India Golden Ale | Breakside Brewery

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India Golden AleIndia Golden Ale

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Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Haxy golden body topped off with a high, fluffy head. Lovely pour. Soft, gentle aroma features some muted hoppiness, slightly bready. Taste gets a bit juicy, citrus, grapefruit. Finishes tangy, biting, slow burn follows. This little number hides a punch under that light facade.S summery essences with winter warmth. Nice!

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Mild haziness to this darker medium golden amber, with a good thick thumb of white foam - very loose and frothy. Dissipates in uneven chunks leaving behind a few foothills of rocky patches and good dispersion of lacing.

Aromatics: Pretty vibrant and punchy tang of tropical citrus, plenty of fresh pine resin and undertones of sweet honey florals, and biscuity malt.

Taste: A bit crackerish - has the taste of saltine crackers topped with some earthy greens. There is sublet sweetness before the bitter stands up and blocks the view. There is also a decent spice note or two that creeps in at the end of the battle.

Feel: I’d say it’s definitely middleweight body with a decent carbonation that provides a good snappy march across the palate. There is a lingering citrus rind and pine bitter in the finish which is otherwise smooth and dry and nearly imperceptible whispers of that 8% at the tail end.

Overall: It has a wonderful collection of aromas, with the flavour profile straggling behind slightly in delivery. But despite some rather minor shortcomings, I’d have to say a really great DIPA, fairly easy to drink, has a great combination of aromas and flavours.

Pairing : This is a classic DIPA with all the right sweets and bitters in all the right spots and not overstated anywhere. So I’m wanting to fall back on my spices for this one. And it works out well with my meal this evening which is Chicken Fajitas stuffed with roasted jalapeños, chipotle peppers, caramelized onions, and a lightly dressed coleslaw. The flavour combos were fantastic.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This pours a nice clear amber orange cross, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like very intense pine and grapefruit, with a small dose of bready malt.

8.1% ABV, what? That's not noticeable at all. It doesn't feel significantly hoppier than some of their single IPA selections, but it's still nice. There's a small amount of bready Pilsner malt present- it helps hold it all together. There's lot of classic grapefruit hops, a bit of orange, lots of bitter pine- prototypical WCIPA.

This is medium bodied, very crisp, especially considering the ABV.

Though this isn't quite as good as the other Breakside IPAs so far- it's still fun as hell. Love it.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. Pours slightly hazy bright yellow with a big frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is lots of dank resiny piney hops.

The flavor is bready malt with some soft tropical fruit and a lot of brash dank resiny and slightly catty hops that pack a big bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I remember liking this more on draft. It was a lot fruitier and not nearly as dank and resiny.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

another strong and boldly flavored hoppy beer that absolutely rules from breakside. these guys can do no wrong, and this is right in the wheelhouse of what they do best. its got a great density to it, viscous and bigger looking, although still no darker than golden and airy on the white head. it smells like a mixture of hops, maybe mosaic driven, but there is a lot of others in here too i have to imagine, as i get everything from candied orange peel to green tea to honey to good pot. its dynamic and fresh in the flavor too, oily and sweet, backed up by a little pale malt or honey malt heft, but still entirely driven by the hops, which are as fresh and powerful as can be. i like them in this west coast style, slightly sweeter, more about their oils and resinous properties than about their capacity for bitterness, although this isnt lacking there. i really like the body to it, much fuller than most, definitely a heart, four season type ipa. what always blows me away about breakside ipa types though is their persistent freshness, this is just so juicy and new, i cant get over it. nice to have it on tap, but i will have to pick up a bottle too, i have seen them around a little bit, fairly priced but overlooked. these guys are fast becoming one of my favorite breweries out there...

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in appearance. Mostly clear. Very minimal head. Grapefruit pith, pine, honey and citrus zest. Dank and resinous. Dry finish. Really clean tasting for a big bitter beer. Another winner from Breakside Brewery.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber bought at PDX grocery outlet. (Assumed pretty date info.)

Note: Breakside website describes IGA as '60 IBUs, 6.1% abv' ..but click on "read more" and it says '8.1%, 80 IBUs'. C'mon. Some people are actually interested.

Pours straw yellow, slightly hazy. Modest creamy head, dissipates down to a skim, modest bubbling action.
Aroma is a bit subdued. Not much glass lacing.

Taste is a lite dry, a little resiny. Definitely not a 'hop bomb', a more subtle beer that does reward a little patience. The sticky, oiliness on the tongue does build, but takes a while. At 8% abv, preserving the hop tastes are a challenge...kudos to the brewmaster.

A very good NW IPA. Comparing to my previous review of the Breakside IPA, I voted this one materially higher......and that checks out.
Ninkasi's loss.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Indeed, this "India Golden Ale" pours gold and clear. Head is minimal, with moon bubbles among the thin layer of foam. Aroma is grass, fresh and piney.

Taste is also along those lines, piney and hoppy, with a biscuit and citrus rind taste. Floral, no toffee, I'm not getting much malt really. Feels citrusy without actual juiciness. Sweet melon, a bit of onion, slight bitter at the end (from the hops, in which there appear to be a variety, all working together, according to the paperwork).

8.1% is pretty well hidden, no booziness to it. Drinks more like a well carbonated single IPA. Refreshing overall.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breakside Brewery 'India Golden Ale' @ 8.1% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $10
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-citrus more than pine
T-crisp & clean tasting , malt sneaks thru before the dry finish
MF-ok carbonation , full body
Ov-good beer & DIPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - this looks to be a pretty solid contender for the best new brew to arrive north of 49 of late.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two zaftig fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some dissipating cloud form lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of fancy orange-like citrus flesh, some fresh pine resin and needle, um, 'greenness', semi-sweet grainy and lightly doughy pale malt, a touch of additional biscuity caramel sweetness, a sort of muddled, if still zingy tropical fruitiness, and more leafy, floral, and grassy hoppiness. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, orange and red grapefruit juice (with pulp, of course), wet pine forest floor astringencies, still kind of hard to pinpoint, but welcome all the same tropicals, and more second class earthy, leafy, and grassy hops.

The bubbles are nice and easy in their simply-rendered frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, just a sense of that heretofore unheralded booziness choosing to play the debutante right about here. It finishes off-dry, the sturdy base malt holding tough against a melee of lingering fruity (domestic and exotic, alike), piney, and floral hop bitters.

Overall, a fairly stellar DIPA, the flavours mixing and matching, mingling, and all enjoying their part in the over 16-proof, hard hop cocktail of a beverage in which they are frolicking. Very good stuff, and I'm so glad to see that the progression from their 'standard' IPA was a relatively easy one!

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Photo of Stevem68
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. Aroma is pine and a hint of malty sweetness. Flavor citrus and pine with a little malt on the back end. Mouth feel is smooth with some carbonation crispness. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my IPA glass.
A: Pours a Light Golden with a thick snow white head and lots sticky lacing. It looks wonderful.
S: Beautiful citrus nose,lemon zest orange rind nose, hops are there .
T: Nice clean hoppy DIPA
F: Lots of fine bubbles nice bitter hit .
O: A really nice DIPA i do not notice that it is 8.1 abv easy drinking it goes down way to fast.

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Photo of flyerzrule
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful gold with a slightly off white head and great retention. Aroma combines guava and mango with tropical hops. Taste is sweet upfront, almost like vanilla cake, but quickly followed by tropical fruity bitterness. Finishes with a pleasant dry bitter note. Somehow it tastes like you would expect an IGA to taste.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally enjoying this rando grab - not a beer that sets itself apart from the pack in any way, rather a really nice entry to the style. More toward the lean side of the DIPA spectrum, but with a solid body. Has a clean but juicy character, more citrus than pine, ample sweetness, moderate carbonation, subtle bitterness. Finishes well, leaving a nice aftertaste...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great mix of citrus and tropical hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rounds out my top 5 IPAs. Wonderful hop profile, but a tad creamier and sweeter than my other favorites. You won't be disapponted, unless you're a snob!

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Photo of bsonk
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Breakside Brewery India Golden Ale- 8.1% abv.

A: hazy golden, pours a little bit of white head that lingers on top as lacing.

S: light grain sweetness, fruity hops, alcohol.

T: sweet grain, fruity hops reminiscent of passionfruit with pronounced piney-lemony bitterness, alcohol.

M: sips nice, bubbly, not too thin not too chewy, hop bite lingers on the back of the tongue with bitterness.

O: this is good. Sort of a basic citrus flavor but good stuff. The bitterness is well balanced with a nice sweet malt. Tastes a bit boozy but that’s chill for the style. Provides a jolly feeling when it reaches the bloodstream.

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Photo of LouZ
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber. Look is golden with a finger of creamy head with strong retention - in fact, it never dissipates. Smell is nice; bready with tropical notes, maybe some grapefruit. I did expect more aroma given the head. Taste is slightly bready with tropical notes of pineapple or mango; some grapefruit bitterness. Feel is medium to full bodied - definitely heftier than your regular IPA, but smooth and easy to drink. You can't go wrong with a Breakside IPA.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased from Roths Sunnyslope Market in Salem OR $5.99 Pours a clear darker gold with a large thick and creamy white head...nice carbonation strings. Great thick aromas of fruity , and floral hop..lychee, passion fruit..nice. Taste is similar to the aroma very fruity hops with a next to no malt .. But there has to be a substantial malt as the mouth feel is pretty smooth and thick..and nice. Very nice tasty stronger beer..ideal for the 97 degree heat!

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Photo of muldersha
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle purchased in Portland, OR

Pours a honey-golden/orangish color with a chunky white head that dissipates slowly and leaves an ample and appetizing-looking white lacing through the entire session.

Aromas of ripe peach, tangerine, pink grapefruit, and candied mango abound.

It's medium-bodied with a spritely bitterness and solid carbonation keeping it fresh and lively and far from cloying on the palate. In fact, I would never guess the ABV to be anywhere near its 8.1 %. More like 6 percent. A very nice brew that packs a surprising alcohol punch.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Two of my favorite hops kicked up in a delicious double. Win win. On draft had not had a bottle yet because I can't find a date of any kind on it. If there was a date I would by often.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of creamy ivory foam which leaves a nice lace on the glass as it very, very slowly dissipates. The retention on this bad boy is just phenomenal.

Smell: fresh, green, grassy, herbal hops atop a lightly sweet malt base -- a very refreshing aroma indeed.

Taste: quite bitter, even up front; the hops are quite grassy and a bit herbal. It kind of reminds me of a wet-hopped beer in some ways. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a big, smooth, wonderful creaminess. Great, especially for the style.

Overall: a very satisfying DIPA. Creamier than most, which I really like; well worth a try.

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Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a decent head in the Affligem chalice. Sprightly on the tongue. Lovely flowery aromatics with fermenting pineapple and lime.

Tangy and fruity-tart. Just sweet enough. Moderately bitter. Tastes hot with alcohol, which seems to be accentuated by the acidity. Tart pineapple with a dose of lime peel. Orange juice.

Big flavors, on the hot and sharp side, but thoroughly pleasant to sip. Another interesting variation on the stronger IPA theme. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham

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Photo of Hydrophobic
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured an opaque sunshine light orange, nice thick white head and remarkable carbonation with lively tiny tight bubbles that stay with you to the bottom of the glass. Head disappears to soap scum, lacing is spotty.

Smelled of juicy grapefruit and field of jasmine, perhaps some of the most spectacular aroma of any IPA I've ever had. Hard to get around it.

Taste obviously follows the nose, with the citrus/floral dominance descending into a resiny pine forest floor when the breath is held. My favorite part of this review was just holding this beer in my mouth while breathing though. Bitterness was very muted on the back of the throat and did not linger. Can't help but find a bit of rarely cooked pork loin here. Fabulous.

Mouth was a nice balance of relaxed liveliness. There was a party going on, but it was mellow.

Overall, this is one of my favorites from this brewery. I would rate it very highly on my list of double IPAs, but really feel this is a unique beer of a rarer style. What vexed me is how bubbly it was, with such shoddy lacing. My glass looked clean when I was done...

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Photo of Dikfour
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Opaque and golden. About an inch of fine bubbly head. Very little carbonation.

Smell:Interesting citrus, Light grapefruit followed by heavy passionfruit. Really piney. Smells like a hike through the forests of Oregon.

Taste: Super bright. Very citrus forward. The fruit is there but its not as big of a fruit bomb I was expecting after smelling it. A little biscuity but more like an over wet raw dough than the finished product. A little earthy/piney bitterness on the back end but nothing crazy. At 8.1% (in my opinion) its a little light for a Double but this one is complex and fruity enough to cover the ethanol really well.

Feel: Medium body. Alcohol does have a fun little gum numbing effect. Little oily.

Overall: Really good. I'd strongly consider this if its on tap. Also, cheep enough bomber that its worth giving a try. Thumbs up.

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India Golden Ale from Breakside Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 174 ratings.
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