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 TheCrowsEye
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goalie35
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WDJersey
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Matchmike
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Eychung
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WunderLlama
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into chalice

Clear golden, active carbonation streams, one finger white foam cap, settles to a white layer

Aroma of pinke, dank

Taste is pine, dank

Bitterness lingers, fry finish

Good beer

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Photo of Bammer21
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a clear light copper with very light lacing. Decent fruity hop aroma. Taste is apricot, tropical fruit and hop bitterness. Malt presence is limited, but enough to support the bitterness. I like this beer. To be great, I think it could use a little more hop flavor depth and variety.

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Photo of DrMindbender
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: 3.75
Bottle: Light mango, pine and a touch of green onion.
Prefer bottled version.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a true west coast ipa that reminds me of 2008-2010 stuff. Nostalgic!

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Photo of kitekid
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reggie3025
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice clear golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrus, pine and hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with nice citrus, pine and hoppy flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very nicely balanced beer

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Photo of Srfrnck
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really delicious. Crisp and dry, just what I needed. Lots of good citrus and pine aroma.

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

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

CAN: 4-pack ran me $12.99 USD at a gas station in Austin, Texas, 16oz format. Standard pull-tab. Obvious Breaking Bad parody label design. Canned 02/09/18.

50 IBU. 6.5% ABV. "India Pale Ale." Brewed with "2-row, German wheat, and a touch of English crystal." Hops: "Mosaic, Simcoe, and Columbus."

HEAD: Fills ~75% of my glass. Frothy and off-white, with a robust creaminess and thickness to it. Fluffy and soft in appearance, which is inviting. Retention is quite good for the ABV; this lasts at least 10 minutes. Leaves gobs of thick foam on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear clean golden copper of slightly above average vibrance. Devoid of yeast, lees, or unnecessary haziness from adjuncts. Obviously filtered.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special within the oversaturated style.

AROMA: Subtle blueberry from the Mosaic is immediately obvious. Vague tropical fruit as well. I'm not finding the yogurty tang Simcoe sometimes imparts, but there's a blip of Simcoe-like onion on the backend. Fresh and floral. A hint of pine. Light citrus.

Boasts plenty of hoppy aromatics, but doesn't seem aggressively bitter. Pale malt is definitely in play. Neither the wheat nor the crystal malt is overt, but then crystal malt when well employed tends to be sparsely detectable in IPAs.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. I find no off-notes or booze.

Rather appealing.

TASTE: Hop pungency is excellent here, with big bold hoppy notes taking center stage atop the neutral pale malt canvass. Citrus, passionfruit, subtle blueberry, reticent mango, floral flavours, a hint of pine towards the finish, candied orange peel, resin, oily hops....there's so much hoppy complexity here but it never comes at the expense of balance. Crystal malt comes to the aid of the 2-row to arrest any aggressive hop bitterness that accompanies all those flavours, and the result is a balanced and tasty IPA with good duration and depth of flavour.

TEXTURE: Sticky yet oily. Smooth. Wet. Medium to full-bodied (maybe a bit too much so, which is my main gripe with this beer). Approaches refreshing but it's too thick and heavy on the palate to quite achieve it. Slightly overcarbonated.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Ought to be lighter, softer, and less sticky. But this mouthfeel works, even if it doesn't elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: Sheer complexity in tandem with good (but not perfectly dialed in) balance makes this a solid IPA in my book, though the very best beers in the style offer still more intricacy and depth of hop flavour. $3.25 per pint is a bit steep in spite of its quality (not that that affects my rating) to the extent that I wouldn't buy another 4-pack, but I'm glad I tried it and I'll enjoy working through the remaining cans I nabbed. One of the better beers I've tried thus far from Knee Deep.

High B- (3.45) / WORTHY

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

Photo of doktorhops
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*presses play on AC/DC’s “Back in Black”* That’s right - I’m back! And, yes I’m even wearing black, well dark blue, but it’s almost black. I wanted to take a holiday from beer reviewing, my doctor wanted me to, my girlfriend as well, however there’s just too many good beers out there! (plus I work in the industry so really it’s a product knowledge thingy as well). So back I am, and if I’m being honest [yes, let’s try that whole honesty thing, I hear it resonates well with the readers] I’ve had a heap of new beers lately (in the holy name of product knowledge *choral ahhh*) and the first one to really grab my attention is Knee Deep Lupulin River. “But this is Breaking Bud” you say? Yes. Lupulin River is next up in my ever-growing army of beers TBR... will I ever stop??? [nup]

Poured from a 473ml (US Pint) sized can into a nonic pint.

A: Exceedingly clear (for an American IPA) golden body... been a while since I’ve seen a totally clear US IPA... didn’t miss them, just interesting to see one again after my NEIPA dayz. Head is white and billowy. It finishes with some lattice-work lace in the glass and splotchy bits on top. Looks ok, bit of a 6/10.

S: Aroma picks up the slack with a full west coast assertive hop onslaught - think piney/resin hops with a hint of pineapple, surprising green character for a 20th Dec 2017 brew date, and a faint whisper of caramel/biscuit malts and a woody tone. After so many NEIPAs of late this is a welcome change of pace in the aroma [and most likely the flavour as well]. I mean I do love NEIPAs, but God there’s a time and place for every beer style. 8/10.

T: Ahhh, noticeable hop fade, my arch nemesis. Well, I can tell you a fresh can of this would have been pretty damn tasty, but the last three months have not been kind to this can of Breaking Bud. There’s hints of the above hop characters (piney/resin/pineapple/green and woody tones) but the caramel/biscuit malts are ruling this roost now. On the plus side it’s less sweet than dry, this could have been a total malt bomb (as some hop faded brews can be) but the lingering aftertaste dries out the palate and leaves a nice hop resonance. Damn I would have liked this fresh. I would have probably given it an 8/10 here, so I will anyhow. 8/10.

M: Mouthfeel ain’t nothing special: mid to light, slightly creamy carbonation. 7/10.

D: Pretty damn drinkable though - aside from a medium(ish) bitterness - this goes down rather easy for the 6.5% ABV. I would definitely go another. 9/10.

Food match: Lighter SE Asian cuisine, rice paper rolls and such.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pajeff
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Breaking Bud from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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