Rainbows And Unicorns
Breakside Brewery

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #2,592
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,168
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 8.95%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
68
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Breakside Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Summer
Wants
  1
Gots
  8
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brief initial impression from a 12 fl oz brown glass bottle:

"India Pale Ale." No ABV indicated on the label (nor any hop varietals). Their website calls it a "session IPA" and puts the ABV at 5.1% ABV. 30 IBUs.

Hops: Comet, El Dorado, Galaxy
Malts: Light Crystal, Two Row

The passionfruit, slightly oniony, floral, and lemony hop profile isn't bad but it does leave something to be desired in the most oversaturated style/category in existence...I mean, I'd sooner drink Elysian's Space Dust, Ballast Point's Sculpin, Lagunitas' IPA, or the like (all of which are widely distributed in the U.S.A. and with the possible exception of Sculpin run cheaper than this does).

Drinkable but a bit of a shrug given the wealth of great IPAs out there.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good - a very "juicy" near-session IPA.
Pours a white foam that has average retention, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is complex patterns and medium-sized blotches on all sides of the glass. Body is a golden yellow-orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange-yellow hues (SRM 4-5). Transparent.
Aroma is sweet and fruity (orange, peach, mango, assorted other mixed tropical fruits), slightly "dank," a hint of mustiness.
Flavor is lightly spicy, tropical fruit, juicy peach, and sweet pale maltiness mixed with light-colored caramel malt, medium to medium-light bitterness. Front: earthy/soil mixed with sweet and fruity hops (orange, peach, mango, assorted other tropical fruits), moderate hop spice, light sweetness as from light-colored caramel and base malts. Mid: continued fruity hops with some light sweetness and moderate hop spice. Back: moderate spiciness, light bitterness, more subdued fruit (grapefruit, tropical fruits), hints of sweetness in the background. After: medium lingering hop bitterness and spiciness, fruity hop characters (mango, peach, orange, assorted other tropical fruits), slight sweetness from light-colored caramel malt and base malt.
Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mostly foamy, slightly smooth mouthfeel (2.4-2.5 vol CO2). Closes dry, with surprisingly heavy stickiness on the palate and lips.
Bottled on 3/24/2020 (B+, B, B, B/B+, B)

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Grunt fill from Albertsons. Medium golden, hazy, small skin of head. Soft hoppy aroma, floral notes, malts. Taste brings the hops up front, but not too powerful, more like a pale. Malt backbone shines through. More like a kiss on the cheek than a punch in the mouth.

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stevoj from Idaho, Feb 09, 2020
Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First - awesome label!
22 oz bomber split 2 ways.
Pours a near clear yellow/pale golden with finger of white head.
Aroma initially a touch of pine, but as head fades strongly pineapple, notes of melon, stone fruit.
Taste citrus, pineapple, peach - sweet fruity malt - pleasant mild bitterness balances the tropical sweetness.
Medium bodied - frankly fuller than expected at 5.1% ABV - with a refreshingly bittersweet finish - crushable outstanding “session” (5.1%!!) IPA.
(Note Breakside site says 5.1% 30 IBU listed here at 4.7% - honestly could not find on label). I think this beer suffers in ratings by the bias towards higher ABV beers - this beer is great and does what it was intended at 5.1%.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Dec 22, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy peach gold with three fingers of frothy white head that leaves some pleasant looking lace on the glass.

Smell - citrus and tropical hops, peach, apricot, orange peel, hint of pineapple, bready malts, and earthy yeast.

Taste - mild citrus and tropical hops. The peach, apricot, orange peel, and hint of pineapple follow suit. The bready malts and earthy yeast finish off the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Finishes slightly sticky with the mild hops lingering.

Overall - An IPA that has a great aroma. I just wish there was more tropical notes and more zing from the hops. Otherwise, a sessionable brew.

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leaddog from Alberta (Canada), Sep 08, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a session type ipa from these guys, lightly cloudy, very heady from the tap, light in body and fizzy in feel, well drinkable, but not as flavorful or interesting as i have come to expect from breakside, especially in the hoppy styles, where the beer is usually not just super well made, but often quite dynamic and unique. its hard to tell which hops are in here, because they seem a little muted, maybe the beer wasnt fully fresh, but thats never the case at the establishment where i had this, so that seems unlikely. i get subtle peach, mango, and citrus zest, also some nice light and dry cereal malts, but the hops have a short window where they taste like much, and kind of die on the finish, not like in a super dry beer where they just disappear, but here they kind of linger as ghosts of their full potential. im making it sound bad, but its not, its just not as vibrantly hoppy as i thought it would be. i guess the nose is a little more punchy than the taste, and there is a little bit of a fruity linger. there is also excellent carbonation here and a very light body that never feels watery, the texture is nice. this isnt bad at all, it just seems a little generic to me. summery and clean though...

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Photo of jwc215
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle:

Pours straw yellow. A thin white head becomes a thin island. Some spots of lacing stick.

The smell is of light citric and tropical notes with a hint of pine.

The taste is of citric and tropical notes with a light touch of pine. Very light malt.

It is a bit watery, but not much more than typical for a "session" IPA. A refreshing touch to the feel.

Reviewed/scored as a "session" IPA. For what it is it is nice. Nice hop touch, light malt - enough to hold it together. Modest abv. A solid hoppy but not too bitter, summer "session".

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jwc215 from Arizona, Jul 13, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - solid session NEIPA murk here; good lacing, good head for its low ABV
S - delightful prickly citrus, tiny dankster whiff.
T - where the ABV gives up the ghost; still tasty, just a tad thin. But again for the weight, very nice.
F - good carb, lively, stays on the tongue. Delicious. Very drinkable (over and over).
O - well done, Breakside, hard to impress with a session but this does very nicely.

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eppCOS from Colorado, Jun 22, 2019
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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle, no date stamp to be found. (I might be worried since the bottle shop had some things with >1 year old dates...)

It smells pretty fresh though, with citrus zesty hops and grainy malts. Some stone fruit and lemon rind character also come through in the taste, along with a doughy cracker malt base.
Feels light but not too thin, though a bit over carbonated for my preference.

Overall, a pretty good sessionable IPA. It's not bursting with flavor but it's nice and easy drinking.

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mike22ne from Massachusetts, Sep 06, 2018
Photo of NickSMpls
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hazy NWIPA, sessionable at 4.7%. The beer has a light gold pour, good head, nice aroma of peach and passion fruit. Expected a bit of sweetness, but it comes up well-balanced, even a bit on the dry side. Not very complex for taste and mouthfeel, however that's a small criticism of a well made ale. Good and refreshing on a warm August evening, without leaving you loggy from a hefty ABV.

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NickSMpls from Washington, Aug 19, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rocket Dog Brats & Beer

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and laces nicely.

S: Bright citrus, tropical and stone fruit, a little melon, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Zesty citrus, grapefruit and lemon, tropical fruit, pineapple, passion fruit, even hints of watermelon, stone fruit, apricot and plum, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Crisp and refreshing on a hot day. Nice Session IPA.

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RyanK252 from California, Aug 16, 2018
Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - sure, I pick the session ale to have on my birthday.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent broken webbed lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, further indistinct tropical fruity notes, and some plain leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, some orange, white grapefruit, and lemon citrus peel, a still hard to parse exotic fruitiness, some damp minerality, and more understated earthy, weedy, and resinous piney hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, with nothing really causing any sort of commotion at this particular juncture. It finishes trending dry, the hops edging out the fading malt for lingering dominance.

Overall - this is an enjoyable enough version of the IPA sub-style (it's listed by the local importer at 7% ABV, but after having it, there's no way that's true, and plus, importers - they would be descendants of Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B, amirite)?

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Jul 23, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Revisit: 19 Aug 19
22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orangey color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is nice, hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew. A nice thirst quencher.

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orangey color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creay one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is nice, hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew. A nice thirst quencher.

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Wasatch from Colorado, Jul 08, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delightful aroma evident as soon as the bottle top popped. But, the love affair ended there. It’s good, but nothing that interesting. Felt a bit thin, but good lacing. June 2018. Portland, OR. Plaid Pantry

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CraftBeerRunner from California, Jun 28, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fruity tropical aroma, pours golden, with a small head and some nice lacing remains, front is tropical, feels a little more carbonated than i was expecting, a very light hoppiness, no piney taste, more mellow fruit, getting grapefruit mango in the middle, aftertaste is delightful. very refreshing.

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OnsideDragon from Washington, Jun 27, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hugely aromatic, the scent of fermenting pineapple greets the nose. body is very light but crisp and spritzy on the tongue. Color is golden yellow with a wispy cap of foam. Lovely fizzy, melt-in-your-mouth texture enlivened with mango and a whiff of pine. Light on the malt with pleasingly mellow.

This is what I would call a really excellent Pale Ale. Hard bitten IPA fans might be disappointed, but it's hugely quaffable and kissed with hops. This year's version is brewed with Galaxy and Eldorado and is rated at 5.1% ABV. There is just a modest bitter aftertaste. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market in Shoreline, Wash.

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mactrail from Washington, Jun 03, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Gold to bronze. Light head. Not hazy, but not bright.
S: It smells of honey and sugars, with an almost imperceptible hops aroma.
T: Very sweet and malty, which overpowers the hops. The hops taste more of pine that citrus. A bitter, if and somewhat peppery aftertaste.
F: Nice mouth feel, very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.
O: I would never hesitate to order this (despite the name), and it is quite unique for an American IPA.

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StraightCs from New York, Aug 24, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the growler into an imperial pint glass. Body is light straw-yellow with a small whitish head.

S: Oddly and surprisingly sweet - bready malt comes to mind.

T: Sweet malt foundation is followed by modestly lemony hops.

M: A little slick. Call it light-to-medium in heft.

O: OK. Not impressed.

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Kendo from New York, Jul 16, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold color with a light haze. Small but lasting head. Ample streaks and spots for lace.

Tropical hop aroma. Decent malt presence.

Definitive pale malt start that dominates until the swallow where the white pepper like hop takes over. The bitterness is the predominant flavor of the aftertaste. The body is predictable as is the carbonation.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Jun 11, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I got the first one because of the name. I got the next 3 because I liked it. If you are looking to suck the sap out of Spruce Tree, this may not be your IPA, but if you want something a little lighter, juicier, and just plain drinkable, this is a great beer. I want this while sitting outside in a summer breeze, gazing upon the unicorns and sasquatch that frequent my mind.

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NotAnIPAFan from Pennsylvania, Apr 29, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at IBU last night.

A clear light orange with a dense, white head, this looks solid. The nose is quite excellent and refreshing. Bright and fruity with plenty of citrus and some tropical fruit, I get a combination of mandarins, peaches, mango and some grapefruit. Malt character is minimal. On the palate, there is a mild hop bitterness and plenty of hop flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thin and mineraly, especially from the carbonation. Drying and mildly chalky on the finish, there's a moderate hop flavor present. Light in body and refreshing, this is solid stuff.

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Photo of Bitter_Better
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rice flakes in a sweet summer session IPA! Rates @ 4.7% ABV & 30 IBUs.

Pours a rich honey w/ an exquisite fine & creamy head. Fresh lacing looks like a mural in the glass. Aroma is sweet cereal & subdued mango/hop underneath. Tastes nearly exactly like the nose, hops are merely a whisper in the middle but manage to linger well for such a light offering.

This is brilliant beer. Really pleased the rice works well to give the beer such a rich head & creamy feel, while lending a light sweet malt character. Instantly my favorite session-able IPA! Not shocked in the least that Breakside's innovation & execution are superlative.

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 68 ratings