Breakside IPA | Breakside Brewery

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
75 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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:
75
Ratings:
446
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
127
For Trade:
3
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 446
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a fantastic west coast ipa here. so bright, drinkable, and distinct, just the way i like them. cheap too, this bomber was less than 5 bucks! sunset orange color with just the right amount of haze to let me know its unfiltered, and an inch or so of lasting and thick soapy white head. the nose is tantalizing fresh hops, citrusy, with notes of grapefruit rind and sweet orange, and then the attendant bitterness. its got big resinous aromas, but it doesnt have that thick syrupy honey textured thing we sometimes get weighing down the west coast india pales. this one stays light and bright, clean tasting, super fresh, still sappy and dank, but not heavy with it. i almost get some lime in the finish, this is magnificently refreshing with its high carbonation and only medium body. the alcohol is also right on for the style, i could drink several pints of this and be comfortable, its not too high or too low. my first beer from breakside is a absolute winner, cant wait to encounter more of this stuff!

 1,005 characters

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!

 1,494 characters

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

 532 characters

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.

 896 characters

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.

 275 characters

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.

 272 characters

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.

 308 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Nice white head with good retention.

Smell - Orange hoppiness. A little grassy. Doughy pale malts. Very nice.

Taste - Grapefruit much stronger. It's orangey up front, but becomes very grapefruity. Toasty malt. A little sweet, but less doughy than the nose.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and medium carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

Overall - A very nice IPA. Simple and flavorful.

 447 characters

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.

 719 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this tonight at the 10 Barrel Boise IPA Beer Wars and it was certainly in my top 3 of the 16 IPA's on tap tonight.

Orange brew with a nice hop haze... great head and lacing.

Tropical fruity hoppiness punctuated by a big grapefruit zest essence... very balanced light pale malt presence.

Very drinkable with a light body and good carbonation... seems pretty damn fresh.

3.75/4/4/4/4.25

 392 characters

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear orangish color with good carbonation presenting a nice white cap, a good amount of bubbles and some good lacing. Head retention is nice as it stuck around after several sips.

S: Wow. Nice big citrus, tropical fruit presence. Very nice indeed!

T: An initial blast of tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) only to be followed up by a nice dry bite and a healthy dose of pine.

M: Medium body, well carbonated. Lots of flavor and fruits on the palate, dry, not very oily and a moderate bitterness

O: Very impressed! A solid A IPA in a dog eat dog IPA world.

 577 characters

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.

 247 characters

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.

 1,087 characters

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.

 607 characters

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.

 253 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

 388 characters

Photo of AgentMunky
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery. Just a solid beer all around. Incredible nose, great balanced flavor, really hefty mouthfeel, clean floral-piney finish.

 150 characters

Photo of ccrida
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Firkin at Bailey's. I'm calling it cask, even though it poured from a bung, same vessel and secondary fermentation for carbination. Appearency is hazy orange with a small off-white head leaving biggish bubbled lace.

Smell is pungent and dank hops, very resinous.

Taste is loaded with hop flavor, heavy citrus, some resin. Fairly bitter. A touch yeasty. A little biscuit malt. Big and brash up front, but reasonably smooth on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy and oily.

Drinkability is high a delicous and deliriously fresh IPA with lots of bark but not too muchbite. Really digging this uber fresh firkin, just tapped yesterday.

 646 characters

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.

 638 characters

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.

 299 characters

Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the Craft Beer Hop Stop in late October for $4.99. No bottling date visible.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that has some great hang time and is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is very nice, it is citrus forward with a touch of the tropics.

Taste is moderately bitter with appearances of guava, grapefruit, and pine finishing with a touch of orange rind.

Feel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a really lovely beer, definitely a bargain at the bomber price. I would love to see this in a 12 oz format but doubt we will in Arizona.

 580 characters

Photo of zonker17
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

 186 characters

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

Had this on 2015-05-07 in Portland, OR at the brew pub

A - Clear gold with a white head and decent lace

S - Pink grapefruit flesh, pine, pineapple, cracker, floral and mild dank.

T - Hop forward, pine, some grain sweetness, citrus flesh, herbal spice. Not dank. Good bitter finish. Balanced.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous.

O - Great example of a West Coast IPA hence the 2014 GABF gold medal.

 412 characters

Photo of canucklehead
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On point IPA from a brewery I have not had a chance to sample. Nice PNW IPA that works with the hops as a complete unit with the malt. Not over the top but rather really well balanced much like Moon Under Water's IPA. The nose is excellent and the colour is reddish in tinge. Would buy this one again which is saying a lot in this bumper crop of IPAs available,

 361 characters

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.

 491 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Breakside IPA from Breakside Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 446 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.

    Subscribe