Breakside IPA | Breakside Brewery

Breakside IPABreakside IPA
479 Ratings
Breakside IPABreakside IPA

Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

Photo of wonizm
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Niceroad77
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 emptyglassagain
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Billolick
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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Photo of Shortbox81
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjboesen
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Damngoodrx
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkenagy
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
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 seangibbs60
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of C_Pel
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GlendonTT
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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 LooseMoose1978
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of jabo134
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Breakside IPA from Breakside Brewery
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