Breakside Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #108
Ranked #2,311
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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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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G_Z_a from Oregon

3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the Brewpub. Was a little surprised when it won the Gold Medal. It's fairly well balanced, but a little too much on the dry/piney/bitter side for me. Wasn't a go to IPA for me before and probably still isn't, but is a good representation of the style.

Feb 12, 2015
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber for $5.99. I only heard about this beer due to its recent GABF gold medal and I was skeptical. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Nice orange color, good head. Aroma was fruity, piney, hoppy. The flavor was seriously hoppy, grapefruit, citrus, touch of hop cones mixed with pine cones. I think I have returned for three or four more bottles since the first one, great IPA.

Nov 23, 2014
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mudbug from Oregon

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

From the NON FRESHNESS DATED bomber into a Sam Smith's perfect pint glass results in a very clear orange body capped by a tawny one inch fluffy head that slowly recedes into a cap of sticky foam,
Aroma is pungent grapefruit, pineapple and pine. Assertive and mouth watering. Reminds me of Pliny the Elder but more tropical.
Taste is superb, pine resin and grapefruit rind play a game with the barely discernible sweetness of the malts, the aroma pulls this one into the pineapple territory. Just magnificent.
Medium bodied, certainly something you wouldn't want to drink a ton of in one setting but memorable for the intensity.
Overall a stellar IPA that hits a lot of good points. Too bad they can't put a date on the bottle.

Aug 03, 2016
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a moderately hazy burnt yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light spider web stringy lacing slides into the beer.
The smell started off with some tropical fruit and brings in a nice amount of bitter piney-ness.
The taste moderates between the sweet part of the tropical fruit to the bitterness of the pine, doesn't seem like it necessarily connects but isn't a bad thing.
The mouthfeel takes the harshness from the bitter pine and slides into a light to medium sort of body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good for the style and for me.
Overall, it has all of the makings of what could possibly be an exceptional AIPA but if that smell could just come together. Wish I knew how old the bottle is.

Nov 03, 2015
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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
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ZekeMillz from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The gold medal winner within staggering distance of my house? Truly a blessing and a curse. This is the real deal. I have yet to try I beer from Breakside that I don't like, but this is definitely their best.

Dec 31, 2014
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chebode2 from Germany

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Feb 15, 2014
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a top notch IPA. Pours a deep orange/copper with a generous white head. The hop notes waft onto your palate with a good blend of pine and tropical fruit.

The big oily hops take the stage here whilst a sweet backend provides balance. Overripe mango and nectarine notes come through also. A smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel helps the 6.8% go down a treat.

My friends had this on tap at their wedding (just outside of Portland) and it was quite the favorite with all the guests. An outstanding beer that would be a hit in any state.

Jul 22, 2015
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rkinney from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

May 23, 2014
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Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 01, 2017
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Brown120 from Pennsylvania

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

May 20, 2016
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rarigney from Washington

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

22 ounce bottle purchased from Tavour in Seattle, poured into a pint glass. Very enjoyable IPA. Maybe my favorite of any that I've tried from the Pacific Northwest.

Jan 09, 2016
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schopenhauerale from Arizona

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Sep 21, 2014
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DKMII from Montana

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 17, 2015
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Bearman13 from Texas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Mar 09, 2014
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Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 17, 2016
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Bluecane from New York

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

May 22, 2013
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mecmd from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Aug 07, 2014
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D_Min from Canada

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

Mar 08, 2015
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BEER88 from Washington

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

Oct 15, 2019
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williamjbauer from Colorado

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

Sep 07, 2015
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JDoHo from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 14, 2017
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switzer from Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.1%

May 24, 2013
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pianoguy from Washington

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.

Jul 23, 2017
IPA from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 550 ratings