Breakside’s most popular beer is its India Pale Ale, which features the unique character of Citra and Chinook hops. Light and copper-colored, it has huge citrus and tropical fruit aromas with hints of perfume and pine. Flavors like apricot, guava, and orange also tickle the tongue, accompanied by a mild evergreen note. It’s also a heavy—it weights in at 6.8 ABV. Get a pint at the Woodlawn pub, or score a 22-ouncer from your favorite beer store.
Burnside Brewing Company
Burnside IPA is Burnside Brweing’s flagship beer. Malty and thoroughly hopped with six varieties of every brewers herbaceous perennial, it weighs in with an ABV of 6.6 percent, and tastes a lot like pine, grapefruit and what you think beer in Heaven would taste like. Pick up some 22-ouncers, invite some friends over, and share it all while you all take in the fading summer sun.
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
IPAs are, by their nature, bitter, but brewer Alan Sprints’ Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale—even with its double hopping—isn’t. Instead, it’s citrusy, smooth, clean and formidable (it has an ABV of 7 percent). No wonder it’s known as one of Portland’s longest-standing microbreweries, which has earned a good many awards for such big, bold, high-alcohol content beers.
If there’s one thing the flows through a Portlander’s veins as much as his or her blood, it’s beer, specifically hop-forward IPAs. Here’s three of Stumptown’s tastiest.