ABV: 6.3 IBU: 74
Breakside Brewery Breakside IPA
What the brewers say
“Classic craft beer of the Pacific Northwest. Notes of evergreen, citrus, and tropical fruit.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Juicy fruit salad with mango, pineapple, slight earth, pine, and perhaps a little toffee. Very slight cooked egg aroma. As it starts to warm there is a bit of garlic note and the egg note dissipates.”
Flavor: “Tropical fruit up front, a little garlic, and herbal, oregano-esque notes. Slight malt sweetness with hints of caramel. Definitive bitterness, but not at all harsh. Rich hops flavor with pine and low garlic notes upfront and a nice bitterness that extends into the aftertaste but doesn’t continue to grow—it fades nicely. Medium sweetness at the end rounds out the sip. I really enjoy the balanced finish.”
Overall: “Moderate bitterness and balanced sweetness are set against grapefruit and mild garlic notes. A solid, reliable IPA that I’d be happy to drink any day of the week. Easy drinking, light, and perfectly refreshing—it’s well suited for outdoor activities in warmer weather. The beer opens up and improves as it warms.”
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Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
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Who is Dr. Pat? A dentist, third-generation farmer, and cofounder of High Hops Brewery. Dr. Pat cultivated our on-site hops farm in 2007, which led to the opening of High Hops Brewery in 2012. It’s his recipe that creates this malty, heavily hopped beer. We brew it with continuous hops additions using hops grown in that same field more than 10 years later.