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Broken Halo IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Broken Halo IPABroken Halo IPA

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

availability: year-round
bitterness: 45 IBU
alcohol by volume: 6.0%
original gravity: 14.25° PLATO

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Photo of t0rin0


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-07-2013 12:24:07 | More by t0rin0
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a solid head that retains well and leaves a few dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Fresh grapefruit juice aroma with a touch of grain

Taste: After a touch of the biscuit, the grapefruit and grainy hops take over and provide a refreshing, bitter blast at mid-palate; after the swallow, a bit of malt appears to moderate the bitterness; the grapefruit flavor persists well into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Surprisingly refreshing, with a great citrus flavor

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 02:43:28 | More by brentk56
Photo of jaydoc


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-02-2014 22:14:55 | More by jaydoc
Photo of zeff80


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/golden color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus. A subtle caramel sweetness in the nose, too.

T - It had a sharp, burnt toast maltiness with some citrusy hops. Good bitterness with a sweetness to match.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied IPA with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty tasty IPA. Makes for a nice session brew, too.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 02:44:12 | More by zeff80
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It would be very hard to argue against Broken Halo unless you demand for your beer to be clear; and you know how the brothers love their yeast! It's hazy golden-orange body looks great in the glass, and it exhibits fine head retention and lacing. The nose is quite welcoming with gentle, but very fruity citrus, and a mild note of sweetish malt. The body is delicately crisp and smooth with a very fine bubbled, moderate carbonation. The flavor is bursting with a combination of fruity citrus (mainly grapefruit, but also tangerine and subtle pineapple), grainy and lightly caramelish malt, and an underbelly of gently piney hop. The bitterness is solid but smooth, and anchors it nicely in the finish as the hops leave the palate with a zing of zippy citrus. It's remarkably well-balanced and drinkable without any faults at all. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 21:08:55 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of russpowell


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date of 28 mar 06, assume that's a bottled on date since the beer is pretty new (as far as I know) Pours honey to bronze with a 2 fingers+ fluffy offwhite head and slightly effervescent. Good lacing and head retention

Smell: Honey, floral & spicy hops

Taste: Grapefruiity, puckery hops up front & then some fruittiness. finishes fruity and hoppy.

MF: Good balance and carbonation, a little to much hop emphasis

A little too grapefruitty to drink all day, but a pretty simple and
enjoyable AIPA. Another solid, but not super great beer from widemer. Nothing wrong with being consitently good!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 02:59:03 | More by russpowell
Photo of Mora2000


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a very small white head. The aroma is bread and papaya, but it is very faint. There is hardly any aroma at all. The flavor is stronger, but is still not too great. I get some orange and pine from the hops, as well as some bready malt. There is also some other tropical fruits present in the flavor such as mango and papaya. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 07:31:11 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

February 2008 Bottle Date; Sampled April 2008
A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, frothy, somewhat large-bubbled, pale tan colored head that leaves some nice, spotty lace patterns on the sides of my tulip as it slowly subsides. The beer is a brilliantly clear copper color as it sits on my desk, but shows a bright, golden-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of cracker-like malt and citrus / pin hops, though definitely leans towards the latter. Aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, light pine (towards the end) melds with a husky, saltine-cracker like malt character and perhaps a touch of honey-like malt sweetness.

Somewhat dry up front, the beer picks up a touch of malt sweetness towards the middle with helps to accent the fruity hop character. Bitter hop notes and a grassy, herbal, pine-sap like hop-flavor are more accented than in the aroma. The bitterness is nice bracing from the get go, though, even with the light malt profile, this beer could use even a bit more bitterness. There is quite a bit of citrus flavors here, it leans towards grapefruit and tangelo.

A decent IPA, despite being an IPA, it could use a bit more malt character that would help to accent the existing hop character a bit more. I do like how easy drinking this beer is, it is quite quaffable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 02:51:01 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of GClarkage


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/24/07- Purchased at The Liquor Store in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottling date on the neck of the bottle. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep golden colored pour. Pretty cloudy with micro fine yeast sediment. A full inch head upon pour that settles at a nice rim. Decent patches of lace left behind.

Smell- A medly of grapefruit and pine hop aroma with nice toasted malt notes.

Taste- Grapefruit and lemony hop flavor with a pine finish. Malt plays almost even with the hop profile. Fruity and sharp hops catch my attention the most though.

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation level. Lasting semi bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Widmer has been putting out some decent beers as of late. I kinda wrote them off a few years ago, but I'm impressed with this one and several others I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 20:11:05 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Zorro


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with a decent white head. Slight chill haze and this does have the near official orange IPA color.

The smell is quite hoppy with pretty much 100% NW type hops. Very full of grapefruit and pine aroma. Slightly spicy to the nose this is fresher smelling than you would expect from Widmer.

The taste starts out dry and woody. Quite full of C type hops mostly grapefruit and pine but there is quite a bit of malt too. Strong malt for an IPA, lots of caramel taste.

The mouthfeel is good.

An OK IPA but not one that would be the first one to try. Decent if you can't find something really good.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 01:57:28 | More by Zorro
Photo of DoubleJ


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What kind of beer will I get tonight? Widmer Hefeweizen was not nice to me, but Drop Top Amber was refreshing, so it will be interesting where this IPA goes. On to the beer:

Less body than the usual IPA, a washed-out and hazy morning sunshine color. The head might be less impressive than the body. Well..at least it smells like hops. Bit of caramel and Twix cookie in there too. The taste...bitter hops. Hoppy, yes...depth, not really. Big bitter citrus bite with thin malt throughout the beer. More bitterness rushes in. It's clean and mildly crisp with a bit of alcohol wieght in the feel.

A little more with the malt could make this a good IPA from a major brewer. It has some flaws, but it's not a drainpour...I've had worse IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 04:27:35 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of ppoitras


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from weefisheads via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head above the clear dark golden brew. Headholds strong, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is lightly of piney fruity hops. Taste is sedate overall, esp for a NW IPA, upfront pale malt, with present and accounted for but not overpowering hoppiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and although this one isn't the hop bomb I might have expected, I have to appreciate a moderately balanced IPA when I find them.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 21:38:33 | More by ppoitras
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into new belgium globe glass.

Pours a finger of white head that fades down to a thin layer. Leaves some nice splattered lace. Color is an orange hued gold.

Aroma: At the first bit, there is some pine hops, but then the floral hops kick in. A decent amount of citrus blend. More sweeter citrus here. Some bready malts balance it out. Not to bad.

Taste: More pine notes here than floral hops. Tons of bready malts. The citrus is grapefruit, a little muted here.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, a little crisp. Medium bodied with a medium to higher amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, it is a decent IPA. I have never seen it in 6 packs, but it was part of the sample pack. It is a decent IPA, but nothing spectacular. I'd rather have 2H or furious. Fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:53:34 | More by mothman
Photo of BillRoth


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-19-2013 01:44:27 | More by BillRoth
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this for the first time w/ elrogish. Cool little pour, dark amber. Heavy lace. Nice hop aroma, seems like the traditional variety, cascade, chinook, centennial.

Taste, good beer, average citrus hoppy, not bracingly bitter, enough malt to give it a good chewy feel while remaining dry and only positive aftertaste consisting of a mildly hoppy mouthfeel. Caramel. This is a good ipa you can give to people who are ready for bigger and better things from beer. Very pleasant, better than average price for these.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 18:24:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

12-26-2013 03:43:41 | More by LXIXME
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40, poured into a shaker pint. Listening to Global Underground Nick Warren: Shanghai mix.

Pretty aggressive pour produced a minimal head that sits on top of very clear honey gold elixer.

Smell is very balanced citrus and floral hops off set by a lite caramel and toasted malt aroma.... no problems at all.

Flavor is smooth... good bitterness flows into the expected hops and malts... very balanced... again pretty standard. Middle of the road mouthfeel and perfect carbonation.

This brew is simply a good above average PNW IPA; it is not going to wallop you over the head with anything, but it's still nice enough to go into a regular IPA rotation... and really its a pretty good value for a beer thats found nearly everywhere in these parts.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 06:36:36 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of ccrida


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a pint, although I've had this from a bottle a few times and the experience was similar. Overall, this is a good example of an average NW IPA.
The color is golden towards orange, clear with a small off-white head that leaves nice sticky lace rings.
The aroma is classic NW hops, more on the piny side.
The taste is also hop centric, although the pine is balanced by bright citrus flavors, with a slightly sweet, bready malt backbone and a moderately (for a NW IPA) bitter finish.
The mouthfeel is thin, and a little zesty carbonation bite tempers the hop oils.
The drinkability on this one is pretty high for an NW IPA, as it's not too strong (in ABV or flavor), yet still tasty and satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2007 03:31:16 | More by ccrida
Photo of RBorsato


4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-06-2012 20:36:48 | More by RBorsato
Photo of illidurit


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden copper color with a decent white froth. Aroma is citrusy with caramel but somewhat muted. Flavor is sweet caramel with some grassy and citrusy hops. Pretty standard west coast style IPA but just not as potent or good. Starts to taste pretty crappy if it warms at all. Astringent bitterness and a dry finish. Average all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 10:18:00 | More by illidurit
Photo of champ103


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange/yellow color. A small, bubbly white head forms and leaves some spotty lace.
S: Lots of pine and citrus fruit.
T: Some grapefruit bitterness with some other citrus fruit flavors, and pine again.
D: For me most IPA's are just plan bitter, and like most IPA's the bitterness takes away from the drinkability. This has some bitterness, but it is not overpowering.

A nice simple American IPA that I enjoy sometimes. Not the best or worst beer, but above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 21:38:18 | More by champ103
Photo of Haybeerman


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, deep golden/amber color. Poured with a 2 inch off-white head that held up well and laced thick. Light carbonation.

S: Herbal hops dominate with full grapefruit and pine aromas that settle-in. Barely detectable (to me) sweet malt.

T: Starts dry, but quickly dominated by same hop flavors as smell. Plenty of malt; more pronounced in flavor, especially caramel, than in the aroma.

M: Full bodied, but pleasantly so. Light carbonation doesn't fill. I really liked it. Best balance came through for me here.

D: Decent and drinkable. Slightly lower ABV than some make it drinkable. Might not be a first choice, but would probably try it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 02:43:48 | More by Haybeerman
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmer got into the IPA biz relatively late in the game. Their delayed entry after 22 years of brewing allowed the rest of the pack to cultivate and define the modern revived India Pale. By the time the Brothers W were ready to have a go at it, their ubiquitous hefeweizen and Anheuser-linked distribution network assured plenty of high value real estate on retail shelves coast to coast. With this in mind, it would seem they opted for a smart, functional IPA that doesn’t take too many chances. In this they have succeeded.

Broken Halo is impeccably clear. In fact, the body functions well as a liquid magnifying glass. I’m usually indifferent to such clarity, but the effect in this case is entrancing. It’s like a golden crystal ball. A relaxed collar of head and lace compliment the pint. The taste is crisp, bitter enough where it ought to be, and quite easy to drink in multiple servings.

Usually I count on draught beer as a more reliable source of freshness. But bottles of Broken Halo would appear to be moving off the shelf in Portland with enough rapid turnover to assure freshness, and the bottled version may actually be a notch better than the Gasthaus draught. I couldn’t elicit a smell from the draught version, but I’m pretty sure I remember an appealing floral scent from my encounters with BH six-packs.

In the end, this isn’t an artisan ale. But Broken Halo succeeds admirably as a refreshing standard bearer for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2007 20:23:44 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of Reagan1984


4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little white head. Slightly hazy golden amber. Excellent lacing.

Bright/fresh aroma. Tons of juicy grapefruit.

Fantastic fresh ipa. Excellent cracker/bready malt flavors that give way to big fresh hop flavor.
Mostly citrus again. Wonderful lingering bitterness. Bread like after taste as well

Pin point carbonation and medium body.

This is an excellent IPA

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 00:30:39 | More by Reagan1984
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-18-2011 17:35:04 | More by mhaugo
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Broken Halo IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.