Breaking Bud

American IPA Knee Deep Brewing Co.

3.5

Breaking Bud, an American IPA by Knee Deep Brewing Co.

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Breaking Bud is an American IPA brewed by Knee Deep Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a can.

Appearance

The IPA pours a slightly cloudy marigold hue and is topped by an inch thick cap of loose, soapy ivory-white foam that shows fair retention. The reduction leaves behind some sticky lace on the sides and a bubbly ring around the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is pungent with dank resin but there’s a hint of sweet tropical fruit lurking in the background.

Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of toasted bread mixed with pine. A bitter hopping of grapefruit citrus and dank resin takes over from there. The hops also impart a peppery spice and their combined bitterness lingers beyond the finish. Mellow notes of sweet tropical fruit round out the tasting.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth with a medium body and matching carbonation. Finishes dryly with a moderate astringency and a modest warming sensation.

Overall

Its appearance is fine but its head retention could show better persistence. The aroma is pleasant. Its feel is a little warm but in line with expectations. The palate ought to please the hopheads. Even though this IPA only has 50 IBUs, you’ll taste and feel that bite. But there is enough malt balance to keep those hops from running amok. If you like your IPAs bitter and dank, Breaking Bud is a good option.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.