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Breakside IPA | Breakside Brewery

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Breakside IPABreakside IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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:
63
Ratings:
407
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
21.39%
 
 
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62
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118
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 407
Photo of barsonthetrak
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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 -8.4%
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 -3.8%
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 +4.3%
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%
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 +5.5%
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 +0.2%
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 -13.9%
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 +20.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +5.5%
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 +1.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +1.2%
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 -1.7%
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 -8.2%
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 Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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 zonker17
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden color IPA with thick head and good lacing. Wonderful floral aroma. Taste that stands up with the best American IPAs on the planet. Body is medium-full and carbonation is adequate.

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Photo of LouZ
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this by the bottle, but finally got to the taproom to have it from the source. Fantastic! Easily one of the best IPA offerings in the PNW. Pour was a beautiful liquid gold with a finger of lasting head. Aroma was floral and enticing. Taste was sweet up front followed by the hop presence and finished smooth. Delicious! So easy to drink. Will be back for more as soon as I can.

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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 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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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 sjones5045
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

9/5/15 DE

Pours burnt orange with a good foam white head. Disaptes kind of quick but still a decent look.

The smell is awesome. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit. The nose on this is a tropical bomb. Maybe the most I've ever smelled.

The taste is a light citrus and passion fruit concoction that is smooth as tasty. Lightly sweet with the back end hitting you with the topical passion fruit.

Overall, this beer is world class for sure. The only hit would be its almost more juicy feeling than beer but I'd have to say that is even nit picking.

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Photo of muldersha
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 22oz bomber purchased cold at Beermongers in SE Portland.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with an inviting creamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

Super bright, floral and citrusy aromas right off the bat, compounding and compounding. Loads of fresh-cut lemon, candied mango, candied pineapple, dried papaya, orange peel, chive, red grapefruit, and whole lawns of fresh cut grass and weeds. The aroma just pops with waves of fresh citrus and dried tropical fruit.

Medium to medium-full bodied with loads of vibrant acidity, excellent lift and balance, and a brilliant finish that echoes this beer's fruity nature. An aromatic and balanced gem.

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