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Topcutter - Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 27
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: beertunes on 05-05-2013

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Ratings: 231 | Reviews: 43
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Photo of daveski
4.39/5  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.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of dabone
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap. Dark Amber in color with nice head. Lots of citrus aroma and taste. Well balanced bitterness in the flavor. Great IPA.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
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 Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear medium straw body.
The aroma is grapefruit, lemon and pine.
The taste starts with moderate bitterness, mild honey in the middle with a mild bitter finish.
The texture is crisp with a soft edge.
Solid.

Photo of jellikit
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Spikester
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of DeepJello
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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 JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

4/3.75/3.25/3.75/3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.12/5  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.

Photo of mn_nuge
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
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 Ghrymm
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Redneckwine
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light amber-orange hue, pours with a solid 2 finger head that stick around for awhile, and leaves behind lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Hoppy, mighty hoppy. Floral, pine/herbal, tropical fruits, a strangely alluring dank and skunky stink ... complex hop character. Playing distant second fiddle is some caramel and biscuity malts.

Feel/Taste - Getting lots of dank pine character (pot), grapefruit, lemons, musty but juicy tropical fruits, vaguely herbaceous, VERY fresh tasting hops. Slight bitter kick - quite subdued. The malts come in later to round out the hop onslaught with some light caramel and bready sweetness. Medium body, smooth, scrubbing carb helps clean things up. Easy lingering bitterness, less than expected.

Overall - A suberb IPA at a great price. I don't know what it is with this one, but the hops just taste very fresh - they have a fantastic, unique "punch" I haven't come across all that much. It makes sense to me, since Bale Breaker is located in the Yakima Valley, which is becoming world renowned for kickass hops. Honestly, this is one of the best IPAs I've had: it's great on all levels.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of draheim
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of rbux11
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6.8% and 70 IBUs.
Clear, more orange than amber in color, with a modest foam in the chalice. Nothing for lacing but quite frothy on the tongue.

This has an immediate hop bite but a long, aromatic nose. Light body with a little oily texture to give it more substance. Deeply hopped up with flavors of resins, grapefruit, and a mineral touch. Some modest malty sweetness to start but a dry finish. On the sharp and acidic side with a little salt.

This one is a flowery but bitter IPA for the hard-bitten hop enthusiast. From the 12 oz can bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty solid with plenty of dry bittering hops, though having just had the Field 41 pale previous, this beer doesn't stack up..either as an IPA or in comparison to the latter. That shit even make sense?

Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.26/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of almostjay
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Topcutter from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.