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Field 41 - Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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Field 41Field 41

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very good

32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 181
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 26.37%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bale Breaker Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beertunes on 05-05-2013

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 181
Reviews by MusicaleMike:
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received this can as an extra in a trade. No canning date available. Served chilled in a willi becher pint glass. From their website: "Don’t be fooled by the powerful hop aroma of Field 41 Pale Ale. Heavily dry-hopped with Simcoe and Ahtanum, this perfectly sessionable Pale Ale drinks easy with a smooth bitterness and is named for the hop field that is home to Bale Breaker Brewing Company. Light and refreshing, it’s the perfect beer for a day on the river or afternoon on the slopes." 4.5% abv and 38 IBU's.

In the glass, you find a deep golden body with a slight haze shimmer topped by a rich, thick white head that shows off with a beautiful display of lacework. Clearly a well-hopped pale ale!

As soon as the lid is popped, the drinker gets a strong whiff of lemongrass and dank weed. The beer plays up the freshness of their hops, and puts these aromatic, pungent Pacific Northwest hops front and center. It carries wave after wave of appetizing citrus, lemony, and dank smells, and after a while you can begin to smell the lighter, more subtle biscuit malt underneath.

This is certainly a "sessionable" pale ale, with little to no sweetness which creates a very light body that feels well-attenuated, smooth, and refreshing. There is a bite in the finish, with a light, lingering bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste. Flavors of citrus fruit, pineapple, and cracker-like malt flavors mingle on the palate, and the finish exhale has more of the malt quality than hops.

Overall it's an excellent, extremely drinkable pale ale. Very hop forward, true to its American origins, with a bright and juicy hop note. It's only a touch thin, and personally I could see a bit more body actually helping this beer out considerably, if only for the sake of balance.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another can from Beertunes. Many thanks.
Canned April 1st.
Not picking up the simcoe too much, might be the age, but the Ahtanum seems there. More of a grassy front with a light fruit sweetness in the background. Some soft pale malt too.
Good looking white head with immediate lacing on settling. Somewhat cloudy golden yellow.
Good mix of flavors with hop forward, but not that much as, per style, it comes in more balanced. More herbal grassy hop flavor with a solid malt presentation. A touch of sweetness up front and a moderate enjoyable bitterness on the finish. Again balanced just the way I like it (reminds me of Summit EPA).
Soft feel including the carbonation and provides a full mouth feel, but it isn't that big.
This is a very good every day drinker. Hits all my requirements for a solid APA. I wonder if the simcoe would show through more if fresher (not complaining, just wondering).

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Photo of Hoppyalein
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hops! Such grass. So aroma.

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Photo of dleigh
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best session IPA I've had (and at 4.5%, that's really an accurate description). Really well balanced and has a full hop flavor--none of the wateriness that one might expect from a 4.5% hoppy beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden amber orange color with good head retention and lacing. This beer smells terrific, as i get white pepper, dry citrus, a hint of sweet malt and even some light skunky weed. Given the aroma profile, I was just a bit disappointed by the way this beer tasted. While still good, with a light, dry, moderately bitter flavor profile, I just wished the beer could have delivered a bit more flavor. Nevertheless, this is a very easy beer to drink, and is light, crisp, dry, refreshing and lightly bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel is farily light, and the alcohol is completely undetectable.

While I didn't think this beer was anything extraordinary, it's still a very tasty, very easy to enjoy beer from this new to me brewery.

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Photo of mabermud
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too bad for an APA. Actually, it's very good. The nose is of candied tropical fruit. The taste is a let down because of the super smell, but it is still nice. The feel fits.

Overall - Nice day time, summer brew. Top Cutter is more my speed. Nonetheless, this is a quality make for an APA.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear light golden color with good carbonation yielding a nice white cap. A good amount of lacing is present and head retention was pretty good.

Smell - Summit/Chinook hops mostly, hard to detect the malts, they are pretty played down here but the aroma is nice.

T: Nice, fresh hop punch intially providing some light grass with hints of citrus and pine needles. A light grain malt bill is present. This APA is all hops though. The finish is rather clean, light bitterness, crisp....

M: Very light body with good carbonation for the style. The feel of light grassy and some pine needles is felt. Light and crisp, refrshing even.

O: Very nice. Easy to drink. This is definitely a West Coast APA but with a lower ABV. Very sessionable and a load of fresh hops makes this a very tasty, crushable brew

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4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, from the craft beer enthusiast mecca that is the Idaho Pour Authority in Sandpoint, Idaho.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and slightly caked off-white head, which leaves some splotchy, sudsy lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of mildly dank pine resin, blood orange, white grapefruit, and more subtle pineapple/kiwi fruit notes, grainy, lightly crackery pale malt, and further leafy, floral, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy, and bready pale malt, an ethereal caramel sweetness, mixed domestic and tropical citrus pith astringencies, a well-reduced pine needle and forest floor friends greenery essence, and more herbal, floral bittering hops.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their at times hard to discern provenance, the body a solid middleweight for the style, and generally smooth, the hops taking five or ten, or whatever it is that farmers call a break right about now. It finishes off-dry, but barely, as the waning malt is aided by the lingering fruitiness, all in an effort to combat that bristling hop bitterness.

Yup, having had Topcutter first, about a week ago, the memory of that pulls this one right into focus - a little brother of sorts, without any of that ISA inanity of which we will not further speak. Easy drinking, nice and hoppy, and with a very laid-back malt and alcohol backbone. A veritably crushable offering, in multiple senses of the word.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is bright lemon, grapefruit, orange and pine. Wonderful.
The taste is moderately bitter with a metallic finish.
The texture is crisp.

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4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RenzoD
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of my favorite beers out there

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Field 41 from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
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