India Golden Ale | Breakside Brewery

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India Golden AleIndia Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ccrida on 05-22-2013

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Reviews by alexrichman:
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3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle, this brew lives up to its name with its color. Perfectly clear and a rich golden. A thick 2 finger head that left lots and lots of lacing. The bottle also has great art work.

The smell has hints of sweetness that are countered by an assertive hop aroma that displays pine, citrus, and tropical fruits.

The taste starts with a straightforward and subdued malt profile that puts a bit of sweetness on the tongue and then the hops grab the tongue and take over the show. Spicy, citrusy, a little tropical, a little cheesy, some earth and some pine. A very interesting hop profile. Not sure if I am in love with it but it sure keeps my pallete intrigued. A little bit of sweetness comes back into the finish to balance things out.

Very drinkable for a IIPA with a nice medium body that has just a touch of oily hop resin. It is just a bit too sweet on the finish for me to consider this sessionable but a glass or two would be fine.

Overall this beer is pretty interesting. I think Breakside just decided to get the malts out of the way and let their unique hop profile take charge. Good stuff and worth a try.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
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 chossboss
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BurdockBoy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of switzer
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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 twizzard
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TreeBear
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevlee722
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Rutager
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beardo
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dikfour
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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 tjcamm
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with fine two finger white head that keep building after pouring; leaves thick lacing. Aroma of herbal, almost dank hops, mild bready malt, lots of tropical and other unusual fruit, intriguing fruit smells. Flavor is very hop-fruit forward with the same exotic fruit flavors that lean toward tropical, but also orange family citrus, citrus hops, mild almost neutral hops. Finishes with herbal, resiny hop bitterness; more flavor than tongue numbing. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very unusual hop profile that has great and interesting fruit flavors, light resin and herbal qualities. The malt really stands back to let the hops take the fore; I usually like strong malt support in IPAs, but this has so many somwhat exotic, interesting flavors that it works well. A bit on the sweet side, but that's fine with me. Possibly the most hop flavor I can remember with a relatively low bittering component. I liked this a lot.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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India Golden Ale from Breakside Brewery
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