Broken Halo IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Broken Halo IPABroken Halo IPA
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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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Photo of HardTarget
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Laser inked date on neck states DEC1806, an email to the brewery confirmed that this is the bottled on date. Sampled on FEB1307. Label gives 6% abv. but that’s it.

Aroma: Great nose! Fresh citric and floral hops on a sugary base. Just like I expect an IPA to smell, bang on for style, if a little muted (oh, my Quadruple IPA tainted nose).

Appearance: Nice clarity, deep golden glass holds a scant cover but gives some lacing.

Flavor: Hops are up front and firm. The profile is very reminiscent of SN’s Celebration Ale with the slightly rough bittering and pine flavoring hops. Malt base is a bit overwhelmed but shows up around the edges. Some tea flavors, mild grassy note.

Mouthfeel: A bit oily, and very firm carbonation, medium body.

Overall Impression: A solid IPA. No obvious flaws and full hop presence. The malt could be a bit more supportive and it could use a little more head retention, but I’m glad to have this new addition to the Texas beer scene. Give it a try!

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Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear amber with a fading head. Aroma smells resinous and slightly nutty. Malt takes a backseat in the flavor, which has an immediate burst of high bitterness accompanied by a good spicy pine-resin hop flavor. Finish is dry. Body is a bit light but it has a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Nothing particularly bad about this beer, but with the wealth of wonderful IPAs available, it certainly doesn't stand out.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear light amber color with a thick off white head that holds decently, then settles to a thin cap. Solid lacing along the glass, as if it's painted on.

Sharp piney hop aromas that mask any hints of malts.

Citrusy hops, with a little bit of a vegetable like tinge. The malts actually come through toward the end, showing its sweetness. Medium bodied with good carbonation, and comes with that oily feeling you get with a highly hopped beer. The finish has sweet grain coming through, with a little bit of spicy hops.

I think Widmer should consider making this their flagship beer, rather than their mediocre hefeweizen clone. The only real imperfection I can find in this beer is the weird vegetable like flavor at the beginning, but that barely makes a difference. Recommended.

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Photo of loren01
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber/orange color, small white head. Slight lacing
S: Very grassy, hoppy scent. Slight earthiness
T: Good grapefruit/hop flavor. Not much in the way of maltiness
M: Smooth mouthfeel, easy to drink
D: Not too well balanced but if you are a hop head you can get your fix from this one.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a slightly hazed bronze/gold with a thin head that piddles out a bit. Nice lacing patterns. Smells mostly citrusy with a little pine kick and a general malty sweetness that hits the nose lightly. Light bodied malt sweetness is up front then comes a pretty big hop presence. Lots of citrus and a good dose of pine as well as solid bitterness. Finishes with some ale fruitiness. Throughout, this has a grainy bite to it that I'm not fond of. Mouthfeel is not cumbersome and offers a carbonation that's a bit lively. Gets a bit too sweet for a session.

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

Light yellow/amber. Clear. Nice head. Moderate carbonation.

American hops, citric and floral. Very mild malt.

American hops! With little malt. Like drinking hop nectar. Not balanced, but damn tasty.

Smooth. Mild carbonation. Moderate foamation.

Very refreshing. Nice IPA, and I like it.

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Photo of bodybyadam
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I first discovered this in early 2006. I was mildly impressed.
A: The beer poured a filtered translucent amber color with minimal head to result a small bead around my goblet.
S: The nose of a flowery bouquet, not quite as powerful as I would've expected from a more mass-produced/ commercialized brew.
T: The initial taste was a reluctant Cascade bitter hop, with its familiar citrus/sweet flavor like a fresh grapefruit. I will add this had a slightly sweeter aftertaste than other brews using Cascade hop.
M: A smooth balance not thick or thin, quite wonderful for this IPA.
D: IPA lovers should give this a try and I recommend this as an introduction/ crossover beer for those wanting to discover IPA's flavors.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Here's to my first rejection letter of the season. This brew is a light golden color with a finger of white head that falls to a patchy coating over top. It is slightly hazy, with a few bubbles popping off the bottom of the glass to the surface. The aroma is nice and balanced, with a mild citrusy and light piney hop character with a mild but sweet caramel malt. It is nice, but feels a little light. I'd like to have a little more gusto from it. That being said, there is nothing wrong with what is there. Taking a sip, I find a nice blast of piney hop, almost a little resinous, with a very chunky caramel and solid bready to light toasty maltyness that really stands out to me. I really enjoy the flavors here. The mouthfeel is a very solid moderate with a light carbonation that really makes it feel solid. This one is pretty darn nice. I would definitely grab this one off the shelf if I saw it around here.

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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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Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate crystal clear orange. Full finger of craggy white head that melts to a sticky top covering lacing.
Aroma is pure fresh green hops.
The taste reminds me of their W'06 but without the sweet malt...hops seem identical. Clean soft carbonation filled with fresh citrus hops...finishing to light grapefruit.
What happened to summer now that I finally have this beer???
Good stuff...lots of personality....nice hops 'burps'
12oz bottle from weefisheads via trade because I begged him for months. hahaha Thanks, David

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, embossed with the Widmer W. Bottled on date clearly marked. ABV is 6 %.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red-orange color with a decent head. Fades quickly but leaves a good lacing.

Smell: Mainly citrusy hops, with a nice malt sweetness.

Taste: Nicely balanced, but the citrusy hops win out. Plenty of malt to keep this one from being overpowering.

Overall impression: Nice solid IPA. Drinkable, well made, and a bit more balanced than many others I've tried.

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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 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 variousartists
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Head is on par with most IPA's. Good consistency.

Smell: Slightly fruity aroma. Strong hoppiness also stands out.

Taste: A little blah for an IPA. Finishes a bit too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Average, nothing noteworthy.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easily. Fairly satisfying.

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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 guitarmage
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden rod amber, nice foamy white head with a good thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet and caramel malt, big herbal hops.

Taste: Caramel malt quickly fades into big aromatic hops that go up the nose and make you sneeze. The hops hang on the tongue and there's a few biscuity notes.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body, pretty light carbonation, hangs on the mouth.

Drinkability: Solid IPA in my opinion, overall a little more mild than some of my favorite IPA's, but a good change and no bad flavors. A decent cure for an IPA urge.

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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 kgotcher
4.26/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale copper color with a 2 finger white foamy head that leaves sticky lacings and keeps a nice thin film on top the entire time. Citrusy hop aroma faint malt smell. Fairly weak aroma in general. A great taste with strong fresh citrus hops and a very nice sweet malty balance. Flavorful and not overy bitter. The hops are are more about aroma and flavor than bittering.

Nice medium body, smooth front to back, finishes with a fairly mild bitterness.

Lacking somewhat in complexity but overall a very drinkable IPA with a nice balance of maltyness and hoppyness. Hops are balanced more to the aroma and flavor side than the bitter side.

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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 RJLarse
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six-pack of Broken Halo IPA at a grocery store for my daughter’s graduation party. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is very clear. A bubbly one-finger white head forms and is moderately resilient. The head laces the side of the glass nicely.

The smell is fairly strong, sweet and fruity. There is a citrus aroma and the scent of hops.

The taste is a full-bodied mild hop flavor, with a fruity citrus flavor, and then a mildly bitter hop finish. The flavors are very well balanced.

Mouth feel is smooth, clean and crisp.

This is a very drinkable beer, perhaps the best Widmer product I have tried. I’ll be looking for more Broken Halo IPA.

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is pale golden with a thin white head, very little retention.
Smell is all cascade hops, at least I think. Fruity citrus like grapefruit aromas. There is a sweet carmel scent as well. Taste is pretty bitter but very smooth, a nice mix with the sweet malt flavor of carmel. Hoppy flavor, earthy and grapefruit in the aftertaste. Mouth watering beer in the aftertaste, the bitterness doesnt linger like on some IPA's.

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

The newest year-round addition to the Widmer lineup is a pleasant surprise. Not bland and not a German derivative, Broken Halo is instead an excellent effort at a west coast IPA. Pours a fairly clear golden-amber hue topped by one finger of creamy, off-white head that lingers a few minutes before leaving a few wisps of lacing on the glass. Crisp aroma of tangy, floral hops and some mild ale yeast. Palate is again tangy, floral hops with some light malt. Notes of grapefruit and mown grass pop up towards the fairly astringent finish. Body is nice and and a bit creamy, with decent carbonation. A good springtime beer, and a step up from some of this brewery's offerings.

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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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Broken Halo IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 42.7% out of 100 with 199 ratings
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