Breakside IPA - Breakside Brewery

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Breakside IPABreakside IPA

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 276
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7%
Wants: 47
Gots: 70 | FT: 1
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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 scottfrie
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a deep amber color with an oily, thick off-white head that faded into a well retained collar. Sticky rings of lace were left down the glass.
S: I get notes of grapefruit and earthy hops and flowers. There's a musty leafy herbalness as well.
T: Bitter lemon, earthy herbal hops, lemon peel, minty herbs, and a tingly numbing evergreen freshness in the finish. The aftertaste is green and minty, with just a hint of cat urine.
M: medium full body, thick and greasy mouthfeel with chewy carbonation, slight alcohol astringency, solid bitterness.
O: Average. Not my favorite hop profile, but not bad though. (638 characters)

Photo of bilbobrewer
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

If you love your hops delivered as tangy citrus --- specifically grapefruit ---- then this beer is definitely your jam. Me? I'm more a stanky pine and juniper fan (ie.a Simcoe Amarillo Citra dude)
Very good beer, but not great for me. (238 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle.

Appearance- Pours an amber copper with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell- Citrus hops, pine resin, caramalts, tropical fruits.

Taste- Citrus hops, pine resin, caramalts, tropical fruits. The hops are more reserved for the style.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- An American IPA that is more reserved on the hop front. Besides this, an enjoyable IPA by Breakside. (415 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clearish golden yellow with a small cap of bubbly white head. Aroma is dominated by hops. Taste of piney hops, lemon and orange zest, grassy, light spice, and subdued malts in the background. Medium-bodied and easily drinkable. (272 characters)

Photo of anarchia
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Floral & grapefruit aroma with some vanilla notes. Pours semi-hazy, gold / orange in color with a thick head and lots of lacing, slow to dissipate. Taste is heavy! pine and lots of grapefruit hops, some floral notes, almost chewy in the mouth with a bitter, resin-y finish. A little too thick & chewy & "hop-dank" resinous for me but still a very good beer. Others will obviously love this and Breakside is an excellent brewery. (428 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz : SN IPA Glass

Pours a clear, coppery orange with a thick, foamy off white head.

The nose is big citric grapefruit notes without being overwhelming. The taste is more of the same, though more fairly balanced with sweet pale and caramel malt notes.

Medium+ body, mild foamy carbonation.

Another well done IPA from the Pacific NW. Big hop notes, but balanced with a pleasant malt backing so it stays easy drinking. (421 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (505 characters)

Photo of G_Z_a
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which seems to have some retention. The head is a pure cotton white and the body is a slightly hazy medium amber/honey which glows orange when held up to the light. The retention seems to be holding more than I thought and there is noticeable lacing.

Nose- Very warm and inviting. The bottle seems to focus the aroma into a musky grapefruit scent while the nose from the glass is more traditional citrus fruits with tropical fruits as well. Some pine and resin as well. A little bit of matchstick and spicy green fruit. Good lacing but not great. Head retention is steady. A little bit of armpit, dirty sock aroma to boot. Huge notes of melon come out as this opens up more.

Taste- Heavy grapefruit to start off with- it's hard for me not to assume that Amarillo hops are used in this beer. Heavy matchstick, pine, resin, and wood. The tropical fruit of the nose seems to be much more muted as more evergreen notes come into play. However, this is a very well rounded evergreen profile. Earwax and musty armpit notes seem to work around the edges of every other profile note. There are melon notes also. Pretty good beer and a solid IPA but unfortunately it is that- just another solid IPA. It is very balanced and well rounded. Earwax bitterness seems to dominate the finish though.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light bodied. Light carbonation- maybe could use a little bit more.

Drinkability- Perhaps a little too much resin and matchstick for my taste at the time but I could see this having some sessionability.

Overall- Solid IPA. Good but not great. I haven't tried Breakside before but I am glad this on my bus route. I will be checking out more of their beers. (1,710 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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... (854 characters)

Photo of NWer
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Punch Bowl Social, Portland

Bright brass.
Simcoe nose: pine, cat, passionfruit.
Caramel and apricot, then dank, pineapple, and resin hops.
Light to medium, oily, chewy.

Gooey hop hit in a light body. Sticky and fun. Pale and round but blah. (253 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (2,195 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

3.75/4/4/4/4.25 (392 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Nice white head with good retention.

Smell - Orange hoppiness. A little grassy. Doughy pale malts. Very nice.

Taste - Grapefruit much stronger. It's orangey up front, but becomes very grapefruity. Toasty malt. A little sweet, but less doughy than the nose.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and medium carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

Overall - A very nice IPA. Simple and flavorful. (447 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - nice transparent orange with offwhite head, foamy, not much lacing

smell - citrus aromas

taste - grapefruit/citrus and pine hop profile, very hop forward, nice body but the malts play a backdrop

mouthfeel - medium body, great carbonation, medium dry finish

overall - a solid ipa in a saturated market, excellent flavor profile, would definitely seek this out again (381 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a fantastic west coast ipa here. so bright, drinkable, and distinct, just the way i like them. cheap too, this bomber was less than 5 bucks! sunset orange color with just the right amount of haze to let me know its unfiltered, and an inch or so of lasting and thick soapy white head. the nose is tantalizing fresh hops, citrusy, with notes of grapefruit rind and sweet orange, and then the attendant bitterness. its got big resinous aromas, but it doesnt have that thick syrupy honey textured thing we sometimes get weighing down the west coast india pales. this one stays light and bright, clean tasting, super fresh, still sappy and dank, but not heavy with it. i almost get some lime in the finish, this is magnificently refreshing with its high carbonation and only medium body. the alcohol is also right on for the style, i could drink several pints of this and be comfortable, its not too high or too low. my first beer from breakside is a absolute winner, cant wait to encounter more of this stuff! (1,005 characters)

Photo of Rodster
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (461 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of HGildemeister
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (163 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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. (745 characters)

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