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Breakaway IPA | American Brewing Company

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Breakaway IPABreakaway IPA

Brewed by:
American Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RedDiamond on 12-27-2009

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a rich honey amber w/ a thick frothy off-white head. Sticky lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is classic IPA tropical citrus & pine - clean and crisp.

Taste is dry biscuity malt w/ a hint of caramel, balanced by sharp citrusy hops and a bitter finish. Nice round full-bodied mouthfeel, very drinkable.

Overall just a solid, well-crafted IPA.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this from Brickhouse in Vancouver, WA

appearance - copper, white head, some lacing

smell - citrus and grapefruit mixed with some malt sweetness

taste - huge hop profile, grapefruit, citrus and even some pine

mouthfeel - medium body, well carbonated, slick

drinkability - went through a growler in no time with a buddy, the hop flavor kept drenching the palate, really tasty beer!!

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Photo of ccrida
4.44/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Dog & Pony, Breakaway IPA (brewed up here in the sound, not FL) is pale auburn with a light off-white head leaving very light lace.

Smell is massive grapefruit, loving that, some caramel emerges as it warms.

Taste is big citrus hops, grapefruit, nice. A little phenolic, a touch of toast, but this one is all about the glory of NW hops.

Mouthfeel has an oily slickness, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is high. A pungent IPA, almost all hop flavor, just enough malt, but barely. The all hops and minimal malt taste/body IPA is not for everyone, but it's by far my preference, and this one nails it. Loving this. Seek out.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.48/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a pint glass at Honey Hole in Seattle on 11/11/11

Deeply cloudy; burnt orange and brown. Smooth one finger head drops slowly. Solid sheets of speckled lace.

Herbal, pine and earthy hop aromas. Orange peel, grapefruit and a hint of lemon (more citric as it warms). Cracker and semi-sweet bread. Smells fine, but average. However, one sip is telling - heavy bread, biscuit and some caramel. Modest spritz of citrus. Marginal bitterness. Dirty hop finish wrought with earth. Hops lack emphasis. Hefty medium body - thick with malts. Finishes on the dry order with hints of prickly hops lingering. Average carbonation.

Overall impression - an undistinguished IPA in a land of really, really good ones.

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Photo of Docer
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- A murky amber yellow with big thick white head. Settles to a thin film which is spotty and lace about the glass. Certainly an unfiltered beer.

Smell: (4.0)
- Bready grainy malt, light caramel, and some good smelling hops. Little light citrus hop, zingy lemon zest.. little grassy and floral. Overall not bad.

Taste: (4.0)
- Solid hoppy brew. Big citrus hops, lovely earthy grains.. caramel, bready.. zesty bitter hops. Some of all the hop characteristics. Pine, citrus zest, and floral all packed into this brew. Tastes quite good.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Somewhat of a light body.. easy to drink. Rather chewy as well and drying. Well carbonated. Almost seems a little too light.. but overall the chewiness takes hold.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a very good tasting IPA. Big bitter hops, and wonderful hop flavors. It's odd though really.. the mouth feel doesn't seem to match the flavor etc. It certainly packs in the hops though and won't disappoint the hop heads out there like myself.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and it left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of orange peel and other tropical fruits. Some toast maltiness, too.

T - It taste of citrus and a good burnt toast maltiness. Good balance of sweet and bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice American IPA. I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange amber with thin tan head and okay retention. Earthy resin and citrus aroma. Flavor follows the aroma without too much of an earthy presence. A very strong hop presence with a moderately long linger though a good malt base that’s lightly sweet. Smooth feel with a sharp bite.

A good hop bomb IPA that, like many others, loses most of the flavor to the hop bitterness. The flavors come back if you take your time but really becomes hard to finish. There’s certainly nothing off about the flavor of hop linger so it’s a good over hopped beer that would be good for a pint if you’re in the mood.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange body with a thin finger of ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: big dose of biscuity, nutty malt aroma topped with some floral hops. Not bad, but it is not the aroma I expect from such a strong IPA.

Taste: big biscuity flavor. Again, floral hops are on the tongue. There's almost a corn-flavored aftertaste -- not my favorite, but really not *too* bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation. It's got the mouthfeel of a very solid IPA -- not bad.

Overall: it seems like this corny aftertaste is really getting to me. American's blonde ale did the same for me -- corny in a bad way. This beer at least has the hops to overcome this, but still it's not something I want to drink again.

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Photo of NWer
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had it on tap at the brewery and had the dry hopped cask as well. This review is the first bottling.
From 22 oz bottle pour into a brandy snifter.
Looks beautiful. Dark bronze look. Nice head retention. Nice lace.
Smell is citrus citrus citrus.
Taste, a hop bomb. I like it while drinking it but it hangs around too long sucking out my taste buds long after drinking.
Smooth it out just a little and this would be a great beer.
Now, it needs a little tweaking in the recipe in my opinion.
Update 9/7/11 I'm upgrading my taste rating a notch. My basic impressions unchanged but the taste is very enjoyable. I think it's a very good beer overall and deserves better than a "b".

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Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-cloudy orange-amber color with about an inch of off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very hop forward, much citrus, some pine and floral notes, with just a hint of malt sweetness in the background. On the tongue the hops explode across the taste buds, with just a bit of malt stickiness.

The body was nicely full, without being heavy. Drinkability is dangerously easy, having several will be easy to do. Overall, a top-notch brew. A must try when you see it and worth some effort to find.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Uber tonight.

The beer pours something of a light copper color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is a bit unusual in this beer, with the light sweet malt and moderate hoppy bitterness imparting something of baked apple aroma. The malt in this beer is pretty intriguing, and reminds me of various English ales I've had over the years (I could easily mistake this for a glass of Fuller's ESB). On the palate, this is astounding. It really tastes very much like a slightly hopped up version of the Fuller's ESB. That is, it has as an easy going, sturdy, sweet malt base, but with noticeable bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pretty good, and fairly long, finish. Drinkability is pretty damn good, especially for the 7% abv. (according to the Uber menu).

Interesting stuff....

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Photo of RedDiamond
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's the backstory: Skip Madsen used to brew at Water Street Brewing in Port Townsend. It's not clear why he left Water Street, but he now works as something of a guest brewer at Baron, brewing his line of Breakaway beers in Baron's house. In this sense, Breakaway isn't a standalone brewery but has become the third label under Baron's umbrella.

Though Breakaway beers are rare birds, the good news is that this IPA is a fine drinking ale. It has a gorgeous hop garden flavor and smell, plastered lace and sizzling bitterness. It's not unlike chewing a tangerine rind for its bold citric and fruit flavors. The beer is clouded apricot colored and is unrepentant in its hop character. It's like a liquid hops grenade.

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Breakaway IPA from American Brewing Company
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