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Breakdown IPA | Dogwood Brewing Company

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Breakdown IPABreakdown IPA
30 Ratings
Breakdown IPABreakdown IPA

Brewed by:
Dogwood Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by aracauna on 07-07-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by FINA:
Photo of FINA
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper with lots of carbonation. I gave it a fairly violent poor so I got some of the yeast in which caused the beer to be slightly cloudy. Thick clingy lace. Fruity floral taste with a smooth maltiness and crisp mouthful of hops at the end. Fairly hoppy beer but not off the chart like some IPA's. Overall pretty damn good. I'd but it again, but I don't see it becoming a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a peach color with a creamy looking head that leaves a small amount of lace as it goes down,I get some real light orange rind in the aroma but not much else for an IPA.Taste is really subdued on the hops for a IPA a real firm malt backbone and a lighter leafy minty hop presence.Somewhat lackluster but easy to drink.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. amber bottle. Best before date of "11/21/"...11/21 of what year?

Poured a cloudy dull copper in color with a big and rocky off-white head that quickly disappates to a thin film that does a less-than-stellar job of lacing the glass. Aromas are very grassy and earthen. Some malty sweetness and citrus/pine notes in the background. Flavor reminded me of a toned-down Hop Devil IPA from Victory. Sort of an iced tea flavor to this one. Good hoppy base with some grapefruit tartness evident. Balanced nicely by a malty caramel flavor. Finish is rather dry. Moderately bitter in the aftertaste. Some good oily resins on the lips. Low-medium body and good carbonation. A nicely quaffable beer. Good session beer or a "Hello...this is an example of an IPA. I hope you like it."

I raise my glass to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, deep-marmalade colored body topped by a tall head of frothy off-white foam. The retention is good and it leaves some excellent lace. Fruit, flowers, earth, tea, and a delicate pine/citrus note mingle in the nose over a base of sweet, caramelish malt. Quite nice! The body is medium and it's very fine, natural carbonation caresses the tongue but still leaves it smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor delivers a rich combination of caramelish malts and floral, spicy, and earthy hops. It's certainly assertive, yet not agressive; and it's bitterness is bold but very well-balanced and never overwhelms the palate. It, surprisingly, finishes fairly short and softly dry considering the breadth of the malt and hops in the flavor. A clean, very well-balanced, and exceptionally drinkable IPA!

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper with a big foamy head.

Crisp hoppy smell with some citrus. Not as hoppy as other IPA's and some maltiness comes through as well.

Full body, very smooth with light carbonation. This is more of an IPA light. Bitterness of hops is very noticable but overall hops presence is really lacking. I would call this more of a bitter pale ale. Finishes with a dry bitterness.

I guess this is worth a try but I don't really call this an IPA.

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Photo of bditty187
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale tawny-gold hue. Tiny, wispy head that faded ultra fast, very little collar too. Sparse lacing. The nose was lackluster… a hard whiff induced a hint of hops. Moving on… decent palate with restrained hoppiness, moderate bitterness… fruity, light grapefruit… the malt is sturdy (and almost overly supportive). Somewhat dry finish… kind of tacky mouthfeel. Slightly less than medium body... the carbonation is low. Average IPA… still this a good beer, enjoyable enough to quaff. This is an IPA for non-hopheads.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazed orange hued brown in color. Light tan head that maintained a decent layer throughout.
Aroma is a bit faint for an IPA, but there seems to be a mix of several hops coming through. Piney, floral, and fruity. Caramel malt present as well.

Taste follows. Piney hop bite with a touch of Juicy-Fruit gum. Pretty smooth for an IPA. Toasty caramel malt body. Fairly balanced, with the hops holding a slight edge.

Good mouthfeel.
Fairly tastey yet easy going for an IPA, but just didn't hit the spot for me.
Overall, a solid IPA.
Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle and six-pack carrier!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a white foamy head. The head disappeared quickly, however there was a tremendous amount of lace on the glass. Smell is slightly herbal and citrusy. Taste is slightly sweet maly with a good amount of citrus. Some mild hop bitterness. Carbonation was fine, however I thought it was a bit thin. Overall, I would say this was a pretty good offering, and I would probably have it again.

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Photo of Brent
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hint of floral hops at the front, but then they vanish, only to be replaced by a broad, flat hops bittering. Substantial malt mouthfeel with some caramel malt evident. Most akin to a traditional English IPA, but rather stern. Heavy-handed with hops, yet they lacked any particular depth of flavor.

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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange to copper in color. Rich bubbly beige head. Hop bubbles slowly burst to the top. Rich citrus leafy hop smell. Very bitter aroamas. Crisp rich hop taste right up front. Bitter, lip smacking and striking flavor. Subtle biscuit malty undertones. Crisp, clean, and bitter finish. Crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation, medium to light bodied. Flavors never waver. A very very good IPA. One of the best I've had. I would seek this one out again.
Cheers to aracauna for the trade !

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Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nubilous amber-orange with the head frothy and gargantuan in size from fermenting in the bottle, the lace a thick sealing coat of armor for the glass. The bottom of the bottle coated in yeast, which gives the last pour into the glass a streak of brown. Nose is earthy and somewhat musky, hop floral with nice malt sweetness, a delight to "Sniff". Front is spicy sweet with the top lean. Finish is moderately dry, ruggedly hopped, thinly acidic, and a damn fine IPA in my book.

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Photo of dren
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this brew when I took a trip down to Warner Robbins, GA. I drank it out of the bottle...because that is what it came in, so I didn't really get a good look at it. I would bet this beer looks just like your typical IPA...go figure.

Very citrusy smell. Tastes of hops and fruity citrusness smack your mouth...if any of that is possible. The end lingers for a short while then fades away. Not as strong of an IPA as I like, but the citrus flavors really give this beer a nice kick. It would go well on a hot summer day believe it or not. Great beer to drink down in GA. I would buy this again easily. I have had better IPAs but this one wasn't too bad at all.

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Photo of mntlover
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with golden hints around edges, the small white head leaves decent lace on the way down. Aroma too subduded for IPA kind of a musty smelling light citrus hops grapefruity in nature. Taste is sweet malt, starts out nice but goes down hill, hops flavor is light also kind of musty grass flavor not bad really just not enough hops. Bitterness is also on the light side along with mouthfeel. Beer is drinkable if there is nothing else to choose but this and a marco, Dogwood throw in some extra hop it would be a fine little IPA but as it stands wouldn't bother to seek this beer out again.

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Photo of marc77
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky pale orange hue. One fingered, tight, persistent ivory white head leaves sticky, countable lace. Soft, doughy malt and light caramel is dominant in aroma, with sweet, pink grapefruit tones secondary. Mild butterscotch surfaces as the brew breathes. Very tame aromawise. In flavor, underbaked bread like sweetness and pale toffee comprise the dominant malt character. They are partially offset by underhanded hop bitterness which leaves significant residual sweetness, of a simple, cane sugar like quality. Undertone of pine needle flecked, sugared grapefruit flesh. Lightly bodied overall, but with sufficient dextrins for a passably smooth mouthfeel. Hop bitterness augments in intensity on the palate, lending a late, slightly chalky dryness. Finishes wth a fading balance of biscuit sweetness and citrus pith. A unique IPA in the fact that hop character is restrained, but not muted, and malt character is quite simple. It works well, and Breakdown IPA certainly is balanced, but don't expect assertive hopping in this brew. Fine drinkability, though. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the delivery!

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Photo of Loki
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with a best before date stamped on the side.

Poured a clear amber with a huge head and fantastic lacing.

Amoras of hops and spice flowed from the nose.

Tasted of spice, malt, hops with a great bitter finish. Wonderfully balanced and a great IPA full of hops and spice with a dry finish.

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Photo of aracauna
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Disapointing pour -- too rough of a pour gave a smaller than desired head that dissipated too quickly. Body is nice cloudy amber though that balances the head problems. Aroma is mostly citric hops over hefty malt backbone. Also a slightly sour not common in Dogwood beers. Starts off with nice hoppy bitterness then whacks you in the tongue with huge biscuity malt. Either lacks the sourness the aroma suggests or the hops and malt cover it. Got better as it warmed. If youlike your IPAs malty, this is for you. This bottle wasn't a foamer.

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Photo of rabidawg
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Peachy orange-brown with a nice white head and lots of lacing. Low to average carbonation and nice clarity.

Smell: Not so great for an IPA, but decent. Initially sweet malt comes to the front, especially as it warms, but an almost British hops presence pushes through eventually.

Taste: Thin and dry, with medium bitterness. Not a ton of hop flavor, and not much malt either. Very easy drinking, with a pleasant lingering green hop presence.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy gold with pure white head...
The aroma was not too prominent but there was some hops smell...
The taste...Not as much hops as I like in an IPA...not much at all...maybe there is too much caramel malt mixed in...you can taste a little more floral hops than malt but not much...
Mouthfeel was ok...a little watery but still average...
Drinkability...slightly better than average...this is a mellow IPA where you could drink alot of...but I would rather the sweetwater IPA

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Photo of FormatKid
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a single of this as part of a “make your own” sixer from Riverside Beverages in Chattanooga.

Pours out a lovely vision appropriate for the style. Mango or peach juice tinted in color, and an ample head of chunky bubbles steams up 3 fingers high and hangs around. I take the last bit and swirl and pour which adds a nice haziness to the brew. Chunky crags of lace are left behind on the glass. Carbonation bubbles are small and zippy.

The smell is fantastic, apricots and citrus practically bursting at the seams. Sweet yeastiness and a fine almost, nutty malt character back it up.

I’m enjoying the taste as well. Sweet, round yeast flavor and powdery (faintly nutty) malt smoothness roll across the front of my tongue. Pine and citrus grab the reins and hold them all the way down the back of my throat. An apricot flavor is apparent here too, mainly in the aftertaste. Very drinkable, I could easily imagine drinking a six-pack of this. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation lightens it on the tongue nicely.

Hey, I’m impressed with this one after being a bit put off by Dogwood’s APA. Overall I can taste the character of the hops and not just flat bitterness. The yeast goes hand in hand in balancing the flavor in this beer, not dominating like their APA. I was pleased to even get some nicely piney hop burps half-way through. I can breathe a sigh of relief now.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured hazy and chunky deep golden. The head was white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity, hoppy and malty. The citrusy hop aroma is well done and very fragrant.

The flavor had plenty of grapefruit in the flavor and a slight chocolate. The malt is in the background and the flavor hops rule the day.

The finish was dry citrusy hoppiness into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. (All Dogwood bottles I have seen have neck labels that appear to have been applied by a child.)

Note: Began to rate this one earlier at a beer tasting and the beer was horribly infected. That impression is not noted in the rating here.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA poured a very cloudy, tawny brown color, similar to some dunkelweizens. Head was a light tan hue, and very frothy and rocky, almost 2" at the start. It eventually shrank down, but still maintained a healthy layer of foam, with lots of lacing present. A small bit of malt emits a mild toastiness, but the predominant aroma is that of citrus-like fruit. Not quite like a grapefruity Cascade, but citrusy nonetheless. Body is a bit less than medium, and the carbonation is a little over the top at times, with a slight rough edge to it. Like the aroma, a slight hint of malt is initially present, yet hops again take over. Mildly citrus-like once more, yet not overly strong like in some of the cutting edge IPA's. Still, a nice job, and easily drinkable. Thnx to Gusler! Zum Wohl!!

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Photo of francisweizen
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting. I thought this beer would be much more hoppy than it actually was. This was a nice orange colour with the seminal cap of white foam. The aromas were pretty malty, and very non-IPA like to me. The taste was more hoppy than the aromas let me believe, but this beer was still lacking. This would be good if it was labeled as a regular PA and not an IPA. The mouthfeel was MOR and the drinkability suffers, still very decent as a beer though, just not on par for style at all, IMO.


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Photo of tigerpaws
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is for the hopheads, IMO ranks up there with Pyramid, Brooklyn etc. Pours toa cloudy deep golden appearance with a nice foamy head. This is a unfiltered IPA which I ave rarely seen but liked the change. The aroma is very hoppy making you want to hurry and take the first sip. Firts sip the hops hit you right in the mouth and linger there. This beer is good from first to last drop.............CHEERS

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Photo of Crosling
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish Tangerine.

Huge floral aroma, incredibly fragrant, with notes of pine, earth, peach and tropical citrus fruits. Incredible in it's nose.

The taste however, is very underwhelming. Mainly, the bitterness just isn't there, especially considering it's style. The malt character is mainly biscuit while more notes of butter develop as the beer warms. The hops are floral and quite spicy having notes of mainly grapefruit but also pine needles and whole cone hop resins.

This is dry hopped with goldings and its easy to tell. A great starter IPA to say the least.

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Photo of BierReise
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color reminded me of Anchor Steam, a nearly clear deep amber and a frothy head. Aroma was of spicy hops with a slight grassiness. Crisp body which mellowed quickly. Good balance between the malt flavors and the hop bitterness. Maybe too much malt here for my liking. Finishes bitter and a slight dryness.

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Breakdown IPA from Dogwood Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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