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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 scottfrie
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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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 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 bilbobrewer
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
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 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 leaddog
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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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 Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of anarchia
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of G_Z_a
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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 artoolemomo
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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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 NWer
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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 StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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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 LambicPentameter
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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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 djbreezy
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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Photo of Rodster
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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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