Field 41 - Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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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

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Beer added by: beertunes on 05-05-2013

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very oldschool clingy hop profile. Herbal, bitter citrus, grassy. Clean, decent, but the hop character is lacking. Tastes like they're using fairly large amounts of hops that aren't ideal for a hop forward beer.

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

Dark golden color with a big foam in the Troubadour tulip. A little coarse on the tongue. Bitter lime peel flavor. Quite aromatic with grapefruit. Bitter aftertaste that is a little beyond the typical Pale ale.

Some shy malt with an herbal wave taking over. Resiny and sharp. An outstanding quaff with an IPA intensity of hops in a lighter package. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Wash.

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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 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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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can picked up from Brewforia Meridian for $2.... Poured into my tall goblet and it produces 1" of white foam that produces decent white lacing.. the brew is fairly clear golden.

Good citrus hops with some background tropical fruity notes... lite pale maltiness that helps bloom the hops.

Flavor mirrors the nose... but seems weak on the palate overall... A light body makes for a IMO a bit of a watery profile... Still very drinkable... sessionable even.

My big bitch would be this seems like an old can.... I picked it up off of a shelf that was obviously room temperature... just seems a bit stale/old.

I bet this would be great very fresh... and it is something that many breweries don't do... Low ABV/sessionable pale ales are great... this one just didn't seem "fresh".


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Photo of Tone
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight lacing and slight retention. Smells of hops, hop oils, caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. The bitterness level is average. Tastes of hops, citrus, hop oils, sweet malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, an average pale ale, with no outstanding features.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma of citrus and mild piney hops, tropical fruit, mild bready malt. Flavor is light biscuit malt with a hint of toastiness, slightly floral citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit rind citrus juice. Finishes with a long lingering grapefruit rind and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a surprising light creaminess; great body for a low ABV pale ale. Great NW hopped pale ale with a very long flavorful aftertaste and lingering hops. It is hoppy enough to cause regret that it is not higher ABV and more intense, but as a pale ale, it shines.

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

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and plenty of effervescence. There are some floaties in the body, and the head is a finger of pillowy white foam. Attractive!

Smell: a good malty base, sweet but not too sweet; the hop aroma atop this is just amazing. Citrusy and fruity, with emphasis on sweet grapefruit and just a hint of lemon-like piquancy. Love it!

Taste: really tasty and fruity; the lightly sweet malt combines with a more tropical hop character than in the aroma. A smooth mango with tangerine and grapefruit; what a great flavor. I guess it makes sense though -- a good hoppy pale ought to come from Yakima, eh?

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess, especially for the style. Yum.

Overall: this is an exciting find for me. A nice, sessionable, balanced hop-bomb. Shazam!

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Photo of beertunes
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear bright golden yellow color, with just under an inch of white head that had decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma was a bold blend of hops, a bit each of citrus and floral, and a solid hit of pine. Just a bit of base malt showed through. On the tongue the beer was equally as bright. A low malt profile was a nice base for a lot of sharp hop flavors, again, lots of pine and some citrus on the finish.

The body was crisp and clean, with a nice dry finish. Drinkability was very good, I could easily toss back a sixer of these guys. Overall, a very nice first brew from this new brewery. I look forward to trying more of their beer in the future. Try it when you see it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can opened on 9.11.13
Thanks Matt.

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a fluff near-white head with good retention.

S - Mostly hoppy pine and grass, a touch of citrus and malts.

T - Again mostly pine and grass, a hint of citrus and sweet malts in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Hopped up session from the hop source in Yakima.

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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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Photo of notchucknorris
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Pours a pretty clean and clear golden color with the exception of a few noticeable floaties. No real problem there, though. Still digging it. A one finger white head settles to a light cap over the beer.
S: Freshly cut piney hops, light powdery malt, weed, baby aspirin and some guava. Very interesting.
T: Not quite as good as the smell. Slightly watery with some pine and baby aspirin leading to a chalky malt and grapefruit pith finish. Light but lingering resin sticks with you for a while.

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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 MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pale golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-light malt, citrus, hint of sweetness and pine

T-light grainy malt, citrus, pine, hint of floral, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O- enjoyed this pale ale, great summer beer

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow....great pale with a bunch of fresh hops...profile reminds me somewhat of a junior Heady...with a great bunch of flavor rolled into a low abv pale. Awesome beer...thanks Josh!

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip. Big thanks go out to beertunes for sending this one my way!

Pours a nice clear straw color w/ a big sudsy bright white head, nice sticky lacing. Looks very clean.

Aroma is fresh juicy hops, about equal parts citrus and pine. Enticing.

Taste is pale neutral biscuity malt and lots of nice clean hop flavor. Orange and grapefruit peel mostly. Again, everything about this beer says clean and fresh.

Mouthfeel is balanced, crisp and light with just the right body. So drinkable.

Overall a beer I'd be happy to have in my fridge at all times. This is a great everyday beer. I really hope these guys start sending some cans over the mountains. This is really good stuff.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whiskey for the can.

Appearance: Very slight chill haze on a straight gold color. Head is white, bubbly, and loose. Drops to a small cap and collar in short order. Some nice notches and spots of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Rather delightful. Light pale malt sweetness. A bit toasted with some cracker snappiness. Hops are lightly floral with some citrus backing. Apple, flower petals, and a slight push of peach and pineapple. A solid hop depth, which is a bit surprising. Very slight bitterness. Clean.

Taste: Muted pine needle with a slight pithy bitterness. Some mild tropical influence, mostly pineapple up front. Nicely floral with some citrus, as in grapefruit. Malts are incredibly light, carrying a slight toasted note with some cracker. Light malt sweetness. Incredibly balanced. A touch of apple skin.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a moderate carbonation. Nice and clean with a very faint dry finish.

Overall: Build it and they will come and other baseball cliches.

A solid drinking APA. Nicely balanced and so light and clean it's impressive. Add this to the list of welcome extras.

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Photo of Spikester
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed rich gold color with about one finger of the most dense white head I have seen. The modest sized head lasts all the way to the bottom laeving swathes of micro bubble lacing.
Aroma is really big. Pine oil resin with some rich herbal notes. Malts are very much in the background. Taste is bitter pine oil grapefruit rind, some leather and just a touch of pale malt. Seems like the hop oils just coat the tongue which makes the bitter finish last forever. Mouthfeel is thin and well carbonated.
Overall if this was in the session IPA category it might rate 95 to 100. As an APA it needs more malts. Very much enjoyed this beer. Well done Bale Breaker!

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

On tap at URGE Gastropub – Rancho Bernardo, CA
11/07/2014 – Taster size snifter glass

A: The pour is a very lightly burnished golden body with great clarity to it. Has a sort of champagne look only a few shades darker. Thin filmy layer of paper white comes to rest on top. Fairly short lived with some minimal dotting and stick.

S: Huge pineapple-grapefruit aromatics with underpins of pine and grassy floral. Really nice with not much else coming through. No malt to pick up on other some of that sweetness and alcohol well masked here.

T: Orange marmalade and flowery perfume notes make up much of the flavors. Hardly any malt coming through here other than some overall sweetness and not much else going on really. Low to moderate bitterness with some well incorporated alcohol. Not quite as good as the nose leads on. A decent little drink but nothing to really write home about.

M: The feel maintains a soft, light, and frothy body with some very modest bittering midway. Finish is a touch dry and crisp and pretty clean all around.

D: Decent fair here. Enjoyable but lacks a bit. Has a really nice hop bouquet but it just doesn’t quite hold up in the flavor department.

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

Bale Breaker Brewing Company - Field 41

Got this and their Topcutter from a friend, happy to be able to get a peek at this brewery before they take off and get big!

Look - Pours a pale golden with a slight amber hue. Good sized soapy head that dissipates quickly and leaves tons of lacing. Minimal carbonation.

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

Taste - Light, crisp, and refreshing. The hops are MUCH more subtle than they are in the aroma and the malts are a bit more pronounced. Subtle altogether but since it is a 4.5% APA it is not much of a surprise.

Mouthfeel - Fades to nothingness, perhaps a slight hop bitter or corniness. A "light" pale ale? Definitely sessionable and drinkable. Not boozy in the least bit.

Overall - A good brew, but a little dull for my tastes. Light and crisp, would be ideal for parties for sure. My personal take was that it was underwhelming and seemed afraid to grow a pair, but again, some are really into the lighter APAs, and this is one of the better ones.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stereotypical amber/the colour of good apple juice. Satin white head pours about a finger. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma starts its campaigning as soon as the can is popped. Wonderful spicey hops, tropical fruit notes, sweet citrus... man oh man this smells really damn good.

Taste is good, but fails to follow through on all the promise of the nose. Flavour is less the bright, juicy, citrus/tropical present in the aroma (which happen to be the parts that excited me the most, sadly), and is much more blunted. Piney/aspirin bitter and the grainy malts come through a little better. Dull bitter as opposed to the juicy hops of the nose, basically.

Finish remains bitter without delving so far into pithy bitterness or fading into malty oblivion. Smoothe and drinkable.
All in all this is a very good APA. It could vie for my affections at the top of my Pale pyramid (pretty much Red Chair or St. Lupulin or 8-bit at this point...). Wish it were a little easier to get a hold of in my market, though with a move hopefully upcoming that obstacle could disappear!

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Photo of cavedave
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Thannnkkks again beertunes man you guys live in beer nirvana.

Beautiful pour, really white and lathery, two fingers, slathery lace, cloudy with fine yeast light amber.

Medium strength aroma, but full of citrus goodness, tangerine, orange, lemon, some melon noticed along the way. Yummmm.

Wow, stronger flavor, wonderfully so, a hop lover's delight. Those citrus notes carry neutral sweet and just the right amount of deeper herbal through a panoply of tangy/fruity hop underflavors. Well done.

Real nice mouth, full bodied, perfect low carb., dinged it for not being as clean a resin cling as would be optimal, a bit of lemon drop for sure.

Really nice pale, especially considering the killer quantity of late additions must have gone into this to bring it so much aroma and resiny flavor. Hop lovers need to try this.

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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 Taybeh
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can into an imperial pint
A: pale amber with a 2 finger puffy off-white head, good lacing
S: grassy, herbal hops, some grapefruite rind, some Simcoe dankness but kind of light as opposed to wet and heavy; pale crackery malt.
T: follows the nose. the hops come in a couple waves, first grassy and then the last one is the dankest and lingers nicely.
M: a bit thin but still smooth and creamy; nice gentle bitterness that sits on the tongue quite pleasantly. Very very sessionable.

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Field 41 from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.