Broken Halo IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Broken Halo IPABroken Halo IPA

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
availability: year-round
bitterness: 45 IBU
alcohol by volume: 6.0%
original gravity: 14.25° PLATO

Pale, Caramel 10L & 20L, Carapils

Alchemy, Cascade, Zeus

Added by Reidrover on 04-05-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 199
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Came in darker than average, dark amber vibe, hit all the C hops in the aroma, some late stage, probably centennial.

Good mix of citrus and pine, sturdy malt backbone of caramel that isn't too heavy. A pretty neat beer at a good price, wish they would make this one again, its plenty solid for just over $1, gives a hop fix perfect for spring time before you want a lighter shade of pale ale or ipa.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy medium golden in color, with a modest white head, which soon collapses to scattered patches of foam. Thin lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Caramel notes are accompanied by pine hops.

Taste: Opens with caramel malt and aggressive pine hops. AS the taste progresses, the caramel malt shines through a bit, offering some balance to the fairly intense hops. Finishes with a wave of pine tar hops and a little sweet malt.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, fairly pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A decent example of the style, I wonder why Widmer Brothers stopped brewing it?

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8-13-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured a half finger of foam, cloudy pale yellow color with carbonation present

S – Slight malt back bone, good amount of hop presence

T/M – Lighter bodied brew, hints of piney hop after taste but still a pretty smooth brew

D – Decent brew, easy to drink a couple of these in one sitting. Glad I had tried but wouldn’t seek this brew out again

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this for the first time w/ elrogish. Cool little pour, dark amber. Heavy lace. Nice hop aroma, seems like the traditional variety, cascade, chinook, centennial.

Taste, good beer, average citrus hoppy, not bracingly bitter, enough malt to give it a good chewy feel while remaining dry and only positive aftertaste consisting of a mildly hoppy mouthfeel. Caramel. This is a good ipa you can give to people who are ready for bigger and better things from beer. Very pleasant, better than average price for these.

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Photo of beagle75
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Initially hazy but clearing, medium golden color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Strong pale malt is rustic, toasty, and appealing, with a whiff of fermented honey. Hops are grassy and floral, fairly bright, with a gassy hint of carbonic acid evident.

T: Begins dry, with grainy malt amidst weak herbaceous and mixed citrus hop aromatics. Acidity is pleasantly moderated. Sweetness peaks in the middle as malt turned to honeyed pilsner and hops become medicinal and astringent, but stay passive. The finish is moderately bitter and more dry than the middle, with a lingering flavor of apple juice detectable. An overall heaviness pervades all portions of the taste, stemming from a distinct quality of fermentation that is slightly oppressive but stops short of being boozy or tasting of raw ethanol.

M: Medium viscosity, substantial and surprisingly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA is appealing despite some inconsistencies in flavor, in large part to its light and bright sensory profile and its low ABV for the style. It may make the critical drinker reflect that they don't know why they keep drinking, but they do.

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 6pack of 12oz bottles from BevMo in San Jose, CA and paid in the neighborhood of $7-8.50 for the pack. I've had probably 4 of these so far and am reviewing on around the 5th. I've not been particularly impressed on the first 4. I pour into a standard pint glass to review.

Standard white head of just under an inch. Corn yellow in color and slightly cloudy. A thin layer of retention remains. Carbonation evident but not much rising from the bottom of the glass. Good lacing.

Aroma is toward the hoppy side of the style, but somewhat muted and certainly held up by a nice malt backing. Citrusy and somewhat floral with both grapefruit and pine noted.

There seems to be an off flavor here which keeps reminding me of fish. Good balance with many of the aforementioned characteristics in the nose coming through also in taste.

Medium body with a somewhat crisp finish and mild hoppy aftertaste that doesn't linger or kill your tastebuds. Nice level of carbonation.

I think their Drifter Pale Ale is very good and will much rather purchase that in the future.

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Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Pours a golden color with a very small head with decent lacing.

S: Has a clean aroma of citrus and pine. with traces of fresh grain.

T: Taste is a mixture of citrus and pine with a trace of sweetness. Has a nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp & refreshing.

O: Very enjoyable. This is not a overpowering IPA. This beer falls somewhere between a Pale Ale and an IPA.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Light, clear amber body with a small, white, creamy head. Interesting head compared to most IPAs I'm used to drinking. Floats on top of the body for a while and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is primarily light piney hops. A hint of citrus and sweet malt, but not terribly inviting.

Fortunately the taste is little better than the aroma. Mildly hoppy with some grapefruit mixing in with the piney hop flavors. Decent sweet malt balance. Solid bitter hop finish.

Medium body. Oily hop textures. Pretty drinkable. Only about a half step rather than a full step above a pale ale. Nonetheless, a solid offering.

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Photo of JMad
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass...

It pours a golden yellow color with a small white head that left some good lacing,

The smell is light, it consists of grapefruit, sweet malt and pine.

It tastes a bit musty, like a wet dog, but it's also hoppy, oily, with citrus, sweet malt, and a nice bitter finish.

This beer is very smooth and it leaves the mouth nice and dry.

I thought it was very drinkable, and would be a good IPA for beginners.

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Photo of Grate
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It might be a little stronger than some but it doesn't make a different in taste. In fact this IPA seems to be almost too smooth sometimes.
Nice flavor a little less hoppy than I would usually expect...

Less likely to get some nasty after-taste and it burps nicely too..

Sometimes I taste it twice, but I guess I got my dad's stomach..

This is my other "go-to" beer besides Bridgeport IPA.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Front Porch Pub in Houston.

Average looking beer... amber color with a finger-worth of bubbly white head.

Smells like a typical basic American IPA... hoppy aroma with some hints of sweet malt in there as well. More citrus than pine I think, but both come through.

Easy to drink the flavor is similar to the aroma. This is not a bold, in your face, IPA, but rather a good one for someone trying to learn more about hoppy beers.

Not bad, but nothing I'd be excited to try again.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a somewhat hazy light orange. white head is somewhat long lasting, with hints of lace.
S- Pine, slight citrus hops. Malt tends toward sweet side.
T- Pale malts, with pine hops and hints at citrus present. The flavor is good but it loses a full point because there is a noticable metallic flavor in the finish that doesn't sit right at all.
M- Carbonation is a bit harsh, but the body is good.
D- A great price value and a decent IPA. the metallic flavor present in the finish, along with the over-aggressive carbonation make this lose points that would otherwise make this one of the better IPA's out there.

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Photo of DapperDan9
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium to darker golden, very clear, with a nice foamy head that left thin lacing.

S- Mild citrusy hop aroma. Hops are present but didn't jump out at you for and IPA.

T- Pretty mild hop flavors. Not unpleasant, but indistinct.

M- Nice carbonation, a crisp feel on the tongue that's smooth going down.

D- Overall not a bad beer, but it's a bit boring compared to other big flavored IPA's that are available. I'm sure I'd buy it again occasionally, especially with the lower price tag, but it's not one I'm gonna be searching for.

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Photo of csiewert
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Your standard IPA minus some hops. Pours a golden color with little head. Smells of malty sweetness with some slight citrus hops. The taste is fairly bland for an ipa but there is some nice citrusy hop flavor towards the end. Mouthfeel is clean and easy to drink. Overall a decent pale ale... Although I wouldn't classify it as a traditional ipa.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this for $5.99 at the supermarket.
Bright gold, a Vmax pour didn't produce much head..for this I am very grateful.
I smell grapefruit.
Taste is on par with my favorite IPAs. Grapefruit is the dominant flavor.
There is enough carbonation to produce a nice tingle.
This is a very nice IPA and the price will make this one a "go to" choice as a daily drinker.

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Photo of Andrew644
2.59/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- medium gold with a lingering white head that leaves lacing on the glass.

S- very little aroma for an IPA, what is there seems to be floral/fruity hop aroma.

T- The flavor is almost all hops which an IPA should be. The fruit flavor doesn't come through, I could smell it but I can't taste it, the flavor seems to be more of a woody/floral hop flavor. It is a little harsh with an aftertaste that isn't very pleasant.

M- nice carbonation that works well with the style.

D- Probably wouldn't buy this again

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Photo of Mora2000
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a very small white head. The aroma is bread and papaya, but it is very faint. There is hardly any aroma at all. The flavor is stronger, but is still not too great. I get some orange and pine from the hops, as well as some bready malt. There is also some other tropical fruits present in the flavor such as mango and papaya. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/golden color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus. A subtle caramel sweetness in the nose, too.

T - It had a sharp, burnt toast maltiness with some citrusy hops. Good bitterness with a sweetness to match.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied IPA with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty tasty IPA. Makes for a nice session brew, too.

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Photo of MirImage
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance: A slightly darker than staw color. A white think creamy head that stayed put for a while. It also had good lacing.

Smell: Get some floral hop notes. Unfortunately it isn't very pungent.

Taste: Good bittering flavor as well as tasting hops. Sits very well on the tongue all the way through.

Mouthfeel: I think it has a little too much of a hop burn. The Beer did feel good otherwise in the mouth.

Drinkability: A little to carbed up otherwise at only 6% i'd drink quite a bit of this.

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Photo of philbertk
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--"Broken Halo IPA--""A Devilishly Good India Pale Ale." 2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--45 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Mild lace head. Clear bright golden color. Rich floral hop mild Cascade front. Rich semi-sweet slightly earthy caramel butter grassy grapefruit body. Tangy balanced creamy hop spice bitter citrus end. Nice! Sampled 6/13/2006.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Broken Halo IPA--India Pale Ale--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--45 IBU's (4.0 / 5.0) IPA--Thin lace fizzy head. Clear bright thin light gold fizzy color. Mild floral hop front. Crisp mild sweet butter caramel mild creamy refreshing smooth body. Easy mild hop spice refreshing end. Session IPA. Sampled 9/28/2008. 4 @ $2.69 Each.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Broken Halo IPA--India Pale Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 45 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Big foamy lacy white head. Bright fizzy clear dull gold color. Sweet floral grapefruit hop front. "Alchemy, Cascade, & Zeus Hops". Mild sweet crisp hop infused light golden ale body. Smooth crisp refreshing mellow hop spice end. Well made. Seems hoppier than 45 IBU's. Very floral hops! Sampled 10/7/2010. 6-Pack Purchased for $7.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard on 10/7/2010.

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Photo of SteelKettle
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: golden yellow with a nice two finger off white head with good retention
Smell: hops and some citrus hints
Taste:a smooth blend of bitter hops and malt with a clean aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with good carbonation clean feel
Drinkability: good drinkability

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours with a nice big frothy head about two inches settles nicely into a thick-ish layer over the brew. There is lots of hazy suspended yeast and is a golden color with some orange hues in the backround. The lacing is very clingy, with lots of little bubbles sticking to my glass.

S- The hops are present immediately, closely followed by citrus notes and some clean pine aromas as well. There is some oily character that I'm guessing is from the hop flowers used, which rounds out the malt sweetness.

T- The flavors closely resemble the aromas....lots of hop bitterness in the front and on the finish, but it is balanced out nicely by sweet malts and some oil breaking citrus flavors, including grapefruits....rind and all. It is clean and crisp tasting.

M- Medium bodied and the carbonation is plentiful, but the bubbles are fine. It feels leafy/earthy and I feel like I've put some fresh hop cones in my mouth.

D- I'd enjoy drinking this beer and would like to try it with a spicier dish, such as a thai curry. For a 6% brew, the booze is hidden well and I think this is a great beer for the summertime.

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Photo of Malt
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden color with good carbonation. It has a citrus/grapefruit smell to it.The head starts out thick but goes away quickly. There is a nice lacing going on here(trying it in a pint glass right now).. I am not a big fan of citrus flavors but this one is pretty good. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Jeriba
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 7/14/2010.

A: Pours a golden honey color with minimal head.

S: Prominent hoppy aroman with grapefruit, floral, and pine.

T: Bitter citrus and hops, followed by prominent maltiness and a crisp, bitter finish.

M: Crisp and well-carbonated.

D: Very good for the price. The balance of bitter hops and faintly sweet maltiness kept me interested. I'm glad I got a 6-pack, and for $6.49 a pack, I can see myself adding this one to my everyday summer rotation.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a cheap sixer of this while visiting Washington.

A: pours a clear gold, foamy white head, great retention

S: nice sweet and bright citrusy hops up front, some biscuity malts underneath. The aroma reminds me a lot of NB Ranger IPA.

T: the hops come through nicely with the perfect amount of bitterness, nice balance

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

D: this is a solid and affordable IPA. Too bad thiss one doesn't come out to the Chicago area

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