Burnside IPA - Burnside Brewing Co.

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Burnside IPABurnside IPA

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BA SCORE
78
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Burnside Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: madtappers on 01-23-2011

"Burnside IPA is our flagship brand on our sparkling new 15bbl system. An IPA with plenty of malt body and thoroughly hopped with 6 varieties of the herbaceous perennial."

abv: 6.6% ibu's: 84
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 22
Photo of BIll_Currie
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first burnside beer. very good hop profile

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, good to see more Portland brews making their way north of 49.

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some attractive layered cloud lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity, grainy caramel malt, a strong flintiness, a bit of dry lemon, and earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is bitter grassy, earthy hops, with only lip service being paid to any citrus or pine notes, a crackery, semi-sweet pale and caramel malt, that same flinty chalkiness from the nose, and a hint of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is active enough to provide a gentle and supportive frothiness, the body a taciturn middleweight, and kind of tacky and edgy in its stillborn attempt at smoothness. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the malt forgoing its stake, while the very English-seeming hops carry on amongst themselves.

Hmmm...it does very well seem that this brewer either inexplicably doesn't know what 'grapefruit and pine' notes are, or they are not so secretly attempting to subvert the colonies to the ways of old (c'mon, 'Burnside'? How more British can you get?). Not a bad tipple, by any stretch, but not much of a 'murkn IPA.

Photo of kemoarps
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.5/3.5/3.75/3.75/3.5
Hazy rich amber. The good side of standard. Solid finger worth of big bubbles. Good lacing, decent retention.

Starts off a bit grassy and sweet like caramel, more malts : some earthy, some straw. Some spicy hops, nothing discernible. Reminds me more of the English style than the American, especially the big juicy west coast Americans.

Taste starts off with the same grassy mellow hops, some of the straw and sweet malts, but then suddenly turns punishingly bitter, in that sharply aspirin/pine sap sense.
The caramel sweet pops its head back in at the end to make sure we're doing ok, do we need anything? But quickly gives itself over completely to the earthy piney bitterness through the finish and aftertaste.
I'm surprised this one gets is as panned as it is. It's not a world beater, and the hop profile isn't my personal preference, but it feels well put together, and is certainly enjoyable, ESPECIALLY if you like punishingly bitter brews.

Photo of cjgiant
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is on the lighter side of the IPA scale, hazy golden, not much head.
The smell got me first, citrus in nature, but faded fairly quickly.
Taste is smoother than one would expect, crisp with a maltiness like an orange cream (subdued). The IBUs are hidden, but ruby grapefruit and tangerine, with some pine trying to push through.
The feel is one the weaker side, somewhat coating and twig-like woody.
Another beer I wouldn't turn away, but seems "weak" considering the 84 IBU. I like the citrus lean but want more pull at that bitterness rating.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is bright orange and mandarin smells.
The taste brings on a strong dry pine and lemon bitterness throughout and without let up.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Bring on the hops!

Photo of Spikester
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a modest head and good lacings.
Smell is all malt.
Taste is bitter hops some floral a bit of grapefruit and pleny of sweet malts.
mouthfeel is medium, low carbonation, and a dry bitter finish.
Overall a decent IPA, plenty of hops, a good amount of malt support. Not an awesome IPA but better than average.

Photo of RJLarse
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a bomber of Burnside IPA in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich unfiltered gold color with a "shaving cream" thick head. The head dissipates into peaks and valleys of foam.

The smell is a faint wet grain and pine aroma.

Taste is typical for the style, a sweet bread flavor up front with a bitter-sweet pine and grapefruit flavor to follow, and a wet bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little thick, like the head, and slightly cloying. A lot of body for the style.

Overall a decent IPA. I'd have it again, and I'd love to find this one cask conditioned becasue of it's body.

Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem. $4.99 Typical IPA in looks, bronzy-orange ale with a dirty white head. A very "beery" aroma..malty but with bustling floral and citric hoppiness. Quite balanced to begin with with caramel malts adding heft..then as it progresses over the tongue a huge earthy,hop bitterness takes over..trails off to a lingering pleasing after taste. Nice mouthfeel complex. Nice IPA stands out a wee bit from the Oregon IPA crowd.

Photo of barleywinefiend
1.47/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured an extremely vigorous burnt orange color with overwhelming carbonation and a huge frothy white head, loads of lacing but half the beer was a gusher..not a good sign

S: Oh boy. Band aids and plastic topped with floral cand citrus hops

T: Horrid. This beer has an evident early infection which has a gassy, bubbly feel and a burnt plastic and medicinal band aid quality to it. Finsh is bitter and harsh.

M: Light bodied, awful and I dont know what else to say...bad?

O: Avoid. My first Burnside beer and I have been anxious to try them. I won't go back anytime soon.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery orange amber. Fine white one finger head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt and light fruit, only a hint of hops; not much going on here. Flavor is robust bready malt and stone fruit with an unusual very citrus component that slowly develops into a somewhat complex citrus and pine hops middle and finish, with lingering hops bitterness. This is not an intense hops-in-your-face start that I'm used to from NW IPAs. I'm a fan of malty IPAs and although I found this one a bit tame at first, I grew to like it quite a bit as I drank. The mouth feel is quite nice, heavy bodied and creamy. An unusual take on an IPA that I think is a winner. I'm definitely going to try the oatmeal pale ale that has arrived on the local market too.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MADhombrewer for sending this along in a recent box. Our Red Sox are off to another awful start, but we remain hopeful.

Fluffy 2 fingers of white head top a bright light copper/gold colored beer. Spider web glass lines the inside of the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet and doughy with some citrus at the finish. Some lemon and a hint of toasted grain.

Not quite as doughy in the flavor as the aroma. A rather hearty malt backbone here with bracing grapefruit pith at mid palate. Some green notes come in towards the end and meld with sweetness and it finishes quite bitterly.

Oily on your tongue.

I can’t/won’t pretend that I didn’t see the average score of 78 when I received the bottle, but this is quite a bit better than I envision a beer that would average a score like that. Wonder if there was a bad batch that impacted some of those other reviews. I’m not saying it’s a Sculpin, but it’s a decent little IPA. I haven’t read any of the reviews as I type this, but I will to see why others scored this so low. Interesting.

Photo of shleepy
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark golden / light copper. Big head with good retention (and lacing, if you're into that). Darker than most IPA's, I'd say.

S: Malts and Northwestern hops, honey.

T: Pine, citrus. Malt is just there for balance - I don't detect any excessive sweetness or bready flavors. Lots of bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Nothing surprising here. Balanced.

O: Not bad. Based on the smell, I thought it would be a heavier, maltier IPA. Instead, it's an interesting and well-mannered one. Though I'm giving the smell a lower rating than the other components, it complements the taste in a lovely fashion, with the grains and honey from the smell providing an additional dimension to the "plain" but balanced bitter taste.

Photo of triggerguy
1.41/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A - Golden, two finger white head, quickly disappeared, extremely cloudy
S - Heavy raw grain musk masks more subtle aromas, slight barnyard funk, hint of citrus but no appreciable hop aroma
T - Sweet up front, followed by strong biscuity grain flavor, overwhelming tannins on swallow, lingering harsh unpleasant bitterness and rotten mash flavors
O - An extremely poor example of a NW IPA. I believe that this was a combination of over/hot sparging and a wild yeast infection. All in all this was not a pleasant experience. Two sips and the rest went down the drain.

Photo of Murrhey
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width white head. Amber color with cloudy clarity. Good carbonation.

S- Golden malty and light floral hops. Golden smell and tasty smelling.

T- Medium hops and tasty malts. Golden and bitter flavor.

M- Medium bodied, good carb. Bitter linger.

O- Ok, but lacking in substance.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber on 1-5-12

A - A cloudy, medium orange with a few white bubbles. Not much of a head at all.

S - Oranges and very bready. Malts dominate here.

T - Bready malts, some slight citrus. I wish there was more going on here.

D - Lower carbonation and an average medium body.

O - Pretty bland and malty. I was dissappointed with this one.

Photo of Docer
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a nice light copper yellow with a slight bit of haze and dusty sediment in the brew. There wasn't much of a head to speak of, but there is a nice small ring and a light dusting above the brew.

Smell: (3.0)
- Nice light bready grain with a slight sweetness, some grassy and citrus hops. Some bitter earthiness and a slight vegetative aroma. There is just a very faint buttery diacetyl in the background. Not much though at all.

Taste: (3.5)
- Quite the grainy and bready malt profile with a nice bitterness. Grassy pine bitterness with a floral and somewhat citrus-like hop finish. Overall it is pretty good, and I think its bitterness is the highlight.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This is a nice chewy bitter IPA. It is smooth, light to medium bodied, and well carbonated for a good drink. Nice lasting bitterness and dryness from the early boil hops.

Overall: (3.5)
- This beer is solid for the most part. The malt flavors are not up there for me though. Just a bit too much husky barley gym sock going on. The hops certainly make up a little for it though. I wish most IPA's were this bitter. I believe the 84 IBU assessment. I'd snag this on tap while at the pub, but most likely won't be buying bottles of it.

Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Burnside's IPA is auburn with an off-white head leaving light lace.

Smell is mildly hoppy, some citrus, with more apricot as it warms. Lacking the pungency I expect in the local style, it mostly a sweet maltiness.

Taste is really more malty then IPA, firmly in the English style much to my dismay, with only a modicum of fruity bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, some crispness, medium bodied.

Drinkability is fine, it's a well executed and balanced beer, no question. But do I want to drink another, ever? No. Honestly, I find it to be pretty lame, at least regionally, if not at all...

Photo of djbreezy
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

appearance - orange, appears a bit undercarbonated due to lack of head, some minor retention

smell - big sweet malts and some subtle pine/grapefruit hops

taste - big malt body up front, some pine in the finish but barely there, a very malty ipa

mouthfeel - medium body, frothy, carbonation is a bit weird, somewhat oily

overall - if you blindly served this to me and told me this was an ipa i wouldn't think you ordered the right beer, the malt is very generous...overall not a great effort on their first bottling ipa...not what i expect for a west coast ipa out of Portland

Photo of loren01
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear light orange color. Good sized head with slight lace
S: Caramel/toffee sweetness, earthy hop scent
T: Sweet toffee like flavor up front with herbaceous/earthy aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied beer, good amount of carbonation
O: Interesting IPA, not a typical NW style IPA but I liked it, would get this again.

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at the brewery on 9.1.11

Appearance: Hazy dull light orange with a 1 finger slightly off white crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Herbal hops with a light toffee malt note.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Super sessionable but the flavor holds it back from receiving a higher score.

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a medium orange color, with about a half-inch of white head that had OK retention and lacing. The aroma was pretty typical for a NW IPA, some malt background but solidly hop dominant. Floral hops had the biggest profile with some pine and citrus added in as well.

The flavors were typical as well, malts, and the various hop tastes all blended together nicely. The body was on the full side of average and a bit sticky. Drinkability was OK, the beer went down easily enough. Overall, an average example of the American IPA style. Worth trying when you can, but it probably won't blow you away.

Photo of madtappers
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this fresh from the tap at the Brewery. Served in a 20 oz english pint glass.

Nice brunt copper color with a white head. No big hop or scent to the nose upon first drink.

After a couple of drinks from my glass, I found this beer to be very drinkable and well balanced for a nano brewery IPA in Portland.

I feel that the brewers here have found a away to make a good IPA without making so over the top with biterness.

Worth a try, could be a great session beer for IPA lovers!

Burnside IPA from Burnside Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.