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Breakside IPA - Breakside Brewery

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Breakside IPABreakside IPA

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 298
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 24.1%
Wants: 51
Gots: 78 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 03-17-2011

Breakside’s most popular offering is this beautifully clear India Pale Ale featuring the unique character of Citra and Chinook hops. This light copper beer has huge citrus and tropical fruit aromas with hints of perfume and pine. Flavors like apricot, guava, and orange hit the tongue accompanied by a mild evergreen note. There’s just enough caramel sweetness to balance the hop flavors, but this is really a showcase for the beautiful varieties of hops grown here in the Northwest. Like all Breakside beers, this has a notably dry finish and, in true IPA form, a restrained but persistent bitterness. It’s one of the most drinkable IPAs around!

70 IBU
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of G_Z_a
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the Brewpub. Was a little surprised when it won the Gold Medal. It's fairly well balanced, but a little too much on the dry/piney/bitter side for me. Wasn't a go to IPA for me before and probably still isn't, but is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of ZekeMillz
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The gold medal winner within staggering distance of my house? Truly a blessing and a curse. This is the real deal. I have yet to try I beer from Breakside that I don't like, but this is definitely their best.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber for $5.99. I only heard about this beer due to its recent GABF gold medal and I was skeptical. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Nice orange color, good head. Aroma was fruity, piney, hoppy. The flavor was seriously hoppy, grapefruit, citrus, touch of hop cones mixed with pine cones. I think I have returned for three or four more bottles since the first one, great IPA.

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Photo of NWer
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.
Loved it.
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.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Ravenz98
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvigue
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aquazr1
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber served in a tulip. Pours a clear orange/golden color with a white head. There is some residual lacing. There was a blast of floral notes when opening the bottle. Floral and citrus notes abound. The taste is very well balanced with a slight amount of bitterness on the finish. An very good IPA.

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Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of boogerisu
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BurdockBoy
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of switzer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bomber served fresh and cold into a shaker pint glass.

Breakside's India pale ale (feel good flagship) is a pale yellow orange with great clarity. The head is thick and has good retention and great lacing.

Aroma is fantastic with tons of grapefruit citrus. Maybe a little one dimensional but it's a good dimension to go with for an IPA.

Flavor also has a powerful punch of citrus. It starts off a little sweet but then you get a big kick of hop bitterness. It's almost a session DIPA if there was such a thing.

Mouthfeel is medium to light in body and nicely carbonated. If anything it could be a little more full.

Overall an excellent IPA. It's exciting to see a small northwest brewery bringing their beers to colorado. I wish them well.

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Photo of seanthornton152
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of simcoeluv
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

This has been my favorite Oregon single IPA since I first had it two years ago. I have not had many IPAs of any kind that are better. Enjoy!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of markcp
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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