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Topcutter - Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 18
Gots: 15 | 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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Reviews by woemad:
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3.79/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

09-04-2013 06:06:49 | More by woemad
More User Reviews:
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South Dakota

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
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-23-2013 18:38:08 | More by bpfrush
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-01-2014 23:43:35 | More by Cynic-ale
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-07-2014 16:27:45 | More by HoppySeb
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-13-2013 21:53:24 | More by mdaschaf
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

07-23-2014 19:08:04 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

07-20-2013 03:21:09 | More by distantmantra
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

08-20-2014 18:29:06 | More by Diggy
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-03-2014 04:49:32 | More by BigJim5021
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

06-15-2013 23:59:54 | More by jmccraney
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-24-2014 08:21:52 | More by bouncepass
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-07-2014 19:29:38 | More by jwerner23
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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


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-29-2014 20:25:57 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

03-12-2014 04:47:14 | More by n2185
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-02-2013 22:49:12 | More by EgadBananas
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-27-2014 02:59:48 | More by Hopmodium
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-17-2014 03:32:47 | More by Commodore69
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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
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5/5  rDev +22%

07-28-2013 05:58:13 | More by DeekNayvuz
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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
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North Carolina

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
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-05-2014 20:20:04 | More by Eighty
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Topcutter from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
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