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Topcutter - Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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58 Reviews
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Reviews: 58
Hads: 313
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 36
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bale Breaker Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 313
Photo of ucsbmullet
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop bomb. One of the better IPA's I've bought from a grocery store. 8 days old based on canned on date on bottom of can. Hoppy, light on the malt and hoppy. Great job Bale Breaker.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh topcutter! The epitome of Pacific Northwest style. My first can hopped my face off and opened my eyes to what an IPA can be. I will always come back to you and you will never let me down.

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Photo of Bitter_Better
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured rich, brassy copper from a 12 oz. can into my Double Mtn. imperial pint glass.

Head is low, slightly creamy w/ nice lacing & good carbonation.

Smell is dank pine w/ some malt sweetness (@ 5wks+ may be a bit too long to enjoy).

Taste is rather tangy w/ a sweet middle & a lingering, puckering mouthfeel that brings saliva to the tongue.

Overall, it reminds of a more bitter, prettier Two-Hearted, w/ the firm belief that 3-4 is a maximum enjoyment window. I will definitely seek it out again!

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Photo of starclassic21
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft from a local craft beer bar.

Citrus, piney hops and herbaceous notes greet the nose.

Taste was exactly what the nose presented: grapefruit, pine and a floral/herbaceous quality, with a nice bitterness on the back end. Balanced beer with a slight hint of malty, bready sweetness. I really enjoy the floral aftertaste this IPA presents. Would definitely order again.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy copper with a finger of sticky foam. Aroma is full of dank hoppiness - smells like weed.

Flavor is full of earthy hoppiness with a very strong bitter finish. Nice malt backbone. Nice resiny flavor. This is a very good IPA.

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Photo of braker649er
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - predominantly clear and golden, though maybe a few bits of sediment (?)--the brewer says it is unfiltered. Thin but appropriate head.

S - this is what stood out most for me--once the can was popped the hops were loose! good, solid, fresh scent

T - well-balanced, pretty powerfully hoppy and yet not overly anything (not too piney, citrusy, grassy, floral etc.) maybe a bit of each leading to an overall impression of being enjoyable and clean

F - smooth but not distinguished

O - this stands out really for its scent and seeming freshness of hops--this felt straightforward but well-executed and likely with some deceptive complexity in terms of what went into balancing some great hops--but let the brewers worry about those complexities and the tasters just relax with this one!

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Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to the coolest avatars, Sanderson, for this extra. 12 oz. can of a brewery I’ve never heard of. ‘Swag’ as my twelve year old daughter would say.

The pour is an appropriate color with an appropriate head, & if you don’t know what that means, www.mittenknitting.com is just around the corner. I expected more nose, I have to dig deeply (& disturb things best left undisturbed) to get a bit of pine & spring flowers. Gentle.

Top Cutter is a fetid swamp of varied hops. My initial reaction is a nose-crinkle at the soapiness but, thankfully, that aspect vanishes quickly to be replaced by a bitterness that’s lingering but not sharp. Pine zest, grapefruit rind, herbs & leaves that lean into slightly dank, orange, & spare spattering of caramel. The dank & caramel are what stick around. Smooth. Very smooth. And this is no sipper, but something that I’m taking two ounces at a time.

A nice West Coast IPA that honestly would be lost in the crowd of hundreds. Good beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 13 July 2015.

Pours a barely hazy orange. Very orange. Just a thin layer of white head, but plenty of lacing as the beer moves around.

Smell is intoxicating. Delicious fruit - mango, citrus. With a bite in the back-end that reminds me those aromas come with companions. Smooth up front, transitioning cleanly to sharp, and every step along the way is a combination I want to savor.

Taste is excellent. Clean and dry throughout, overlaid with big fruity flavors in the front half. Yum.

Feel is lacking something. It lingers too long, and it’s a little too heavy, and the carbonation a little too low.

I really like this beer. I could like it better, with a few tweaks. But it’s really good. Outstanding fruity hop presence. Good stuff.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really great IPA. The nose and taste didn't blow me away with fruit hoppy flavors. but it was really well balanced at the same time. I almost felt it was more malty than hoppy.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally found some. It is an outstanding IPA. Taste, color, body, finish all add up to a top Pacific Northwest Beer. This is not for those who dislike hoppy beets but it is well balanced an if you ever considered a IPA this one is a great exale of those at the top.

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Photo of Bearshawks85
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best brew I had while visiting Spokane. I tried many different local WA beers and this one hit the spot. Tried this based on a recommendation from a beer guy at a grocery store and hit it on the head.

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Photo of mudbug
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the freshness dated (25 days old) 12 oz CAN into a Samuel Smith's perfect pint glass results in a slightly hazed burnished orange body capped by a 1/2 thick white head that recedes into a thin cap of foam that leaves sticky lacing as the level drops.
Aroma is pungent grapefruit rind, pine tree and biscuit with a slight fresh cut grass in there too.
Taste is upfront grapefruit rind bitter then mellows a bit with a slight cracker sweetness. citrusy sour lingers on the tongue.Other people get a dry crisp finish, but I don't, aftertaste is quite long and juicy and quite enjoyable.
Carbonation is lively, making this fairly bold IPA refreshing.
Thanks to Zestd from Idaho for bringing this treat out to the coast!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, courtesy of the Idaho Pour Authority in Sandpoint. I was encouraged to seek this one out before traveling to NoDo, and was pleasantly surprised to find it readily available in grocery stores as well as on-tap locally.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some decent layered cloudy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, acrid underripe orange and white grapefruit pith, a certain flinty chalkiness, faint uric acid astringencies, and further herbal, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is grainy, lightly biscuity pale malt, sassy lime, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus rind, a still heady chalky stoniness, equal and balancing dank pine and tropical fruit measures, and a wee twinge of metallic warming alcohol.

The carbonation is quite genial in its lightly-rendered and yet playful frothiness, the body a pleasant enough middleweight, and more or less smooth, the hops turning cheek to show the fruity, rather than intrusively bitter side of themselves, right here, right now. It finishes on a strong drying spree, the flinty, piney, and citrusy notes predominating.

Woweeee, what a good IPA! The minor hype surrounding this one for me is more than justified, especially as it toes the line between the West coast and Northeast versions of the style, for reasons already elucidated here. Quite tasty, easy to drink for the near 7 points of booze, and very worthy of showing off to all your hop-crazy, brew nerd peers, indeed.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can to a standard wine glass – hotel room style!
Notes taken on 02/10/2015

A: Dark caramel amber body with some considerable chill haze that gives off a somewhat murky look. A massive and dense layer of khaki foam develops above that takes a few minutes to finally settle back into the glass. Lots of lovely lace tethers around the glass edge after every sip.

S: Smells very grassy pressed with fresh pine, some catty herbals, and a few light floral accents. A little lesser note of citrus fruit wafting through as well. No real malt presence here. Just very crisp and aromatic with the hops.

T: The flavors follow suit with loads of fresh cut grass, pine, and floral hops at play. I get some understated grapefruit and dank herbals there as well. Has a good dose of bready malt backing to balance while never obstructing all the hop flavors. There is a moderate to high amount of actual bitterness to this one with a nice crisp dry finish. Very clean with no alcohol flavors to make note. Overall a nicely balanced and easy drinking brew.

M: Light to moderate filling body with a nice crisp feel and a spritzy carbonation to it. Moderate to high level of perceived bitterness leading into a very dry finish. Pretty clean overall without much residual linger going on.

D: A real nice quaff. Nothing mind blowingly awesome here but a well-crafted brew with some fresh greeny hop flavors. Somewhat simplified yet very crushable.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to beertunes for this.
Pretty much classic in presentation, aroma and taste. Nice mix of citrus, grass and some additional fruit in hop aroma and taste. Clear and strong bitterness middle through very long finish. Firm malt backing, some in aroma and more in taste.
White head and amber towards gold color and slightly cloudy. Very nice mouthfeel with fullness, softness and smoothness.
A touch of hop excess in the taste and aroma(hop oil, skunk) and I'm becoming intolerant of that, knowing that an increasing number of good breweries can make highly hopped beers without it. I like the other flavors and balance.

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Photo of Beric
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Growler into pilsener glass
Served: 4 July 2015

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a 1.5 finger soapy crown that dissipates to not much more than a .25 finger sheen. The haze was a bit surprising, since it looks like the beer was overall intended not to be truly hazy, so I'll take a few points off there. Few brewers want only a slightly opaque beer- they commit to either fully hazy or crystal clear. This one is oddly in between.

Smell: Really bright citrus and pine hop notes. Malt sweetness.

Taste: The citrus and pine hop notes continue, but there is also a notable dankness behind things. The dankness does not weigh down the beer at all though, which I found refreshing. The malts were rather light, which was a bit surprising given this beer is over 6.5%. Because of this, the beer drank more like a harvest IPA- bright hops and light(er) body, rather than having some of the sweet, more substantial malt notes as similar IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A really great IPA, and one that doesn't overdo it. Quite drinkable. Would recommend.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Took a chance on a sixer while in Seattle. Good pick.

Pours a clear nice amber colored ale with a white foamy head that stays.

Grapefruit, orange, pine and malt aromas.

Taste is nice and juicy. Citrus splashes.....lemon, tangerine, blood orange. Nice hop presence and a small malt backbone. Really works well.

Overall I thought this was a really nice ipa that made my stay in Seattle that much better.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a pillowy head that leaves a few strands; nice stickage

Smell: BIscuity, with tropical fruit and pine tones; floral

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with tropical fruit tones developing and then verging into bitter, piney territory; a touch of sweetness, after the swallow, with a dank, herbal finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Never heard of this brewery before but they make a fine IPA

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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Photo of MjBrewhouse
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is such a hop forward beer, not a whole lot of malt but on a hot day it is just right. This is a very refreshing beer with clean hop flavors.I have been really enjoying this beer lately.Very available and price is nice as well.

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Photo of scottbham
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I think this is the new standard for Pacific Northwest IPAs. There are definitely some flagship IPAs that are better in this style (Boneyard and Pfriem come to mind) but this really captures to the essentials: solid, subtle malt and the freshest hops with fruit in the front, spice in the back and bitter underfoot.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear medium straw body.
The aroma is grapefruit, lemon and pine.
The taste starts with moderate bitterness, mild honey in the middle with a mild bitter finish.
The texture is crisp with a soft edge.

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Photo of DrQwill
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is just with the thirsty hiker needs. It's clean, fresh, satisfying and delivers everything you'd expect from a reliable friend. Can't go wrong when you have one of these bale breakers. Kind of what BB used to deliver!

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good looking IPA, golden/amber color, looks at least partially unfiltered. Beautiful head, very natural.

Nice mouthfeel, very rich. Perfectly light carbonation.

Clean IPA flavor, lacking a bit on the midpalate, simple; long finish, quite bitter, but again, simple; pine resin, mostly.

With a texture like that, my take is that someone there really knows how to make beer, they were just aiming for something that isn't my favorite.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a can (muled from Seattle, thanks, Sis!) into an imperial pint

a: hazy apricot with a puffy three finger creamy white head, lots of lacing
s: pungent...not messing around, at all. great combination of bitterness, tangerine (both juice and rind), passion fruit, some dank sweet hay, faint pale bready/crackery malt.
t: a little less thrilling than the nose (and a little less juicy and citric) but still very good. lots of bitterness, some pine, leafy garden herbs and woodsy cedar at the end that lingers (which I don't really get in the nose). Hard to pick up on what the malts are doing of interest, if anything.
m: medium to high carbonation (for the style), toward the bitter end of things, a little warming, mouth is coated with hop oils...this one stays with you for a while afterwards, both the bitterness and the interesting mix of flavors.

overall: a lot of good stuff, here. I'm not sure that everything comes together, entirely, but if it errs, it does so in a way that I can admire. A must have for hop heads. I'm glad that my sister brought me a few.

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Photo of DeepJello
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 01/13/15

A: Orange / Gold in color. Filtered with a small amount of sediment. 1 finger of solid white head, leaving a sticky lace.
S: Pine tree, floral forest in aroma. Sweet rich topical fruit notes (passion fruit / tangerine), straight hop nose.
T: Hops are center stage. Moderate tropical fruit, huge piney resinous hop bill. Sweet malts which are almost unnoticeable and help round out the body.
M: Moderately carbonated. A lingering, resinous hop characteristic. The bitterness/flavor stayed with me for a few minutes, leaving me craving another sip.
O: A hop bomb. Unbalanced and hop forward. Straight from the land of hops, Yakima, WA. It's an outstanding example of a Pacific Northwest IPA.

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Topcutter from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.