Breakside Lunch Break ISA

Reviewed by on July 18, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Breakside Brewery

  • Origin: Portland, OR, US

  • Rated On: July 18, 2016

  • Best Before: bottled June 1, 2016

  • ABV: 5.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: India Session Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Here we have another ISA, which, IMHO, should probably just be called a pale ale.  Not drinking this one at lunch time, I’m afraid.

This 22oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves some stringy and sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of mildly dank pine resin, bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity graininess, muddled domestic citrus flesh, a small earthy flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, a waning caramel sweetness, some orange, red grapefruit, and overripe lemon citrus rind, an ethereal sugary tropical fruitiness, and more plain earthy, floral, and grassy hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its equally probing and supportive frothy measures, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the citrus and green hop bitterness seems to be a little too assertive here.  It finishes trending dry, the bottom finally falling out of the malt, while those typical West Coast hops keep on churning out the hits.

Overall, Lunch Break ISA comes off pretty well, very IPA-like, with only a small dip in the mouthfeel, and a few points or so of forgone ABV.  At any rate, as initially mentioned, I’m still tired of talking about these sorts of offerings in terms of how they’ve been lessened – if this were simply a pale ale, I’d be talking a whole lot more about how it has been improved.

Brady White

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