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Wanderlust - Breakside Brewery

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 250
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.2%
Wants: 13
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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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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. (297 characters)

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. (1,471 characters)

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 ! (1,103 characters)

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! (651 characters)

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. (1,281 characters)

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... (742 characters)

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 (384 characters)

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 (540 characters)

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. (184 characters)

Photo of LouZ
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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. (445 characters)

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. (232 characters)

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. (603 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours clear light yellow with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some bready (slight crystal) malts with sweet tropical fruit and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits with a big resiny bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, nice tropical fruit, resiny IPA, a bit thin and watery though. (382 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap art the brewery today.

A clear amber with a dense off white head with good retention and nice lacing, this is a solid looking IPA. The nose is loaded with hops with pine, oranges, citrus peel, mild tropical and floral notes. The palate is bright, fruity and moderately bitter with honey, orange peel, some grapefruit, and pine. The mid palate has a mild honey sweetened with a mild butteriness that's distracting. Solid stuff , nice flavors here. (455 characters)

Photo of RDBJ
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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. (190 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$8.25 + deposit at the 8th Street Liquor Store in New Westminster.

A: Two inches of head, gold and crystal clear - like apple juice.

S: Very appealing fruity aroma. Melon, citrus, tropical fruit.

T: Nice and bitter. Maybe a little too bitter. Piney.

F: Crisp. (265 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.23/5  rDev +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. (992 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, dark golden with a medium, foamy white head.

Pleasant blend of citrus and resiny hops in both the aroma and taste. Light crackery backbone.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A well done IPA, nice hop profile balanced with light malts. Nothing otherworldly, but certainly enjoyable and worth enjoying a glass or two. (324 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours crystal clear and golden in color, with a giant white head. Not very aromatic, maybe a little piney? Hop-forward C hop flavors dominate. Aggressive and citrusy. Sharply carbonated and not much in the way of malt flavor to balance out this highly attenuated hop monster. The result is high in flavor but not so much in drinkability. But based on the outline of Oregon on the label beind the statement "WANDERLUST" I'd guess this is a beer which is proud of it's callous West Coast IPA phenotype. (539 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sharply carbonated. It's like a hoppy club soda, but that adds to the refreshing quality.

Big citrus taste. Very distinctive grapefruit flavor, though not so much of the ultra-bitter pith. Some lime rind and that grapefruit soda taste. Quite aromatic in the nose, though not so much to sniff the glass. But there's that whiff of grapefruit again. Some bread dough and a fruity taste like unripe pineapple.

Color is the typical orangey amber, though a lighter shade. Plenty of white foam with some thin lacing in the big chalice.

Overall, it's very drinkable with a tangy mouthfeel and a bitter aftertaste. The citrus peel gets hold of the tongue after some sipping, but it's not unpleasant. From the 22 oz bottle. (717 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orangey-gold hue with minimal haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Darn attractive!

Smell: rather sweet malt aroma with piney, resiny and lemony hops. It's got a very Northwest feel to it.

Taste: sweet malt with plenty of citrusy, fruity and resiny hop flavor. Bitterness is quite high at the end; the overall flavor profile is pretty strong. It's good, but something about it doesn't completely suit my palate.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess for an IPA. I like it.

Overall: there's a lot of interesting flavor going on in this beer, but its sweetness and prickly bitterness don't mesh particularly well in my opinion. A more tropical (mango, pineapple) hop profile would bring this beer to a much higher level for me. (875 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,774 characters)

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. (435 characters)

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Wanderlust from Breakside Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.