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Broken Halo IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Broken Halo IPABroken Halo IPA

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BA SCORE
82
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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

malts:
Pale, Caramel 10L & 20L, Carapils

hops:
Alchemy, Cascade, Zeus

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 04-05-2006)
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow/amber. Clear. Nice head. Moderate carbonation.

American hops, citric and floral. Very mild malt.

American hops! With little malt. Like drinking hop nectar. Not balanced, but damn tasty.

Smooth. Mild carbonation. Moderate foamation.

Very refreshing. Nice IPA, and I like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 21:41:31 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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bodybyadam

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I first discovered this in early 2006. I was mildly impressed.
A: The beer poured a filtered translucent amber color with minimal head to result a small bead around my goblet.
S: The nose of a flowery bouquet, not quite as powerful as I would've expected from a more mass-produced/ commercialized brew.
T: The initial taste was a reluctant Cascade bitter hop, with its familiar citrus/sweet flavor like a fresh grapefruit. I will add this had a slightly sweeter aftertaste than other brews using Cascade hop.
M: A smooth balance not thick or thin, quite wonderful for this IPA.
D: IPA lovers should give this a try and I recommend this as an introduction/ crossover beer for those wanting to discover IPA's flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 19:16:46 | More by bodybyadam
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Here's to my first rejection letter of the season. This brew is a light golden color with a finger of white head that falls to a patchy coating over top. It is slightly hazy, with a few bubbles popping off the bottom of the glass to the surface. The aroma is nice and balanced, with a mild citrusy and light piney hop character with a mild but sweet caramel malt. It is nice, but feels a little light. I'd like to have a little more gusto from it. That being said, there is nothing wrong with what is there. Taking a sip, I find a nice blast of piney hop, almost a little resinous, with a very chunky caramel and solid bready to light toasty maltyness that really stands out to me. I really enjoy the flavors here. The mouthfeel is a very solid moderate with a light carbonation that really makes it feel solid. This one is pretty darn nice. I would definitely grab this one off the shelf if I saw it around here.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 01:54:45 | More by kmpitz2
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle poured at room temp into a pilsener glass. The beer pours a pale straw yellow with a 2 cm fizzy offwhite head foaming up and fading rapidly via pockmarked craters popping. The aroma is some citrusy grapefruit hops and a hint of herbal hops as well. I get just a bit of caramel floating in the background. The first sip reveals an average body with just a bit of stickiness on my lips. The carbonation is a little prickly but not overwhelming. Flavor is sweet and caramel up front, just a little bit husky and grainy. Then in roll some hops. Herbal earthy flavors and again the citrusy notes. slightly bitey but not overwhelming at all. This is a solid example of an IPA and is not over the top or trying to be a double IPA. A decent drinker with some character.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 04:00:56 | More by sulldaddy
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IntriqKen

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate crystal clear orange. Full finger of craggy white head that melts to a sticky top covering lacing.
Aroma is pure fresh green hops.
The taste reminds me of their W'06 but without the sweet malt...hops seem identical. Clean soft carbonation filled with fresh citrus hops...finishing to light grapefruit.
What happened to summer now that I finally have this beer???
Good stuff...lots of personality....nice hops 'burps'
12oz bottle from weefisheads via trade because I begged him for months. hahaha Thanks, David

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 02:31:34 | More by IntriqKen
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rowew

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, embossed with the Widmer W. Bottled on date clearly marked. ABV is 6 %.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red-orange color with a decent head. Fades quickly but leaves a good lacing.

Smell: Mainly citrusy hops, with a nice malt sweetness.

Taste: Nicely balanced, but the citrusy hops win out. Plenty of malt to keep this one from being overpowering.

Overall impression: Nice solid IPA. Drinkable, well made, and a bit more balanced than many others I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 21:43:15 | More by rowew
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woemad

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. I've also encountered it a a couple of sports bars in the area. This appears to have been bottled "APR0406." This may account for the mouthfeel seeming a little less than lively.

Pours a gold/copper color, with about an inch of white head. The head drops fairly quickly, but there's lots of sticky lace left on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is mainly of grapefuit-like hop notes. There's also a grainy, biscuity maltiness.

The hops outweigh the malts in this one, but it's not by a whole lot. Definitely more closely balanced than one would expect from the nose. The hops are just barely out of reach of the grainy maltiness that forms the backbone of this beer. Certainly not as distinctive tasting as I thought it was going to be from the nose. This is a bland IPA.

The mouthfeel of this beer is a little on the leaden side. It just kind of lies in the glass like a hibernating, characterless bear.

Not a bad IPA if you find yourself in the mood for one and it's the only one available, but there's not much else to commend it. I won't feel the need to try this again with so many superior IPAs available to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 02:57:31 | More by woemad
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beertastegood

Texas

1.78/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a very clear light copper color with a fluffy one-finger head. Pretty good lacing/retention. Aromas of grapefruity/resinous hops, most definitely Cascade/Centennial variety. Slight graininess in the smell, along with a very low biscuit aroma. Not as much "oomph" that IPAs should have as far as hop aroma is concerned.

Taste: Grainy malt flavor up front, followed by a really nasty metallic/astringent/musty flavor that completely takes over the beer and renders it nasty. This flavor has nothing to do with the hops...I know what Cascades taste like and I really like their flavor, so it there has to be another reason. I guess it is remotely possible I got an old/bad bottle, but that is hard to believe as it was purchased in Oregon and brought straight back here.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent for an IPA, full body and low carbonation.

Drinkability: Yeah, right.

Yech. I will try and get my hands on another bottle just to make sure that I didn't get a bad one the first time. But I am not holding my breath.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 15:44:37 | More by beertastegood
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variousartists

Arizona

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Head is on par with most IPA's. Good consistency.

Smell: Slightly fruity aroma. Strong hoppiness also stands out.

Taste: A little blah for an IPA. Finishes a bit too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Average, nothing noteworthy.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easily. Fairly satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 06:25:09 | More by variousartists
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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
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guitarmage

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden rod amber, nice foamy white head with a good thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet and caramel malt, big herbal hops.

Taste: Caramel malt quickly fades into big aromatic hops that go up the nose and make you sneeze. The hops hang on the tongue and there's a few biscuity notes.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body, pretty light carbonation, hangs on the mouth.

Drinkability: Solid IPA in my opinion, overall a little more mild than some of my favorite IPA's, but a good change and no bad flavors. A decent cure for an IPA urge.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 07:03:47 | More by guitarmage
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randal

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer should be renamed "Eh". Decent color, decent aroma ... Actually the aroma is a little off-putting. A touch medicinally sweet, although this is not reflected in the taste. The body is fairly thin for an IPA - actually I would probably categorize this as an APA considering it is fairly light on malt and hop flavor. All in all pretty much what I would expect from the people who brought us the flavorless ubiquitous Widmer Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 03:34:58 | More by randal
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kgotcher

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale copper color with a 2 finger white foamy head that leaves sticky lacings and keeps a nice thin film on top the entire time. Citrusy hop aroma faint malt smell. Fairly weak aroma in general. A great taste with strong fresh citrus hops and a very nice sweet malty balance. Flavorful and not overy bitter. The hops are are more about aroma and flavor than bittering.

Nice medium body, smooth front to back, finishes with a fairly mild bitterness.

Lacking somewhat in complexity but overall a very drinkable IPA with a nice balance of maltyness and hoppyness. Hops are balanced more to the aroma and flavor side than the bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 23:11:14 | More by kgotcher
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear golden with a medium sized white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts, and fruity, floral hops. There's a bit of DMS.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a peppery hop finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery.

Overall, an OK IPA, nothing special. It is pretty mellow and subdued.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 05:35:46 | More by Beaver13
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RJLarse

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six-pack of Broken Halo IPA at a grocery store for my daughter’s graduation party. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is very clear. A bubbly one-finger white head forms and is moderately resilient. The head laces the side of the glass nicely.

The smell is fairly strong, sweet and fruity. There is a citrus aroma and the scent of hops.

The taste is a full-bodied mild hop flavor, with a fruity citrus flavor, and then a mildly bitter hop finish. The flavors are very well balanced.

Mouth feel is smooth, clean and crisp.

This is a very drinkable beer, perhaps the best Widmer product I have tried. I’ll be looking for more Broken Halo IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 23:50:27 | More by RJLarse
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HochFliegen

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is pale golden with a thin white head, very little retention.
Smell is all cascade hops, at least I think. Fruity citrus like grapefruit aromas. There is a sweet carmel scent as well. Taste is pretty bitter but very smooth, a nice mix with the sweet malt flavor of carmel. Hoppy flavor, earthy and grapefruit in the aftertaste. Mouth watering beer in the aftertaste, the bitterness doesnt linger like on some IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 04:12:52 | More by HochFliegen
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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
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ElGordo

Oregon

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

The newest year-round addition to the Widmer lineup is a pleasant surprise. Not bland and not a German derivative, Broken Halo is instead an excellent effort at a west coast IPA. Pours a fairly clear golden-amber hue topped by one finger of creamy, off-white head that lingers a few minutes before leaving a few wisps of lacing on the glass. Crisp aroma of tangy, floral hops and some mild ale yeast. Palate is again tangy, floral hops with some light malt. Notes of grapefruit and mown grass pop up towards the fairly astringent finish. Body is nice and and a bit creamy, with decent carbonation. A good springtime beer, and a step up from some of this brewery's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 06:27:12 | More by ElGordo
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yet another new IPA surelly a sign Spring is here at last!. Light, bright orange beer in appearance, with a handsome frothy/thick off white head. Light piney hop aromas dominate, slight spicieness but very weak and subdued. After the aroma the taste was a surprise, very hoppy and "tangy" on the first sip quite bitter, it begins to calm down near the end and in subsequent mouthfuls..begins to get a little too sweet in fact. Quite a nice mouthfeel, not bad. Not a really bad IPA but it pales in comparison to Deschutes new release.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 20:55:01 | More by Reidrover
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Broken Halo IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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