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Breakside IPA | Breakside Brewery

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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
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
433
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
20.72%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
122
For Trade:
3
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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 10/11/16

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and slightly rusted orange in color with a sandstone colored, near finger width head. Decent retention before dissipating to a thin, consistent layer of suds. Fair lacing, mostly made up with broken lines and spotting.

Smell - Hoppy, fruity aroma hitting on orange, grapefruit, passionfruit and a hint of mango. Faint pine and spice. White bread

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange and grapefruit upfront, with lesser pine and spice. Tropical notes (mango/guava) hit mid-taste. Generic, white bread malty sweetness that lingers well beneath. Finishes with citrus pith bitterness and

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, slightly bitey carbonation. Slick texture with a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good IPA, but the lack of a sturdy malt backbone makes this one I just can't find the love for. The brewer's notes mention caramel malt, but I'm not getting any. It's something I think this beer could, and probably should, have much more of.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: a kind of murky, burnt orange color but there is definitely clarity to it.

Aroma: aroma matches the taste to me, some tropical fruit flavors and some citrus notes as well.

Taste: Mild bitterness up front, citrus and tropical fruit flavors follow, the bitterness lingers for a while but not overpowering.

Feel: medium body for an IPA.

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Photo of SamQ
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Widely available in the Pacific North-West, Breakside provides a great, delicious IPA. Highly recommend it if you're in the Portland area or happen to stumble upon it in your travels.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle

Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a fair pace, a little lacing, murky tangerine orange color.

Nose explodes with citrus fruit, tangerine, juicy orange, grapefruit, a little pith, tropical notes with a little mango, touch lemon, little earthy herbal hop late, and sweet malt.

Taste brings earthy spicy hop out front with a little sweet reddish malt, candy malt notes, then citrus, orange zest and tangerine juice, little grapefruit, little spicy rind, little generic fruit, no tropical though. Finish mostly dry a little sweet reddish malt, big rind citrus adds little grapefruit pith, fair bitterness and spicy hop, little chewy hop like chewing on hop pellets.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little gritty.

Overall not bad, started nice but then faded, hops are a mix of nice and meh, malts are a little too prevalent imo, but still a decent beer.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great rich dark orange copper color but low sticky white head draws a few points on appearance. Bright citrus floral nose with orange rind playing a big role. The taste as well hits the bright fresh green chlorophyll note with orange peel again, but is also rounded out with a mild sweetness if dark amber syrup and a malty cedar bark note. The earth tones balance nicely with the bright hop acidity, but this beer still finishes a little on the dry bitter side. Overall this is an excellent NW style IPA. Bright and citrusy and clean and really shows off the character of the hops.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear dark orange, with a small head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Damn this smells nice! Lots of clean and potent pine needles, grapefruit zest, lemon rind, and crackery malt.

This is one of the best flagship IPAs that I've had. It's wonderfully dry and bitter, with a dry crackery malt backbone. Upon rid backbone is laid the perfect amount of piney and grassy bitterness, grapefruit and lemon rind, and a hint of the green stuff. It's all layered together super nice- absolutely wonderfully constructed.

This has a very crisp mouthfeel- and its incredibly drinkable.

Where has this brewery been my whole life? Exemplary West Coast style banger here.

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Photo of mudbug
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breakside Brewery 'India Pale Ale' @ 6.8% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $9
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a dark gold in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hoppy
T-hoppy & not as big as India Golden Ale
MF-ok carbonation , big medium body
Ov-good PNW IPA & beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of barsonthetrak
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gorgeous bronze pour with a gnarly head that lasts. Aroma not super apparent but taste is solid and unquestionably hoppy. Aftertaste a bit resinous for me but still a super solid West Coast IPA that gets the job done.

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Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light amber color. Good starting head but it settles soon after the pour. It does leave streaky lace.

Fresh, grapefruit laden hop smell.

This is a hop forward beer. Even the initial sip is bitter. The light toasted malt is in the background. This is borderline extreme with a long, dry aftertaste.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is deep amber/orange in color. Orange-cream head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is amazing - tropical fruit, light citrus, and caramel malt. Also some floral notes. The taste is dank and hop forward. Grapefruit, pine, and a hint of cat urine. Very juicy and resinous. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This smells dynamite. About 2 months old. Attenuated. Pineapple, mango, papaya and pine. Very balanced. Super delicious. Light and crisp, but very flavorful. Sweetness and bitterness work together. Some dankness. This came out of nowhere. So good.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of Breakside IPA in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright gold color, a bit of chill haze, with a modest but thick white head.

Smell is very strong with a lot of citrus aroma.

Taste is also very citrus like. Lemon and grapefruit tend to dominate the subtle malt presence.

Mouthfeel is very crisp but slightly cloying.

Overall a very nice IPA.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A golden orange beer that pours a three finger, eggshell colored head. Leaves moderate lacing. Has lively carbonation.

On the smell, upfront I get notes of mild pine resin. There's a slight custard note from the malt. Everything comes together and starts to play with the perfumey aromas of tropical citrus , predominantly grapefruit and guava.

The taste is exceptionally balanced. You get these tasty, vague little whispers of bitter pine resin upfront. Like the brewery claims, the bitterness is "restrained, yet persistent" which I would say is very accurate.

Things start to get sweeter mid-palate as the malt bill comes into play, revealing slight notes of vanilla, caramel and honey. Juicy and resinous tropical hops which have flavors akin to fruits like mango, orange and papaya provide contrast to the malt and a bittersweet finish. Has a grassy, pauperie like aftertaste.

An easy drinker. Medium body and feel with high carbonation. Low alcohol presence. Not overtly sweet, resinous, watery or dry. Thirst quenching.

Overall: A very clean drinking and balanced IPA that doesn't try to hold the fact that it's hoppy over your head for the entire drinking experience. In a market seemingly dominated by brewer's ceaseless creations and attempts to "out hop" each other - this is a much needed breath of fresh air.

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Photo of spoony
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (no date, but I assume its relatively fresh) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated March 24, 2016.

A-A normal pour produces two fingers of dense, sticky, shiny, off-white head. The beer is almost clear and still in the glass. Color is orange gold. A nice example of the style.

S-The aroma is pungent with floral notes, earthy pine, a bit of citrus zest, and light hints of melon and guava. A little sweetness lurks beneath all the hops, but this is not a malty IPA. It isn't unbalanced, but hops pretty much dominate.

T-The taste is sharper and more bitter. Flavors are pretty similar to the smell with vague floral notes, some pine, some lime-like citrus flavors, and light hints of melon and tropical fruit. Those tropical notes are easily detected on the finish. Malts are lightly sweet and suggest honey.

M-The body is lighter than average for the style making this beer an easy drinker. Carbonation is sharp and fine.

O-This is very solid example of a west coast IPA. Nothing really jumps out here, but the beer is well-made, smells nice, tastes good, and drinks easily. This would be a good everyday drinker if I could buy it six packs for a reasonable price.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a modest foam in the Kasteel chalice. Pleasant honeydew melon fragrance. Sharp mouthfeel with some astringency. Light body and resiny finish. The aftertaste gets bitter after some sipping. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market, Shoreline, Wash.

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Photo of Jw383
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly the most well balanced IPA I have ever had when it's fresh. If you can get it on tap at the brew house in Portland it just may be the best execution of an IPA you will ever have!

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Photo of thorkelson
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Copper/straw appearance. Slight haze. Beautiful. Minimal head, served to me in a shaker pint.
Can taste the citra, chinook adds a nice spice and earth to the end of the experience. My last beer in pdx. Absolutely loved this one.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 9-3-16

A tiny suspended particles in a golden copper body, just a few streams of bubbles but they produce a two finger foam that has some staying power and leaves several partial ringe

S sweet orange, mango, pineapple, maybe some papaya, grapefruit and lemon, lots of tropical notes with this one, some spruce and a hint of brown sugar give it some balance, smells great

T more rind then sweet tropical flesh, piney compared to the nose, some sweet malt, tastes solid but the nose has a slight edge

M lighter side of medium, nice bitter bite, some grit on the palate but slightly sticky on the lips, like chewing on pine needles and lemon rind on the finish

O I've already taken down half the bomber at this point so that says something, A great IPA from start to finish I have no complaints

One of the better IPA's I've had in recent memory for sure, 10$ for a 6.4% bomber isn't cheap but I'm sure I'll get to this one again soon. Yet another little gem on the shelf in Alberta, I'm surprised I've never heard of this one cause its a winner.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - a strangely enticing bit of late-summer label imagery staring me in the face right about now.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random splotchy snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy and biscuity caramel malt, white grapefruit and blood orange citrus, indistinct but heady melon fruit notes, a bit of that hard water Northeast Coast flintiness, some subtle earthy yeastiness, and further leafy, grassy, and piney hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, still prominent but mixed domestic citrus bitters, a consistent Vermont-friendly chalkiness, muddled tropical fruit, ethereal earthy yeast, and more piney, leafy, and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its plainly workaday frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and more or less smooth, if you're willing to forgo any bias against hops being a game-killer here, as such. It finishes trending dry, all citrusy and piney hops this, and biscuity malt that - yeah.

Well, I've had a few of this brewery's offerings via different border-crossing vectors (thanks, IronDjinn) in the last year or so, and none have resonated as much as this one has for its style (that's not a knock on the others, FWIW) - big and brassy and hoppy in a varied manner - man, I could drink this mo-fo all day long, given a locally-priced chance!

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Photo of Nachojon
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good beer here. Lot of hype around this one in Portland and I have to say, quality. Great looking beer with a nice yellow mango color. Good citrusy aroma. Clean crisp flavor and a nice finish.

Will try again, especially on tap.

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Photo of K_STAR
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring draft in Colorado. Smells super fresh! Nice apricot and tangerine aroma. Bitterness balanced well with medium malt profile. Medium body. Overall a great IPA, hits the spot!

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Photo of rarigney
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of thezach
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Bone white head with medium retention that settles into a winding lace that sticks to the sides, very clear deep golden-orange hue.
S: Smells aggressively catty initially, very pungent and sharp, but undertones of light alcohol, mod-light caramel malts, and high tropical, herbal, and piney hop aromas take the foreground as the beer warms and opens up. No DMS or diacetyl.
T: Mild catty notes, very pungent hops and sharp; undertones of light alcohol, mod-light caramel malts, light sweet flavor well-balanced wonderfully with the bitterness; clean bitterness. High tropical, herbal, and piney hop aromas take the foreground as the beer warms and opens up. No DMS or diacetyl. No alcohol heat.
Mouthfeel: Smooth as butter (without the taste), moderate carbonation prickles and picks out the flavors.
O: This is an excellent beer. The catty character (citra?) is much for me, but as that aroma blows off and the beer warms it really opens up to showcase a number of flavors from the simple, but flavorful, malt profile, to the juicy, tropical, aggressive and pungent hops. This is a damn fine beer.

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Photo of Moose90
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

A — Pours a light lemony orangish yellow hue into the glass, there is a creamy off-white colored head that forms and leaves behind some nice bits of lacing.

S — Smell is pungent and balanced with notes of fresh juicy hops, semi sweet melon notes balanced upon pine.

T — Rich and layered flavors of hops and malts, caramel sweetness leads way to a juicy and bitter hop note.

M — Medium bodied, crisp clean finish.

O — Very good overall, a nice consistent IPA.

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