Wanderlust | Breakside Brewery

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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

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#3,043
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
435
pDev:
8.87%
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3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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

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

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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

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 TheHopsman
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Shortbox81
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of seangibbs60
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GlendonTT
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CMC73
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyrushire
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Wanderlust from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 435 ratings
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