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Topcutter - Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 22
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bale Breaker Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beertunes on 05-05-2013

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Photo of MLDucky
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeyteh
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DOCRW
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of Erik-P
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eschlue
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of tylerstravis
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSJr
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewski
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cowpoker321
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DeepJello
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of rubenlopez
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ghrymm
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice dark gold pour with a nice lace. Great Hop flavor . Great West Coast IPA one of my favorites. Bought 18 cans today at The Brown Jug in Oreville Washington

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MdMcBee
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Moose90
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mn_nuge
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite IPAs of all time. Huge hop flavor and aroma with restrained bitterness. Fantastic.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.31/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden hue. 70 IBU. thin, watery entry. Latent hoppy taste comes through with equally latent carbonation. Not a heavy mouthfeel as expected with other west coast IPAs. Undetectable presence of malt. very slight grapefruity nose.

Photo of jarrgal
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fly4awhiteguy
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EB1
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A. Pours a nice orange-gold with over a finger of white sticky head. That leaves some nice lace.

S. Big grapefruit and orange rind, a little mango and light grainy malt. Simple, west coast, and very nice.

T. Big citrus fruit and rind, some cedar and grainy light malt. Maybe a touch of tropical fruits and sweet candied citrus rind (if that's even a thing, may have just made that shit up).

M. Medium body, soft below medium carbonation.

O. Very nice and all west coast baby. Trust a yakima brewery to take advantage of the local dankness! :)

Photo of almostjay
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I live in IPA saturated Portland, OR. Topcutter is not available here, although it's pretty easy to find about an hour away in Washington. I go out of my way to find Topcutter, even in this crowded IPA market, because it's THAT good.

I'm a big fan of these "modern" IPAs - not overly bitter, very overly aromatic, etc. Topcutter is a prime example of this style. It's hard to mess up a beer with a Simcoe®, Citra®, Ahtanum™, and Mosaic™ hop bill, but it's been done. This beer uses those hops perfectly. So. Good.

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Topcutter from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.