Breaking Bud
Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #129
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,560
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 7.23%
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
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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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OldManMetal from North Carolina

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

Breaking Bud is a great-looking IPA: a giant rocky white head sits atop a crystal-clear, effervescent gold body; head retention is moderate and lacing is good, consisting of thick slabs and caverns. The nose is medium in intensity, and leads with a vinous character that gives way to a tasty blend of grapefruit, sweet/spicy florals and green pine, with slight alcohol overtones. Up front, the palate is a moderately bitter grassy grapefruit flavor with a slight amount of IPA soapiness; mid-palate the grassiness deepens, and the florals from the nose emerge, as does a significant bittersweet nuttiness and bready malt character that challenges the style-moderate bitterness but ultimately falls short. The finish is a nice hit of bittersweet, then somewhat dry; the linger is a modest grassy/pine bitterness that lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the light body, and is slightly astringent; the texture is medium-creamy and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (22 oz bottle, 13 days after pkg)

Jun 04, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 12 oz tulip glass bottled on 8/15/16. Pours a very bright yellow with a fluffy 3 finger sticky white head that that leaves behind gobs of lace.

Smell is pine, marijuana, tangerine, peppery hops, and grapefruit.

Taste follows tropical upfront with hints of gonja, leads to peppery hops, pine, and a hit of grapefruit in the very well balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is maybe medium, loads of life, a little dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is really nice, despite the hefty price $8.99 for the bomber, that being said a very tasty and well crafted beer.

Sep 14, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a handful of beers from these guys, both because they looked good, and because of the great names or references as well. I hope this lives up to it. It does have a very large amount of empty space in the neck which makes me very worried!!! Bottled 6/09/15 so at least it's not too old.

Pours a nice creamy fluffy bubbled 1 finger head that fades at a slower pace, nice soapy lacing, surprisingly crystal clear slight chill hazed honey golden color.

Nose is awesome, some dank resinous hops, musty notes, lots of tropical fruits, passion fruit, guava, a little candied mango, a touch of tangerine and citrus, some candied orange peel, dank resinous hops increase and musty notes, with some sweet candy malt in the background. Then the hops turn to a little salty briny like hop notes, mild hop oils and pine, barley poking through.

Taste brings nice blend of hops and malts again, fruity bubblegum out front, generic fruity flavors, with some tangerine and stone fruit, into mild soft tropical notes, passion fruit, a little mango notes, candied orange zest notes, touch of zest. Mild sweet candy like malts, candied orange zest, sweet malt almost like a DIPA. Then hops turn spicy on the back end, a little briny, earthy with hint of pine sap in the background. Finish is drier thankfully as it was a bit sweeter in the front, spicy earthy hops dominate the finish, a touch of fruity notes, with more candied malt flavors.

Mouth is med bod, decent but a touch on the light side of carb, bit sweet initially.

Overall not bad, the hops are very interesting, dancing between great hops and so-so. I wish the dank resin and tropical notes came through more on the taste as they did on the nose, and less of the earthy spicy hops, and the malts were a lot less overall. Between the overall high bitterness and sweet malty flavors this seemed more like a DIPA than a regular IPA. Still enjoyable though.

Jul 06, 2015
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niiicedave from California

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

looks - skankin', body a little misty, like morning, with light amber bud hairs and head like clouds over rainbow country
smells - like the spray from distant marijuana waterfalls wofting across a meadow
taste - like mandarin oranges at first, but thankfully that gets balanced away by dry creams and bitters
feels - creamy cool and milky, like a surfer dude's skin
overall - my new best friend

Jul 17, 2016
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TheSixthRing from California

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

Bottling date of 06/02/16

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and pure golden in color with an off-white, finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thin, consistent layer on top of the surface. Nice lacing, with a big sheet covering most the glass and streaks breaking off from it.

Smell - Aroma hits on notes of orange, lesser pineapple and mango, and a bit of peppery spice and pine. Bready undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange is the predominant flavor with a touch of pineapple zing and a peppery spice bite. Light pine dank. Malts follow beneath, but hit on bready sweetness and a bit of caramel. Finishes smooth, with light pith bitterness ringing gently in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick texture, then a mostly dry finish.

Overall - A smooth, tasty IPA from Knee Deep that just misses being a truly great one; my only gripe being strength of flavor. If it was just a tad more punchy it'd be World Class, IMO. That said, it's pretty fantastic, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again.

Jul 28, 2016
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RBassSFHOPit2ME from California

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Wow...just WOW. Popped the cap and my boner grew. Dank as Phuck. Lighter fruits and pine / marijuana.

Once poured into a glass, Mango and melon apparent but mellow. Trying to shine but subdued with the piney & "herbal" thing overshadowing. Also, there are Wet Cardboard-ish notes lingering...

This beer reminds me of the off batches of Pliny I've encountered here and there that weren't as "bright" as they should have been with a wet cardboard type flavor lingering around.

After Lupilun River, this wasn't a disappointment but being only 20 days old in the bottle, I expected a little more. HOWEVER, I will say this. The body and mouthfeel is as clean as any world class IPA Ive ever had. Clean, clean beer. Worth the purchase on that alone. As if Vinnie gave the secret code away...

Jul 01, 2015
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Roguer from Georgia

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

Beautiful transparent golden brew, topped by a creamy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Crispy green hop aroma: pine, a touch of grapefruit and pineapple, herbal notes. Smells like a fresh hop beer, actually.

The traits of Mosaic don't show too strongly; it seems complementary in this case to Centennial.

The palate backs that up. There's some fruit, building as you go - pineapple and papaya, a touch of mandarin orange. More dominant however are resinous, green sappy tones.

Despite the name (and hop bill), it isn't overly dank, leaning away from sickly sweetness and toward vegetal piney flavors.

Excellent bite of bitterness keeps it crisp and balanced. The malt shows little sign here: a touch of brown sugar caramel, and a touch of pale biscuit.

Crisp and lively.

This is a fantastic, flavor-packed single IPA. In every aspect save mouthfeel, it could pass for a DIPA.

Oct 20, 2016
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TLA from Pennsylvania

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

Oct 05, 2017
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dextermcgurk from New York

3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 22, 2015
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Erik-P from Canada

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

Aug 07, 2015
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E-McFarden from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 25, 2016
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JayQue from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good IPA. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Nice clear golden color with a small head that stands up well. One band of frothy lacing near the top of the glass and frothy fragments further on down. Nice aroma from the Mosaic and Simcoe hops..both piney and citrusy with the citrus and other tropical fruits a bit more prominent. Flavor is very good. Nice balance between dry biscuity malt and the hops. The pine and tropical fruit are both featured in the taste. Moderate bitterness, more of a flavor bomb than a hop bomb. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry and nicely balanced between hops and malt. This one is a winner, nicely crafted.

Mar 12, 2018
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jkeefe1800 from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 30, 2015
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

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

Apr 27, 2017
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gfields from California

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 24, 2016
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beeragent from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Hazy gold, with a one inch white head, and light lacing. Low amount of carbonation.

S - Smells old and dirty, even a bit metallic (not from the serving glass either). Hint of floral hops.

T - Light malts up front, a hint of caramel, then a citrusy hop finish.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth finish.

O - I really hope this was either a bad batch or an old bottle. According to the reviews, this beer should be really good, but I'm not seeing it here. And for $10 a bomber, I can find better and cheaper options.

Feb 22, 2018
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gman1602 from Texas

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aug 08, 2016
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trevordglenn from California

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

May 04, 2016
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conoraugustine from North Carolina

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

Aug 09, 2015
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biegaman from Canada

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You may be surprised, but Breaking Bud is neither green nor blue - it's yellow. And while it doesn't emit smoke it is outlined by a near vaporous line of pure white foam that leaves small pieces of crystalline lacing on the glass. Looks familiar, refreshing - and possibly highly addictive.

Breaking Bud definitely smells like the kind of thing you don't want your neighbours to know you're having. Hops are marijuana's closest biological relative and it's not uncommon to note a skunky, weedy pungency in IPAs but I have to believe in this instance it was intentional. But it's not all semi-illegal substances - it smells like there's a heaping pile of discarded tropical fruit peels in there too.

The taste, unsurprisingly, is considerably dank - like, 'I feel my tongue turning green' dank. And yet virtually no astringency or bitterness lingers. The finish is impeccably clean. It's curious, but a large reason for this is an especially doughy maltiness that leaves behind wholesome, biscuity tastes. (Apparently flaked wheat is used too which also helps explain the notably light body).

Knee Deep Brewing isn't in the beer business - they're in the hop empire business. But contrary to what you'd think, Breaking Bud is, in some ways, a beer of half-measures. At 50 IBUs and 6.7% alcohol this is far from their biggest, hardest hitting IPA. In fact, this drinks as though it were designed to be docile and accommodating even despite the underlying rank citrus and cat pee notes.

A delicious IPA is the one who knocks. If you're at all familiar with Knee Deep Brewing (or simply even hops and IPAs) then Breaking Bud is a journey you already have the map for. But rest assured it's more than just a funny name and cute label; to be able to jam this much hoppy flavour into an ale so relatively light and easy drinking is nothing less than clever, competent chemistry.

Jul 27, 2015
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bmf5581 from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 09, 2015
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SteveB24 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very earthy and dank, with the slightest bit of citrus in there.
didn't blow my hair bak but it's probably my favorite TV show themed beer.

Jun 29, 2015
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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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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 6/24/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA to drink for a long time.

Jun 24, 2016
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themind from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Another good brew from Knee Deep.

Jul 03, 2015
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