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Breakside IPA | Breakside Brewery

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Breakside IPABreakside IPA
BA SCORE
4.16/5
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485 Ratings
Breakside IPABreakside IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
breakside.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by msubulldog25 on 03-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,657
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
485
pDev:
8.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
137
Trade:
3
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Reviews by StJamesGate:
Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Punch Bowl Social, Portland

Bright brass.
Simcoe nose: pine, cat, passionfruit.
Caramel and apricot, then dank, pineapple, and resin hops.
Light to medium, oily, chewy.

Gooey hop hit in a light body. Sticky and fun. Pale and round but blah.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mudbug
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
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 G_Z_a
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of ZekeMillz
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first try of this Portland brewery.Pours into an impy nonic a burnt orange infused medium golden with a large sticky white head that slowly settles leaving broken "globs" of lace behind.Sharp grapefruit rind sticks out most in the nose with tropical notes detected as well.Bright grapefruit flavors up front with quite a bitter edge,almost a spicy back end with light earthy tones,the malt base is dryer making for quite a bitter finish.This beer is for the bitter IPA lovers and I really like the bitter edge this has,well done.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Served on tap at the Breakside Brewpub.
Appearance cloudy clearly unfiltered. Citrus notes in the aroma.
Taste? Nothing refined about this beer. An attack on the senses. Grapefruit that sucks the cheeks into the mouth. As if they infused the beer with grapefruit rind.
Loved it.
Have to tick down a notch on mouthfeel though. Just doesn't linger well.
All in all a fun experience. I'm glad I had a chance to tic this one off.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Ravenz98
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvigue
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jcorn
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of aquazr1
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber served in a tulip. Pours a clear orange/golden color with a white head. There is some residual lacing. There was a blast of floral notes when opening the bottle. Floral and citrus notes abound. The taste is very well balanced with a slight amount of bitterness on the finish. An very good IPA.

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Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of boogerisu
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BurdockBoy
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
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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Photo of timontheroad
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brewer's Republic in CO Springs. Nice hazy gold/orange color, one finger head that faded after a bit to a thin film, but left nice lacing. Great aromas of pineapple, mango, and pine, with just a hint of a honey-like smell. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits in the flavors, with mango being prominent. The mouthfeel was thick and oily, really coating the tongue - outstanding. Overall, great beer, lots of good stuff going on here.

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Breakside IPA from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 485 ratings
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