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India Golden Ale - Breakside Brewery

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India Golden AleIndia Golden Ale

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Breakside Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ccrida on 05-22-2013

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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with fine two finger white head that keep building after pouring; leaves thick lacing. Aroma of herbal, almost dank hops, mild bready malt, lots of tropical and other unusual fruit, intriguing fruit smells. Flavor is very hop-fruit forward with the same exotic fruit flavors that lean toward tropical, but also orange family citrus, citrus hops, mild almost neutral hops. Finishes with herbal, resiny hop bitterness; more flavor than tongue numbing. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very unusual hop profile that has great and interesting fruit flavors, light resin and herbal qualities. The malt really stands back to let the hops take the fore; I usually like strong malt support in IPAs, but this has so many somwhat exotic, interesting flavors that it works well. A bit on the sweet side, but that's fine with me. Possibly the most hop flavor I can remember with a relatively low bittering component. I liked this a lot.

Photo of alexrichman
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle, this brew lives up to its name with its color. Perfectly clear and a rich golden. A thick 2 finger head that left lots and lots of lacing. The bottle also has great art work.

The smell has hints of sweetness that are countered by an assertive hop aroma that displays pine, citrus, and tropical fruits.

The taste starts with a straightforward and subdued malt profile that puts a bit of sweetness on the tongue and then the hops grab the tongue and take over the show. Spicy, citrusy, a little tropical, a little cheesy, some earth and some pine. A very interesting hop profile. Not sure if I am in love with it but it sure keeps my pallete intrigued. A little bit of sweetness comes back into the finish to balance things out.

Very drinkable for a IIPA with a nice medium body that has just a touch of oily hop resin. It is just a bit too sweet on the finish for me to consider this sessionable but a glass or two would be fine.

Overall this beer is pretty interesting. I think Breakside just decided to get the malts out of the way and let their unique hop profile take charge. Good stuff and worth a try.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.7.14

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a fluffy cream-colored head that just sits there.

S - Tropical fruit, mango, melons.

T - Tropical-pineapple, mango, orange.

D - Creammy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O - Very tropical fruity and creamy. Nice bber.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alibi Room, Vancouver.
Bright straw and white film. 4
Mango Simcoe nose. 4
Clean hay and cracker malts, then passionfruit, lime zest, and resin hops. 3.75
Orange mango smoothie end and fizzy finish.
Light, crisp, oily. 4

Mosaic, El Dorado, Chinook

Lager malts help the lightness, with big greasy hops on top. It’s got that sugary sweet Oregon malt thing I find a bit queasy. But easy for 8%, and you sure get your hops. 4

Photo of mabermud
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Medium golden amber body. Fluffy white head.
Smell: Wow, smelly. I smell a hop bomb. Candied tropical fruit and candied pine cones.
Taste: Not so sweet candied tropical fruit and not so sweet candied pine cones. Bigger on the hops vs. the malts. Sharp hop taste. A traditional hop bomb, Southwest style.
Feel: The feel is substantial and developing...some sparkle :). It goes very well with the taste.

Overall - I am very happy with this one, Breakside Brewing is a hit. A big hoppy, tasty, laid back imperial IPA. West Coast style...more like, San Diego style. Those filling, malty, doubles and imps from the East Coast and Mid West were wearing on me. However...something needs to be tweaked in the taste. I'm noticing there is a twang at the top of my mouth throughout the finish. Fix this, and this double would be significantly better. If you can find it, drink it.

Photo of ccrida
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Strong pale ale made with Eldorado and Mosaic hops. Collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing."

Appearance is gold with a small white head leaving very nice lace.

Smell is skunky hops, but rather mild.

Taste is much more pungent hop wise, skunky and resinous, a little candied citrus, lemon meringue. Clean malt and alcohol, pure hop juice, nice.

Mouthfeel is bone dry and light bodied.

Drinkability is dangerously high. I like my IPAs as light bodied as possible, and this one fits the bill. The base beer is like a Duvel almost, but without the esters. The hops though bring the thunder. Odd that the nose is muted, maybe they cold conditioned it without dry hopping to clear it out. Regardless, very nice beer.

Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in 12oz goblet. Poured a hazy pale yellow color with 1/2 inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

On the nose there was a very light mat scent, but the aroma was dominated by piney hops. On the tongue, the pine notes were very subdued, but citrus, grapefruit in particular, dominated. The back end of the beer was very bitter.

The body was pretty smooth and even, but that bitterness lingered way too long to be very enjoyable. Drinkability was generally pretty good, but that bitter end made hard to enjoy long term. Overall, a solid brew that's probably worth a pint's worth of your time. I'll most likely try it again, if the keg lasts.

Photo of snaotheus
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 41 F poured into a large mug. Code on the bottle is 4-29-14. I hope it's "bottled on."

Pours slightly hazy golden with a hearty, coarse head and strong retention. Aroma is powerful, detectable at arm's length on the first pour. Smells floral and fruity, grassy, juicy, nice.

Taste is honey, slight pine, some citrus zest. Floral again. Slow, medium bitterness. A bit on the sweet side, but a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth. Overall, very nice. Smell is great.

Photo of MarcWP
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Goose Island pub glass.

Pours dirty gold with big fluffy and rocky white head that has great retention and leaves behind soapy lacing.

Aroma is major citrus peel, tangerine, lemon orchard, spring grass, and some sweet biscuit and honey malt character.

Taste is more of that honey graham cracker and honey malt sweetness with floral and grassy notes plentiful. Of course all that citrus is in there as well with earthy orange, mandarin, and sweet grapefruit. I want to say this is maltier than most west coast IPAS.

Mouthfeel is heavier side of light bordering light medium. Full carbonation but not spritzy or high. Lingering malt sweetness on the finish and not overly bitter.

A nice IPA from the PNW. Lots of competition up there so you don't expect anything less than a solid IPA from those brewers.

Photo of Coji
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Agree, anyone?

This is the article that persuaded me to give this a shot. At $6.00 per bottle, it is undoubtedly worth it. Whether the beer is considered in the upper echelon of the DIPA category is yet to be seen, by me anyway. My experiences are limited with this style, with the benchmark serving as Double Jack. For this reason, I ask you all to proved feedback.

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India Golden Ale from Breakside Brewery
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