Piled High Imperial Fresh Hop Ale
Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #842
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,680
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 10.93%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
22
From:
Bale Breaker Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  4
Gots
  2
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a difference a year can make I guess. On tap at the Red Hot.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. Alas, this was to be as good as things would get. On the nose, I get some light graham cracker, light dry citrus, a hint of watermelon, and noticeable sweet malt. The flavor profile was more of the same, but with some decent bitternes in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the finish is fairly clean and bitter. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile. According to the beer board at the RH, abv. this year is 7.2%.

Mehhhh sums up my feeling about this beer pretty closely. While this isn't bad, it's hardly anything extraordinary. One and done with this one.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bale Breaker.

Like all Bale Breaker beers, it really captures the smell of hops. These guys come from a hop farming family, and it shows. Reminds me of Top Cutter, but a little greener.

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Photo of starclassic21
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer last night at their Fresh Hops event at Pint Defiance, Tacoma, WA.

Very similar to Topcutter but with more punch and fresh hop flavor. Delicious floral notes that the brewery is becoming known for. This beer just screams hop flavor, without too much bitterness. Can hardly notice the 8.2% alcohol.

Slight sweetness on the back end to compliment the fresh hop flavor. Herbaceous, floral, and slightly sweet (in a good way. Not a malty/bready way). Will definitely look for this beer again. Wish I could've got more of it before it sold out!

95/100

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Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015-10-02
Pint in a nonic at Bale Breaker, sitting outside, gazing at the few unharvested hop vines they left outside their tasting area.

It reminds me a lot of Topcutter, actually -- just amped up and with heavy focus on fresh hops. Resinous, aromatic, and delicious.

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Photo of mabermud
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks scrumptious. Smells fresh, hoppy, juicy, and sweet. Taste resembles the aroma, except better. The feel fits. Overall - Good stuff.

If I see this around, I'll definitely have it again.

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Piled High Imperial Fresh Hop Ale from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 22 ratings