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Topcutter - Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

161 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 16
Gots: 19 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 05-05-2013)
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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL OZ can
Served in a tulip glass

L - It is amber with golden highlights. It is capped with half a glass of off-white head that slowly retreats leaving some lacing behind.

S - The smell has dank wet hops and citrus.

T - The taste starts out just like the smell. I taste dank, wet hops and citrus, but the finish has pine. Everything tastes great.

F - Medium

O - This is a great IPA. It was recommended by a beer guy at Total Wine in Bellevue, WA while on vacation. I am glad he led me to a glorious IPA. It reminds me of Truth from Rhinegeist, one of my favorite IPA's currently.

buschbeer, Oct 01, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.75/4.5/3.75/4/4
Rich amber body topped by a cut of beautiful white foam: the quintessential IPA appearance. Decent retention, decent lacing.

The aroma is where this really begins to shine, and stand out, a cut above the crowd. Nose starts off with some floral and sweet hops that venture so far into spicey that I swear there's allspice and cardamom in there somewhere. It may be worth mentioning that I fucking love aking spices (cardamom, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, nuteg, etc) just in general, and am always pleased when I find them in my stouts, etc. I certainly never expected to encounter them in an IPA, but man does it work...

The taste is still very good, but it cannot top the unexpected bounty and complexity of the nose. The spicey complexity of the nose falters a bit into the bitterness of an overspiced red sauce (it works here, because IPAs feature bitterness, and it matches the following, but that's the best description I could come up with). This still blends nicely, though, with the pine and some citrus, though it isn't quite as juicy as I was hoping (presonal preference. Also: DATE YOUR DAMN CANS!! I don't think so based on the rest of the characteristics, but for all I know, this could be a year old. There's a series of seemingly meaningless numbers on the side of the can [4 06 05 A 1 B D], though my google-fu has failed me, and I can't translate that into chronological units. If I'm missing something obvious, someone please let me know and I'll rest easier and update accordingly...)
Anyway, where were we...
Crisp and appropriately carbonated, the malt does not particularly stand out in flavour (providing support and contrast, without being discernible in its own right: like a very good stage hand), but it cuts a nice body that supports the rest of it...
Blunt bitter finish leaves me sticky and smacking (err...).
Thoroughly enjoyable. I would grab this again in a heartbeat, and would love to try it on tap, and would consider it in the upper echelon of IPAs (especially year-round shelf-cans...), but is it ELITE? Super good, but there are still others that I would reach for first. But not many.

kemoarps, Sep 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Fresh, fully hopped and well-balanced, you cannot find a better IPA off the shelf.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

This is probably my favorite IPA. I've had Topcutter in the can and on tap. Delicious, hop forward, beautiful in a glass. Big pine and grapefruit flavors. Balanced and refreshing. It helped to be literally looking at the fields where the hops are growing while drinking this. What an experience.

timothy509, Sep 19, 2014
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Topcutter from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.