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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
good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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philbertk

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--"Broken Halo IPA--""A Devilishly Good India Pale Ale." 2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--45 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Mild lace head. Clear bright golden color. Rich floral hop mild Cascade front. Rich semi-sweet slightly earthy caramel butter grassy grapefruit body. Tangy balanced creamy hop spice bitter citrus end. Nice! Sampled 6/13/2006.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Broken Halo IPA--India Pale Ale--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--45 IBU's (4.0 / 5.0) IPA--Thin lace fizzy head. Clear bright thin light gold fizzy color. Mild floral hop front. Crisp mild sweet butter caramel mild creamy refreshing smooth body. Easy mild hop spice refreshing end. Session IPA. Sampled 9/28/2008. 4 @ $2.69 Each.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Broken Halo IPA--India Pale Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 45 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Big foamy lacy white head. Bright fizzy clear dull gold color. Sweet floral grapefruit hop front. "Alchemy, Cascade, & Zeus Hops". Mild sweet crisp hop infused light golden ale body. Smooth crisp refreshing mellow hop spice end. Well made. Seems hoppier than 45 IBU's. Very floral hops! Sampled 10/7/2010. 6-Pack Purchased for $7.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard on 10/7/2010.

10-08-2010 20:45:54 | More by philbertk
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SteelKettle

California

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

appearance: golden yellow with a nice two finger off white head with good retention
Smell: hops and some citrus hints
Taste:a smooth blend of bitter hops and malt with a clean aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with good carbonation clean feel
Drinkability: good drinkability

09-15-2010 20:54:00 | More by SteelKettle
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

A- Pours with a nice big frothy head about two inches thick...it settles nicely into a thick-ish layer over the brew. There is lots of hazy suspended yeast and is a golden color with some orange hues in the backround. The lacing is very clingy, with lots of little bubbles sticking to my glass.

S- The hops are present immediately, closely followed by citrus notes and some clean pine aromas as well. There is some oily character that I'm guessing is from the hop flowers used, which rounds out the malt sweetness.

T- The flavors closely resemble the aromas....lots of hop bitterness in the front and on the finish, but it is balanced out nicely by sweet malts and some oil breaking citrus flavors, including grapefruits....rind and all. It is clean and crisp tasting.

M- Medium bodied and the carbonation is plentiful, but the bubbles are fine. It feels leafy/earthy and I feel like I've put some fresh hop cones in my mouth.

D- I'd enjoy drinking this beer and would like to try it with a spicier dish, such as a thai curry. For a 6% brew, the booze is hidden well and I think this is a great beer for the summertime.

09-08-2010 02:48:52 | More by ChrisCage
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Malt

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

This beer pours a golden color with good carbonation. It has a citrus/grapefruit smell to it.The head starts out thick but goes away quickly. There is a nice lacing going on here(trying it in a pint glass right now).. I am not a big fan of citrus flavors but this one is pretty good. Not bad at all.

09-03-2010 04:53:41 | More by Malt
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Jeriba

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 7/14/2010.

A: Pours a golden honey color with minimal head.

S: Prominent hoppy aroman with grapefruit, floral, and pine.

T: Bitter citrus and hops, followed by prominent maltiness and a crisp, bitter finish.

M: Crisp and well-carbonated.

D: Very good for the price. The balance of bitter hops and faintly sweet maltiness kept me interested. I'm glad I got a 6-pack, and for $6.49 a pack, I can see myself adding this one to my everyday summer rotation.

09-02-2010 01:05:11 | More by Jeriba
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

Picked up a cheap sixer of this while visiting Washington.

A: pours a clear gold, foamy white head, great retention

S: nice sweet and bright citrusy hops up front, some biscuity malts underneath. The aroma reminds me a lot of NB Ranger IPA.

T: the hops come through nicely with the perfect amount of bitterness, nice balance

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

D: this is a solid and affordable IPA. Too bad thiss one doesn't come out to the Chicago area

08-20-2010 23:42:08 | More by homebrew311
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albertjr21

New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

A: A hazy dull yellow golden color under a thin film head.

S: A fair aroma of citrus blend with a significant but pleasant floral "soapy" note.

M/T: A nice moderate balanced bitter palate from start to finish with an enjoyable dry big burnt orange rind finish.

D: Paired well with a serrano pepper spiced shrimp ceviche.

08-09-2010 15:39:55 | More by albertjr21
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Buebie

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%

Poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pub glass. Picked up this single for $1.50

A white fizzy 1'' head forms up, leaving not much of any retention, Not much in the way of lace either, mild thin streaks.
Color is a transparent darker gold with a little chill haze.
Overall, presentation on this does not deliver.

Aroma brings a nice amount of malty caramel cereal grain and bittering pine and citrus hops.
Although aroma seems kind of mild, hops dont come forward much in the way of an ipa, but more like an english.

Taste is also lacking here, not much for hops as an american ipa should call for. Some aspirin and very mild pine with a little bit of leafy hop flavor and just a touch of mint leaf.

Mouthfeel is thin and loaded with carbonation. Finishing dry with some hop bitters lingering.

Overal this is probably one of the worst examples of an american ipa I've had. Does not follow the style. Now if it were badged as an english pale I'd call it one of the better ones I've had.

06-27-2010 04:01:02 | More by Buebie
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imperialstout27

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear, light goldish-copper color with a one finger off-white head from a pretty vigorous pour. Some lacing, but minimal.

S: The hop aroma is pleasant but mild for the style. Floral, citric hop notes tending toward tangerine and becoming more orange with warmth. Very light hints of malt on the nose, but not much.

T: The hop bitterness is apparent as it opens with some nice grainy notes emerging on the midpalate. The hop profile is actually quite tasty with moderate citric flavors and a bitterness that's firm but on the lighter end for the style. But that's ok because the malt flavors are also subdued, though pleasant, with a light sweetness and crackery hints on the finish and the fade.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation and a light slickness.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, and that's the area in which this beer shines. It's flavor is good but not at the intensity level of the best IPAs. Clearly it was made to be easy to drink, and it succeeds there. Very sessionable. Everything works well here. I'll be buying this again, especially given its low price point.

Overall, it's not going to compete with the big boys of the IPA world, but it's not trying to, and I like it for that. Sometimes I want a good, inexpensive brew and this will fit the bill.

05-21-2010 04:45:25 | More by imperialstout27
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -11%

From a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a Pale golden orange color with a small white head. Nothing all that exciting going on with the aroma, although I get a little floral- citrusy hops. Nicely balanced flavors, a little sweet caramel malt and some moderate hoppy flavors. A fairly decent beer, but nothing more.

05-18-2010 03:39:12 | More by emmasdad
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showell

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

This one pours out a golden yellow. Smell is a bit malt, and a bit hops, with floral scent. The taste is bitter white grapefruit, flowers, and a hint of malt. Prickly carbonation. Wouldn't want more than a couple of these in a sitting. I like the bitter flavor though.

04-24-2010 03:49:27 | More by showell
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srandycarter

California

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

A - Clear light honey, small, thin creamy head that stays for some time.

S - Strong, sharp hop notes overpower the malt.

T - Nice average hop and malt combo for an IPA - pleasant.

M - Good carbonation and coating. Balance veers towards the bitter hops.

D - Very easy to drink, just not terribly interesting, IMHO.

03-16-2010 04:46:49 | More by srandycarter
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Blissfullbrew

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -5%

Glass-Snifter

Nice golden tint with a fruity hop filled nose. Nice lacing that reminds me of waves crashing in on the ocean and the legs drape the side of the glass while slowly gaining momentum to reconnect with the nectar. The head is white and full on top with very little spotting. Slight carbonation burn in the nostrils but balanced out with the hops in the retro-olfaction. This is a medium bodied nectar that is well balanced between citrus and earth hop tones.

03-12-2010 03:49:43 | More by Blissfullbrew
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mjurney

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

[Appearance]: Deep golden color with some orange hues, clear, a little carbonation, fluffy head, lacing looks alright on the glass.
[Smell]: Very light on the aroma, sweet malts and mild floral hops.
[Taste]: Malty up front, slight caramel/buttery, floral/herbal hoppiness, slight piney, slight nutty at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied, carbonation is light, smooth with slight herbal aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is good. It's not too hoppy for the style, but it's pretty good.

02-21-2010 19:08:08 | More by mjurney
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-16-2010 03:53:34 | More by mothman
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burnerfinger

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%

a: poured from a 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet. faily thin 2 finger head just abit yellower than white settles to almost NOTHING but leaves very nice lacing. No clarity to this brew at all.

s very, very nice indeed. hard to describe - but very appealing. hoppy with a bit of something else that I really like but cant pu my finger on.

t this is a hopiness with a sting backbone but not such a stong bite.

m the alcohol adds just a bit of bite, just as the hops do. this is well carbonated, and really a FULL beer.

d Much as I love it I cant give this full credit in the drinkabilty dept - more of a sippin beer rather than a session beer.
OTOH I will DEFINITELY be looking for this one again!

02-01-2010 02:00:41 | More by burnerfinger
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jwillcourt

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 10/29/2009, about 100 days ago.

A - Yellow, straw color. Two-finger, pillowy, white head with larger than average bubbles. Heads sinks to a soapy film within five minutes. Awesome lacing all the way down the glass. Small number of bubbles up the side.

S/T - Mostly hoppy aroma with faint malt. Taste is mostly hops. There is slight sweetness. The hops are not huge, but there is little else. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

M/D - Feels very wet and a little light-bodied. I expected a more resinous feel based on the huge lacing. I would guess 4-5% ABV not 6%. Light body and low alcohol feel gives it high drinkability.

01-19-2010 04:02:30 | More by jwillcourt
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jdense

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into shaker pint glass 1/17/2010.

Finger and a half white head, a bit rocky, medium dissipation, some lingering lacing. Clear light golden body, some carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Floral hops in the nose with some bready malts. Taste isn't a big hop bomb, got more fruity as it warmed. Fairly dry finish. Drinkable, but unremarkable. Too many other great IPAs in town (Bridgeport, HUB, etc). Worth a try for comparison purposes, but I won't purchase again.

01-18-2010 05:30:11 | More by jdense
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Mosstrooper

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's "St. Patrick's Day 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Golden-brown in color, with a small, but long-standing white head that leaves a fair amount of lace behind.

Smell: Sweet and grainy malt with lots of earthy and nutty hops backing it up.

Taste: Begins sweet and buttery, finishing with a fairly strong, lingering nutty hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. Finishes sticky initially, then dries out.

Drinkability: Not the greatest or hoppiest IPA to be found, but still tasty and enjoyable.

12-28-2009 18:59:31 | More by Mosstrooper
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rfabian

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head that leaves fair lacing. The appearance is light amber and cloudy. The aroma is light citrus hops. The taste is moderately bitter with grapefruit hops and a little malt. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish. This is an enjoyable ale.

12-12-2009 01:28:27 | More by rfabian
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, bought in a six-pack.

Appearance - Clear and golden ale with a soapy white foam that doesn't retain long but does lace nicely.

Smell - Very floral hops with strong pine scents.

Taste - Crisp and clean with a good pine and citrus hops bite. A very tasty IPA with a good clean and fresh flavor.

Mouth feel - Crisp and slightly bitter up front, give way to a nice smooth citrus hopped aftertaste.

Drinkability - A perfect ABV for this style and very drinkable. I will definitely buy this again, as it's one of the better American IPA's I've tried (and I've tried quite a few).

12-11-2009 20:37:43 | More by ChopperSmith
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +22%

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

11-10-2009 00:30:39 | More by Reagan1984
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vdread

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -17.9%

Broken Halo IPA pours a clear, pale yellow color with a tiny little head that leaves decent sheets of lacing for the most part.

citrus and pine hop smells are present in the nose. maybe some pale malt in there too.

tastes heavily of grains and bitterness. the malt is pale and light, but still substantial enough to attempt to balance the hops.
the hops come across as having floral, citrus, pine, and slightly leafy/herbaceous character. a sticky resinous hop bitterness seems to overpower some of the other flavors.

mouthfeel ok, very high carbonation, slick, oily on the palate

the first time i tried this IPA i was less than impressed. maybe i'm just a bit more understanding, but it's not really that bad of a beer. unremarkable, yes. overly bitter, yes.

- this beer feels, looks, and tastes more like an american pale ale with added bitterness than an IPA to me.

11-08-2009 12:08:23 | More by vdread
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patobandito

New Mexico

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Picked up a Widmer craft pack. Had avoided this one for some reason up to now, im sorry i did.

pours a dark straw color with little to no head. Smells strong hops, bit of citrus. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Strong hop flavor, more than expected. Its a bit watery, but not too bad. The bitterness prevents this from being easy drinking, but still a pretty good beer.

10-13-2009 00:56:21 | More by patobandito
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magictrokini

California

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

TAp @ O'Briens. Poured clear orange-yellow with a short-lived white head. Good lacing, though. Lively citrus aroma dominated by grapefruit and tangerine. More sweet than sour. Slick, carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp finish. Pleasant hop profile with a nice blalance of bitterness versus the citrus sweet. Nice malt backbone without becoming sticky. Very drinkable and very refreshing. Nice surprise from these guys.

09-10-2009 17:45:17 | More by magictrokini
Broken Halo IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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