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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 UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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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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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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of citrus and tropical fruits—tangerines and mangos seem to stand out in particular.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very fruity for a beer that seems to be a little lighter in body compared to most IPAs. As such, it is very sessionable.

Serving type: growler

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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 biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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 mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 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 LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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 flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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 DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber, split

I dig breakside and they were out of Wanderlust on my only visit to the brewery so I was stoked to see their distribution hit Seattle and have this IPA wash up on our shores. Clear golden body - nice bubbly head. Very light on the eyes, and the palate - grassy, tangerine, bready malts. Nice and light, but underwhelming given my expectations - just prefer a more assertive hop profile I think.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
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 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 StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is grapefruit, pineapple and a bit of mango.
The taste is moderate pine and grapefruit bitterness, a little fruit sweetness for balance.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Really enjoyable.

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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 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 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 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 Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.