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

From a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the brew pours a hazy lemon/orange in color. A thin forced head settles into a surface cap within a minute or so, and later just a ring.

Citrus hops on the nose blend with some notable sweet notes. Hop nose is a bit thin for the style but does improve slightly with some warming and agitation.

Rather subdued and slightly sweet on the tongue with a light and brief hop bitterness on the finish. Other than the bitterness the brew hardly resembles an IPA in flavor. Smooth and unoffensive but in no way inspiring. A bit of a reach to label this an IPA, more of a buttery Pale Ale.

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

Pale golden orange color with a small white head that fell quickly leaving some light lacing. When I see these light colored IPAs I always automatically assume it's all about the hops and there won't be much balance. I like the looks of things so far. Oh yeah, great West Coast hop aroma coming from this one, grapefruit and orange with a hint of spiciness. Not overpowering in the aroma department, but nice. Flavor is all juicy, citrusy hops, a touch of sticky pine, lightly oily, orange and lemon are noticeable, sturdy pale malt backbone. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, light carbonation, overall enjoyable. Widmer certainly makes some good brews, and while this isn't the best I've had from them, I'm enjoying it nonetheless.

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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 olmatty
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a crystaline yellow-gold beer with creamy, low, white head with little retention and a bit of lacing.

Smell- Surprisingly low aroma from a west coast IPA. A bit of piney hop bitterness and a little pale malt and not much of either.

Taste- More hop bitterness than the nose perceives. Lightly floral hops, a moderate, dry maltiness and a middling piney hop finish.

Mouthfeel- A nice smooth carbonation and a moderate to light body.

Drinkability- Light, smooth and very drinkable IPA. Borderline sessionable.

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Photo of demuzik
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazey gold

Aroma: Very floral, quite clean and piney

Flavor: Solid hop front, backed with citrus and pine. Not very bitter at all.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

From the bottle, served in an American pint glass.

Decent IPA. Not bad, not amazing. Might as well grab a Stone.

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Photo of FallinDeck
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold clear body with very little head that has poor lacing. It has a light flowery smell with a little hint of hops poking through. Smooth bubbly mouthfeel. I think this is a nice summery beer with a good hops finish taste. Good average beer.

P.S. (just to make the 250 min. characters) This a good beer, but nothing to write home about.

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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 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 trevormiller
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip. A light straw color with bubbles of widely varying size in a short head with some good lacing - I think darker beers are more purdy, but this will do.

Has a typical nice piney hoppy smell.

The taste of this one is very pleasant to my palate. It's very hoppy, but not overly bitter due, I think, to a nice toasty malt backbone. At 6% it's not overly alcoholic, which is actually nice in this era where most well-made beers are getting into the 9% range routinely.

Not too much else to say about this one except that it's a very nice American IPA that is probably an excellent session beer, and I'll probably use it that way during football season.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My dad had bought a mix Widmer pack from Costco and he doesn't like IPA's so whenever I go to my parents house my dad has some beers waiting for me.

Pours a pretty nice amber color but no head or lacing.

The smell is the best part of this beer. It actually has a pretty decent IPA aroma with a nice amount of pine and citrus hops. Little bit of lager smell to it.

Tastes as it smells but the hop flavor is lacking. I don't like the lager taste in there that much. It's like a malty lager mixed with a lot of hops. It's alright tasting but not my prefrance.

Mouthfeel is ok. The lager feel to it is throwing me off.

Overall an easy drinking IPA but there are many better choices out there.

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

Appearance: pale yellow-gold, slight haze, tight-beaded off-white foam, some lace

Aroma: floral/piney/citrusy hop scent with an underbelly of lager malt and grain husks

Flavor: up-front grassy hop flavor with appley highlights; hints of lemon peel and passion fruit; finishes dry with a vegetal bitterness at the back of the tongue

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, pert carbonation, crisp

Other comments: This beer grew on me kind of. I bought it an on-sale six-pack at Safeway. The first one I tried left me disappointed and I thought "Widmer makes some pretty bland beers" (this is based on trying quite a range of them). A couple of days later, I tried another one and kind of the same reaction, but a bit better. Third try: actually this isn't too bad. Crisp, clean, nice hop aroma/flavor, pretty balanced.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Creamy white foamy head. The beer itself is a dark pale yellow.

S- The smell of the hops seems funky, not skunky, but funky. There is definitely a citric smell for sure. It is almost like their hefe is on hops.

T- The hop taste is bitter, yet more of a blend of lemon and orange citric tastes with a bit of Buddha's hand mixed in. It is pretty refreshing, but I wonder how old the beer is. It was on sale for 6.99, which is a few bucks less then normal.

M- Easy on the mouth, but the hops do act kind of harsh on the tongue.

D- Easy to drink too.

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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 bkilpatr
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 02/12/09.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin half-finger white head which quickly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is of grassy hops and a bit of sweet malt.

Taste starts with sweet malty biscuit and slight grapefruit, and finishes with a bitter kick of grassy hops. That's about it - nothing complex, but pretty well-balanced and simply good. Feel is medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. Drinkability is pretty good. It's refreshing and not overly bitter.

This would make a pretty good gateway IPA.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy transparent amber/orange pale-ale colored body with a filmy head and ample lacing

S- Nice, sweet malts along with a kick of standard piney/citrus IPA hops

T- Great smooth balance of flavors reveals a full range of good taste in this beer. Begins with sugary, pale malts and ends with bright, spicy hops. Nothing risky, but keeps me interested

M- Lacks a full consistency, but carbonation carries it well over the tongue

D- Strong enough to stand up to my "Monster 'Wich" (wheat bun, corned beef, turkey, ham, pepperoni, deli mustard, spicy mayo, buffalo sauce, red onions, lettuce, pepperoncini, bell peppers, and crushed red pepper)

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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 BrutalBeerFan
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to pint glass

A-Golden with a thin white head

S-Mild aroma, hint of pine

T-Somewhat hoppy. A balanced hoppiness, a zing from something different than the average Cascade or Centennial?

M-Light body, slight carbonation tingle

D-Easy drinking, lacking something to make it standout.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Nice looking golden orange beer, slightly cloudy with a finger and a half of off-white head that lingers a long time. Decent lacing.

The smell is a gentle blend of oranges, flowers, baking bread and a some mild spiciness. Maybe a bit too gentle.

Much like the smell, the taste is an exercise in restraint as well. Orange, apples, fresh bread, a bit of grapefruit and spice at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. The moderate level of carbonation is just right.

Overall impression- Nicely constructed, well-balanced IPA. The lack of any over-the-top flavors make for a very drinkable brew. Good reminder that a nice IPA needn't be a hop bomb.

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Photo of Bagman007
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear yellow coloring with a lot of head. Very similar in appearance to a macro.

S- Very hoppy aroma, but not necessarily strong.

T- Not as hoppy as I thought it would initially be judging it by the scent. Somewhat sweet. Can't really taste the presence of any malts.

M- Very, very smooth beer. Not very hoppy at all.

D- Extremely smooth and extremely drinkable.

Overall a very good IPA, but could be improved with a tad more hops. The lack of hops makes it somewhat lacking in strong flavor, but still a great beer

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Photo of froghop
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear yellow-orange, with a very thin head that doesn't stick around for long, and some lacing.

smell of grapefruit, earth, some pine, some citrus, and caramel.

taste is a little creamy, slightly bitter, nice balance of hops and malts, some caramel, and just a little sweet, ends with a dryness on the back of the tongue, as it warms becomes less sweet and has more flavor.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite session IPAs.

This Broken Halo has a great citrusy flowery aroma.

It pours into my favorite glass caramel like, with a full white, to off white head that stick around a while.

The flavor is outstandingly citrusy and hoppy, with a little lovely bitterness in the background hidden by the subtle sweetness of the malts.

And the beer is incredibly smooth... medium bodied, no harshness. Thank you Brothers.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: yellowish gold color, lifeless in the glass and no head retention. Just large blobs of foam floating around the perimeter of the glass. A decent look overall

S: hops and more hops. Fruity floral and grassy nose, touch of sweetness

T: great hopped fruit characters of grapefruit, oranges, a squeeze of lemon with some fresh pine. A great complimenting sweetness fits the bill perfect. I can even pull out some pineapple notes after a few sips. It maintains a dry characters throughout with the malty caramelized grains hidden in the back

M: mild smoothness, plenty of zest and bite, hops float about in the oily, dry finish

D: banging solid IPA, this one is a great example of the kind, pretty good stuff. This is just a real tight offering

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

A bit on the tame side for a PacNW IPA, without the super hop punch I come to expect.

Pours a copper color with a good amount of yeast floating about to cloudy it up.

Starts a bit dry, with hop crispness, then some cracker whitebready malt pokes in. Hops are pretty good on the alpha side, but the aroma and florals are kinda weak. If anything, this beer is a bit one dimentisonal, just not enough depth or complexity. It's damn drinkable though, and is definitly a fallback when options are slim.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well I was pretty impressed with the Heffe from Widmer. I enjoyed the other beers that they make. Overall it has a little bitter taste to it. I typically enjoy most beers from the North West they seem to be pretty good. I tend not to be a huge fan of this one, I think I had my hopes set way to high.

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Photo of Docer
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge IPA fan here, but more lean to the Pales... I kind of miss easily finding Widmer Hop Jack Pale around here.... although to me it wasn't hoppy enough.

Broken Halo is a great IPA... kind of what I think A real IPA should be. Love the Hop notes and especially love the drinkability of this one. Widmer is doing a fine job with their Ales.

Smells great, like old memories of your first beer.

Tastes like the freshest hops... somewhere far from the industrial district of the brewery.

Goes down with ease and sits well.

Only sour note for me, is that it makes me sleepy much like a wine would do.

Otherwise.. can't pick a favorite between this and Hop Jack.

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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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