Maverick's | Breakwater Brewing

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Brewed by:
Breakwater Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Reviews prior to April 2010 are for the recipe brewed by Kirk McHale. The beer was changed after his departure.

Added by HopHead84 on 02-10-2010

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by TaySuth:
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3.24/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type: Served into a pint glass from the tap at Breakwater Brewing in Oceanside, CA.

Appearance: Dark amber with a dense white head that slowly dissipates leaving behind some solid lacing. Very good.

Smell: Nice aroma but not overwhelming. Citrus and fruity hops with some malt backbone. The aroma is not bad by any means but I usually expect more of a punch from a DIPA.

Taste: Firstly, the bitterness is just perfect on this beer. That said, there is some sort of flavor gap between the hops and the malt. While the hops are nice with pine and citrus, it does not seem to be balanced correctly with a malt base. Furthermore, while the hops lend a strong amount of bitterness, I felt that the flavor of the hops could be stronger.

Mouthfeel: Just the way it should be. Nice consistency for a DIPA with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: This beer had a lot of great qualities but was slightly disappointing in the taste profile. I must point out, as a regular at Breakwater, that I absolutely love this place and they provide a a plethora of amazing brews. This is actually the only house brew that I find somewhat lackluster considering the quality of the other offerings.

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More User Reviews:
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Alex for busting out this growler, it was a highlight.

Review from notes, this was the first beer of the evening.

High clarity orange fading into yellow sunshine at it's edges. Plenty of foam, clingy lace with nice retention.

Dank and resiny, grapefruit peels, cannabis, with an almost catty pungency about it. Damn that's good!

Tons of citrus in here, tangerine, grapefruit, orange, very pithy and bitter rind quality. Later as it warms I got some walnut flavor, which was really unique. There was some malt presence to balance, but it was in the background. Rich and sticky on the lips, mellow carb, with a dry, bitter finish. I tried to pace myself with this one, although the alcohol was hidden, i'd probably limit myself to one (or possibly two) at a time.

Really enjoyed this west coast DIPA... thanks again Alex!

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Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Wetenkamp
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Popkas for getting this out my way. Served in a Mikasa tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours moderate copper-orange color with a good, creamy white head and a bunch of nice, spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good amount of tropical fruit and resinous pine hops. There is a bit of bready and lightly caramelized malt in the background. The flavor brings a nice hoppiness and also contributes a solid malt backing. A bit more than I'd like, though the hops are still front and center. Medium body with good carbonation and a nice bitter finish. Thanks again for this--a very solid DIPA.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this.

A - Nice looking beer. Golden orange color with a great head that left behind some nice lacing.

S - Nice smell! Tropical fruits are nicely balanced by some bitter pine and resin notes. The malt backbone is there, but not dominating. Tastes like something I want to drink.

T - Great taste, a lot like the nose. Easy drinking with tropical fruit and bitter pine being the focus. It all works quite well. Malt backbone is complementary.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation, dry.

O - Really great beer that was an easy drinker and I enjoyed quite a bit. Recommended.

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Photo of Lunatic_Runner
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Deaner1308
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of cwreay90
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pint glass. Pale gold with good clarity and a 2 finger white cap. The nose is a grapefruit explosion with a big pine resin presence and a little orange pith. Alcohol is well hidden and I can't detect malt beyond a dash of sugar and cracker. The flavor exhibits an upper moderate level of bitterness and a vibrant citrus profile, consisting of bitter grapefruit and orange pith. It's also rather piney. A dash of sugary sweetness is noticeable but it quickly dissipates in the desiccating bitter citrus finish. Alcohol is well hidden, manifesting only in the finish. An excellent san Diego pale ale.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mcdonald422
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of maximum12
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

Since it appears Carlsbad-area breweries are in cahoots to be closed on Tuesdays, I made a pilgrimage to Breakwater, a place I’ve never heard of & knew nothing about. Half-pint so I can try something else, too.

Pour is a partially cloudy orange that’s heavily carbonated. After it settles, I don’t spend much time sniffing the beer, because, dammit, I’m thirsty.

Maverick IIPA is an explorer’s reward. Many oranges, or orange-like peccadilloes, went into this beer, for it fairly reeks of it, & they explode onto the tongue. Rip-wave of bitterness follows, along with a counter-current of tangerine pith (no, not the helmet), & more vaguely tropical fruit. More bitterness cleans up the stickiness. Half a pint? I could go full, then some more, if I didn’t have car keys jangling in my pocket. But it is a rental…

This is how a IIPA is made – by throwing the bag of malt out the back door on brewing day rather than in with the precious hops. Bitter, tasty, unbalanced. Lovely.

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Photo of Overlord
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-ish gold. For the ABV, surprisingly long lasting two to three inch white foam head. Smells like musty, resinous grapefruit, orange, a bit of tropical notes, and pretty much no floral-ity to it. All citrus on display here.

Taste explodes with citrus, but it isn't the fresh, juicy flavoring of a few other noticeable west coast IPAs. It's almost like a ... I don't know ... aged, sort-a dank flavoring to it. Almost like the rinds were ground up along with the fruit. More than a dash of bitterness to it.

Very good. A pity it isn't bottled. Nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Hophead84 for somehow managing to convince someone to fill a growler of this stuff. Shared with the Chicago BA crew at Dave's place. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of creamsickle-colored foam that has incredible retention. It eventually settles to a thin cap leaves some spotty lacing. Beautiful golden orange colored body with a some light haziness to it.

S - Piny, a little dank, tropical fruits, tangerine citrus, and a very unobtrusive sugar cookie malt backbone. It's pretty much spot-on as a West Coast DIPA, and even though it seems to use the kitchen sink approach with the hops selection it's all wonderfully integrated and balanced.

T - It's largely the same collection of flavors as those found in the smell, but with an emphasis on the tropical fruits and tangerines. Again, there's some light sugar cookie and a touch of caramel to hold things together, but this one is all about the hops. (This is probably a 4.25 in my book, but seeing as we haven't reached that stage of gradation in the year 2010 I will round up and ding this elsewhere.)

M - Super dry, medium body, light residual stickiness, and a little more warmth than I expected from an 8.7% beer. Still, it was enamel-melting goodness for the most part.

D - This had the unfortunate position of going head-to-head with Pliny the Younger last night, but it really only came up short in the perceptible alcohol area (i.e. PtY had about the same heat but is 2-3% stronger in ABV). I actually found myself digging this one more for whatever reason last night, and went back for multiple fillings. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of dukedevil0
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Alex (MasterSki) via Shane (HopHead84) who contributed this to a tasting at Dave's with some of the Chicago beer crew. Big thanks to both of you.

A: Pours pale yellowish orange and slightly hazy with lots of white w/ yellowish tint head that laces the glass.

S: Smells dank, floral and citrusy with sweet grapefruit notes and tangerine.

T: Intense flavor with lots of sweet hop flavors - citrus, tangerine, grapefruit. A welcome heavy bitterness comes in without overwhelming. There's some alcohol flavor there.

M: Nicely full bodied and dry with some alcohol warmth and solid carbonation even out of the growler.

D: Only problem with drinkability is the alcohol flavor, but this beer tastes awesome and keeps egging me on to drink more of it.

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Photo of mschantz
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light orange and neat clear with a fine slight head that results in nice lacing. Orange and Sweetgrass on the nose. Grassy flavor dominates the taste with quite a bit of hoppy bitterness at the back of the palate. Finish is clean.

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Photo of popery
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft, The Bistro, DIPA Festival. This was one of my favorite beers at the festival and a real surprise from a brewery that was completely new to me. This beer has an enormous, sweet citric hop aroma. Oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, mangoes and peaches are big and bright. The malt is nice and dry, providing just enough sweetness to let the hops shine. The flavor was wonderfully clean. I tried it toward the end of my day at the festival and it stood out easily despite some steep competition. It was probably my number two beer of the day, only after Pliny the Younger. Excellent beer. I hope to see more from this brewery.

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Photo of Cameron_Shaffer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Maverick's from Breakwater Brewing
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 25 ratings
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