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Breakaway IPA - American Brewing Company

Breakaway IPABreakaway IPA

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82
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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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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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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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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:20:45 | More by zeff80
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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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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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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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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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flagmantho

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 20:20:44 | More by flagmantho
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Docer

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 05:36:14 | More by Docer
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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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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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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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Bfarr

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 01:45:53 | More by Bfarr
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djbreezy

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
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!!

Serving type: growler

02-08-2012 18:18:46 | More by djbreezy
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NWer

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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".

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 23:31:08 | More by NWer
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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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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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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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Breakaway IPA from American Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.