Breaking Bud
Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #253
Ranked #4,683
4.14 | pDev: 7.25%
Feb 17, 2023
Feb 25, 2015
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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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Rated by bcmac983 from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 15, 2015
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear golden color with a one finger white head. Smell has citrus,grapfruit pine and sweet malts . Taste follows the nose fruity hops of citrus followed by pine resin and baked bread malts . A fruity and bitter mouth feel a classic WC IPA
Feb 17, 2023
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Knee Deep Brewing Co. "Breaking Bud"
16 fl. oz. can coded "7/12/2022" and sampled on 12/27/22
$3.99 @ Wall to Wall Wine and Spirits, Omaha, NE

Notes via stream of consciousness: This is a West Coast IPA brewed with 2-row, German wheat, English crystal and Mosaic, Simcoe, and Columbus hops. It's poured a clear deep golden body beneath a thumb's width of rocky off-white foam. The aroma is bright with pine, resins, and citrusy & otherwise tropical fruits (apricot, passionfruit, orange, grapefruit). The flavor delivers everything promised by the aroma and more. I'm getting notes of orange, mango, grapefruit, flowers, pine, resins, berries, earthiness, and some light peppery spiciness. That probably makes it sound more complex than it is although those notes are all there. It's fruity and sweetish at the outset but the bitterness (50 IBUs) steps in mid-palate leading it to a dry, earthy, spicy, and grassy/herbal finish that lingers. In the mouth it's medium bodied and lightly crisp. The head held up well but not great, although I do still have an almost completely solid surface covering at the moment. The lacing has left what looks like alostratus clouds dropping rain in the distance. This is a solid West Coast IPA that deserves its notoriety.
Review #8,493
Dec 27, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Staying true to their West Coast roots, Knee Deep brewing is knee deep in hops as their IPA celebrates the old world hops of Columbus and Simcoe with the newer Mosaic variety for a dry and dank session promised.

Pale gold and cast in a medium hoppy haze, Breaking Bud breaks out with a strong fruity and herbal perfume that rolls effortlessly off of its bright white foam. Citrus, tropical and herbal aromas carry and hemp-like scent with potpourri and pot. Scant sweetness greets the palate with a light wafer, bready and honeysuckle sweetness that's brief on the early palate.

By the time the ale washes the middle palate, the sweetness is already retracting and the hops are building. Sharper flavors of pink grapefruit, orang and lime peels create a racy and tangy flavor while a more tropical taste of passionfruit, mango and papaya bring a more succulent and juicy counterpart. A rapid dryness allows for a bold bitterness to emerge with flavors of pine, peppery grasses, hemp and fruit peels.

Medium bodied and trending dry, the beer offers a crisp, clean and highly refreshing session that closes sharply with a long and resinous aftertaste. Its a hop lover's dream beer that has bold flavors, a smoothly bitter finish and a highly drinkable mouthfeel.
Sep 12, 2022
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
OMG this is one GREAT West Coast Style IPA. The hop characters shine in this beer as does the bitterness, but then the dry finish takes it all away. Superbly done!
Sep 01, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Nearly clear burnt orange with a lofty, pillowy head that refuses to dissipate, eventually relenting and slowly settling to reveal copious lacing left behind
Aroma: Grapefruit, orange, blueberries, Cannabis, pine, light tropical fruit notes, fir needles, strawberries, and bready malt
Taste: Starts out with a punch of sappy pine and grapefruit rind that hit hard and are followed by fir, mixed berries, and dank. Malt supports the barrage of hops as they battle for position until citrus, pine, and dank regain their lead for the close
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, and noticeable, medium-strength dryness on the finish
Overall: I forgot just how much I love this beer. It’s a very tasty and well-made WCIPA that probably was one of the, if not the first ‘dank’ IPA before that sub-style was noted as such. Personally, the hop mix is right up my alley along with the bite and dryness I expect and love. Too bad they finally had to lose the obviously referenced can artwork paying homage to a great show but glad what’s in the can remains the same ol’ beer. Recommended
Aug 30, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by FrankCastle from California

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by laketang from Arizona

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Reviewed by Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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
Rated: 4.23 by gefinley from California

Jul 20, 2021
Rated: 4 by Tiernan from Texas

Jul 06, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by JTuomi from Finland

May 12, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by StanleysCup from Maryland

May 11, 2021
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Reviewed by deleted_user_1314598

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Reviewed by Bilch from California

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Rated by sunsjammer from Arizona

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can from the Craft Beer Hop Stop canned on 11/10/20
Jan 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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
Rated: 3.9 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Sep 15, 2020
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Reviewed by ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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
Rated: 3.9 by StoutBoi from New York

Jun 05, 2020
Rated: 4 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

Apr 27, 2020
Rated: 4 by edthehead from Maryland

Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by CHail from California

Dec 26, 2019
Rated: 4 by Husky-Topper from New Jersey

Nov 27, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Nov 24, 2019
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Reviewed by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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
Rated: 4.31 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Nov 07, 2019
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Reviewed by SHDoyle from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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
Rated: 3.69 by markallmon from Tennessee

Oct 11, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Bruno74200 from France

Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Gmartin75 from Pennsylvania

Jul 24, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Jul 20, 2019
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Reviewed by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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
Rated: 4.03 by whitewizard from Arizona

Jul 02, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by sunnovgoat from California

Jun 28, 2019
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Reviewed by BobbyGreg from California

4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
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
Breaking Bud from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1032 ratings