Bale Breaker / Cloudburst - Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPA
Bale Breaker Brewing Company

Bale Breaker / Cloudburst - Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPABale Breaker / Cloudburst - Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #531
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,196
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 7.89%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
39
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Bale Breaker Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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Bale Breaker / Cloudburst - Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPABale Breaker / Cloudburst - Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPA
Notes: Brewed in collaboration with Cloudburst--while it takes the Cloudburst team over two hours to get to Bale Breaker, the hundreds of pounds of wet Citra hops picked fresh from the fields travel just four minutes from farm to kettle.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 39 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of beersampler6
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a dank imperial IPA with good flavors and aromas. No date printed on can. Pours a darker golden color with a little fluffy white head and scant lingering lacing. Smells of strong ripe fruity hops, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon and tangerine. Also some strong piney hops, malt, vanilla and bread. Taste follows the nose, good depth and balance, very nice strong bitter bite. Faint sweeter malt backbone in the distance. Smooth, slightly sticky, mild mouthfeel that coated the palate, good carbonation. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of UWDAWG
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a tulip glass.

Look- Gold, clear, above average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Dank, citrus, slightly resin.

Taste- Dank, earthy, citrus, prickly, resin.

Look- Thin body, average carbonation, astringent finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pretty special stuff right here, done in collaboration with the now famous cloudburst, its a a citra focused wet hop brew, and its one of my favorites in the category so far this fall, and its been a great year for wet hop beer, living in the northwest now! its a killer beer, and i while i have been critical of citra as a varietal in single hop contexts before, i think that doesnt really apply when its wet hops, this seems pretty full spectrum to me, a little more vegetal and green than citra normally is, and a little more assertive and oily as well, this is quite robust for a hop i usually associate as having a somewhat softer range. i get a few different notes off it in nose and taste too, although its still obviously citra. oddly some ripe peach in this, floral honey, hash oil, and fresh lemon zest. there is some bitterness here, but its predictably light. the body has some weight from the oiliness, but the malt is basic, maybe a little honey malt, but its all pale barley to me, fermented close to dry. the intensity of the aroma makes my mouth water, the flavor delivers on the promise of citra glory, and every sip of the pint is fully appreciated. really fantastic specimen here, but i expected that with these two breweries getting together! dont miss this while its around!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of mildly caramel malt, citrus hops, orange, tangerine, grapefruit and a spot of dankness. Flavor is pale malt with a little biscuit, citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, light pine. Starts somewhat mild, but the hops build in flavor and intensity into a nice citrus rind and lightly dank bitter finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. It's been a while since I had a new Bale Breaker IPA and it's worth the wait. Good fresh hop character, the hops seem a little more complex than straight Citra, but that hop's character is dominant. Lots of herbal flavor and and does taste fresh. Another reason to love this time of year.

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Photo of beertunes
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into 11oz tulip. Poured a clean, clear golden yellow color with an inch of fluffy, white head that had moderate retention and lacing.

A huge blast of hops came out of the can, extremely hoptastical. Just a light bit of grain showed through for a touch of contrast.

Same on the tongue, a freight train of hops, with just enough malt to give nice support.

The body was medium-light, smooth, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was great, you could easily knock back a few of these.

Overall, a great example of Fresh Hop magic. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Topped by a nice, creamy white head--holy curtains Batman!--the body is a clear amber-gold.

Smell is spicy with black pepper, herbs, pine, cracker, and spiced orange.

Taste is cracker, grapefruit, pine, with hints of wood and rug, leaning bitter.

Crisp with a nice froth, it's a little prickly, yet smooth, with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.96/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I was just thinking back on this beer and was hoping it would come out again this fresh hop season. One can only hope! Until then I will be chasing that fresh hop citra dragon!

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Bale Breaker / Cloudburst - Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPA from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 39 ratings