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Wanderlust - Breakside Brewery

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 295
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 23.82%
Wants: 17
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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 Uncle_Jimmy
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look- pretty golden beer with frothy white head good retention and lacing

Smell- pine resin not dank though. Touch of lemon maybe

Taste- a little sweet on the start, lots of piney bitterness.

Feel- loses a bit here because that hop lingers. Great if you like that sort of thing.

Overall- a decent IPA I would order again but nothing that stands out too much. Because of the lingering bitterness I would've more likely to combine this with foods that could compete.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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 breadwinner
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty thing out of the bottle, yellow gold and brilliantly clear, above average foam/retention/lacing. Smell is the highlight, lightly sweetened fruit and pine, a sort of delicateness about it all. Palate is nice enough, although that delicacy seems to take over, the sweet malt, even if light in stature, seeping in a bit much for this hophead's preference, little flits of sugar dusted pine and light tropical fruit popping up for interest but disappearing just as quickly. I dig the idea of a lighter, less brash IPA, but something about this feels wanting. Still, a perfectly fine brew.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Greenish gold color with a mild chill haze. Modest head. A couple of streaks for lace.

Grapefruit aroma. Mild pale malt in the background.

The hop is up front. Lots of grapefruit on the tongue. Absolutely no balance here. In fact, I may not detect any malt. Given the pale color, a lighter hop kick might be in order, if you love the hop bomb, this will be a very likeable beer. The carbonation leans to the bubbly side. The body is moderate.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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 rocky 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 smakawhat
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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 zonker17
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
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 DoctorZombies
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold draft pour with thin white head; little cap and lace; no retention. Bright citrus nose. Lemon and earthy hops, and a little catty. Earthy hop finish. Moderate carbonation and medium lite mouthfeel. Decent bitter hop linger with a little lemon.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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 BSiegs
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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 zeledonia
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Walgreens $5.99 for 22oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Golden color, fruity smell, smooth slightly fruity taste and not too bitter, medium mouthfeel, overall a great beer. Wasn't expecting much due to where I bought it and it was on sale, but was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Would drink again.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 John_M
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, cool old-time map label background - me likey. Grabbed from the 'Bier Haus' at the Yoke's across the street from my temporary home for the past week.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, broadly foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some random wispy and sudsy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly abates.

It smells of dank, yet watery pine resin, cat urine, orange and white grapefruit rind, grainy pale malt, a wee touch of caramel sweetness, and further leafy, floral, and lightly perfumed hops. The taste is more uric acid, less dank and more green-seeming pine tree detritus, crackery pale malt, a still ethereal caramel essence, semi-sweet orange, lime and grapefruit flesh, a small flinty stoniness, and more leafy, floral, and mildly perfumed hop bitters.

The bubbles are nice and peppy in their alternating fizzy and frothy states of being, the body a tad on the light side of medium weight, and generally smooth, even with all those acrid hops milling and mussing about. It finishes on a drying kick, as the hops start to consider overthrowing the feeble malt once and for all.

A decent IPA, the worldly hop esters testament to that, as is the idea to keep the malt bill more or less out of the decision-making process. Easy to drink, if these particular hops appeal to you, I would imagine - for me, it's more of an exploratory, suck-it-up experience.

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Photo of pianoguy
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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 muldersha
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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 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 beergoot
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 LampertLand
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Breakside Brewery 'Wanderlust IPA' @ 6.6% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.70
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to clear gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hoppy , floral
T-ok taste at the start , smooth & crisp , big bitterness on certain swallows
MF-decent carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-ok beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $6.99. Orange, clear, nice fluffy head. Aroma is citrusy, hops, and more hops. Flavor was much the same, very nice Northwest Coast IPA and almost as good as their flagship.

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Photo of LouZ
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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
89 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.