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Breakside IPA | Breakside Brewery

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Breakside IPABreakside IPA
BA SCORE
4.16/5
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485 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,657
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
485
pDev:
8.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
137
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 485 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of cd34
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebooyakid
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Oakley
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kalosjakar
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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 NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edmiglia
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SamQ
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -5%
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 Paoloboston
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of constantine_272
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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 drewfromboulder
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
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 DoubleMalt
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of herman77
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of itracy63
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of entropysquared
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It's all of what the true aficionados have said about this IPA. VERY good.

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Photo of andy712
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AAG
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mudbug
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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 SamuelR
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jorgerod99
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breakside IPA from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 485 ratings
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