Breakside IPA - Breakside Brewery
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.01/5 rDev -1.2%
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating to indicate bottling or freshness anywhere on the label or bottle. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glassware.
Appearance - Moderate pour yields a generous one-finger head the color of off white with a slight orangish-yellow tint to it. The consistency is creamy and lush, and while retention is moderate, the foam begins to recede immediately, at a slow pace, leaving a slight sheet of foam on the edge of the glass while the bubbles in the middle of the glass sink away. Beneath the head lies a body the color of brassy orange, with some pinkish and goldenrod highlights where the light passes through and a hazy disposition indicating that it is unfiltered.
Smell - Pleasant blending of tropical and citrus aromas rush out of the glass to take over my olfactory senses. Mango, pineapple, orange zest, and even some light grapefruit pith that develops into a pleasant hint at the fruity-bitter taste to come. The hop aromas are deliciously overpowering here, and while it's hard to detect the malt backbone directly, you can tell it's there by the fact that there is some heft to the aroma.
Taste - The same wonderful fruit components from the aroma come parading through on the tongue, and my prior suspicion of a healthy malt base are confirmed by the fact that this one is far more than hop water. Orange, pineapple, mango, and even some stone fruit (?) are all at play here, but there is some faint breadiness giving this one a fresh-squeezed juice feel to it.
Mouthfeel - As alluded in my taste description, this is a medium-bodied IPA with some juiciness and moderate carbonation. Finish walks that line between sweet and dry, very well balanced.
Overall, this is really a fantastic IPA, especially for the price. Unfortunately, I had to pay a little more to get it shipped to me, since Breakside doesn't come around these parts, but it was well worth it. If it distributed to my area, I could see this one being a regular purchase at such an awesome price point. If you are lucky enough to be in the area and love IPAs, this one is well worth your time. And if you just like IPAs, it's probably worth the shipping to try it.
05-27-2014 16:18:14 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
Served on tap at the Breakside Brewpub.
Appearance cloudy clearly unfiltered. Citrus notes in the aroma.
Taste? Nothing refined about this beer. An attack on the senses. Grapefruit that sucks the cheeks into the mouth. As if they infused the beer with grapefruit rind.
Have to tick down a notch on mouthfeel though. Just doesn't linger well.
All in all a fun experience. I'm glad I had a chance to tic this one off.
04-27-2012 13:03:39 | More by NWer
3.76/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured a finger of head on a clearer medium straw colored body.
The aroma is bright lemon, grapefruit and orange. A wonderful combination.
The taste is moderate to strong bitterness of grapefruit. It's balanced nicely with the malt.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A really nice IPA.
09-18-2013 04:43:21 | More by Fatehunter
4.04/5 rDev -0.5%
Had this tonight at the 10 Barrel Boise IPA Beer Wars and it was certainly in my top 3 of the 16 IPA's on tap tonight.
Orange brew with a nice hop haze... great head and lacing.
Tropical fruity hoppiness punctuated by a big grapefruit zest essence... very balanced light pale malt presence.
Very drinkable with a light body and good carbonation... seems pretty damn fresh.
09-15-2013 04:15:18 | More by JohnGalt1
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
Pretty decent IPA, more of an in-between style. Not too aggressive with the hops or malts.
Pours a pretty spot on IPA hue, that straw core with light white head, decent retention fades to an average lace.
Smells mostly of mild hops, not too in your face. Some mild citrus, white pepper, and grass notes. The palate is mostly mild malts and medium astringent hops. Not as malted as Ft George Vortex, not as aggressive as most PDX IPAs. Really well balanced IPA meant more as a good pub friendly beverage.
09-07-2011 17:24:02 | More by cbarrett4
Breakside IPA from Breakside Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.