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Breakside IPA | Breakside Brewery

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Breakside IPABreakside IPA
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Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by msubulldog25 on 03-17-2011

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Photo of spoony
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (no date, but I assume its relatively fresh) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated March 24, 2016.

A-A normal pour produces two fingers of dense, sticky, shiny, off-white head. The beer is almost clear and still in the glass. Color is orange gold. A nice example of the style.

S-The aroma is pungent with floral notes, earthy pine, a bit of citrus zest, and light hints of melon and guava. A little sweetness lurks beneath all the hops, but this is not a malty IPA. It isn't unbalanced, but hops pretty much dominate.

T-The taste is sharper and more bitter. Flavors are pretty similar to the smell with vague floral notes, some pine, some lime-like citrus flavors, and light hints of melon and tropical fruit. Those tropical notes are easily detected on the finish. Malts are lightly sweet and suggest honey.

M-The body is lighter than average for the style making this beer an easy drinker. Carbonation is sharp and fine.

O-This is very solid example of a west coast IPA. Nothing really jumps out here, but the beer is well-made, smells nice, tastes good, and drinks easily. This would be a good everyday drinker if I could buy it six packs for a reasonable price.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a modest foam in the Kasteel chalice. Pleasant honeydew melon fragrance. Sharp mouthfeel with some astringency. Light body and resiny finish. The aftertaste gets bitter after some sipping. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market, Shoreline, Wash.

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Photo of Jw383
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly the most well balanced IPA I have ever had when it's fresh. If you can get it on tap at the brew house in Portland it just may be the best execution of an IPA you will ever have!

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Photo of thorkelson
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Copper/straw appearance. Slight haze. Beautiful. Minimal head, served to me in a shaker pint.
Can taste the citra, chinook adds a nice spice and earth to the end of the experience. My last beer in pdx. Absolutely loved this one.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 9-3-16

A tiny suspended particles in a golden copper body, just a few streams of bubbles but they produce a two finger foam that has some staying power and leaves several partial ringe

S sweet orange, mango, pineapple, maybe some papaya, grapefruit and lemon, lots of tropical notes with this one, some spruce and a hint of brown sugar give it some balance, smells great

T more rind then sweet tropical flesh, piney compared to the nose, some sweet malt, tastes solid but the nose has a slight edge

M lighter side of medium, nice bitter bite, some grit on the palate but slightly sticky on the lips, like chewing on pine needles and lemon rind on the finish

O I've already taken down half the bomber at this point so that says something, A great IPA from start to finish I have no complaints

One of the better IPA's I've had in recent memory for sure, 10$ for a 6.4% bomber isn't cheap but I'm sure I'll get to this one again soon. Yet another little gem on the shelf in Alberta, I'm surprised I've never heard of this one cause its a winner.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - a strangely enticing bit of late-summer label imagery staring me in the face right about now.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random splotchy snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy and biscuity caramel malt, white grapefruit and blood orange citrus, indistinct but heady melon fruit notes, a bit of that hard water Northeast Coast flintiness, some subtle earthy yeastiness, and further leafy, grassy, and piney hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, still prominent but mixed domestic citrus bitters, a consistent Vermont-friendly chalkiness, muddled tropical fruit, ethereal earthy yeast, and more piney, leafy, and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its plainly workaday frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and more or less smooth, if you're willing to forgo any bias against hops being a game-killer here, as such. It finishes trending dry, all citrusy and piney hops this, and biscuity malt that - yeah.

Well, I've had a few of this brewery's offerings via different border-crossing vectors (thanks, IronDjinn) in the last year or so, and none have resonated as much as this one has for its style (that's not a knock on the others, FWIW) - big and brassy and hoppy in a varied manner - man, I could drink this mo-fo all day long, given a locally-priced chance!

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Photo of Nachojon
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good beer here. Lot of hype around this one in Portland and I have to say, quality. Great looking beer with a nice yellow mango color. Good citrusy aroma. Clean crisp flavor and a nice finish.

Will try again, especially on tap.

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Photo of K_STAR
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring draft in Colorado. Smells super fresh! Nice apricot and tangerine aroma. Bitterness balanced well with medium malt profile. Medium body. Overall a great IPA, hits the spot!

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Photo of rarigney
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle purchased from Tavour in Seattle, poured into a pint glass. Very enjoyable IPA. Maybe my favorite of any that I've tried from the Pacific Northwest.

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Photo of thezach
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Bone white head with medium retention that settles into a winding lace that sticks to the sides, very clear deep golden-orange hue.
S: Smells aggressively catty initially, very pungent and sharp, but undertones of light alcohol, mod-light caramel malts, and high tropical, herbal, and piney hop aromas take the foreground as the beer warms and opens up. No DMS or diacetyl.
T: Mild catty notes, very pungent hops and sharp; undertones of light alcohol, mod-light caramel malts, light sweet flavor well-balanced wonderfully with the bitterness; clean bitterness. High tropical, herbal, and piney hop aromas take the foreground as the beer warms and opens up. No DMS or diacetyl. No alcohol heat.
Mouthfeel: Smooth as butter (without the taste), moderate carbonation prickles and picks out the flavors.
O: This is an excellent beer. The catty character (citra?) is much for me, but as that aroma blows off and the beer warms it really opens up to showcase a number of flavors from the simple, but flavorful, malt profile, to the juicy, tropical, aggressive and pungent hops. This is a damn fine beer.

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Photo of Moose90
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

A — Pours a light lemony orangish yellow hue into the glass, there is a creamy off-white colored head that forms and leaves behind some nice bits of lacing.

S — Smell is pungent and balanced with notes of fresh juicy hops, semi sweet melon notes balanced upon pine.

T — Rich and layered flavors of hops and malts, caramel sweetness leads way to a juicy and bitter hop note.

M — Medium bodied, crisp clean finish.

O — Very good overall, a nice consistent IPA.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, unknown dating but presumably fresh. Served in a mason jar.

Pours a darker caramel-brown body, two finger white head, fair retention, lots of lacing. Smells of crisp pine, citrus, dried bread, grain, more pine. It's west coast through and through. Not too intense, but smells nice. Flavour is a combination of grapefruit, pine, mild grainy pale malt sweetness, a bit of caramel, but mostly pine. Moderate pine bitterness finishes things out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, cleansing and refreshing. A west coast IPA through and through, it does what it's supposed to do and it does it well.

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Photo of zonker17
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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 LouZ
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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 floral and enticing. Taste was sweet up front followed by the hop presence and finished smooth. Delicious! So easy to drink. Will be back for more as soon as I can.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a moderately hazy burnt yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light spider web stringy lacing slides into the beer.
The smell started off with some tropical fruit and brings in a nice amount of bitter piney-ness.
The taste moderates between the sweet part of the tropical fruit to the bitterness of the pine, doesn't seem like it necessarily connects but isn't a bad thing.
The mouthfeel takes the harshness from the bitter pine and slides into a light to medium sort of body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good for the style and for me.
Overall, it has all of the makings of what could possibly be an exceptional AIPA but if that smell could just come together. Wish I knew how old the bottle is.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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 aquazr1
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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 sjones5045
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
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 muldersha
4.45/5  rDev +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 Barnoloid
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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 bkkt
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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 snaotheus
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015-05-25
22oz bottle poured into a large mug. 03-25-15 appears to be printed on the shoulder of the bottle. Hopefully that's bottled on, not best by.

Pours hazy amber golden with a huge head and lots of carbonation. Smell is straw, lemon/pine freshness.

Taste is mild breadiness, strong bitterness, fairly vague. Somewhere between citrus rind and pine.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall, it's pretty good.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a pint glass comes across almost a ruddy amber. Almost perfectly clear. Wonderful large soft off-white head, that almond meat colour. Settles soon into a 2cm dusting. Beautiful continental lacing.

Juicy grapefruit and lightly toasted malts meet with other citrus (orange) and some light grassiness.

Jumping ahead there's a lot of orange on the tongue as well. Starts off sweet as nectar and slightly floral, steps solidly into more of an oily grapefruit. Solid backbone of toasted malts asserts itself as well. Finish flashes a sweet zest before committing to the bitter linger. Elementally, but not purely pith.
Solidly medium bodied, decent carbonation.
Thoroughly enjoyable, interesting single IPA. The flavours kind of come in waves/layers as opposed to blending in together so much. Reminds me of Painted Hills in that regard...

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Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Breakside IPA from Breakside Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.