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Breakaway IPA - American Brewing Company

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Breakaway IPABreakaway IPA

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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 125
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
American Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 12-27-2009

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 125
Photo of woemad
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber purchased at Full Throttle Bottles in Seattle for $4.25. No freshness date.

Poured a somewhat chill hazed amber color, with virtually no head despite a somewhat rough pour.

Sweet and citrusy in the nose initially. There’s a caramelish malt aroma as well.

Big sweet tangerine/grapefruit flavor upfront, then it turns to tea-like flavors. Massively unbalanced.

Medium bodied. Carbonation is low. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drainpour. I’m really bummed, as this brewery hasn’t made it to my end of the state yet and I’d heard good things about them. Hopefully this bottle is an abberation. (611 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a pint glass at Honey Hole in Seattle on 11/11/11

Deeply cloudy; burnt orange and brown. Smooth one finger head drops slowly. Solid sheets of speckled lace.

Herbal, pine and earthy hop aromas. Orange peel, grapefruit and a hint of lemon (more citric as it warms). Cracker and semi-sweet bread. Smells fine, but average. However, one sip is telling - heavy bread, biscuit and some caramel. Modest spritz of citrus. Marginal bitterness. Dirty hop finish wrought with earth. Hops lack emphasis. Hefty medium body - thick with malts. Finishes on the dry order with hints of prickly hops lingering. Average carbonation.

Overall impression - an undistinguished IPA in a land of really, really good ones. (710 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange body with a thin finger of ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: big dose of biscuity, nutty malt aroma topped with some floral hops. Not bad, but it is not the aroma I expect from such a strong IPA.

Taste: big biscuity flavor. Again, floral hops are on the tongue. There's almost a corn-flavored aftertaste -- not my favorite, but really not *too* bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation. It's got the mouthfeel of a very solid IPA -- not bad.

Overall: it seems like this corny aftertaste is really getting to me. American's blonde ale did the same for me -- corny in a bad way. This beer at least has the hops to overcome this, but still it's not something I want to drink again. (755 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk
Hazy golden with a dome and rim of fine whites. Smells of Grapefruit, tangerines, malts are a bit oxidized with woody character, biscuit, resin and hints of pine. Decent nose. Taste is balanced with bitterness and sweet malts, the hops are resiny and piny with some grapefruit and a little touch of lemon. Medium bodied with lower carb and a wettish finish. Okay beer.

Original review: 31AUG11 - 3/1.5/1.5/3/2 -1.83
Bottle date: unk
ABV: 7.2%
A: pours a toasted amber ale with near excellent clarity and a transient finger of white foam, falls to a broken sheet of the same. No lace.
S: Smells like grass, weeds, soil, hay, grain and oxidized malts. Not impressed whatsoever.
T: Bitter over sweet malts and cardboard. Some hints of honey on the finish. Not getting any substantial hop flavors, just underlying bitterness. Disappointment.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carb. Semi-dry finish.
O: This beer has no craft in it for me. I'm unimpressed at best. Poor first impression. (994 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep sluggish orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Bread and flowers pretty much sums it up

T: Flower bouquet with a big breadiness and some grains on the end, a medium bite from the hops on the medium to back end

M: A bit heavy and chewy, definitely not refreshing and easy to drink.

O: Average IPA (338 characters)

Photo of scootpolute
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One Pint, 6 FL OZs Bottle…Poured into a Tulip glass...
A: Cloudy orange…Leaves behind some fluffy rings of lacing...

S: Marmalade, grapefruit, faint caramel, ripe pear, Orange citrus, lemon juice, light florals and grass...strong hops are present..

T: Refreshing...smooth, deep crispness, hop bitterness… Upfront there is grapefruit… lemon juice followed by leafy, dried grass, hops pulling in full force on the notes mid-palate. Finishes with pine and grassy floral…drying finishes…

M: Pretty heavily bodied, hoppy, crisp and bitter.

O: Very clean, Very drinkable. A great IPA to enjoy on your back porch on a nice sunny spring day...hey, in 'GREAT' Pac-NW, those are hard to come by!!...This is the type of beer that reminds me of the many 'yummy' ipas one would encounter at the Summer Brew Fest in Portland, OR(last weekend in July, eh?!...Oh, I hope I can make it!!)... Chasin' Cheers :~) (909 characters)

Photo of DivaTron
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful amber hue. Head was a bit thin without much lacing. But the color... perfect.

S: Relatively subtle/weak for an IPA. Citrus, specifically orange up in front.

T: A nice, brief maltiness followed quickly by a bitterness on the back of the tongue. The taste is quite good, but doesn't have the presence or longevity that I would hope for. Thin and easy.

M: It's too flat. I am biased, as I really enjoy strong carbonation, but beyond my own preferences this bottle seems to be lacking in bubbles.

O: A decent IPA, that might not live up to it's namesake, but is nonetheless tasty and very drinkable. (612 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange amber with thin tan head and okay retention. Earthy resin and citrus aroma. Flavor follows the aroma without too much of an earthy presence. A very strong hop presence with a moderately long linger though a good malt base that’s lightly sweet. Smooth feel with a sharp bite.

A good hop bomb IPA that, like many others, loses most of the flavor to the hop bitterness. The flavors come back if you take your time but really becomes hard to finish. There’s certainly nothing off about the flavor of hop linger so it’s a good over hopped beer that would be good for a pint if you’re in the mood. (614 characters)

Photo of beerbliss
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thin white head. Deep amber color. Aroma is sweet like grilled pineapple, some carmel(maybe a little diacetyl), muted citrus. Has a carmely, orange marmalade front, finished with a dry resiny hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly velvety perhaps oat, or flaked barley. It is overall a great beer. Being from the NW hoppy beers are abundant and this particular one backs the hops with a pleasant maltiness. When it warms in the glass the aroma of hops becomes subdued and malt comes to the forefront. I would definitely buy this beer again. (559 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Some hockey fans out in the Seattle area I see.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich copper/bronze with a nicely defined one finger white head that left one good ring of lace as it settled pretty slowly.Alot of caramel and nutty malts in the nose wich is nice but in an IPA...not sure.There is a subtle piney note but it seems the malt profile is a little big.Somewhat sweet on the palate with caramel malts being really big,more nuttiness on top of that make the malt profile pretty damn good,the problem is the pine resin hop flavors are not quite as big as the malts.I like this beer but with such a big malt profile it's close to being a DIPA and the hops don't provide enough kick to overtake the malts.I do like this beer, it's just a little hop flavor deprived.The hop burps are better than the hop profile flavors. (831 characters)

Photo of deedric
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, copper colored. Nice head - some lacing. Grapfruit predominates the aroma w/a touch of sweet malt. First sips, nice blast of hoppy citrus predominates through the taste, malt in the middle - dry hop finish on the back of the mouth. This beverage has a nice consistency, somewhat on the smoother side. Overall an enjoyable IPA. Wish I had another bottle to share with friends. (383 characters)

Photo of Svingjo
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper colour with a finger thick tan head that has some staying power. A very mild nose. I couldn't get much maybe a bit of malt that's it. Was expecting some hoppiness but nothing to be found. Much more malt forward than I was expecting. There is some hop bitterness but it reminds me more of an English IPA with a more earthy flavour. Wish there was a bit more on the nose to complete this beer but other than that quite tasty. (449 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy deep golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and significant amounts of copper highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and bready malts with light to moderate aromas of pine and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of caramel and bready malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel/brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal/medicinal and pine hops which imparts a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly watery in the finish.

O: An enjoyable IPA though a little more malt forward than I generally want mine to be - I like the hops flavors and aromas here but the malt provides a little more initial sweetness than I like. Not overly aggressive in the bitterness but definitely finishes with some bitterness. (1,159 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a massive head; great stickage and webs of lace

Smell: Rather balanced, with a big bread and caramel aroma that buttresses a resinous piney/tropical fruit bitterness

Taste: The big malt bill comes through on the tastebuds, providing a bread and caramel layer; the hops hit by mid-palate, bringing a resinous piney character that is rounded out by tropical fruit that builds, after the swallow; there is also a bit of mint in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit underattenuated for my palate but certainly as big on the hops as one would expect given the region where this was brewed

Thanks, glkaiser (from the other site), for the opportunity (730 characters)

Photo of jschwanke84
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Live review.

A: Pours nicely leaving a 2 finger cream colored head. Dissipates quickly (under 1 minute). Bronze and dark honey color. Slightly hazy. Looks amazing overall.

S: Sweet and citrus scent. Can't quite determine what citrus. Very sweet overall with relatively strong hops and a decent floral aroma.

T: Initially hit with that strong combo of citrus and sweet malt. Decently well balanced. Could be a little too sweet for some, however it goes down with a powerful bitterness. Love the strength of the hops. Nice strong finish.

M: Slightly heavy. Sits well on the palate. Nice full body. Perfectly carbonated. Everything I could want in a India Pale Ale. This is a true American IPA.

O: Pretty impressed. Wasn't sure what to expect, but I think this is a solid IPA that I would drink again. It hooked me right away with its appearance. The bronze honey color is inviting. The smell is average as far as IPA's go, but it is relatively balanced, has a nice bitter hop finish that you would expect from an IPA and it sits with a nice full body. I would rate this "very good" but not "great". Recommended to any IPA lover but probably not for everyone. (1,197 characters)

Photo of hmph
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one received from Lordkyrstic, thanks for the plethora of beer!

A - very hazy dark yellowish amber, moderate head, enough to notice that backs down pretty quickly

S - Fruity citrus, grapefruit with a good amount of malty sweetness

T - Similar to the taste a good bit of fruity hops and a good bit of malty sweetness, its pretty balanced per se but nothing stands out as strong or a main taste, not bad

O - Pretty good beer, very balanced, maybe a bit too much, not a super strong flavor but not a bad taste at all, its a good beer but nothing outstanding, very well done but still not exceptional (608 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance pours a cloudy orange amber supporting a steady head leaving fair curtain of lace. Smell has a sweet citrus piney aroma with caramel malt. Taste has an upfront hit of hops with grapefruit citrus backed by the sweetness of the malt. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. (285 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Swamp. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a copper/gold color, clear with a creamy white head.

The smell is faint with a mild citrus fruit aroma.

The state is predictable American IPA, a tasty pine flavor, with a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

Overall a very drinkable IPA. Nothing about it is overpowering and and it has a remarkably clean and crisp character. I would have it again. (417 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well...After reading some of the other reviews I wondered but not for long....this Beer taste Good, well above some of the average or less I have tried lately. Maybe I was just ready to taste something Good for a change. I would definitely buy this again and enjoy it probably more. Not sure why it did not smell did not come through? (334 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours cloudy orange with a very nice head. Medium carbonation. Smell is malty and sweet, a little citrus hops. Smells good, but not totally IPA-ish.

More of the hops come out in the taste. It's still no hop bomb, but they're there. Still lots of sweetness in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little gritty. Overall, not bad at all. (364 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep gold-amber with half a finger of white head.

Smell. Caramel malts, yellow grapefruit rinds, pine and cedar and some tropical fruits.

Taste. Caramel malts and resinous, citrusy hops, some pine sap and a little tropical fruits. Bitter citrus rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice and big west coast ipa. I'll buy it again. (394 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and it left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of orange peel and other tropical fruits. Some toast maltiness, too.

T - It taste of citrus and a good burnt toast maltiness. Good balance of sweet and bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice American IPA. I'm glad I got to try it. (460 characters)

Photo of pianoguy
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz

Pours a brown copper body with a very nice 1 inch fluffy "surface of the moon" type head, good lacing

Smell is mainly an earthy malt , somewhat pronounced.

Taste is malt up front,a touch of hop, then back to the malt with a slightly bitter finish

Feel is full and even

Overall an interesting beer. More malt forward then most IPA's . But very tasty! (not to mention the 7.2 ABV) I would have this one again. Bet it tastes great on tap. (445 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- A murky amber yellow with big thick white head. Settles to a thin film which is spotty and lace about the glass. Certainly an unfiltered beer.

Smell: (4.0)
- Bready grainy malt, light caramel, and some good smelling hops. Little light citrus hop, zingy lemon zest.. little grassy and floral. Overall not bad.

Taste: (4.0)
- Solid hoppy brew. Big citrus hops, lovely earthy grains.. caramel, bready.. zesty bitter hops. Some of all the hop characteristics. Pine, citrus zest, and floral all packed into this brew. Tastes quite good.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Somewhat of a light body.. easy to drink. Rather chewy as well and drying. Well carbonated. Almost seems a little too light.. but overall the chewiness takes hold.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a very good tasting IPA. Big bitter hops, and wonderful hop flavors. It's odd though really.. the mouth feel doesn't seem to match the flavor etc. It certainly packs in the hops though and won't disappoint the hop heads out there like myself. (1,021 characters)

Photo of bstave
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

A- Cloudy copper with 1 finger white head.

S- Citrus hops and sweet malt.

T- Super citrusy backed by a nice malt backbone. Bitter in the back end. Really good.

M- Perfect carbonation that creates a nice medium mouthfeel. Great for the style.

O- A solid NW IPA. I am really impressed by this beer. Seek this out if you can. (341 characters)

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Breakaway IPA from American Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.