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Wanderlust - Breakside Brewery

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very good

42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 279
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 16
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kopfschuss on 10-25-2013

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 279
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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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.

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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 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.

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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 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 LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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 jbaker67
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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 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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -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 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 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.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 Reidrover
4.23/5  rDev +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 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 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.

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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 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 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 draheim
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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 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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Wanderlust from Breakside Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.