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Breakaway IPA - American Brewing Company

Breakaway IPABreakaway IPA

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%


Brewed by:
American Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beertunes on 02-28-2011)
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RJLarse

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 17:22:52 | More by RJLarse
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ccrida

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Dog & Pony, Breakaway IPA (brewed up here in the sound, not FL) is pale auburn with a light off-white head leaving very light lace.

Smell is massive grapefruit, loving that, some caramel emerges as it warms.

Taste is big citrus hops, grapefruit, nice. A little phenolic, a touch of toast, but this one is all about the glory of NW hops.

Mouthfeel has an oily slickness, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is high. A pungent IPA, almost all hop flavor, just enough malt, but barely. The all hops and minimal malt taste/body IPA is not for everyone, but it's by far my preference, and this one nails it. Loving this. Seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 03:24:34 | More by ccrida
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.42/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 17:02:51 | More by Ryan011235
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beertunes

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-cloudy orange-amber color with about an inch of off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very hop forward, much citrus, some pine and floral notes, with just a hint of malt sweetness in the background. On the tongue the hops explode across the taste buds, with just a bit of malt stickiness.

The body was nicely full, without being heavy. Drinkability is dangerously easy, having several will be easy to do. Overall, a top-notch brew. A must try when you see it and worth some effort to find.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 03:37:08 | More by beertunes
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Uber tonight.

The beer pours something of a light copper color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is a bit unusual in this beer, with the light sweet malt and moderate hoppy bitterness imparting something of baked apple aroma. The malt in this beer is pretty intriguing, and reminds me of various English ales I've had over the years (I could easily mistake this for a glass of Fuller's ESB). On the palate, this is astounding. It really tastes very much like a slightly hopped up version of the Fuller's ESB. That is, it has as an easy going, sturdy, sweet malt base, but with noticeable bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pretty good, and fairly long, finish. Drinkability is pretty damn good, especially for the 7% abv. (according to the Uber menu).

Interesting stuff....

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 04:47:19 | More by johnmichaelsen
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's the backstory: Skip Madsen used to brew at Water Street Brewing in Port Townsend. It's not clear why he left Water Street, but he now works as something of a guest brewer at Baron, brewing his line of Breakaway beers in Baron's house. In this sense, Breakaway isn't a standalone brewery but has become the third label under Baron's umbrella.

Though Breakaway beers are rare birds, the good news is that this IPA is a fine drinking ale. It has a gorgeous hop garden flavor and smell, plastered lace and sizzling bitterness. It's not unlike chewing a tangerine rind for its bold citric and fruit flavors. The beer is clouded apricot colored and is unrepentant in its hop character. It's like a liquid hops grenade.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2009 02:48:24 | More by RedDiamond
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ssteakley

Washington

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:35:58 | More by ssteakley
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 01:05:30 | More by Bookseeb
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oberon

North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 19:22:57 | More by oberon
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jschwanke84

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:07:06 | More by jschwanke84
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harrymel

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 09:00:30 | More by harrymel
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beerbliss

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 06:40:29 | More by beerbliss
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see Skip Madsens beers in BC and his IPA does not let me down. Lovely orange shade to the beer combined with a fresh hop nose add to the ambiance. This is not an over the top IPA but a big PNW IPA that is balanced and well finished. There is a dryness to the finish which lets the hops shine . I look forward to more of Skip's beers in our stores.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 00:27:19 | More by canucklehead
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 03:44:16 | More by Rutager
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woemad

Washington

2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 00:37:45 | More by woemad
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hmph

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 19:03:54 | More by hmph
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 20:27:13 | More by brentk56
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DivaTron


3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 06:10:00 | More by DivaTron
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bstave

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 05:35:48 | More by bstave
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deedric

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 22:46:53 | More by deedric
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snaotheus

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:10:32 | More by snaotheus
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scootpolute

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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 :~)

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 20:49:18 | More by scootpolute
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SeaDawgs23


4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have tried this out of a 22oz bomber and it did it no justice compared to the growler I just brought home. Beautiful copper color with a fair amount of rich buttery head. The smell was inciting not knowing that it was going to taste as amazing as it had. I'm a huge IPA fan and this is one I will keep in mind. Easy drinking and absolutely delicious.

Serving type: growler

04-21-2012 02:59:28 | More by SeaDawgs23
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 14:34:51 | More by barleywinefiend
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draheim

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a rich honey amber w/ a thick frothy off-white head. Sticky lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is classic IPA tropical citrus & pine - clean and crisp.

Taste is dry biscuity malt w/ a hint of caramel, balanced by sharp citrusy hops and a bitter finish. Nice round full-bodied mouthfeel, very drinkable.

Overall just a solid, well-crafted IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 05:16:42 | More by draheim
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Breakaway IPA from American Brewing Company
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