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 albertjr21
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy dull yellow golden color under a thin film head.

S: A fair aroma of citrus blend with a significant but pleasant floral "soapy" note.

M/T: A nice moderate balanced bitter palate from start to finish with an enjoyable dry big burnt orange rind finish.

D: Paired well with a serrano pepper spiced shrimp ceviche.

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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 imperialstout27
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear, light goldish-copper color with a one finger off-white head from a pretty vigorous pour. Some lacing, but minimal.

S: The hop aroma is pleasant but mild for the style. Floral, citric hop notes tending toward tangerine and becoming more orange with warmth. Very light hints of malt on the nose, but not much.

T: The hop bitterness is apparent as it opens with some nice grainy notes emerging on the midpalate. The hop profile is actually quite tasty with moderate citric flavors and a bitterness that's firm but on the lighter end for the style. But that's ok because the malt flavors are also subdued, though pleasant, with a light sweetness and crackery hints on the finish and the fade.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation and a light slickness.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, and that's the area in which this beer shines. It's flavor is good but not at the intensity level of the best IPAs. Clearly it was made to be easy to drink, and it succeeds there. Very sessionable. Everything works well here. I'll be buying this again, especially given its low price point.

Overall, it's not going to compete with the big boys of the IPA world, but it's not trying to, and I like it for that. Sometimes I want a good, inexpensive brew and this will fit the bill.

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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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Photo of showell
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours out a golden yellow. Smell is a bit malt, and a bit hops, with floral scent. The taste is bitter white grapefruit, flowers, and a hint of malt. Prickly carbonation. Wouldn't want more than a couple of these in a sitting. I like the bitter flavor though.

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

A - Clear light honey, small, thin creamy head that stays for some time.

S - Strong, sharp hop notes overpower the malt.

T - Nice average hop and malt combo for an IPA - pleasant.

M - Good carbonation and coating. Balance veers towards the bitter hops.

D - Very easy to drink, just not terribly interesting, IMHO.

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


Nice golden tint with a fruity hop filled nose. Nice lacing that reminds me of waves crashing in on the ocean and the legs drape the side of the glass while slowly gaining momentum to reconnect with the nectar. The head is white and full on top with very little spotting. Slight carbonation burn in the nostrils but balanced out with the hops in the retro-olfaction. This is a medium bodied nectar that is well balanced between citrus and earth hop tones.

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Photo of mjurney
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Appearance]: Deep golden color with some orange hues, clear, a little carbonation, fluffy head, lacing looks alright on the glass.
[Smell]: Very light on the aroma, sweet malts and mild floral hops.
[Taste]: Malty up front, slight caramel/buttery, floral/herbal hoppiness, slight piney, slight nutty at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied, carbonation is light, smooth with slight herbal aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is good. It's not too hoppy for the style, but it's pretty good.

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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 burnerfinger
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: poured from a 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet. faily thin 2 finger head just abit yellower than white settles to almost NOTHING but leaves very nice lacing. No clarity to this brew at all.

s very, very nice indeed. hard to describe - but very appealing. hoppy with a bit of something else that I really like but cant pu my finger on.

t this is a hopiness with a sting backbone but not such a stong bite.

m the alcohol adds just a bit of bite, just as the hops do. this is well carbonated, and really a FULL beer.

d Much as I love it I cant give this full credit in the drinkabilty dept - more of a sippin beer rather than a session beer.
OTOH I will DEFINITELY be looking for this one again!

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

12 oz. bottle poured into shaker pint glass 1/17/2010.

Finger and a half white head, a bit rocky, medium dissipation, some lingering lacing. Clear light golden body, some carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Floral hops in the nose with some bready malts. Taste isn't a big hop bomb, got more fruity as it warmed. Fairly dry finish. Drinkable, but unremarkable. Too many other great IPAs in town (Bridgeport, HUB, etc). Worth a try for comparison purposes, but I won't purchase again.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's "St. Patrick's Day 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Golden-brown in color, with a small, but long-standing white head that leaves a fair amount of lace behind.

Smell: Sweet and grainy malt with lots of earthy and nutty hops backing it up.

Taste: Begins sweet and buttery, finishing with a fairly strong, lingering nutty hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. Finishes sticky initially, then dries out.

Drinkability: Not the greatest or hoppiest IPA to be found, but still tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of rfabian
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head that leaves fair lacing. The appearance is light amber and cloudy. The aroma is light citrus hops. The taste is moderately bitter with grapefruit hops and a little malt. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish. This is an enjoyable ale.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, bought in a six-pack.

Appearance - Clear and golden ale with a soapy white foam that doesn't retain long but does lace nicely.

Smell - Very floral hops with strong pine scents.

Taste - Crisp and clean with a good pine and citrus hops bite. A very tasty IPA with a good clean and fresh flavor.

Mouth feel - Crisp and slightly bitter up front, give way to a nice smooth citrus hopped aftertaste.

Drinkability - A perfect ABV for this style and very drinkable. I will definitely buy this again, as it's one of the better American IPA's I've tried (and I've tried quite a few).

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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 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 patobandito
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a Widmer craft pack. Had avoided this one for some reason up to now, im sorry i did.

pours a dark straw color with little to no head. Smells strong hops, bit of citrus. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Strong hop flavor, more than expected. Its a bit watery, but not too bad. The bitterness prevents this from being easy drinking, but still a pretty good beer.

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

TAp @ O'Briens. Poured clear orange-yellow with a short-lived white head. Good lacing, though. Lively citrus aroma dominated by grapefruit and tangerine. More sweet than sour. Slick, carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp finish. Pleasant hop profile with a nice blalance of bitterness versus the citrus sweet. Nice malt backbone without becoming sticky. Very drinkable and very refreshing. Nice surprise from these guys.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on July 22, 2009. Six pack on sale for $5.99 at local grocer.

A-Poured a golden orange hue. Only about a 1/4 inch head and scant lacing.

S-Piney and citrus hops, especially grapefruit, or tangerine. A hint of malt sweetness in aroma. Very pleasant and better than expected.

T-Very hoppy, but balanced by a nice malt presence that is faint, but not sweet. Bitter up front, but finishes without the taste buds being assaulted. This was better than I expected.

M-Smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another. Taste improves as it warms.

A good West Coast IPA. This is the first Widmer beer I have tried. Not sure why I have waited this long. Not spectacular, but a very appropriate interpretation of the style. And at $5.99 a six-pack on sale, the value is excellent. Will enjoy this again.

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

This wheat colored beer was poured into a pint glass. As the foam of a finger receded to a faint wisps of lacing the aroma of sweet hops, coriander, and floweral greets the nose. The taste of the beer is that of Sweet hops, coriander, and citrus tones. Overall a great beer to have if craving a IPA.

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

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Head is slow to form and, once finished, isn't much to look at: a thin, uneven, off-white crown that never rises past a quarter inch in height. The body is cloudy and goldenrod in color. A faint column of carbonation can be seen when it's held to the light. Wispy lacing all the way down.

Smell: Juicy tangerine and grapefruit start things off right. Bitter herbal hops then enter the picture and smell damn potent. A little extra digging reveals a big, toasted malt backbone. I wasn't expecting much from this beer, but this nose is solid. Nice work Widmer Brothers.

Taste: Herbal, flowery hops steal the show from start to finish. Caramel, grapefruit, and tangy citrus peak through here and there, but the taste is completely centered around that herbal bitterness. Caramel, grains, and bitter hops combine to form a very nice aftertaste. Once again, solid.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and oily - my lips are coated in warm, sugary glaze. Carbonation feels spot on and doesn't interfere (negatively) with the taste at all. Medium to light in body. Finishes dry and bitter, but not too bitter.

Drinkability: I wasn't expecting this to be any good, but hey, that was certainly a nice surprise. For the right price, I'd buy this again. A solid example of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 8/8/09. Poured from a bottle.

A: Crystal clear, golden ale, a coarse head to it.

S: Quite floral. Fair amount of spice also, quite a nice aroma, with a little caramel malt to it.

T: Surprisingly bitter, pine and grapefruit dominate. Pretty dry, but has a slightly sweet finish to it. I didn't find the flavor to be very complex.

M and D: Pretty well balanced, I would say middle of the road on each. I felt like I would get bored with having more than a couple.

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Photo of marc956
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having lived in California, I got spoiled with higher abv beers like Lagunitas but it's tough to get a good one in this part of TX, but this is good + affordable, I got a 6pack at HEB the other day for 7.49 overall it has a good taste, better drinkability than many of its peers but is still pretty hoppy. Not as good as Dogfish,
will have to do I guess ..

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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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Broken Halo IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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