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Topcutter - Bale Breaker Brewing Company


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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%

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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Photo of ThickNStout


3.11/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). If the jumble of numbers on the side is Julian dating, this was canned 7/20/13 (but this did nir seem overtly out dated). Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours amber gold with a two finger pillow of pale head. A layer of froth lingers and imparts a good bit of lace.

A decent hop aroma but slightly muted. Mainly grass clippings, pine and citrus rind.

Taste follows the nose with grapefruit rind, citrus zest, fresh cut grass, orange, pine, cracker and black pepper. A standard blend that is pretty much I expect when I pick up an IPA.

Medium body, slightly oily with sharpish carbonation. Bitter finish of orange peel and grass.

A solid and easy-drinking no-frills IPA. It may not have a wow factor for me but there is certainly nothing wrong with it. It's a shame that the dating is ambiguous- I'm not sure if my lower rating is a matter of personal taste or if this may have suffered from a little age.

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 19:56:13 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium, lightly coppery golden amber with a fine two finger just barely off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of grassy, citrus hops with a hint of dankness, complex fruit dominated by orange family citrus and tropical fruit, an odd but interesting toffee note. Flavor is mixed caramel and biscuit malt with toffee notes and a hint of toastiness, orange family citrus, grapefruit rind. Finishes with long, lingering citrus and grassy hop bitterness. Pleasant lightly creamy medium body, which seems standard from this brewery (even with the pale ale I had this afternoon). I was a bit surprised by the flavor profile of this. While nicely malty and balanced with hops, it had much less herbal hop flavors that I expected from such a well received Northwest IPA. However the hops are not reserved and wonderfully balanced by the malt; the lingering hop flavors are great. The malt really grew on me more and more as I drank the glass. A very tasty IPA. Glad these IPAs are available on the West side now.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 04:47:52 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of snaotheus


3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. No canning code or date that I can find.

Pours clear golden with a slight copper hue, medium sized light tan head, fades slowly, medium amount of carbonation. Smell is nice, grassy, piney, crisp.

Taste is crisply bitter, with a surprising sweetness. Long slow bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick, full bodied. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 00:07:41 | More by snaotheus
Photo of DaltonC


4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Grabbed a growler of this from Total Wine, and this must be extremely fresh because it taste very similar to Stone Enjoy By's, 10-25 specifically, which was one of my favorite IPAs.

If you love Enjoy By then you will love this beer. It's fantastic.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2013 23:38:19 | More by DaltonC
Photo of draheim


4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a tulip. Thanks again to beertunes for making this happen!

Pours a crystal clear honey copper color w/ a big fluffy head that leaves behind beautiful lace, looks like a frost-covered window.

Aroma is pure hoppy goodness. Grapefruit rind, peach, orange, a hint of pineapple. Mama mia.

Taste is likewise hoppy and bitter, balanced nicely by a blend of biscuity pale and maybe some breadier caramel malt. Like chewing on whole hops cones. Thoroughly satisfying.

Mouthfeel is also just right. Not too light and not too heavy. Nice bitter finish.

Overall a really solid, well-crafted IPA. One more please.

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 04:59:48 | More by draheim
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can opened on 9.11.13
Thanks Matt

A - Pours a clear darker orange with a one inch yellow-tan head with good retention.

S - Citrus, some tropical fruit, lots of pine.

T - Citrus and tropical with a pine finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Nice hop forward IPA. Yakima hops can't get much closer.

Serving type: can

09-11-2013 23:40:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of woemad


3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.35. No freshness date. According to the can, this beer has 70 IBUs.

Poured a clear amber color, with a big, creamy, off-white head that hung around a while. Lots of lace, Great looking beer!

Piney hops greet the nose. There are some tropical notes as well, but I get more pine than anything else. There’s a very mild, bready malt scent as well.

Piney hops hit the tastebuds first, with an undercurrent of grapefruit-like flavor. Bitterness up front subsides slowly throughout the taste bud never goes away, with a dry zap to the swallow.

Slightly oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot–on.

Another well-made Northwest IPA in a can. This is a trend I can get used to. Not so big an IPA that will strip the enamel off your teeth, so incorrigible hopheads might not want to rush out and get it, but it’s quite drinkable. Unfortunately, the abv is a little high for sessioning if at a bar, so you might want to take it home instead. The fact that it is in cans should make that easy to do.

Serving type: can

09-04-2013 06:06:49 | More by woemad
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can picked up at Brewforia Meridan for $2... Pours with a nice 2 finger white head that supplies great sheets of lacing.. the beer is slightly hazed orange.

Nose leans toward the tropical fruity hops with some tangerine and grapefruit.... a fair amount of residual maltiness seems out of lace and carries too much caramel malt.

The caramel malts now carry something that I automatically associate with diacetyle... a bit butter/slick for sure... good bitterness and flavor hops help this brew out, but I cannot get past the malty messiness.

Body is light with a light/medium carbonation... still pretty drinkable despite my above negatives.... just needs some work.


Serving type: can

08-27-2013 04:26:54 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to whiskey for the can.

Appearance: Slightly hazed amber with some dark gold leanings. Head is off-white and creamy. Drops tone tiny creamy cap and collar. Nice streaks and notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Light and bready malts. Some caramel sweetness coupled with a leafy citrus hop presence. Orange and grapefruit zest. A hint of peach. Grassy and leafy. Lightly caramelized malts. Slight hop spiciness with some herbal and floral elements.

Taste: Earthy flowers. Juicy citrus. Orange flesh and juicy Ruby red grapefruit. A bit of leafy hop spiciness. A solid complimenting malt backbone. Slightly toasted with slightly cooked and caramelized malts. Bready and a touch sweet. Warming pushes more grapefruit than anything else. Juicy and loaded with citrus.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. A bit astringent throughout. Mediumish body. Pretty standard affair.

Overall: Cutboy.

Standard for the style. Heavy floral and grapefruit influence, but it's not aggressive by any means. Easy drinking. Worth picking up from time to time.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 23:56:09 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of daveski


4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was in Yakima last weekend visiting the wife's grandparents. They live in Moxee, less than two miles from the Brewery. Her grandpa and I hopped in his truck and went down for a few pints and then some.

Appearance –This is an unfiltered IPA. Pours a beautiful amber and golden color. First glance, and you know you’re about to enjoy a delightful beer.

Smell – Solid aroma. Citrus, pine and some floral. Slight hint of malt sweetness.

Taste – Like the smell, very solid. The balance between the hops and the malt sweetness is near perfect.

Mouthfeel – Excellent mouthfeel. I think the fact that the beer is unfiltered really adds to the taste/mouthfeel. It gives the beer a little body.

Overall – I am an IPA-fanatic and this one is up there as one of the better West Coast IPA’s I’ve had. Adding this beer and the brewery to a list of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 22:58:10 | More by daveski
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains quite well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy, non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Dank, fresh hop smell that's very grassy and citrusy and has a tinge of malt sweetness in the back. There's actually even a spiciness about it. Also a slight tinge of alcohol.

T- Has a moderate bitterness and is definitely on the more grassy, earthy side of the hop style. Still, very subtle and easy drinking. Though it is approaching 7% ABV, it's very drinkable and the booze goes fairly unnoticed.

M- Pretty oily and slick with medium carbonation and a standard IPA body.

O- The aroma of this beer was very impressive so whatever they did with the dry-hopping was spot on. Then the rest played out like an above-average IPA with decent lasting power. I'd revisit it for sure. Thanks so much to SatlyMalty for the opportunity to try this.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 01:38:13 | More by Immortale25
Photo of flagmantho


3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a touch of haze and a ton of effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Excellent.

Smell: quite malty with a fair bit of sweetness. The citrusy hops are on the subtle side, but are smooth and well-composed. I like it.

Taste: like the aroma, this beer is quite malty for an "aggressive West Coast IPA", as the can says. The hops are good, but it's not the bomb that the can suggests. Bitterness is strong toward the end but is quite smooth in character; I like it. While I disagree a little bit with the can's claims, this is still a darn tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess. It's not quite as creamy or fizzy as the appearance would suggest, though, unfortunately.

Overall: very tasty IPA, if not quite what the can describes. A bit sweet, but in general quite drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-01-2013 21:03:26 | More by flagmantho
Photo of MDDMD


4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

S-citrus, bread dough, pine, floral

T-bready malt, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a really nice IPA, with good balance and flavor

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 23:05:34 | More by MDDMD
Photo of da_beers


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had my best friend from WA bring me out a sixer of both this and their pale ale. Excited to see Yakima getting their beer out there.

A - pours a burnt orange, slight haze, nice two fingers of white bubbly head. Good lacing all the way down and nice amount of carbonation coming up.

S - nice fresh hop presence. Earthy notes at the end. Sweetness from the malts, but not overly scented, but that could be the glassware I used (snifter).

T - great hoppiness. Sweet malts come thru. Aftertaste of hops carries on the palate. West coast style IPA for sure, but also has beautiful pine/earthy qualities.

M - medium body, very smooth from the W Coast style. Finishes somewhat dry, not too sticky.

O - great beer. Was pretty surprised by this one. Drinkable and at 6.8% it is great.

Serving type: can

06-14-2013 13:51:31 | More by da_beers
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bale Breaker Brewing Company - Topcutter

Excited to see some Yakima Valley brewing since they already supply hops to breweries all over the country, might as well join in the brewing fun!

Look - Pours a slightly hazy orange copper amber with a good sized foamy head that dissipates quickly. Chunks of lacing.

Smell - Summitt/Chinook (That nice bitter garlic onion) hops with a low-profile malt backbone. Lake a maltier Lagunitas SUCKS. Hate to compare but that might help others want to try it.

Taste - Excellent, a smooth malt gets pummeled by bitter pine and earthy, resiny hops. Woof!

Mouthfeel - Sits bitter and remarkably dry on the palate, resulting in good drinkability. Light bodied. Slightly warm to the throat but otherwise not boozy.

Overall - This is a great brew, I was pleasantly surprised. Will be looking forward to more from these guys.

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 20:56:59 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of beertunes


3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear honey-gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had low-to-moderate retention and lacing.

A blend of pine and citrus hops greet the nose, with just a bit of malt sweetness in the background. The hops hit the front of the tongue, while the middle was given over to the malts. at the back the citrus aspects took back over and led to a nicely dry finish.

The body was was very smooth and balanced, coating the palate evenly. Drinkability was good, this will certainly scratch your IPA itch. Overall, a solid, if somewhat typical, example of the style. Certainly worth a shot when you see it.

Serving type: growler

05-05-2013 02:27:29 | More by beertunes
Topcutter from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.