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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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