden-yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a tasty mix of citrus and tropical hop qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Wanderlust from Breakside Brewery
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