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American IPA
Ranked #438
Ranked #4,433
4.06 | pDev: 8.62%
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 493
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a point glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very lightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades very fast leaving a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a citrus aroma with lots of orange, tangerine and grapefruit. Along with these aromas comes some notes of a light cracker smell as well as a little bit of an herbal and earthy smell as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a dry cracker and lightly bready taste that has a decent showing of some citrus hop of a grapefruit nature. As the taste advances from the start some sweeter citrus of a tangerine and orange nature hits the tongue along with a little bit of caramel and a touch of tropical fruit. Some herbal and earthy tastes come to the tongue at the end leaving one with a drier and sort dank taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the mix of dank and citrus the feel is rather nice and creates a very easy sipper overall.
Overall – At first taste I didn’t really care for the brew, but the mix of dank, citrus, and dry really grew on me and I rather enjoyed this brew overall. A pretty nice sipper to say the least.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in shaker pint. Poured a clean, clear medium gold color with a half-inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a medium malt and grain base, topped with lots of pine and citrus hops.

The flavor profile was the same: that of a classic American IPA. Lots of bright hops, with just enough malt for backbone.

The body was what was expected for the style; medium full, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall, a solidly enjoyable brew. Hits all the right notes for the style, but doesn't stand out from the crowd either. Certainly worth your time if you see it.

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

Copper and hazy, with three fingers of white head, well sustained, and fine bubbles.

It smells of pineapple and papaya and mangoes.

The taste is very light and fruity follows the nose.

It has a light malty body with a bitter finish And a little carbonation.
Definitely covers the ABV.

I got this in Redding California where I’m drinking it July 7, 2019.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2019-05-28 in Portland, OR at Bistro23 on tap

Wonderful aromas and tastes of resinous, moderately dank hops, pine, biscuit, tropical citrus and earthy, floral spice. Medium body and carb. Just delicious.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this last month at the Green River Brewery in Winters, CA. Rare place that tells you the calories of the beer you're getting (201 here). Pours a familiar golden color with ample clarity, looks solid, professional, clean, 1/3" white head. Aroma gave off a little bit of Mosaic, and even a slight amount of Summit, a hop you don't see much of anymore. Amarillo thrown in as well. It wasn't pungent, as these two hops can definitely do, so I'm guessing this was a more (relatively) restrained version of dry hopping. Nice, but not glorious.

Taste, pushed more by an older school medley of bittering hops, Simcoe, giving dry bitterness of the grapefruit and drier tree variety. The aroma hops contribute a little bit flavor wise giving the beer more depth than just a grapefruit bitter bomb, slight citrus notes beyond that. Good light and dry west coast malt body, seems all barley. Pale toasted kind. A good beer but not in that very good category and definitely not world class. But good, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of Herbertly
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Shared 1 Pint 6 Oz bottle for M&K in Seattle, Bottled on 2/28/19.
L: Golden Straw, slightly opaque, bright white non-receding head that clings to the glass.
S: Bright mild fruitiness, peach, apricot, and fresh hops.
T: Pineapple. hop bitterness, lemon peel, pine, residual heavy masking bitter aftertaste. Hint of coriander.
F: Drying, lingering bitterness, medium density.
O: Starts strong with inviting smell and smooth initial taste. Bitterness overpowers and lingers. Not one of our favorite IPAs and probably won't reach for it again.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one hints at something that could be phenominal, but too many variables miss the mark for me. Purchased 4/20/19, bottled not dated so I have no idea how old it is...IMHO dating should be a requirement to distribute! Might try again on draft or if I determine freshness, otherwise, I'd pass.

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Photo of GeeL
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Crystal clear
S: ripe stone fruit (peaches, etc.)
T: earthy, woody, citrusy... really great, though falls apart as it warms.
F: average, sort of thickness that helps the flavor linger
O: good beer, worth a try if haven't had it but not sure I'd go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date: 10/24/18
Palate Contaminants: none

Look is mostly clear. Little fine head, and not much resulting lacing. Pleasant gold color.

Smell is loaded with peaches, and it's fairly intense. Not what I usually get with something so clear. I get little bit of pineapple. Moderate sweetness, and hardly an bitterness. Not much else, but what's there is plenty pleasant.

Taste has some of the fruit flavors, but the main flavors are wood and malt. The level of bitterness is well above zero, what's I'd call moderate-heavy. If the fruit hadn't volatilized, this would be pretty good. Or maybe it's just covered up, along with any other depth.

Slighlty prickly with a swish around the mouth, but otherwise foamy. Alcohol should be better hidden. Aftertaste is a continuation of the bitterness.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 22 fl oz bottle on August 1, 2018. Brewed with Mosaic, Summit, Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo hops. It is bright golden in color and has intense tropical, dank, and grapefruit notes. By keeping the malt profile as light as possible, the interplay of hop flavors can really shine. The beer clocks in at only 6.6% ABV and 50 IBU, but it packs as much hop flavor and aroma as any IPA out there.

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Photo of Quinnimical
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent, consistent IPA. It's nice to find a quality beer that is accessible AND affordable. Wonderful tropical citrus flavor packed into a refreshing, golden hued 6% and change.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours lightly cloudy deep gold. Thick, short, wide head that Fades slowly with lacing.

Smells grapefruit, tropical, mango, pineapple, Light peach and Pine.

Taste great fruit, citrus peel, mango, pineapple, Light peach and pine. Finishes dry was a citrus peel Langer. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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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 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 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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Photo of bobv
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 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.
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.
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 MNAle
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pine and citrus aroma. Not too strong, but at a nice level. Slightly hazy, mostly clear amber. 1/2 inch bubbly white head, receding slowly. Moderate to thin feel. Mild initial taste, citrus, transitioning to citrus and pine in the middle and finish. A bit of a mineral taste, but not objectionable at all. Moderately bitter finish. Nice, but not outstanding, IPA.

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

Seattle review dump.

A- Bomber into a becher with a very slightly hazy deep golden body and a thick creamy head rising up to one finger. Good head retention as a medium belt leaves tons of lace.

S- Falls somewhere between Cali and the PNW with a hop heavy aroma of stone fruit, tropical hops, citrus and pine notes. Favor the latter two eventually. Pine resin, orange peel and flesh, grapefruit, melon, mango and tangerine come to mind. A hint of toasty sweetness and bread but minimal.

T- Hop focus seems to favor the pine and stone fruits more than it did in the aroma but overall the hop profile is very balanced and deep. Mango pit and all, apricot, pine resin, oranges in totality, tangerine, dank herbs, floral, melon, spicy and earthy hops. Cereal, pale barley, crackers and yeast bread with minimal yeast influence. Light sweets almost like a Sierra Nevada brew but a bit less.

MF- Creamy and frothy texture to the medium-heavy body (for this ABV). Ends with an herbal grapefruity bitterness. High end zesty carbonation.

Wondrous depth of hops with all sorts of flavors in harmony. Not a pungent beast but one you can pick apart and find so many flavors married together.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

Pours a perfect two finger white head into my willi glass. Very frothy and sturdy. The body is a golden orange, with some amber hues. Clarity is quite high. A HUGE amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Overall this looks great so far.

The nose is just wonderful, huge tropical fruit bomb. Melon, mango, papaya. Slightly dank underneath everything here, with a touch of citrus. Smells fantastic.

Flavor is smoother than the nose, not quite as much of a punch. Certainly a little fruity, with that dankness coming through a bit more on the flavor. Very smooth, almost creamy. It’s a tasty beer, I would like the same level of energy I was getting from the nose though. This is a hard one to grade, it’s a good beer, and tasty, but the flavor is just not that big.

Mouthfeel is ok, it’s a little bit under carbonated. As mentioned above, there is a bit of a smooth creaminess here, and that definitely comes through most on the feel. It’s got a small bite to it, but overall it’s on the smoother side. Not bad, would prefer more carbonation.

The drinkability is quite high, it’s a tasty brew, and it’s very smooth.

Overall this is a good beer, but the flavor just isn’t big enough for me to give it a crazy good review.

The appearance turned out fantastic here. I had a full head well over five minutes after the pour. A island of head hung around the rest of the way. Lacing way thick from top to bottom, great looking beer.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dull copper color with nice crisp white frothy and rocky head. The smell is clearly hoppy, citrus, orange and apricot scents. Taste is clean with a mild malt start and a punch of hops in the end lingering in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and whispy. Great beer overall.

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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in Greenville SC in a Gouden Carolus glass.

Clear golden body with a good white head.
Aroma: citrus, other tropical fruits and pine with hints of melons.
Nicely hoppy flavor that has moderate-mild bitterness and high complexity. The body is a bit too thin but works well with the medium+ carbonation and semi-dry finish.

Overall: flavorful IPA with limited bitterness.

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Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger white foamy head that has tons of tiny bubbles in it which dissipated very slowly and left very good foamy lacing and rings as it went down. The lacing rings were very thick and left a layer on top.

Smells of orange peel, lemon zest, citrus hops, fresh piney hops, toasted grains, graham cracker, grapefruit, caramel, spruce tips and earthy notes mixed with peppery spices. Very nicely balanced, but not the big bold hoppy nose I expected out of a brewery from Portland, Oregon.

Taste has a lot more malt and grains than I anticipated, and while it doesn't taste bad I figured it would be quite hop forward. Flavor is a mix of tropical fruit, piney hops, grapefruit, biscuit, toffee, lemon, tangerine, pineapple, wheat bread, light peppery spices, earthy notes with a hint of potpourri, and trailing floral notes which resemble tea leaf. The bitterness is mild and the ABV well covered up, but I wanted more dank fresh hops to slap me with flavor since this is from the Northwest. It's very good this brew, easy drinking and an IPA I'd certainly revisit.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold with two fingers of creamy white head and excellent retention

Smells of pine, citrus

Taste is again pine, a little lemon zest, some biscuit

Medium body, not overly sweet, slightly dry. Drinkable.

Classic west coast IPA.

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Photo of FFreak
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a brewpub in Stevenson, Washington. Great piney, resinous aroma. Taste adds some citrus and sinsemilla, and very little maltiness. Mouth is just right for the ABV - medium body, almost dry, but with a touch of sweetness. Overall, a very solid and easy drinking Northwest IPA.

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 493 ratings