Topcutter - Bale Breaker Brewing Company
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4.11/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams pint glass.
Pours a lovely amber with a one-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves lacing along the length of the beer.
The aroma is very nice, westy-style. grapefruit, citrus, candied fruit, and a little hint of spice and dankness.
The taste is very nice. Lots of grapefruit with a big initial bitter bite. As my palate adjusts, I also get some candied fruit, lemon zest, some sweet malt below and a hint of spicy hop as well.
Mouthfeel is pretty typical, medium a slightly sticky.
Overall, a very decent IPA. I'd happily drink another.
06-22-2014 21:45:46 | More by SD-Alefan
3.86/5 rDev -5.9%
A: rusty orange. Thin, fluffy head.
S: orange, mango, floral. Small sweet notes.
T: piney, citrusy goodness. Malt is basic, with a little sweetness (barely).
M: medium carbonation. Medium body. Bitter at finish.
O: good IPA. Balanced well, but hop-bomb at the bitter end. Yum
05-12-2014 01:55:57 | More by jellikit
4.18/5 rDev +2%
Hazy gold with one finger of white head. Curtain of fine bubble lace.
Smell is pine oil floral grapefruit hops and pale malt. Really bold smell.
Taste is similar to the smell with a bit of sweetness to the malts. Maybe a bit of caramel malts.
Hops are about potent as you want in a standard IPA without losing the individual hop flavors. Mouthfel is medium and carbonation is just enough. This brew has a medium dry bitter finish. This beer is a bit hard to find in my area and I made a special trip to Kennewick, Wa. to get it. Not sure it is worth the $10 per six pack but I am glad to have tried it.
06-07-2014 05:23:29 | More by Spikester
3.49/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
08-27-2013 04:26:54 | More by JohnGalt1
4.24/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
04-06-2014 04:47:52 | More by LiquidAmber
4.1/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-07-2013 01:38:13 | More by Immortale25
3.11/5 rDev -24.1%
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.
04-17-2014 19:56:13 | More by ThickNStout
Topcutter from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.