Breakside Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #115
Ranked #2,491
4.17 | pDev: 8.39%
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
Notes: Beautifully clear India Pale Ale featuring the unique character of Citra and Chinook hops (...plus Columbus & Falconer's Flight). This light copper beer has huge citrus and tropical fruit aromas, with hints of perfume and pine. Flavors like apricot, guava, and orange hit the tongue accompanied by a mild evergreen note. There’s just enough caramel sweetness to balance the hop flavors, but this is really a showcase for the beautiful varieties of hops grown in the Northwest.

73 IBU
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clean floral and citrus wafts up from a frothy head over a golden pour. A rock-solid IPA, with dominating hop flavor without excessive bitterness or off - flavors. Very enjoyable sipping on a warm late spring afternoon outside on the patio. Warming slightly brings out added depth. Long finish, no flaws. Dry - no background sweetness.

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bilbobrewer from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer has some confusing background info....BA has it listed it here at 6.8% abv...which I think I do remember it being, back when I first had it in 2016.
But the Breakside website lists it as 6.2.% abv...which is not only quite a difference from the original, but it would almost put it into the "session IPA" category than a traditional, flagship west coast IPA offering.
And to add more confusion to this mix, I just found a shipment of it in Vancouver BC liquor stores (...which is definitely a first!). The label here says it's 6.4%abv .... !??.

So I'm not sure what's going on.....I do believe that the abv is probably in the low 6s, and will submit an edit for 6.2%, per the company. Also, changes to the notes, which have a slightly different hop bill and IBU.

So it sounds like the recipe has been changed quite a bit, which makes earlier reviews irrelevant, even misleading now.

Apr 25, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: A beautiful clear burnt orange on the pour with an aggressive head that swells and slowly recedes, leaving sticky lacing behind
Aroma: Mandarins, blueberries, grapefruit, fir needles, a little pine, papaya, sugar-coated strawberries, some Cannabis, and sweet bready malt
Taste: A smorgasbord of citrus and berries kick it off and joined by some nice light tropical fruit. Malt is present but lets the hops shine. Cannabis and conifer notes shine in the middle before citrus and tropical fruit close it out with a nice bite
Mouthfeel: Full, a little slick, medium-high carbonation, and some light but noticeable dryness on the finish
Overall: This is delicious stuff. Dang, I always thought I preferred Wanderlust to this but this is so tasty that I now think I need to do a side-by-side with them both. Awesome citrus/conifer/berries/dank hop notes along with a nice bready malt base, spot-on mouthfeel, and some dryness definitely make this a winner in my book. Highly recommended

Mar 15, 2021
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Dave1234 from Oregon

2.6/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

tldr; Low alcohol content overly bitter lacking true floral dry-hop feel

I drank it straight from the tall boy can from Costco.

I love me some dry-hopped beer, and 6.8% OH was also a selling point.

After drinking a few I really doubt the 6.8% claim is real, more like 5.8%

And it does not taste Dry-Hopped at all. It's more bitter than floral/aromatic.

I Usually like breakside but this was a disappointment :(

Dec 09, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle - bottled in July 2020.
Pours a gorgeous clear orange copper colour with finger + of creamy off white head.
Hoppy nose upfront - citrus, resinous pine, with note of caramel malt - tropical fruit - pineapple, mango in back.
Taste starts with slightly resinous pine, sweetness of caramel malt, quickly run over by hop bitterness with orange rind, pine; slightly dank with notes of mango, pineapple, papaya.
Crisp clean and smooth medium mouthfeel - sticky resinous piney bitterness then coats the palate and lingers nicely.
Old school and great.

Aug 19, 2020
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is a deeper amber colour..unusual for style and a small yet lasting thick and creamy white head. very strong and fresh hop aromas...resin and pine take the fore..some malts in the backing. Taste is mainly resiny hops mixed with caramel hops with a finishing stroke of grapefruit hop..tastes very fresh but i doubt that it is! Good refreshing well carbonated mouthfeel. Very nice drinkable IPA

May 24, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear orange amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades rather fast to leave tiny foam clouds floating onto of the brews surface.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is delicious. It is massive of tropical fruits of papaya, pineapple and mango and has a big showing of tangerine and a bit of melon. The sweeter fruit aromas also are backed by a little bit of cracker malt and a decent showing of some floral and herbal hop notes. Overall the aroma is sweet and inviting.
Taste – While I was expecting a very juicy and sweet taste upfront, I was surprised when I met, while moderately fruity of a tropical and tangerine natured in taste, a rather drier taste of a cracker malt with a nice crisp feel. The fruit actually complement the tastes rather well and with a lighter mix of pine, herbal and grassy flavors creates a very inviting taste. As the taste moves forward it gets more dank in nature as more flavors of herb and pine, and some notes of earthiness come to the tongue. At the very end the sweeter tropical fruit tastes seem to surge just a bit, and with the rest of the flavors leave one with a crisp and dank, but nicely lightly fruited taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather light and crisp with a carbonation level that is average. For the mix of crisp-dry malt, fruit, and dank hop the media is very nice and makes for a refreshingly dank, but yet so inviting, feel.
Overall – This is a damn good IPA. Crisp and clean, dank, refreshing, fruity and oh so flavorful. Well crafted!!!

Nov 27, 2019
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Jschwartz23 from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite IPAs from one of my favorite breweries. Truly a fantastic beer that is readily available for a fair price. I typically have this around and if I don’t I will likely be replacing it soon.

Apr 10, 2019
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Glimmering amber, clear, white head with a minutes retention before fading to a thin coat.
Barrels of fresh citrus and floral hops, sweet and juicy, orange and tangerine.
Beautiful balance stands out, crystal malt and citrus hops, with some spruce; bitterness is just right, not astringent, and malt is not too sweet; Goldilocks beer? medium carbonation, velvety mouthfeel, pretty much benchmark.

Weird to say, but it's like a perfect IPA without anything to interesting; if you want to benchmark the style, use this; "tastes like vinyl sounds" is a great description.

Jan 02, 2019
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed golden amber with a creamy white lasting head. Pillowy head leaves lacing sticking down the glass.

The smell is of citrus with some melon, pine and caramel.

The taste is of pine and citrus - hint of melon. A sweet kiss of caramel gives balance and smoothness. A touch of alcohol comes through. Spicy dryness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is chewy with a medium to full body. Smooth.

A great representation of a hop-forward (yet still enough balance) Pacific Northwest IPA. Very enjoyable!

Dec 26, 2018
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Jun-28-2018
(Consumed: Aug-8-2018. It still tasted fresh as a daisy too, god bless not-so-old-school IPAs.)

Pours a crystal clear copper-gold with a billowing dark tan head. Thick lovely lace and great retention. Lime zest, grapefruit and pine on the nose with big resinous bitterness in the flavor being more dominant but still with some fruitiness and a very light touch of caramel malt. Dry, crisp, bracing, drinkable. This is a great example of a solid West Coast IPA and was a joy to drink. It really reminded me why I love beers like these and also made me miss them since they seem less and less common these days.
Balanced, bitter, fresh-tasting. It was just what the doctor ordered and I'd gladly have it again. I'm actually bummed I didn't grab another.

Aug 17, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber
ABV: 6.2%

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a Trillium glass 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 pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Might buy others from this brewery.

May 20, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark golden with a slightly off white head. It has moderate retention to it. It is very clear.

Smell: It has a strong, classic grapefruit and citrus aroma. There is a bit of resinous character with piney elements and a slight grainy background.

Taste: The grapefruit, piney, resinous, and citrus flavors are strong and fairly well balanced. The is a bit of graininess well into the background with a slight bit of sweetness.

Feel: It has a medium body with moderate carbonation and moderate bitterness in the finish.

Overall, it is a very pleasant beer without some of the sharp edges that many unpolished IPA's have.

May 19, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of biscuit malts and hints of pine.
T: The taste has flavors of orange citrus with hints of tropical fruits and biscuit malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a good balance between the hops and malts in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

May 04, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased in Boise. Decent all around IPA ,pours with high fluffy head, palatable hops and bitterness. Short finish, kind of average for the NW.

Feb 27, 2018
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sjrider from California

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap - poured a light copper color with minimal head and lacing. Nose was mild hop and citrus/pine . Easy drinker and quite balanced. Would definitely drink again.

Feb 10, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber bottled 1/10/18, consumed 2/2/18.

Poured clear copper with a very small head that left decent lacing.

Aroma is pretty light - malt, citrus, and a little pine.

Taste is a very nice balance of zesty citrus with smooth malt, pine and a little earthiness at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium, good carbonation, solid but not overbearing bitterness with a clean dry finish.

Overall a very pleasant IPA, keeps my mind open to exploring more of what the NorthWest has to offer.

Feb 03, 2018
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at Ryan and Caseys in Greenfield. The beer has a copper appearance with some lacing on the sides and not much retention. Light pine aromas mixed with even lighter citrus smells like oranges. Bitter with some good citrus fruit and malt balance. Mouthfeel is pretty good; drinkable with decent carbonation. Overall, not a bad IPA.

Jan 01, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes in a hazy, almost opaque dark amber-orange color. Topped by a big creamy, tight off white head with near perfect retention, leaving sheets of lacing.
The aroma is very bright zesty orange peel, sweet caramel malt, dried mango and apricot, and pine needles.
The palate follows with bittersweet orange peel upfront, leading to a heavy caramel malt backbone. Dried apricot and mango dance around. Leans heavily on the malt sweetness until pine and spice comes in the finish, providing a medium-minus bitterness that counteracts the malt. Finishes mildly dry, with only a momentary lingering of orange peel and evergreen pine.
The texture is medium-full bodied, smooth, well-rounded, bready; moderately carbonated, moderately sweet throughout with a mildly dry finish. Sticky oils coat the mouth.
Overall, a solid IPA. The aroma is great. It leans a little too sweet on the palate for my tastes, but overall it's a solid IPA.

Nov 14, 2017
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pine with citrus aroma. Amber, slightly hazy, with off-white creamy head. Lots of sticky, stringy lacing. Good malt body. Bitter pine hit on the initial taste, piney & citrus hops flavor throughout, with a quite bitter finish, lingering into an aftertaste. Excellent example of the bitter hops of a west coast IPA.

Nov 13, 2017
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atigerlife from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with a 2 finger slightly off white creamy head. Decent retention.

Aroma of grapefruit, honey, grassy.

Taste is grapefruit, malt, sweetness. Nothing too distinct.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a decent beer but not particularly inspiring.

Oct 23, 2017
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elNopalero from California

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Their flagship IPA. And my only option at the brewpub as they were out of everything else. Gotta say this hits all the right notes. Nice spackling of caramel malts and a piney bitterness, touch of citrusy orange.

Oct 04, 2017
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hreb from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seek & Enjoy. Breakside India Pale Ale. Splendiferous North West Hops. Tastes Like Vinyl Sounds. Alc 6.2% by vol.

22oz served in a can glass. Mid amber in color, lightly hazed, tons of off-white head is formed. Great floral and pine aroma. Really, it's exceptional -- not overpowering, and not particularly fruity or juicy -- but very delicious. Flavor is pine-forward with moderate bitterness balanced out with biscuitty malt, and considerably more pineapple / guava flavor in the mouth than in the nose. Ok, maybe this is a tropical IPA after all -- it just doesn't smell like it. And the grain bill is fantastically executed. It provides flavors that stand alone and are interesting, rather than simply providing a blank slate for the hops. It brings much needed sweetness, but doesn't resort to the conventional trick of bringing caramel flavor to counteract the IBUs.

I will definitely be repeating this purchase.

Sep 09, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, I can find no bottling date/freshness info

Pours quite hazy dark orangey amber, fine and quality looking eggshell lacing, film and thinner collar.

Grapefruit and hop resin/pine on the nose.

Fresh tasting citrus infused brew on the palate, with more hop resin coming thru....very tasty brew, well worth a try.

Aug 31, 2017
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

Pours about two fingers of head into my willi glass. The head is just barely off white. The body is a very dark orange, almost copper color. Visibility is medium. This looks like the most carbonated beer I’ve ever seen, so many bubbles. Head retention is flawless after a few minutes, I haven’t lost even a centimeter here. Overall very nice looking so far.

The nose is a tad sweet, malts are slightly on the darker, heavier end. Dank hops are pretty forward, piney, maybe a tad spicy. A little bit fruity, mango, papaya, melon. Fruitiness is earing on sticky, jam-like, the slightly sweet malt is probably contributing to that. Overall this is very nice, a tad sweeter smelling than I like, but only barely.

The flavor is fine, but noticeably character in the flavor than aroma, a little watery. That slight malt sweetness is the first thing I notice. Moderately bitter from middle to end, but again, way less than the on the aroma. Bitterness and hop profile are relatively boring and characterless. A tiny bit of fruit might be hiding in here, but it’s really not noticeable. None of the flavors dominate too much, so it is pretty balanced. While balanced, the flavor is similar to the smell, in that the sweetness, while small, is just a little too much for me in an IPA. I wonder if this is slightly past it’s prime, no bottle date though, so who knows!! Always print your bottles people! Anyways, overall this is fine, but it’s really lacking umph and flavor.

Carbonation is a deceiving as always – the carbonation here is definitely on the lower end, not flat or anything though. The body is about average. Hops have a small bite. Overall not a bad mouth, but the carbonation leaves a little to be desired.

Drinkability is good, it’s well balanced, and the sweetness is not a big factor. It’s in no way a bad beer, it’s tasty.

The appearance turned out as good as I thought it would. The initial head retention was just astounding, I’ve never seen anything like it on a non-nitro beer. Eventually the head started to dissipate, but it maintained a good lump of foam on top of the body the whole way down. Lacing was nice and thick from top to bottom. Amazing looking beer.

Overall this is a fine beer, but it’s just not contending with the big hitters in my opinion. It’s got all the key components, there just isn’t enough flavor.

Aug 07, 2017
IPA from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 556 ratings