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Wanderlust | Breakside Brewery

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Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States

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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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 365
Photo of hreb
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours crystal clear and golden in color, with a giant white head. Not very aromatic, maybe a little piney? Hop-forward C hop flavors dominate. Aggressive and citrusy. Sharply carbonated and not much in the way of malt flavor to balance out this highly attenuated hop monster. The result is high in flavor but not so much in drinkability. But based on the outline of Oregon on the label beind the statement "WANDERLUST" I'd guess this is a beer which is proud of it's callous West Coast IPA phenotype.

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Photo of DBosco
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden yellow with an inch head of fine bubbles that settle after a while. A little odd how few bubbles are coming up in the glass after pouring, particularly given the robust head. Smells of piney hops but something is a little off. Taste is piney hops with some bitterness, fairly dry. Mouthfeel is pretty watery. Overall, OK but a little disappointing given other reviews. No dating evident on the bottle, so I wonder if that is the problem. Broadside beers have just appeared in the past few weeks in 2 of the Boston area stores that I visit. Maybe there is an age or storage problem that happens in getting them to the East Coast. I bought another of their IPAs at the same store and was similarly disappointed in getting a beer that did not live up to the other ratings here.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look- pretty golden beer with frothy white head good retention and lacing

Smell- pine resin not dank though. Touch of lemon maybe

Taste- a little sweet on the start, lots of piney bitterness.

Feel- loses a bit here because that hop lingers. Great if you like that sort of thing.

Overall- a decent IPA I would order again but nothing that stands out too much. Because of the lingering bitterness I would've more likely to combine this with foods that could compete.

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Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sharply carbonated. It's like a hoppy club soda, but that adds to the refreshing quality.

Big citrus taste. Very distinctive grapefruit flavor, though not so much of the ultra-bitter pith. Some lime rind and that grapefruit soda taste. Quite aromatic in the nose, though not so much to sniff the glass. But there's that whiff of grapefruit again. Some bread dough and a fruity taste like unripe pineapple.

Color is the typical orangey amber, though a lighter shade. Plenty of white foam with some thin lacing in the big chalice.

Overall, it's very drinkable with a tangy mouthfeel and a bitter aftertaste. The citrus peel gets hold of the tongue after some sipping, but it's not unpleasant. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, cool old-time map label background - me likey. Grabbed from the 'Bier Haus' at the Yoke's across the street from my temporary home for the past week.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, broadly foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some random wispy and sudsy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly abates.

It smells of dank, yet watery pine resin, cat urine, orange and white grapefruit rind, grainy pale malt, a wee touch of caramel sweetness, and further leafy, floral, and lightly perfumed hops. The taste is more uric acid, less dank and more green-seeming pine tree detritus, crackery pale malt, a still ethereal caramel essence, semi-sweet orange, lime and grapefruit flesh, a small flinty stoniness, and more leafy, floral, and mildly perfumed hop bitters.

The bubbles are nice and peppy in their alternating fizzy and frothy states of being, the body a tad on the light side of medium weight, and generally smooth, even with all those acrid hops milling and mussing about. It finishes on a drying kick, as the hops start to consider overthrowing the feeble malt once and for all.

A decent IPA, the worldly hop esters testament to that, as is the idea to keep the malt bill more or less out of the decision-making process. Easy to drink, if these particular hops appeal to you, I would imagine - for me, it's more of an exploratory, suck-it-up experience.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Greenish gold color with a mild chill haze. Modest head. A couple of streaks for lace.

Grapefruit aroma. Mild pale malt in the background.

The hop is up front. Lots of grapefruit on the tongue. Absolutely no balance here. In fact, I may not detect any malt. Given the pale color, a lighter hop kick might be in order, if you love the hop bomb, this will be a very likeable beer. The carbonation leans to the bubbly side. The body is moderate.

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Photo of vkv822
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, dark golden with a medium, foamy white head.

Pleasant blend of citrus and resiny hops in both the aroma and taste. Light crackery backbone.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A well done IPA, nice hop profile balanced with light malts. Nothing otherworldly, but certainly enjoyable and worth enjoying a glass or two.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Walgreens $5.99 for 22oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Golden color, fruity smell, smooth slightly fruity taste and not too bitter, medium mouthfeel, overall a great beer. Wasn't expecting much due to where I bought it and it was on sale, but was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Would drink again.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber, split

I dig breakside and they were out of Wanderlust on my only visit to the brewery so I was stoked to see their distribution hit Seattle and have this IPA wash up on our shores. Clear golden body - nice bubbly head. Very light on the eyes, and the palate - grassy, tangerine, bready malts. Nice and light, but underwhelming given my expectations - just prefer a more assertive hop profile I think.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$8.25 + deposit at the 8th Street Liquor Store in New Westminster.

A: Two inches of head, gold and crystal clear - like apple juice.

S: Very appealing fruity aroma. Melon, citrus, tropical fruit.

T: Nice and bitter. Maybe a little too bitter. Piney.

F: Crisp.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 22oz bomber at John's Market. They move a lot of Breakside, so this should be fresh enough.

Beer Advocate website says it is 6.60% abv.
Breakside website says 6.2% abv and 63 IBUs, but click on 'More Info' and it says it's 6.0% and 60 IBUs.
The label on bottle says 6.7% abv.
Hell's bells, brewing math isn't so tough !?

Pours a hazy straw, nice creamy head that lingers nicely. Rim of lacing.

Taste is mellow, a bit dry but gentle on the palate.

Solid brew, but I will stick to their IGA.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orangey-gold hue with minimal haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Darn attractive!

Smell: rather sweet malt aroma with piney, resiny and lemony hops. It's got a very Northwest feel to it.

Taste: sweet malt with plenty of citrusy, fruity and resiny hop flavor. Bitterness is quite high at the end; the overall flavor profile is pretty strong. It's good, but something about it doesn't completely suit my palate.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess for an IPA. I like it.

Overall: there's a lot of interesting flavor going on in this beer, but its sweetness and prickly bitterness don't mesh particularly well in my opinion. A more tropical (mango, pineapple) hop profile would bring this beer to a much higher level for me.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours clear light yellow with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some bready (slight crystal) malts with sweet tropical fruit and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits with a big resiny bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, nice tropical fruit, resiny IPA, a bit thin and watery though.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is grapefruit, pineapple and a bit of mango.
The taste is moderate pine and grapefruit bitterness, a little fruit sweetness for balance.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Really enjoyable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap art the brewery today.

A clear amber with a dense off white head with good retention and nice lacing, this is a solid looking IPA. The nose is loaded with hops with pine, oranges, citrus peel, mild tropical and floral notes. The palate is bright, fruity and moderately bitter with honey, orange peel, some grapefruit, and pine. The mid palate has a mild honey sweetened with a mild butteriness that's distracting. Solid stuff , nice flavors here.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $6.99. Orange, clear, nice fluffy head. Aroma is citrusy, hops, and more hops. Flavor was much the same, very nice Northwest Coast IPA and almost as good as their flagship.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Breakside Brewery 'Wanderlust IPA' @ 6.6% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.70
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to clear gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hoppy , floral
T-ok taste at the start , smooth & crisp , big bitterness on certain swallows
MF-decent carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-ok beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold draft pour with thin white head; little cap and lace; no retention. Bright citrus nose. Lemon and earthy hops, and a little catty. Earthy hop finish. Moderate carbonation and medium lite mouthfeel. Decent bitter hop linger with a little lemon.

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Photo of anarchia
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale, golden beer with lots of lacing and a large head that sticks around. Aroma is amazing: very fruity hops (lemon dominates, other citrus notes are grapefruit, oranges), not much pine but some grassy notes probably from the fresh hops? A little thin in the mouth, and I'd like a little more malt sweetness or character to go with this, but the hop flavor is exceptional. Underrated brewery IMO.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/5/14. 6.7% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky golden-yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a tasty mix of citrus and tropical hop qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw color with a large foamy head. Smell is all hops, mostly pine with a smidgeon of citrus. Tastes just like it smells, although there is a hair more grapefruit rind in the mouth, which is a good thing. Mouthfeel is a little thin, considering how resinous the beer seems otherwise, but it still fits the brew.

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Photo of Spikester
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazed gold with almost two fingers of light cream color head. Retention is better than average with good amount of lace.
Smell is grapefruit pineapple a bit of dankness a touch of yeast and biscuit malt.
Taste is pink grapefruit pine resin deep bitterness just shy of overload. Malts are there but shoved aside by the hop resin aspect. Alcohol is faintly tasted probably due to the light malts.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is barely enough. Finish is on the dry side of medium.
Overall a tasty pale IPA. Although the resin aspect could be helped with a touch more of the fruitier hops or a little more malt. Those who crave the bigger resinous flavors will love this beer.
There was not a lot of pop when the cap was pulled and no bottle date.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A light sweet fruity nose, some biscuit and tangerine. Super clean flavor with oranges, big grapefruit, pretty hefty but not distracting bitterness, some light resinous sweetness. But not super sweet. A big balance with earthy biscuit malts.

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Photo of jellikit
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: orange. Thin head. Light haze.

S: grapefruit.

T: citrus. Grapefruit. A small sweet note. Malty Bread. And...more grapefruit.

M: medium carbonation. Medium-big body.

O: good IPA. Big on bittering. Grapefruit dominates. Balanced well.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of citrus and tropical fruits—tangerines and mangos seem to stand out in particular.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very fruity for a beer that seems to be a little lighter in body compared to most IPAs. As such, it is very sessionable.

Serving type: growler

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Wanderlust from Breakside Brewery
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