Breaking Bud
Knee Deep Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #123
Ranked #2,462
4.15 | pDev: 7.23%
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
Breaking BudBreaking Bud
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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Photo of VoodooBear
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.

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Photo of SHDoyle
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.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerSleuth
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.

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Photo of BobbyGreg
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
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.

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Photo of AleManDan
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.

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Photo of PatrickCT
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.

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Photo of Parmesan
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.

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Photo of Viaduck
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

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Photo of Alexcold619
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

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Photo of jadpsu
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
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.

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Photo of kitch
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
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.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
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 WickedBeer
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
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 mvanaskie13
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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 tillmac62
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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 -1%
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 Harrison8
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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 +19.3%
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 -7.5%
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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