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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 beertastegood
1.88/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a very clear light copper color with a fluffy one-finger head. Pretty good lacing/retention. Aromas of grapefruity/resinous hops, most definitely Cascade/Centennial variety. Slight graininess in the smell, along with a very low biscuit aroma. Not as much "oomph" that IPAs should have as far as hop aroma is concerned.

Taste: Grainy malt flavor up front, followed by a really nasty metallic/astringent/musty flavor that completely takes over the beer and renders it nasty. This flavor has nothing to do with the hops...I know what Cascades taste like and I really like their flavor, so it there has to be another reason. I guess it is remotely possible I got an old/bad bottle, but that is hard to believe as it was purchased in Oregon and brought straight back here.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent for an IPA, full body and low carbonation.

Drinkability: Yeah, right.

Yech. I will try and get my hands on another bottle just to make sure that I didn't get a bad one the first time. But I am not holding my breath.

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Photo of ChazMania
2.23/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


A) Poured nice, had a full creamy head.

S) Thin and nothing disctictive.

T) Flavor is more flat and bland than Im used to with IPA's. I guess I like the big Hops, this is just a basic one, better than macros but not very unique in style character or flavor.

M) Again abit bland and bitter in the not good way.

D) Low, would not buy again. Too many GREAT IPA's to be enjoyed.

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Photo of randal
2.26/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer should be renamed "Eh". Decent color, decent aroma ... Actually the aroma is a little off-putting. A touch medicinally sweet, although this is not reflected in the taste. The body is fairly thin for an IPA - actually I would probably categorize this as an APA considering it is fairly light on malt and hop flavor. All in all pretty much what I would expect from the people who brought us the flavorless ubiquitous Widmer Hefeweizen.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 7/11/2007 (Tap @ JP Hops House):

Pours a little head, whitish. .Color of amber red/brown, clear. Fresh hoppy aroma, bitter, weakish. Strong sour bitter taste, grapefruit aftertaste. Bitter sour aftertaste. Too bitter. Warming up, it balances a little better, but still unbalanced bitter.

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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 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 theozag
2.72/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Perhaps I haven't sampled enough American IPA to rate this beer effectively? Maybe I just picked up a few bottles that are past-date? Whatever the reason, I'm afraid I can't agree with the decidedly positive reviews from other BAs. While this is a tasty beer and it does fall on the happy side of average to me, I suppose I'm used to the "real" IPAs - from UK brewers - and therefore have some difficutly accepting the remarkably bad finish and aftertaste of this beer.

Appeareance is roughly par. A mellow, caramel-colored body topped by a white crown that fades within minutes to a cloudy white lace.

Smell is somewhat above average. Spices are readily discernable and the overall effect is literally mouth-watering.

Starts spicy, roasted, and distinct right from the off.

Settles full-bodied, slightly sweet, and has the kind of hop notes you would expect from any credible IPA. And with sufficient bite to let you know that you are indeed drinking a beer made to stay fresh round the Cape of Good Hope.

The problem is in the finish. I know full well that an IPA is supposed to be rough, increasingly hoppy, and have a slight mettalic aftertaste. But Broken Halo takes all that to extremes. Especially the aftertaste. You'd get a smoother sensation coming off your tongue from a strip of sandpaper. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more bitter hop note from the tail end of any brew. And I hope you have a mint, some mouthwash, or a few crackers to save you from an endless aftertaste.

Want a similar effect on your tastebuds? Suck on a house key for 20 minutes. Not that I tried it, but you know what I mean.

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Photo of shererjt
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, orangish-yellow with an average, off-white head. Very hoppy nose that was rather musty. Has to be dry-hopped. Smelled clean and fruity; needed more malt coming through in the aroma. Taste was fairly bitter and lacking in malt. Not really even that much hop flavor there. Mouthfeel was average, as was the drinkability.

I seem to be in the definite minority, but I found this to be disappointing. Thought it needed better balance. Not terrible, but there are many IPAs I'd prefer to this one. Will have to revisit someday.

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Photo of rye726
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a nice brew and probably my favorite from Widmer Brewing. It pours a bronzish gold color and has a nice tan head. The nose is full of citrus and pine hops with a subtle malt base. The taste also has a big bitter hop profile with some sweet malt. A well balanced medium body has nice carbonation. A fine IPA.

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Photo of beerman21
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden slightly copper color with little to no head.

Smells of grassy hops alfalfa comes to mind even some Brussels sprouts.

Taste bitter grapefruit, hints of pine, metallic aftertaste a little sour. Fizzy carbonation which coats and tingles the mouth.

Drinkability is good not really a beer for IPA fanatics. Not a great IPA average at best.

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Photo of SpruceFish
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

honestly one of the worst IPAs i have ever had very little hop flavor i would not have know this was an IPA if it had not said it on the bottle the smell had nothing maybe a hint of hops thats it kind of a piss yellow color i really was not happy with this beer

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Photo of Buebie
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pub glass. Picked up this single for $1.50

A white fizzy 1'' head forms up, leaving not much of any retention, Not much in the way of lace either, mild thin streaks.
Color is a transparent darker gold with a little chill haze.
Overall, presentation on this does not deliver.

Aroma brings a nice amount of malty caramel cereal grain and bittering pine and citrus hops.
Although aroma seems kind of mild, hops dont come forward much in the way of an ipa, but more like an english.

Taste is also lacking here, not much for hops as an american ipa should call for. Some aspirin and very mild pine with a little bit of leafy hop flavor and just a touch of mint leaf.

Mouthfeel is thin and loaded with carbonation. Finishing dry with some hop bitters lingering.

Overal this is probably one of the worst examples of an american ipa I've had. Does not follow the style. Now if it were badged as an english pale I'd call it one of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of vdread
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Broken Halo IPA pours a clear, pale yellow color with a tiny little head that leaves decent sheets of lacing for the most part.

citrus and pine hop smells are present in the nose. maybe some pale malt in there too.

tastes heavily of grains and bitterness. the malt is pale and light, but still substantial enough to attempt to balance the hops.
the hops come across as having floral, citrus, pine, and slightly leafy/herbaceous character. a sticky resinous hop bitterness seems to overpower some of the other flavors.

mouthfeel ok, very high carbonation, slick, oily on the palate

the first time i tried this IPA i was less than impressed. maybe i'm just a bit more understanding, but it's not really that bad of a beer. unremarkable, yes. overly bitter, yes.

- this beer feels, looks, and tastes more like an american pale ale with added bitterness than an IPA to me.

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Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden copper color with a decent white froth. Aroma is citrusy with caramel but somewhat muted. Flavor is sweet caramel with some grassy and citrusy hops. Pretty standard west coast style IPA but just not as potent or good. Starts to taste pretty crappy if it warms at all. Astringent bitterness and a dry finish. Average all around.

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Photo of DrMalt
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden yellow with a less than sturdy white head that created some residual lacing.

S - Weak aroma, what was present was floral & citrusy.

T - A prominent lack of hop bittering for an IPA.

M - Thin bodied for my liking.

D - Given its faults still a drinkable IPA but probably closer to a Pale Ale. Would not likely repurchase.

Did not fair well in comparison to 6 other IPA's.

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Photo of jwillcourt
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 10/29/2009, about 100 days ago.

A - Yellow, straw color. Two-finger, pillowy, white head with larger than average bubbles. Heads sinks to a soapy film within five minutes. Awesome lacing all the way down the glass. Small number of bubbles up the side.

S/T - Mostly hoppy aroma with faint malt. Taste is mostly hops. There is slight sweetness. The hops are not huge, but there is little else. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

M/D - Feels very wet and a little light-bodied. I expected a more resinous feel based on the huge lacing. I would guess 4-5% ABV not 6%. Light body and low alcohol feel gives it high drinkability.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Broken Halo pours a clare orange with a 2 finger foam head with some soapy lacing.

It had a moderate hop aroma with a sweet smell that was faint. The taste had a soft malt profile with good bitterness but left and off flavor on the finish. It was moderately carbonated and left a good bitterness that lingers. It was an average IPA considering the competitors out there. Not enough hop presence and malt was too over powering.

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Photo of sweethome
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color. Head comes and goes quickly. Leaves some wispy bubbles in halo....hah!.

Nose is subdued for style, a bit of grass, citrus, but limited. Fresh cut grass primarily.

First taste fills out the palate decently. Flavors of subtle sweet malts, some citrus hops - moderate bittering. The mouthfeel is rather simple until the end - same with the bittering. Finishes with a pretty nice bittering.

Lacks a charachter that takes contol. A decent session beer for the style, but simple, under-developed, and a bit mild.

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Photo of woemad
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. I've also encountered it a a couple of sports bars in the area. This appears to have been bottled "APR0406." This may account for the mouthfeel seeming a little less than lively.

Pours a gold/copper color, with about an inch of white head. The head drops fairly quickly, but there's lots of sticky lace left on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is mainly of grapefuit-like hop notes. There's also a grainy, biscuity maltiness.

The hops outweigh the malts in this one, but it's not by a whole lot. Definitely more closely balanced than one would expect from the nose. The hops are just barely out of reach of the grainy maltiness that forms the backbone of this beer. Certainly not as distinctive tasting as I thought it was going to be from the nose. This is a bland IPA.

The mouthfeel of this beer is a little on the leaden side. It just kind of lies in the glass like a hibernating, characterless bear.

Not a bad IPA if you find yourself in the mood for one and it's the only one available, but there's not much else to commend it. I won't feel the need to try this again with so many superior IPAs available to me.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear golden with a medium sized white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts, and fruity, floral hops. There's a bit of DMS.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a peppery hop finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery.

Overall, an OK IPA, nothing special. It is pretty mellow and subdued.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a bit pale for a west side IPA but did have a nice 2 finger head. Nose was subdued although there were some piney and citrus notes present. Flavor, I was not impressed and would have expected more from Widmer. It just lacked the bittering qualities demanded by this style. Mouthfeel was a bit loose, in fact somewhat watery and the body was to light. Overall the beer tasted fine as far as beer goes, but it is not a great IPA.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light golden with a quickly dissipating head. Smell is light in malt and hops with light honey. Taste is bready with firm hops, but not having a balance with the the malts having a light to medium mouthfeel. Overall, just a good all around IPA, had better and had worse, it left a everlasting bitter aftertaste that I didn't care for.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer poured a straw yellow and orange tint with a egg white head that stacked up about an inch tall. Lots of laceing and beading.

Smell: The aromas consist of citrusy sweet pines, green apple peelings, and a light malt bill.

Taste: The flavors are mildly sweet malts, vague citrus hop and a light fruitiness. The alcohol is almost nonexistant.

Mouthfeel: Clean and smooth, crisp bite with a slight bubblely finish. Low to medium carbonation and light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: This is not the best IPA I have had, but it is a good easy drinking sessional beer. Considering that I found this at my local convienent store where BMC runs wild, this is by far the best beer I believe I have bought at a "Stop n Go" type store.


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Photo of armock
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a light copper color with a white head that fades quickly to a thin cover

S - Is of citrus hops with a grapefruit scent

T - The taste is pretty average for an IPA a lot of citrus hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Broken Halo isn't a bad beer it just doesn't get me excited nothing really makes me say wow recently its been the go to beer at local events where AB is the main beer served

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Photo of emmasdad
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a Pale golden orange color with a small white head. Nothing all that exciting going on with the aroma, although I get a little floral- citrusy hops. Nicely balanced flavors, a little sweet caramel malt and some moderate hoppy flavors. A fairly decent beer, but nothing more.

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