Breakside Wanderlust IPA

wanderlust-ipa-breakside-23608-1zBrewer: Breakside Brewery, Portland, OR
Style: India Pale Ale
Alc/Vol: 6.7%

Description: This India Pale Ale is part of the brewery’s regular lineup and is a signature example of a hop-forward fresh-hopped Pacific Northwest IPA. Compared to other IPAs, its malts are slightly subdued and its color lighter than usual. In terms of bitterness, it has a potent, but altogether drier and subtler hop profile.

Tasting Notes: This beer was definitely one of the lighter-tasting IPAs I’ve ever had. Its lower gravity – which resulted in malts that were not particularly coarse or sugary – combined with fresh hops, produced a less intense, but still potent, citrus flavor. All in all, I found it a highly pleasant beer and a interesting change of pace from IPAs that tend to be both sweet and profoundly bitter.

Appearance: Light golden/amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong bouquet of grapefruit, floral and citrusy
Taste: Subtle malts, strong hops, hints of grapefruit, passion fruit, pine resin
Aftertaste: Lingering bitterness, relatively clean malt finish
Overall: 9/10

Breakside Liquid Sunshine Pilsner

breakside-pilsner-breaks-22863-4zBrewer: Breakside Brewery, Portland OR
Style: Pilsner
Alc/Vol: 5.1%

Description: Located in Portland (with a second taproom/brewery in Milwauki, OR), the Breakside Brewpub has been making handcrafted beers for many years and has created a wide variety in that time. The Liquid Sunshine Pilsner is part of their current, regular lineup and is available year-round on tap at both of their locations, as well as for commercial sales and export.

Tasting Notes: This Pilsner was exceptionally crisp and refreshing and had a nice finish to it that was clean without being watery. The flavor profile was also very consistent with a good Pilsner, calling to the mind the grainy flavor of Munich malts and the sharp, grassy flavor of Saaz and Hallertau hops. Definitely a good hot weather beer, or just something for when you’re craving a good, clean lager.

Appearance: Light golden, cloudy, medium foam retention and good carbonation
Nose:  Gentle smell of Munich malts and Noble hops
Taste: Light grainy malt flavor, mild tang, crisp hop bite, mild bitterness and grassyness
Aftertaste: Mild lingering bitterness and malt flavor, very clean and refreshing
Overall: 9/10