Breaking Bud
Knee Deep Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #134
Ranked #2,819
4.15 | pDev: 7.23%
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
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Notes: 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.
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laketang from Arizona

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with great head retention.
Nice notes of ripe fruit, and hop resin.
Grapefruit, passionfruit hop bitterness.
Chewy feel, light carbonation.
Likeable west coast style and love the mosaic.

Aug 07, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok.... It's a decent IPA... But I'm looking at other reviews (which one should never do before writing one's own) and I'm just not feeling it..... Above average, yes..... Outstanding or special? Nah

Jul 25, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now were talking.. Favorite beer so far from Knee Deep Brewing. I poured from a 16 ounce can into my Speigelau IPA glass and got a beautiful carbonated 2 finger head which didn't surprise me because of the 1 1/2 month old date..Very fresh and tasty.

The color presented a perfect golden copper with bursts of papaya, grapefruit, and a slight tropical salad notes..

The smell was bursting with sharp dank hops, and was skunky yet pleasant with its earthy hop appeal..I'll definitely buy this one again and its definitely affordable I must say..Cheers.

May 09, 2021
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Bilch from California

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottled 06/10/2020 (grr). 22 oz for $9 (grr). at least it put a date. poured into a 16 oz mason jar.

look: Gold3n amber, clear. 3 inch, yellow white, medium bubble head (which becomes fine and billowy) lingers. intricate lacing.

smell: piney hops and malt. some citrus.

taste: The hoppy bitterness is immediately entwined with the malt. biscuit breads, and piney hops. hops linger beautifully.

feel: medium low carbonation, medium to full mouth feel.

overall: outstanding beer. whatever your style, this is dang great beer! I was skeptical about the name, even wondering if it had hemp. then it was bottled almost 8 months ago. I thought I would be disappointed somehow, but this is really a fine beer

Feb 14, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4-pack 16oz cans $12.99 Target
51 days old
Smell lightly of pine and citrus
Light clear golden-amber color
Light-medium mouthfeel
Light-medium carbonation
Light taste of pine, citrus, some bitterness, watery
Overall disappointed. Based on the score I expected a strong IPA, but got a weak watery one. Would not buy again, especially at this price.

Nov 14, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold color-2 finger, white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells of melon, tropical fruit and dank onion.

Taste follows the nose. The slight onion on the finish detracts from this being better.

Medium-light mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

A nice offering that I would have again.

Jul 25, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice brew on the pour, hazy orange, with ample head and plenty of lace. Wonderful fruity, hoppy taste -- mango and passion fruit come through, some bitterness, but crisp finish. Outstanding brew, will be buying again -- if I can find it!

Jul 25, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 7.49 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.468/oz). Received 5/30/20 from Craftshack, San Diego, CA. Reviewed 6/6/20.
Marked on can’s lower lip in near-microscopic type “03/09/2020”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.25.
First pour – Straw (SRM 3), clear.
Body – Pale gold (SRM 4), slight haze. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular three to ten mm crown and a thin partial layer with a few rocks.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4 – Initially light with a bit of dankness and weak conifers, no yeast, no malt.
Flavor – 4 – Begins mildly bitter and dank with a touch of conifer, no malt, no yeast. No alcohol (6.5% ABV, as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl or dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, a bit heavier than watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation – 4. A solid west coast IPA, one I’ll drink again if I’m ever back on the west coast. But with shipping adding 50% to the price and the dubious freshness of shipped IPAs, I will not be ordering any more. The can is a simple combination of photo and cartoon, uncluttered, and contains more than average information.

Jun 06, 2020
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: The thick, rocky, one finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a lot of patchy lacing. it's a clear gold color.

Smell: There's a sharp, orange and grapefruit peel aroma at first; followed by some softer fruity scents of fresh grapefruit pulp and lemon.

Taste: It has an exceptionally well balanced flavor profile. There's a fruity sweetness at the beginning of orange and grapefruit, followed by some interesting floral and piney notes as well. It ends with a a slight malty sweetness and a strong, yet far from overwhelming bitterness that ties everything together.

Mouthfeel: It's surprisingly substantial and even mildly creamy. There's a sharp crispness from the medium-high carbonation and it's quite refreshing too.

Overall: An awesome, well balanced beer with a classic American India Pale Ale flavor profile.

Nov 07, 2019
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SHDoyle from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Description: Gold, slightly off white head and pretty clear. Aroma is pine, dankness, melon and mango. Unfortunately, the smell, while nice, is kind of 'light'. Taste is a balance of sweet and bitter, but like the flavor it's a little light. Some pine but the dank aromas disappear in the taste. Body is medium with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) It's alright, but I would've liked a more robust aroma and flavor. A big caveat is that the can was a little over a year old which could certainly contribute to the less than stellar smell/taste. But...that's the can I had so that's all I can rate. Would like to try this when it's fresh.

Nov 05, 2019
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tropical fruit and pine on the nose. Taste is hop forward. Light malts compliment 50 ibu's. Great balance of clean German malts and California hops. This is a unique twist on the IPA. Really good. mmmmmmm. Quick clean finish. This beer is fairly basic and I like it. Definitely worth the price.

Jul 11, 2019
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BobbyGreg from California

4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer and I’m kinda obsessed with it. I live pretty close to Auburn CA and stop by the brewery every time I can. Great family vibe to the place plus good food trucks. I even fly into the airport, take my passengers there, grab some Breaking Bud for when I get home and the airplane is tied town. I love IPAs and this one tops my list. Great to see it getting national distribution, found it in NJ recently to give to friends.

Jun 25, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a pint glass. 05/01/2019. Got it at Hop and Hound. I know I've had it before, I'm a bit surprised I haven't reviewed it before.

Pours clear brassy gold with a big head and lots of carbonation. Smell is primarily hop resin.

Taste is a pretty interesting balance of bready maltiness, honey sweetness, and hoppy resin/bitterness. Not over the top.

Mouthfeel is not dry, but not heavy. Overall, it's a good beer.

Jun 24, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper filtered with little carbonation and 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells really west coast style, pineapple, dankness, and tropical fruit.

Tastes of grapefruit pith, tropical fruit and some dankness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Redding where I am drinkiing it April 25th, 2019. Excellent brew.

Apr 26, 2019
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AleManDan from California

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This drinks and feels like a bigger beer than it is and it brings a medley of West Coast hop flavors including tropical—especially pineapple and dank melon—as well as floral and piney.

It’s not hugely bitter but it finishes spicy and piney and dry, which for me makes it feel a little old school but the variety of hop flavors especially the funky and dank pineapple make it really standout.

I can sense the wheat softening the feel. More a creamy medium mouthfeel initially on the top of the tongue and then a dry, clean but piney finish.

Well crafted. Polarizing can design.

Apr 02, 2019
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex!

Crystal clear light copper body. Two finger soapy white head that leaves lots of sticky lace.
The aroma is ripe mango, orange juice, fresh pine and hint of honey.
The taste follows the nose. Lots of fruit. Ripe mango, orange juice with a piney, spicy finish.
Light mouth feel and slightly sticky. Light-medium body with medium carbonation.

Mar 01, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a beautiful yellow gold color with a large creamy white head and several thick fingers of lacing on the glass. A very beautiful beer.

S: Notes of sweet tropical fruit, pine and dank hops, a very nice smelling west coast IPA.

T: Sweet tropical fruit, lemon, grapefruit, piney and dank too, with a medium bitterness.

F: Medium body creamy smooth body.

O: This is a fantastic IPA.

Feb 15, 2019
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Viaduck from California

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pretty amber body with an impressive white fluffy head. Very pleasant aroma of grapefruit, honey, pine & malt. Fairly bitter, slightly sweet. Lots of grapefruit & citrus & pine & wheat. Nice flavors. Thin & well carbonated. Very nice.

Feb 10, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear light amber color with a billowy white head. The head has fairly good retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a bready malt smell mixed with some tropical fruit aromas of mango and pineapple. Along with these smells comes some hop aromas of a pine and citrus nature.
Taste – The taste begins with a tropical fruit sweetened malty flavor with some pineapple, tangerine, and mango all present. Upfront there is a citrus hop flavor that grows stronger as the taste advances. All the while the tropical fruits are replaced by some more malt and a bit of light caramel. More towards the middle and the end of the taste comes some resinous hop flavors of a pine nature. In the end, with all the flavor transitions that occur throughout one is left with a somewhat fruity and malty body with a resinous and citrus hop taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew was somewhat lighter and crisp with a carbonation level that was rather normal. For the citrus and pine hop the lighter body is nice, but a little thin for the malty tastes.
Overall – A pretty tasty IPA overall, worth a try if you get the chance.

Jan 15, 2019
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Alexcold619 from California

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely clear and crisp but very flavorful with a great smell , I thouroghly enjoyed itand the ABV is spot on. It went down extremely smooth. I really enjoyed the taste

Jan 04, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a 16 oz can off the single shelf at Legacy.
LOOK: Pours a very light amber with some haziness along with an all white head that has fair retention but shows solid side glass lace.
AROMA: Resin, citrus hops, mango bread malts.
TASTE: Pungent hops, tropical fruits, mildly puckering bitterness, drying.
Really good, well bablanced IPA.

Dec 25, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 11/08/2018

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew. Nice to see them around here.

Dec 02, 2018
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, dated 10/10/18. Pours clear orange gold with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malt with lots of very dank and resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with lots of dank resiny hops and a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, malty, dank and resiny IPA.

Nov 28, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Oct 24, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Oct 15, 2018
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