Wanderlust | Breakside Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
breakside.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kopfschuss on 10-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,310
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
454
pDev:
8.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
122
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 454 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjboesen
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Brought home a bomber of this IPA during my most resent Portland beercation. Upon the initial pour, there is an intense blast of orange and a massive mountain of shimmering froth that settles into a cloudy amber body. Upon the first sip, there is a dank and mildly doughy mouthfeel inundated by a tropical miasma created by the five hops: Amarillo, Cascade, Mosiac, Simco and Summit. The finish is reminiscent of an orange slice and grass. Very refreshing and tasty. Not weak, yet not overwhelming, either. A brewery to watch - like many other Portland breweries, of course.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, Kroger on Hilton Head SC June 2018

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Photo of Branlott42
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of austinmizsei
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CJNAPS
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mecmd
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kdown
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanK252
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer that hangs around and laces nicely.

S: Fruity side shows first, tropical and orchard fruits, countered with citrus zest and resinous pine, crackery malt, and just a touch of sweetness.

T: Resinous pine and zesty citrus up front, grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine, followed with hints of tropical fruit, passion fruit, melon, and apricot, crackery slightly toasty malt, and just a touch of sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp and dry with a lingering bitterness.

O: A little light, drinks somewhere between a pale ale and a session IPA, but a nice light NW style IPA.

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Photo of Beerbom
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ambruns1979
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woemad
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber from my brother as an Xmas present (due to delays meeting up caused by health issues of a family member, I was unable to take possession until about a week ago). Apparently, he purchased it at the Total Wine in Olympia, WA. No date on the bottle. Coming from TW, this makes me nervous.

Poured into a nonic pint glass, this was a chill-hazed straw-amber color, with a good sized eggshell white head. Decent retention and lace.

Pineapply, grapefruity and piney hop aroma to this. Very slight, crackery malt aroma as well, but it's mostly buried under the avalanche of hops.

Tastes pretty much as promised in the smell. Starts off with some somewhat sweet tropical fruit notes that are almost immediately paired up with some more bitter grapefruit-like flavors. Piney notes are also present and come into their own at the finish, which ends with a pleasingly dry zap to the tastebuds. Maltiness is limited to providing a bare-bones support structure to the hops.

Medium bodied, with an oily, resiny mouthfeel.

Really like this beer. I wish I could get a sixer of 12oz bottles or cans of it. They'd be regulars in my fridge. I definitely need to try more of the Breakside beers available in my area. Thanks, Greg!

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ZenBarn, Waterbury, VT. Poured a one inch creamy white head over an ever so slightly hazy body with some nice lacing. Nose of citrus and pine with slight tropical fruit aspects as well. Taste follows nose to a tee, but the feel is the high point of this offering. Overall, look for this. Cheers!

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Photo of ChuckTom
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrMindbender
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of derdtheterd
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amano_h
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Issue: Whether Breakside Brewery's Wanderlust, an iconic example of a style of an American IPA brewed in the Pacific Northwest, known as the NWIPA family of beers, is comparable to Russian River Brewing Company's Blind Pig, a classic and well-celebrated template of the "West Coast" family of American IPAs.
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Rule: To be able to draw a comparison between two similar yet distinct styles of beer, a reasonable drinker must be able to discern after careful analysis of appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and overall impression, that the two are indeed distinctly similar.
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Analysis: Wanderlust sports an aggressive almost West Coast IPA-like initial hip burst on the nose from the onset. A robust mixture of pine, marmalade, and grapefruit comprise the general aromatic impression, with the citrus unsurprisingly laying down the most burden on the nose. Malts is very hard to track down, but there is a very faint cracker-esque odor toward the end.

Taste matches smell with impeccable accuracy; see supra.

Crisp mouthfeel, with a medium-light body. Again, an incredibly clean fermentation profile with a dry fall-off-the-cliff finish.

Conclusion: the malt bill and fermentation profile, esp. the finish may seem to suggest dissimilarities between the two beers, but the supreme balance of flavor, hop profile and general mouthfeel are similar enough to the point where one could reasonably argue a similarity between the two. Bottles purchased for future side-by-side comparison.

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Photo of Marco-L
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Wanderlust from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 454 ratings