Broken Halo IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Broken Halo IPABroken Halo IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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

malts:
Pale, Caramel 10L & 20L, Carapils

hops:
Alchemy, Cascade, Zeus

Added by Reidrover on 04-05-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
199
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
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2
Gots:
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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 199
Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a solid head that retains well and leaves a few dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Fresh grapefruit juice aroma with a touch of grain

Taste: After a touch of the biscuit, the grapefruit and grainy hops take over and provide a refreshing, bitter blast at mid-palate; after the swallow, a bit of malt appears to moderate the bitterness; the grapefruit flavor persists well into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Surprisingly refreshing, with a great citrus flavor

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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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It would be very hard to argue against Broken Halo unless you demand for your beer to be clear; and you know how the brothers love their yeast! It's hazy golden-orange body looks great in the glass, and it exhibits fine head retention and lacing. The nose is quite welcoming with gentle, but very fruity citrus, and a mild note of sweetish malt. The body is delicately crisp and smooth with a very fine bubbled, moderate carbonation. The flavor is bursting with a combination of fruity citrus (mainly grapefruit, but also tangerine and subtle pineapple), grainy and lightly caramelish malt, and an underbelly of gently piney hop. The bitterness is solid but smooth, and anchors it nicely in the finish as the hops leave the palate with a zing of zippy citrus. It's remarkably well-balanced and drinkable without any faults at all. Quite nice!

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into new belgium globe glass.

Pours a finger of white head that fades down to a thin layer. Leaves some nice splattered lace. Color is an orange hued gold.

Aroma: At the first bit, there is some pine hops, but then the floral hops kick in. A decent amount of citrus blend. More sweeter citrus here. Some bready malts balance it out. Not to bad.

Taste: More pine notes here than floral hops. Tons of bready malts. The citrus is grapefruit, a little muted here.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, a little crisp. Medium bodied with a medium to higher amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, it is a decent IPA. I have never seen it in 6 packs, but it was part of the sample pack. It is a decent IPA, but nothing spectacular. I'd rather have 2H or furious. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date of 28 mar 06, assume that's a bottled on date since the beer is pretty new (as far as I know) Pours honey to bronze with a 2 fingers+ fluffy offwhite head and slightly effervescent. Good lacing and head retention

Smell: Honey, floral & spicy hops

Taste: Grapefruiity, puckery hops up front & then some fruittiness. finishes fruity and hoppy.

MF: Good balance and carbonation, a little to much hop emphasis

A little too grapefruitty to drink all day, but a pretty simple and
enjoyable AIPA. Another solid, but not super great beer from widemer. Nothing wrong with being consitently good!

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

05/24/07- Purchased at The Liquor Store in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottling date on the neck of the bottle. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep golden colored pour. Pretty cloudy with micro fine yeast sediment. A full inch head upon pour that settles at a nice rim. Decent patches of lace left behind.

Smell- A medly of grapefruit and pine hop aroma with nice toasted malt notes.

Taste- Grapefruit and lemony hop flavor with a pine finish. Malt plays almost even with the hop profile. Fruity and sharp hops catch my attention the most though.

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation level. Lasting semi bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Widmer has been putting out some decent beers as of late. I kinda wrote them off a few years ago, but I'm impressed with this one and several others I've had.

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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 DoubleJ
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What kind of beer will I get tonight? Widmer Hefeweizen was not nice to me, but Drop Top Amber was refreshing, so it will be interesting where this IPA goes. On to the beer:

Less body than the usual IPA, a washed-out and hazy morning sunshine color. The head might be less impressive than the body. Well..at least it smells like hops. Bit of caramel and Twix cookie in there too. The taste...bitter hops. Hoppy, yes...depth, not really. Big bitter citrus bite with thin malt throughout the beer. More bitterness rushes in. It's clean and mildly crisp with a bit of alcohol wieght in the feel.

A little more with the malt could make this a good IPA from a major brewer. It has some flaws, but it's not a drainpour...I've had worse IPA's.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

February 2008 Bottle Date; Sampled April 2008
A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, frothy, somewhat large-bubbled, pale tan colored head that leaves some nice, spotty lace patterns on the sides of my tulip as it slowly subsides. The beer is a brilliantly clear copper color as it sits on my desk, but shows a bright, golden-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of cracker-like malt and citrus / pin hops, though definitely leans towards the latter. Aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, light pine (towards the end) melds with a husky, saltine-cracker like malt character and perhaps a touch of honey-like malt sweetness.

Somewhat dry up front, the beer picks up a touch of malt sweetness towards the middle with helps to accent the fruity hop character. Bitter hop notes and a grassy, herbal, pine-sap like hop-flavor are more accented than in the aroma. The bitterness is nice bracing from the get go, though, even with the light malt profile, this beer could use even a bit more bitterness. There is quite a bit of citrus flavors here, it leans towards grapefruit and tangelo.

A decent IPA, despite being an IPA, it could use a bit more malt character that would help to accent the existing hop character a bit more. I do like how easy drinking this beer is, it is quite quaffable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40, poured into a shaker pint. Listening to Global Underground Nick Warren: Shanghai mix.

Pretty aggressive pour produced a minimal head that sits on top of very clear honey gold elixer.

Smell is very balanced citrus and floral hops off set by a lite caramel and toasted malt aroma.... no problems at all.

Flavor is smooth... good bitterness flows into the expected hops and malts... very balanced... again pretty standard. Middle of the road mouthfeel and perfect carbonation.

This brew is simply a good above average PNW IPA; it is not going to wallop you over the head with anything, but it's still nice enough to go into a regular IPA rotation... and really its a pretty good value for a beer thats found nearly everywhere in these parts.

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

Amber colored beer with a decent white head. Slight chill haze and this does have the near official orange IPA color.

The smell is quite hoppy with pretty much 100% NW type hops. Very full of grapefruit and pine aroma. Slightly spicy to the nose this is fresher smelling than you would expect from Widmer.

The taste starts out dry and woody. Quite full of C type hops mostly grapefruit and pine but there is quite a bit of malt too. Strong malt for an IPA, lots of caramel taste.

The mouthfeel is good.

An OK IPA but not one that would be the first one to try. Decent if you can't find something really good.

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

A: Clear, deep golden/amber color. Poured with a 2 inch off-white head that held up well and laced thick. Light carbonation.

S: Herbal hops dominate with full grapefruit and pine aromas that settle-in. Barely detectable (to me) sweet malt.

T: Starts dry, but quickly dominated by same hop flavors as smell. Plenty of malt; more pronounced in flavor, especially caramel, than in the aroma.

M: Full bodied, but pleasantly so. Light carbonation doesn't fill. I really liked it. Best balance came through for me here.

D: Decent and drinkable. Slightly lower ABV than some make it drinkable. Might not be a first choice, but would probably try it again.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from weefisheads via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head above the clear dark golden brew. Headholds strong, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is lightly of piney fruity hops. Taste is sedate overall, esp for a NW IPA, upfront pale malt, with present and accounted for but not overpowering hoppiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and although this one isn't the hop bomb I might have expected, I have to appreciate a moderately balanced IPA when I find them.

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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 champ103
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange/yellow color. A small, bubbly white head forms and leaves some spotty lace.
S: Lots of pine and citrus fruit.
T: Some grapefruit bitterness with some other citrus fruit flavors, and pine again.
D: For me most IPA's are just plan bitter, and like most IPA's the bitterness takes away from the drinkability. This has some bitterness, but it is not overpowering.

A nice simple American IPA that I enjoy sometimes. Not the best or worst beer, but above average.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Gold color, small head. Grassy, floral aroma. Citrus taste. Decent beer to drink. I've had better IPAs, but this was still an OK example.
Other reviews have called this an entry-level IPA. I think it's a cut above that, and it certainly won't shred your palate.

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Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a pint, although I've had this from a bottle a few times and the experience was similar. Overall, this is a good example of an average NW IPA.
The color is golden towards orange, clear with a small off-white head that leaves nice sticky lace rings.
The aroma is classic NW hops, more on the piny side.
The taste is also hop centric, although the pine is balanced by bright citrus flavors, with a slightly sweet, bready malt backbone and a moderately (for a NW IPA) bitter finish.
The mouthfeel is thin, and a little zesty carbonation bite tempers the hop oils.
The drinkability on this one is pretty high for an NW IPA, as it's not too strong (in ABV or flavor), yet still tasty and satisfying.

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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 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 Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little white head. Slightly hazy golden amber. Excellent lacing.

Bright/fresh aroma. Tons of juicy grapefruit.

Fantastic fresh ipa. Excellent cracker/bready malt flavors that give way to big fresh hop flavor.
Mostly citrus again. Wonderful lingering bitterness. Bread like after taste as well

Pin point carbonation and medium body.

This is an excellent IPA

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Photo of Reidrover
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yet another new IPA surelly a sign Spring is here at last!. Light, bright orange beer in appearance, with a handsome frothy/thick off white head. Light piney hop aromas dominate, slight spicieness but very weak and subdued. After the aroma the taste was a surprise, very hoppy and "tangy" on the first sip quite bitter, it begins to calm down near the end and in subsequent mouthfuls..begins to get a little too sweet in fact. Quite a nice mouthfeel, not bad. Not a really bad IPA but it pales in comparison to Deschutes new release.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmer got into the IPA biz relatively late in the game. Their delayed entry after 22 years of brewing allowed the rest of the pack to cultivate and define the modern revived India Pale. By the time the Brothers W were ready to have a go at it, their ubiquitous hefeweizen and Anheuser-linked distribution network assured plenty of high value real estate on retail shelves coast to coast. With this in mind, it would seem they opted for a smart, functional IPA that doesn’t take too many chances. In this they have succeeded.

Broken Halo is impeccably clear. In fact, the body functions well as a liquid magnifying glass. I’m usually indifferent to such clarity, but the effect in this case is entrancing. It’s like a golden crystal ball. A relaxed collar of head and lace compliment the pint. The taste is crisp, bitter enough where it ought to be, and quite easy to drink in multiple servings.

Usually I count on draught beer as a more reliable source of freshness. But bottles of Broken Halo would appear to be moving off the shelf in Portland with enough rapid turnover to assure freshness, and the bottled version may actually be a notch better than the Gasthaus draught. I couldn’t elicit a smell from the draught version, but I’m pretty sure I remember an appealing floral scent from my encounters with BH six-packs.

In the end, this isn’t an artisan ale. But Broken Halo succeeds admirably as a refreshing standard bearer for the style.

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Photo of arizcards
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single in early April at Total Wine for $1.29. Beer was bottled 12-16-08.

Beer poured a hazy orange with a thin white head. Nose is basic malt with very little hint of hops. Taste is actually better than expected, basic malts with a more than suttle mellon hop combining with a piney hop for the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated for a refreshing feel. Drinkability is pretty good. This beer offers up a decent example of a west coast ipa.

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

I am sampling a bottle poured at room temp into a pilsener glass. The beer pours a pale straw yellow with a 2 cm fizzy offwhite head foaming up and fading rapidly via pockmarked craters popping. The aroma is some citrusy grapefruit hops and a hint of herbal hops as well. I get just a bit of caramel floating in the background. The first sip reveals an average body with just a bit of stickiness on my lips. The carbonation is a little prickly but not overwhelming. Flavor is sweet and caramel up front, just a little bit husky and grainy. Then in roll some hops. Herbal earthy flavors and again the citrusy notes. slightly bitey but not overwhelming at all. This is a solid example of an IPA and is not over the top or trying to be a double IPA. A decent drinker with some character.

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Broken Halo IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.
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