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Breakaway IPA - American Brewing Company

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Breakaway IPABreakaway IPA

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 128
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 24.05%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 12-27-2009

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 128
Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Attractive dark amber brew with a fine-grained white foam in the Affligem chalice. Citrusy aroma. Plentiful carbonation and a sharp touch of acidity on the tongue. An orangey flavor with the bitter peel on the rampage.

Some malty sweetness. Robust flavor and a long bitter burn. This is a big-hop brew for the IPA fan. Lots of bitterness coming and going. The price is hard to complain about-- $3.54 for the 22 oz bottle at Haggens Market in Burlington.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Donkster46 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of citrus and caramel sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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....

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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

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Photo of flagmantho
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.44/5  rDev +20%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of woemad
2.42/5  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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.48/5  rDev -33%
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.

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Docer
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of NWer
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had it on tap at the brewery and had the dry hopped cask as well. This review is the first bottling.
From 22 oz bottle pour into a brandy snifter.
Looks beautiful. Dark bronze look. Nice head retention. Nice lace.
Smell is citrus citrus citrus.
Taste, a hop bomb. I like it while drinking it but it hangs around too long sucking out my taste buds long after drinking.
Smooth it out just a little and this would be a great beer.
Now, it needs a little tweaking in the recipe in my opinion.
Update 9/7/11 I'm upgrading my taste rating a notch. My basic impressions unchanged but the taste is very enjoyable. I think it's a very good beer overall and deserves better than a "b".

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Photo of djbreezy
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this from Brickhouse in Vancouver, WA

appearance - copper, white head, some lacing

smell - citrus and grapefruit mixed with some malt sweetness

taste - huge hop profile, grapefruit, citrus and even some pine

mouthfeel - medium body, well carbonated, slick

drinkability - went through a growler in no time with a buddy, the hop flavor kept drenching the palate, really tasty beer!!

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Breakaway IPA from American Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.