Breakside IPA | Breakside Brewery

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Breakside IPABreakside IPA
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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

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Reviews:
76
Ratings:
452
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 452
Photo of scottfrie
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a deep amber color with an oily, thick off-white head that faded into a well retained collar. Sticky rings of lace were left down the glass.
S: I get notes of grapefruit and earthy hops and flowers. There's a musty leafy herbalness as well.
T: Bitter lemon, earthy herbal hops, lemon peel, minty herbs, and a tingly numbing evergreen freshness in the finish. The aftertaste is green and minty, with just a hint of cat urine.
M: medium full body, thick and greasy mouthfeel with chewy carbonation, slight alcohol astringency, solid bitterness.
O: Average. Not my favorite hop profile, but not bad though.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.57/5  rDev -14%
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 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 tlema1
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: copper color, thin lacing white head
S: lots of citrus aroma
T: grapefruit rind, bitter
F: light bodied, all of the mouthfeel is upfront... pretty bitter
O: good IPA, I heard great things, but I don't love it

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

If you love your hops delivered as tangy citrus --- specifically grapefruit ---- then this beer is definitely your jam. Me? I'm more a stanky pine and juniper fan (ie.a Simcoe Amarillo Citra dude)
Very good beer, but not great for me.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a finger of head on a clearer medium straw colored body.
The aroma is bright lemon, grapefruit and orange. A wonderful combination.
The taste is moderate to strong bitterness of grapefruit. It's balanced nicely with the malt.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A really nice IPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015-05-25
22oz bottle poured into a large mug. 03-25-15 appears to be printed on the shoulder of the bottle. Hopefully that's bottled on, not best by.

Pours hazy amber golden with a huge head and lots of carbonation. Smell is straw, lemon/pine freshness.

Taste is mild breadiness, strong bitterness, fairly vague. Somewhere between citrus rind and pine.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall, it's pretty good.

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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 leaddog
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle.

Appearance- Pours an amber copper with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell- Citrus hops, pine resin, caramalts, tropical fruits.

Taste- Citrus hops, pine resin, caramalts, tropical fruits. The hops are more reserved for the style.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- An American IPA that is more reserved on the hop front. Besides this, an enjoyable IPA by Breakside.

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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 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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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clearish golden yellow with a small cap of bubbly white head. Aroma is dominated by hops. Taste of piney hops, lemon and orange zest, grassy, light spice, and subdued malts in the background. Medium-bodied and easily drinkable.

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Photo of anarchia
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Floral & grapefruit aroma with some vanilla notes. Pours semi-hazy, gold / orange in color with a thick head and lots of lacing, slow to dissipate. Taste is heavy! pine and lots of grapefruit hops, some floral notes, almost chewy in the mouth with a bitter, resin-y finish. A little too thick & chewy & "hop-dank" resinous for me but still a very good beer. Others will obviously love this and Breakside is an excellent brewery.

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Photo of vkv822
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz : SN IPA Glass

Pours a clear, coppery orange with a thick, foamy off white head.

The nose is big citric grapefruit notes without being overwhelming. The taste is more of the same, though more fairly balanced with sweet pale and caramel malt notes.

Medium+ body, mild foamy carbonation.

Another well done IPA from the Pacific NW. Big hop notes, but balanced with a pleasant malt backing so it stays easy drinking.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent IPA, more of an in-between style. Not too aggressive with the hops or malts.

Pours a pretty spot on IPA hue, that straw core with light white head, decent retention fades to an average lace.

Smells mostly of mild hops, not too in your face. Some mild citrus, white pepper, and grass notes. The palate is mostly mild malts and medium astringent hops. Not as malted as Ft George Vortex, not as aggressive as most PDX IPAs. Really well balanced IPA meant more as a good pub friendly beverage.

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Photo of G_Z_a
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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 artoolemomo
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which seems to have some retention. The head is a pure cotton white and the body is a slightly hazy medium amber/honey which glows orange when held up to the light. The retention seems to be holding more than I thought and there is noticeable lacing.

Nose- Very warm and inviting. The bottle seems to focus the aroma into a musky grapefruit scent while the nose from the glass is more traditional citrus fruits with tropical fruits as well. Some pine and resin as well. A little bit of matchstick and spicy green fruit. Good lacing but not great. Head retention is steady. A little bit of armpit, dirty sock aroma to boot. Huge notes of melon come out as this opens up more.

Taste- Heavy grapefruit to start off with- it's hard for me not to assume that Amarillo hops are used in this beer. Heavy matchstick, pine, resin, and wood. The tropical fruit of the nose seems to be much more muted as more evergreen notes come into play. However, this is a very well rounded evergreen profile. Earwax and musty armpit notes seem to work around the edges of every other profile note. There are melon notes also. Pretty good beer and a solid IPA but unfortunately it is that- just another solid IPA. It is very balanced and well rounded. Earwax bitterness seems to dominate the finish though.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light bodied. Light carbonation- maybe could use a little bit more.

Drinkability- Perhaps a little too much resin and matchstick for my taste at the time but I could see this having some sessionability.

Overall- Solid IPA. Good but not great. I haven't tried Breakside before but I am glad this on my bus route. I will be checking out more of their beers.

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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 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 kemoarps
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a pint glass comes across almost a ruddy amber. Almost perfectly clear. Wonderful large soft off-white head, that almond meat colour. Settles soon into a 2cm dusting. Beautiful continental lacing.

Juicy grapefruit and lightly toasted malts meet with other citrus (orange) and some light grassiness.

Jumping ahead there's a lot of orange on the tongue as well. Starts off sweet as nectar and slightly floral, steps solidly into more of an oily grapefruit. Solid backbone of toasted malts asserts itself as well. Finish flashes a sweet zest before committing to the bitter linger. Elementally, but not purely pith.
Solidly medium bodied, decent carbonation.
Thoroughly enjoyable, interesting single IPA. The flavours kind of come in waves/layers as opposed to blending in together so much. Reminds me of Painted Hills in that regard...

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Photo of NWer
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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 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 StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, unknown dating but presumably fresh. Served in a mason jar.

Pours a darker caramel-brown body, two finger white head, fair retention, lots of lacing. Smells of crisp pine, citrus, dried bread, grain, more pine. It's west coast through and through. Not too intense, but smells nice. Flavour is a combination of grapefruit, pine, mild grainy pale malt sweetness, a bit of caramel, but mostly pine. Moderate pine bitterness finishes things out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, cleansing and refreshing. A west coast IPA through and through, it does what it's supposed to do and it does it well.

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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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