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Breakside IPA - Breakside Brewery

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Breakside IPABreakside IPA

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 309
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 23.26%
Wants: 54
Gots: 81 | 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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Photo of ZekeMillz
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Barnoloid
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a top notch IPA. Pours a deep orange/copper with a generous white head. The hop notes waft onto your palate with a good blend of pine and tropical fruit.

The big oily hops take the stage here whilst a sweet backend provides balance. Overripe mango and nectarine notes come through also. A smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel helps the 6.8% go down a treat.

My friends had this on tap at their wedding (just outside of Portland) and it was quite the favorite with all the guests. An outstanding beer that would be a hit in any state.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

9/5/15 DE

Pours burnt orange with a good foam white head. Disaptes kind of quick but still a decent look.

The smell is awesome. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit. The nose on this is a tropical bomb. Maybe the most I've ever smelled.

The taste is a light citrus and passion fruit concoction that is smooth as tasty. Lightly sweet with the back end hitting you with the topical passion fruit.

Overall, this beer is world class for sure. The only hit would be its almost more juicy feeling than beer but I'd have to say that is even nit picking.

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Photo of almostjay
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A near perfect IPA. Better on draft than from the bottle, but in my opinion this is the best IPA currently being brewed in Portland. And that, obviously, is saying something. Awesome beer.

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Photo of LouZ
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this by the bottle, but finally got to the taproom to have it from the source. Fantastic! Easily one of the best IPA offerings in the PNW. Pour was a beautiful liquid gold with a finger of lasting head. Aroma was fine, but taste was sweet up front followed by the hop presence and finished smooth. So easy to drink. Will be back for more as soon as I can.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a golden copper that's a bit hazy.

Smells like "juicing an orange into your nose." Jesus. Backed by a slight green grass and dinner roll.

This is a huge blast of juicy hops. Not as fruity as the nose, Wow. I'm having trouble describing the spectrum of species here, but it's quite full and balanced across the spectrum. Nice, dry and fruity without leaning too far in either direction. Nice.

Feels full and clean, with a soft silky rasp of carbonation.

This one's a gem. A great hop experience.

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Photo of bkkt
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one solid IPA.Powerful hop flavors accompanied with a beautiful piney and tropical tones. It has a wonderful aroma...and...ahhhhh...omg so good.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery. Just a solid beer all around. Incredible nose, great balanced flavor, really hefty mouthfeel, clean floral-piney finish.

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Photo of DrDaves49
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper/orange colour.
Heavy citrus with a slight malt backup
Very grapefruity , maybe an orange undertone, slight lime
Same as the smell....delicious
Just a good very drinkable brew with a great aftertaste
I really like this brew, II'll be buying more for sure....it reminds me of Hop Henge or Union Jack....not to heavy , not to lite, just right.

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Photo of zonker17
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden color IPA with thick head and good lacing. Wonderful floral aroma. Taste that stands up with the best American IPAs on the planet. Body is medium-full and carbonation is adequate.

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Photo of muldersha
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 22oz bomber purchased cold at Beermongers in SE Portland.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with an inviting creamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

Super bright, floral and citrusy aromas right off the bat, compounding and compounding. Loads of fresh-cut lemon, candied mango, candied pineapple, dried papaya, orange peel, chive, red grapefruit, and whole lawns of fresh cut grass and weeds. The aroma just pops with waves of fresh citrus and dried tropical fruit.

Medium to medium-full bodied with loads of vibrant acidity, excellent lift and balance, and a brilliant finish that echoes this beer's fruity nature. An aromatic and balanced gem.

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Photo of ccrida
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Firkin at Bailey's. I'm calling it cask, even though it poured from a bung, same vessel and secondary fermentation for carbination. Appearency is hazy orange with a small off-white head leaving biggish bubbled lace.

Smell is pungent and dank hops, very resinous.

Taste is loaded with hop flavor, heavy citrus, some resin. Fairly bitter. A touch yeasty. A little biscuit malt. Big and brash up front, but reasonably smooth on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy and oily.

Drinkability is high a delicous and deliriously fresh IPA with lots of bark but not too muchbite. Really digging this uber fresh firkin, just tapped yesterday.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear orangish color with good carbonation presenting a nice white cap, a good amount of bubbles and some good lacing. Head retention is nice as it stuck around after several sips.

S: Wow. Nice big citrus, tropical fruit presence. Very nice indeed!

T: An initial blast of tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) only to be followed up by a nice dry bite and a healthy dose of pine.

M: Medium body, well carbonated. Lots of flavor and fruits on the palate, dry, not very oily and a moderate bitterness

O: Very impressed! A solid A IPA in a dog eat dog IPA world.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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 timontheroad
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brewer's Republic in CO Springs. Nice hazy gold/orange color, one finger head that faded after a bit to a thin film, but left nice lacing. Great aromas of pineapple, mango, and pine, with just a hint of a honey-like smell. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits in the flavors, with mango being prominent. The mouthfeel was thick and oily, really coating the tongue - outstanding. Overall, great beer, lots of good stuff going on here.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at URGE Gastropub – Rancho Bernardo, CA
11/07/2014 – Large Goblet style glass

A: Breakside IPA arrives a cloudy orange-amber hue with some light sediment action there. A good finger width of khaki froth slips out to a crown that paints the glass with a few brush strokes of lace after every drink.

S: Mega grapefruit punch to the nose! Holy hops you can pick this one up from across the counter. Catty pee notes with light pine underneath and a touch of mary jane. Some peachy stone fruit as well. Remarkably fresh and oh so pungent.

T: Flavors turn much more herbal with a big ol’ bomber of cat spray and grapefruit. There is a light caramel sweetness underneath to balance and a soft tingly bitterness hitting midway. Somewhat tropical and floral with doses of orchard fruits but man this is some musky herbal CAThmandoo! Diggin’ this one for sure.

M: Lighter moderate body with a nice frothy feel provided buy some even keeled carbonation. Nice touch of resinous bitters and a solid drying out at the finish.

D: This is a great IPA. Impressively fresh and pungent with a very crushable nature. Breakside is really playing to my heartstrings. Catty Simcoes all up in this one. What a great treat to find.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On point IPA from a brewery I have not had a chance to sample. Nice PNW IPA that works with the hops as a complete unit with the malt. Not over the top but rather really well balanced much like Moon Under Water's IPA. The nose is excellent and the colour is reddish in tinge. Would buy this one again which is saying a lot in this bumper crop of IPAs available,

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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 GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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 ecarl97
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

I had the bomber and served it extremely cold, needs to be around 45 - 50 degrees F for best taste.

Breakside is dark orange almost copper with perfect head.

Aroma is grapefruit, pine, earthy hop.

Flavor is a hop punch in the face with the end delivery leaving citrus, pine and guava on the pallet...but it doesn't linger.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall a wonderful IPA that I could drink regularly!

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Photo of HGildemeister
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Breakside IPA is my go to when I'm in beautiful Portland! Classic take on a trad IPA. Citrus with a lively taste and feel..fantastic with a burger! A must try

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Photo of draheim
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear coppery amber w/ a sudsy white head, nice patchy lacing.

Aroma is full of great hop variety. Pine, orange, grapefruit, peach, mango, pineapple ... great combination of juicy resinous hops layered on top of pale and caramel malt.

Taste follows nose. Big bunch of resinous hops that bring a lot of different flavors. Orange and other citrus, cool pine, peach, apricot, mango ... Great balance of flavors and textures here.

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied for a single IPA. This seems kind of borderline single/double to me.

Overall, here we have a very good, complex, interesting, well-built IPA.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-05-07 in Portland, OR at the brew pub

A - Clear gold with a white head and decent lace

S - Pink grapefruit flesh, pine, pineapple, cracker, floral and mild dank.

T - Hop forward, pine, some grain sweetness, citrus flesh, herbal spice. Not dank. Good bitter finish. Balanced.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous.

O - Great example of a West Coast IPA hence the 2014 GABF gold medal.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to FondueVoodoo for the bottle.

Pours a deep amber color with a tall off-white head with great retention and decent lacing. The nose is a powerful hit of hops, pine resin and lots of citrus and quite dank. The taste has sturdy malt backbone with lots (too much) caramel and bread; the hops hit with lots of citrus (oranges, grapefruit and overripe tropical notes) and pine tar. The body is smooth and round and highly drinkable. A delicious IPA!

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Photo of Rodster
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle, bomber-size.

Appearance: pours hazy amber with small off-white head.

Smell: Citrus, mostly grapefruit with a faint sort of spruce-like finish.

Taste: Very flavorful, citrus, mostly grapefruit.

Mouth feel: Lightish mouth feel for what is otherwise an outstanding IPA, I like my IPA with a silkier or slightly viscous mouth feel so I didn't rate this IPA as highly.

Overall: An outstanding IPA and well worth the effort to find it on tap.

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Breakside IPA from Breakside Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.