India Golden Ale - Breakside Brewery

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India Golden AleIndia Golden Ale

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 7.35%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 05-22-2013

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by snaotheus:
Photo of snaotheus
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Dikfour
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Opaque and golden. About an inch of fine bubbly head. Very little carbonation.

Smell:Interesting citrus, Light grapefruit followed by heavy passionfruit. Really piney. Smells like a hike through the forests of Oregon.

Taste: Super bright. Very citrus forward. The fruit is there but its not as big of a fruit bomb I was expecting after smelling it. A little biscuity but more like an over wet raw dough than the finished product. A little earthy/piney bitterness on the back end but nothing crazy. At 8.1% (in my opinion) its a little light for a Double but this one is complex and fruity enough to cover the ethanol really well.

Feel: Medium body. Alcohol does have a fun little gum numbing effect. Little oily.

Overall: Really good. I'd strongly consider this if its on tap. Also, cheep enough bomber that its worth giving a try. Thumbs up.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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 303beer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty standard ipa. White head. Little lacing. Amber color. Hops and grapefruit to start with a little citrus peel at the end.

Photo of alexrichman
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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%
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 Hydrophobic
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured an opaque sunshine light orange, nice thick white head and remarkable carbonation with lively tiny tight bubbles that stay with you to the bottom of the glass. Head disappears to soap scum, lacing is spotty.

Smelled of juicy grapefruit and field of jasmine, perhaps some of the most spectacular aroma of any IPA I've ever had. Hard to get around it.

Taste obviously follows the nose, with the citrus/floral dominance descending into a resiny pine forest floor when the breath is held. My favorite part of this review was just holding this beer in my mouth while breathing though. Bitterness was very muted on the back of the throat and did not linger. Can't help but find a bit of rarely cooked pork loin here. Fabulous.

Mouth was a nice balance of relaxed liveliness. There was a party going on, but it was mellow.

Overall, this is one of my favorites from this brewery. I would rate it very highly on my list of double IPAs, but really feel this is a unique beer of a rarer style. What vexed me is how bubbly it was, with such shoddy lacing. My glass looked clean when I was done...

Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a decent head in the Affligem chalice. Sprightly on the tongue. Lovely flowery aromatics with fermenting pineapple and lime.

Tangy and fruity-tart. Just sweet enough. Moderately bitter. Tastes hot with alcohol, which seems to be accentuated by the acidity. Tart pineapple with a dose of lime peel. Orange juice.

Big flavors, on the hot and sharp side, but thoroughly pleasant to sip. Another interesting variation on the stronger IPA theme. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham

Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of creamy ivory foam which leaves a nice lace on the glass as it very, very slowly dissipates. The retention on this bad boy is just phenomenal.

Smell: fresh, green, grassy, herbal hops atop a lightly sweet malt base -- a very refreshing aroma indeed.

Taste: quite bitter, even up front; the hops are quite grassy and a bit herbal. It kind of reminds me of a wet-hopped beer in some ways. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a big, smooth, wonderful creaminess. Great, especially for the style.

Overall: a very satisfying DIPA. Creamier than most, which I really like; well worth a try.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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 muldersha
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle purchased in Portland, OR

Pours a honey-golden/orangish color with a chunky white head that dissipates slowly and leaves an ample and appetizing-looking white lacing through the entire session.

Aromas of ripe peach, tangerine, pink grapefruit, and candied mango abound.

It's medium-bodied with a spritely bitterness and solid carbonation keeping it fresh and lively and far from cloying on the palate. In fact, I would never guess the ABV to be anywhere near its 8.1 %. More like 6 percent. A very nice brew that packs a surprising alcohol punch.

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Two of my favorite hops kicked up in a delicious double. Win win. On draft had not had a bottle yet because I can't find a date of any kind on it. If there was a date I would by often.

Photo of mabermud
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +4.4%
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 ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $7.99. Golden color, lacing, short head. Aroma is fruity hops and sugar. Flavor is hoppy, interesting fruit flavors, tastes like a good IPA but not so much a double. Feels like the Mosaic is the star here.

Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -19.9%
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 MarcWP
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22682-summer_guide_2014_the_best_double_ipas.html

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.

India Golden Ale from Breakside Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.