Breaking Bud | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old school meets new school in this fresh approach to the classic IPA. At 50 IBU’s and 6.7% ABV, Breaking Bud features the restrained bitterness and alcohol of a classic IPA with newer tropical fruit hop flavors and aromas of Mosaic. Also in the hop mix are Simcoe and CTZ, creating layers of mango, passion fruit, pine and dank. A malt bill with a pinch of crystal malt and a hefty dose of flaked wheat keeps the beer crisp while adding flavor complexity.

Added by wethorseblanket on 02-25-2015

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Photo of Gavilan
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ricstef
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of deereless
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 1 pint can, canned on 20th July 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear golden colour with a just over two finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet biscuit malt, pineapple, pine, melon, mandarin peel and tea leaves.

Taste: Considering the aroma, tastes seems to be a bit lacking. Biscuit malt, light to moderate bitterness, pine, grass, light tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was ok. Aroma was great, but taste just didn’t quite match up to it as some of the nice fruit aromas just didn’t translate.

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Photo of golf4collet
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT can
Served in a teku glass

This beer pours a deep amber, almost copper, color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves decent lacing.

I get a spicy, almost like rye, smell. There is also citrus.

The is a good balance between the malt and hops. The hops are not really bitter.

Medium bodied and velvety smooth mouthfeel

This is a pretty decent IPA. It appears to be new to Ohio. I was worth a try.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a sticky somewhat danky IPA with hints of pine. This pours gold with a lasting white head. Medium-high carbonation. Pretty full-bodied and definitely one of the better IPAs on the shelves.

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Photo of bouncepass
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

World of Beer, killing the freshness game with this 02/03/2018 can.... over 8 months old.

Pours a deep hazy gold, with a nice half inch of frothy head that leaves spotty lace around the glass.

Malt really emerging on the nose, with sweet citrus rind on the back end.. very subtle tropical fruit but this one has understandably lost its freshness on the nose.

Again, malt prominent but with a citrus sweetness that isn’t gross or unappealing. I just know that the quality of this beer should be higher, possibly with more prominence of piney hops and a complex flavor balance.

The mouthfeel is still fine, medium body with a present carb and sticky finish. Smooth.

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Photo of florisj135
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CisPiece88
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is straw gold, slight haze, head presents 1 inch thick and then dissipates to solid thin top with great lacing on the glass sides.

Smell balances what is noted as old and new age ipa - light tropical fruit with a lean towards pine and resin; malt is light but just noticeable.

Taste provides similar nuanced hop balance - light fruit, definite pineapple, some light citrus, then less strong pine; malt flavor is light toast and wheat like notes.

Mouthfeel is quite good with light bitterness, light sweetness and slow drying.

Overall a pleasant slightly softer IPA with good balance of quite fruity hops and light earthy, piney hops; wheat aids in softening the feel and flavor.

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Photo of mickyge
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light amber / orange with a significant haze. World class head volume and retention. Lacing is normal.

Rich quite outstanding nose. Orange, pineapple, tangerine, a hint of mango and a subtle dank note round out the hops. The base is slightly malty but comes across crisp rather than bready or doughy. There is a pine aspect but you have to search for it. This is a tropical hop forward brew in the nose.

The body is medium and subtly smooth. The carbonation / body balance is outstanding. Mid-palate effervescence tickles while the finish delivers a finely bubbled prickly kick but not quite a rush.

The flavor profile is very good but lacks the complexity of the aroma. The dank pine aspects are much more evident in the moderate bitterness. The middle has just enough sweetness to let the tropicals emerge but not enough for complete separation. The result is a tropical fruit blend of flavors - tasty, but not really flavor distinctive. After the fruits fade, a mild zest afternote leads into the finish. There pine remerges and lingers.

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Photo of Maxms
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

German wheat rather than IPA? No, but definitely a good choice to start exploring hoppiness. Feels smooth and moderate. No extremes. And ABV is a bit lower.

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Photo of John-Richey
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly murky orange with a finger of white foam that retains fairly well. Aroma is peach, mango, tangerine, pine and resin hops, mixing juicy northeast hops with west coast traditional hops. Flavor profile is much the same, hitting notes of mango, tangerine, peach, and papaya with pine and resin hops. Tropical fruits contrast the pine and resin well, with a bitter bite emitting from the evergreen-like flavor notes. Mouth feel is slightly fizzy and effervescent which keeps it from drinking refreshing or smooth. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, a solid IPA that melds new school with old school. Cool packaging too.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of howlback
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I always skipped over this one because of the Breaking Bad likeness. To me the packing came off kind of cheesy but after enjoying some other really delicious Knee Deep IPAs at Blue Palms Brewhouse, I decided to pick up a four pack at my local Vons. My initial reaction was, “Holy cow! Knee Deep really makes some great West Coast IPAs.” Breaking Bud is extremely drinkable but I do wish you it were just a tad stronger. The 4-packs are a little expensive (per oz.) but lucky for me, they go on sale pretty often!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am simply CANtinuing my CANebration of International IPA Day while furthering The CANQuest (tm) cause! At & after Midnight, I will be reverting back to whatever is ready in the rotation.

From the CAN: "This is a true West Coast IPA. A restrained malt profile of American 2-Row, German Wheat and a touch of English Crystal give the beer its Golden Straw color and allows the hops to shine. Mosaic, Simcoe, and Columbus hops provide dank aromas and flavors of tropical fruit and pine leading to a refreshing dry finish."

A Crack! & a Gussie Busch Glug & I was off and running. This time, I got just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention, slowly falling away to wisps, but leaving the kind of lacing that will take a jackhammer to remove later. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) & I will be watching to see if it clarifies due to a chill haze. After all, I do keep my reefer mighty chilly. Nose was another brilliant mélange of blueberries, pine sap, fresh dank & in the middle of it all, Simcoe the naughty kitty, doing her business. The malt struck me as more biscuit or cracker than caramel as a previous reviewer mentioned. Now, my hophead mouth was watering like a bell had just been rung in front of Pavlov's dogs. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. For all of the 55-gl. drums of hops on the label, the bitterness was pretty low (50 IBUs), which was kind of a letdown. Yes, I got pine and dank plus cattiness, but the fruity flavors were disrupting the party rather than adding to the festivities. I didn't mind the blueberry so much as the tropical mango and papaya, but is that personal taste or style variance? The site's guidelines are kinda vague, but bitterness is prominently mentioned. Not bad in terms of its taste, but I was left feeling unfulfilled. Finish was dry, but not really bitter, again leaving me kinda cold. YMMV.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Danque dude bud bong bro.

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Photo of ThePold
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DamienArk
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of danch
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanLane
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jesch
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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