Breakside Brewery

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American IPA
Ranked #106
Ranked #2,302
4.17 | pDev: 8.15%
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
Notes: Breakside’s most popular offering is this beautifully clear India Pale Ale featuring the unique character of Citra and Chinook hops. 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 here in the Northwest. Like all Breakside beers, this has a notably dry finish and, in true IPA form, a restrained but persistent bitterness. It’s one of the most drinkable IPAs around!

70 IBU
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Photo of Reidrover
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

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Reidrover from Oregon, May 24, 2020
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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!!!

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Photo of Jschwartz23
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.

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Photo of BGDrock
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.

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BGDrock from Ontario (Canada), Jan 02, 2019
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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!

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jwc215 from Arizona, Dec 26, 2018
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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.

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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), Aug 17, 2018
Photo of Wasatch
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.

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Wasatch from Colorado, May 20, 2018
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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.

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hman43 from North Carolina, May 19, 2018
Photo of metter98
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

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metter98 from New York, May 04, 2018
Photo of stevoj
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.

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stevoj from Idaho, Feb 27, 2018
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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.

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sjrider from California, Feb 10, 2018
Photo of BayAreaJoe
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.

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BayAreaJoe from California, Feb 03, 2018
Photo of fitzy84
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.

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fitzy84 from Massachusetts, Jan 01, 2018
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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.

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Photo of MNAle
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.

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MNAle from Minnesota, Nov 13, 2017
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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.

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Photo of elNopalero
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.

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Photo of hreb
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.

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hreb from Washington, Sep 09, 2017
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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.

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Billolick from New York, Aug 31, 2017
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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.

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

Fresh bottle from New Seasons.

A clear light copper with a dense, offwhite head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is wonderfully hoppy, bright, mildly pine like, dank, moderately weed like with done citrus peel. Malt character is minimal. The palate opens bitter with a delightful pine and dank weed bitterness, clean, pungent, resiny and mildly earthy. The mid palate has flavor of fruit and a touch of bready sweetness, a little caramel dough like. Drying, bitter and clean on the finish, this beer is excellent. A near perfect interpretation of the NW IPA style.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle . No bottling info

Pours a not quite clear copper body with a very slightly off white head. Decent retention and lacing.

I'm getting a lot of pine at first smell. Followed by a grapefruit citrus. I think I'm getting a little sweet malt too. Overall scent was somewhat prominent.

Taste has the grapefruit out front with a little sweet malt. Great red grapefruit bitterness.. Very dry aftertaste. Nice taste overall, but the over the top dry aftertaste isn't quite working for me...

Nice medium feel. Carbonation seemed just right.

Overall; A decent northwest IPA.
....So why do I feel slightly disappointed by this beer ? I've been drinking Breakside's Wanderlust IPA for a couple of years now. It was the only IPA they sold out of state and It's an amazing beer (IMO). I reviewed it the first time I drank it and I gave it a bunch fives because, Well it's that good (again IMO). This beer was good but not like that. Guess Wanderlust just works for me and I will stick with Breakside's Wanderlust IPA in the future.

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pianoguy from Washington, Jul 23, 2017
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice looking slightly hazy to semi - transparent bronzed brown to burnt orange color. The head was just a film of white foaminess just lightly gracing the top of the glass nicely. The smell had a dry to sweet pine to grapefruit-esque sort of underspiced slight pepper. Mmmmm. ..really nice. The taste was basically a dry sort of sweet citrus to underlying pine. A light dry citrus aftertaste accompanies a quick sweet sticky citrus/pine finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation sat nice for the style and for me. Overall, I say this was an extremely nice AIPA.

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Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Pours with a clear, light golden body topped by a good off-white head that has very good retention.

Feel: medium-light body with soft, medium carbonation. A tiny bit rough.

Aroma: fruity and dank hops; tropical fruits.

Flavor: Dank and fruity with hints of citrus, pineapple and guava.

Overall: an fine IPA but a touch inferior to the less dank Dayslayer (Stone/Maine) that preceded it.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Apr 26, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bottle picked up in Denver, Feb'2017

L - Bronze/copper with 1 finger of head and some lacing left on the glass and top of brew. No clarity.

S - Dank hops, with a ton of citrus aromas. Grapefruit, tangerines.

T - Tasty! Orange and grapefruit hits right away. Nice malt backbone character. Well balanced. Very enjoyable

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - A great IPA. Enjoyed it!

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BeerDawgs from Georgia, Mar 03, 2017
IPA from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 549 ratings