Saturday, June 20, 2015

Knee Deep Brewing Breaking Bud

Beer Name: Breaking Bud
Brewery: Knee Deep Brewing Co. (Auburn, CA)
ABV: 6.5%
How sold: 22 oz. bottles
Where bought: Bought online from Craft City (San Diego, CA)
Price: $8.99

Date Purchased: June 2, 2015
Date Opened/Drank: June 15, 2015
When brewed? Year-round beer.
IBUs: 50

Where distributed: Knee Deep Brewing ships to a handful of states, including Hawaii, California, Idaho, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. See if Knee Deep Brewing ships to your area!

****UPDATE 7/10/2015: Knee Deep Brewing just started shipping some of their beers to Oregon!

What's on the Website: "Old school meets new school in this fresh approach to the classic IPA. At 50 IBU's and 6.7 ABV, Breaking Bud features the restrained bitterness and alcohol of a classic IPA with newer tropical fruit hop flavors and aromas of Mosaic. Also in the hop mix are Simcoe and CTZ, creating layers of mango, passion fruit, pine and dank. A malt bill with a pinch of crystal malt and a hefty dose of flaked wheat keeps the beer crisp while adding flavor complexity."

Appearance (5%): Poured a mostly clear golden color into a pint glass. A few millimeters of frothy white head. Lots of tiny bubbles. Splotchy lacing around the bottom 2/3 of the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Citrus-hoppy, sweet, some dankness. Even on smell, it's wonderfully balanced. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Starts a controlled citrus-bitter hoppy, with velvety and dank qualities. Citrus detected includes grapefruit and passion fruit. A lovely smooth finish with refreshing citrus aftertaste. No alcohol detected. Complex, yet balanced and delicious. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): A medium-bodied malty experience that coats the tongue well. Significant carbonation on the tongue and a refreshing choice. Solid. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): A world-class Double IPA. I was a big fan of the refreshing qualities that I would usually associate with Mosaic hops, yet a pine-dankness brought (as advertised) complexity and a more well-rounded experience. Love the balance this beer has. Creative label and a nice pun on Breaking Bad. Would totally recommend to others. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.65/5

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