Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #255
Ranked #1,812
4.25 | pDev: 7.53%
Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Notes: Double dry-hopped with homegrown Yakima hops, Bottomcutter IIPA may be light in color but is packed with citrus and pine hop character. This Imperial IPA is brewed to finish dry, perfect for the combination of Citra®, Simcoe®, and Ekuanot™ hops. As the bottomcutter is a tractor that leads the topcutter through the fields during harvest, this beer will lead to a new appreciation for our valley’s hops.
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Photo of Limazulu
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- pours 2 finger not-so-dense foam head which lingered well as did the lacing
S - mango and lemon
T - Grapefruit and pine, no real alcohol
M - Medium-light body... the only attribute I would have liked more from on this beer
O - Echoing what others have said already on this beer, super fresh hops, great overall

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack from Lep-Ro-Kan. Bright golden, orange tones, small wispy head. Strong, potent hoppy aroma. Taste too is strong hoppy bitterness, some citrus, sweet, tangy, stinging. And smooth, too. Pretty top notch IIPA

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

gosh i love the hoppy beers these guy make, and this drinkable double is fantastic, just really great beer. it always seems like a fuller, brighter, more pure expression of hops when i drink beer from these guys, maybe the proximity to the fields, i dont know, but they kill it, and this beer slays! just a little orange honey color to this, a lovely sticky white head, aroma of pure hop goodness, simcoe is radiantly obvious, but like a better version of itself in the nose here, good weed, pine resin, and bitter grapefruit, with a real west coast oily thing going on, some lemon and tangerine in here too, and a stunning melon note as well that comes on. the flavor is just as good, quite pine forward to me, and it sticks to the tongue in that way. behind that woodsy aspect from the simcoe is some softer citrus, some pithy grapefruit, and some mango as well, a botanical freshness, a cryo sort of intensity, and an almost dripping oily thing going on, the first hit of hash or something too, incredible! not just fruity though, and not just dry hopped, pretty old school and bitter for a moment at the end, but it remains balanced by the grain here pretty well, and its clean at the end. really great beer, more drinkable than it should be, smooth for what it is, and just packed to the brim with all these hops. id buy this regularly if it were available where i live, downright great.

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Photo of redresonatedragon
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic brew that really showcases NW hops: very herbal, oniony, dank, oily and resinous hop profile with a succulent fir bough finishing into a herbal bitters. Did I mention dank and sticky? This was a top 10 NW IPA for me several years ago and I don’t think so nowadays but I still think it’s worth grabbing if fresh

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating for two week old can. At even five weeks this brew drops off considerably. At eight weeks I won't buy it again.
This was once my go to IPA so either I was finding it fresher or the quality has dropped with widening distribution.
Otherwise a clear west coast hop bomb!

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can, canned on Feb.28/2019
Loaded with hops all the way. At 8.2 abv you would never know it was that high.
Big flavors here a total hop bomb. Reminds of Pliny Elder/Younger

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 4.47 (Including shipping)/12 oz can ($ 0.372) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 2/7/19.
“PKG ON DEC1318” stamped on bottom of can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Light gold, slight haze, floaties.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular seven to fifteen mm lacy ring and a thin complete layer with rocky islands. A couple pieces of lace remain after head retraction.
Lacing – None other than that left from the head.
First pour – Yellow, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Citrus, pine resin. As the remainder warms, the citrus disappears but the pine resin, although weakened, lasts.
Flavor – 3.75 – Begins moderately bitter and resinous with fleeting citrus. Ends resinous with a slight bit of chalk. No alcohol (8.2% ABV) flavor. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – Resinous and moderately bitter IIPA. I’m assuming that the advanced age has weakened the hops’ contribution, but it’s still a decent IIPA.

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Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark golden body with a thick, frothy head; stick rings and fingers of lacing along the glass. Crystal malt and floral hop aroma; red berries. Well-balanced crystal and mild caramel flavor; nicely integrated hop bitterness complementing the low-key sweetness; somewhat juicy; clean. Medium body; sharp and crisp with a note of residual sugar softness.

A very well-balanced and tasty double IPA. It is rich and flavorful without undue heavy handedness. A very fine and desirable beer.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on Oct 1st, rated on Nov 26th. Dark amber color, light frothy head. Aroma is nasal-overload of rich, citrus and floral notes. The taste is smooth and solid, highly hop-forward and with the right touch of bitterness match to a well-crafted finish. Moderate carbonation. It's a little heavy with the higher ABV but not excessive.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber with a 1-inch foamy head. Aroma is mild melon and citrus, with sweet malt and yeast. Taste is much more intense than the aroma. Sweet, sweet, sweet dankness...but the hops crash hard and keep it from becoming overwhelming. Mouthfeel is wonderfully slick, with an almost perfect body. Super smooth, and nicely warming. Excellent brew, one that's definitely going into the rotation.

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Photo of hreb
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a tall pub glass. Beer is mostly clear, orange to golden amber, bubbly, with some turbidity, though not as much as I found Top Cutter has. Fresh, floral hop aroma. Flavor is assertive but not overly bitter, with a very straight-down-the-middle IIPA flavor profile. Balanced and drinkable, but not outstanding.

Pkg on Jul1818.

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Photo of beertunes
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As many of these as I've had, can't believe I've never reviewed it. Basically, this pretty close to what my idea of an Imperial IPA should be;

Visually clean and clear, with a head that leaves nice lacing.

Aromatically, solid base grains and malt, with upside-the-head smack of bold hops.

An expanded version of the aroma on the tongue: more, bigger, bolder.

The body is medium-full, for the style, and coats your palate and throat. You know and remember when you've taken a drink.

Drinkability is great for a beer this size, you can knock back a couple without the flavors getting lost.

Overall, clearly I think this is an exemplar of the style. A must try if you've never had it, and like genuinely hoppy brews.

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Photo of Spikester
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange with three fingers of thick white head. Rings and splotches of lace.
Smell is pungent melon, pine, and orange.
Taste is melon, pine, bitter orange.
The body is light to medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and piney bitter.
Overall stellar hops but needs more malt for body and balance. Tasty hoppy beer though.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is herbal, some citrus. Taste is dank, herbal, light citrus, fairly bitter. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Radome
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can.

L - Deep golden color; clear, but "glows" a bit when held up to the light due to slight haze. Fluffy white head is sticky and long lasting. Huge sheets of solid lace on the glass.

S - Pine and citrus are on parade in the aroma. There are also herbs and spices in the hops aroma. There is some sweet, bready malt late in the nose, along with maybe just a bit of yeast fruitiness.

T - The sweet, white bread malt is the first impression, but it is only fleeting as the crescendo of hops crashes in. The hops bring mostly citrus but also a bit of pine, along with low levels of spices. The hops give a fresh, just-picked impression.

F - Medium body with low to moderate carbonation that still seems creamy. Extreme hops bitterness, but it is somewhat balanced by sweet malt, which leaves a slightly sweet finish. Some alcohol burn.

O - A very enjoyable DIPA. Perhaps more emphasis on the hops than is typical, but still delicious.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Other than a couple of floaties, this looks flawless, and even that's not something to complain about. The deep copper body is almost crystal clear and crowned by a billowing off white foam that stubbornly retreats leaving spider webs of lacing everywhere.

Oh God yes... Pine and citrus at its finest. A hint of weed, a splash of melon, and even some black licorice. Like a classic DIPA just done better.

Plenty of pine, plenty of weed. Orange marmalade sweetness and a hint of caramel, a little wet soil, licorice, sesame, and a hit to clear off that resin.

The sappy body is hit hard with an extra bitter finish, and I couldn't be happier. The carbonation desperately tries to carry the rich body to a smooth state, but it's just a bit too hard. The alcohol lends no flavor, but some warmth.

This right here is my kind of DIPA. Bitter as f*#@, hoppy as hell. A burst to the face and taste buds of pine. An old school IPA done exceptionally well with some minor new school touches. Cheers.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Once more, the Tavour service comes through for The CANQuest (tm) is a big way! I may not be buying many bottled beers through them, but you CAN bet your bottom dollar that I am snapping up CANs as they become available.

From the CAN: "Fresh Off the Farm"; "Proudly Brewed In the Yakima Valley"; "A double dry-hopped Imperial IPA, named for a tractor that leads the topcutter through the hop rows during harvest."

I Crack!ed open the vent on this now-seemingly tiny 12-fl. oz. CAN & proceeded with a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. It formed a little bit of head on its own, but I decided to help it along with an in-glass swirl. This action produced two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with decent retention, leaving behind moderate lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. I leaned in for a sniff of the nose & Simcoe the Kitty jumped out at me! She is so mischievous, but lurking behind her were loads of fruit, including tangerine, mango, papaya, grapefruit and a lumberjack, sawing away at a sticky, resinous pine tree. 8=O This beer could be scheiße, but if they could make the nose into air freshener, I would spray it everywhere! Mouthfeel was medium, but light for the ADIPA style. The taste was good, but not as intense as the nose had led me to expect. It was very piney and catty, initially, slowly warming to an orange/grapefruit citrusiness underlain with light peach and mango sweetness. Phew! Man, I usually go for bitterness, but this was like a wild fruit cup, dig? Totally groovy, man! This had a little something for every stripe of hophead & I was into the scene. The finish was dry, but just barely. It was bitter enough to keep me in business without overpowering the less inclined. The fruit flavors swirled around with the catty & pine flavors & created a taste that simply lingered. I now want to do a side-by-side of Top & Bottom Cutter just for fun. Lemme know!

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Photo of Buck89
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from 1/26 poured into a snifter. Slightly hazy golden color with a frothy white head. Looks like a classic WCIPA. Bright fruity aroma. Oranges, tangerines, and a slight hint of earthy notes. The taste featured the bright fruit on the nose but had a great dank undercurrent. Big bitterness but with a softer, sweeter finish. Medium feel and easy to drink. Outstanding.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can from 1/3/18

It is just slightly cloudy and deep gold in color. Pillowing white froth on top. Outstanding retention. Ends with a thick film remaining.

It smells a little dank/slightly weedy with some musty earthiness. Tropical fruit. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, caramel malts, and something sweeter. A little peach or passion fruit?

A lot of sweet fruit and malts up front. Candied like orange and mango. Some passion fruit. Still seems like a peach flavor in there. More dank and bitter on the back end with some grass and pine.

Super drinkable body. Carbonation isNice amount of oily resin hangs around. Outstanding beer all the way around.

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Photo of RB3
3.29/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours pretty nice with zero haze and pretty bubbles. Smells amazing... like amazingly hoppy fruity juice that breweries are going for but not silly. Taste is almost as good as the smell. A little too much after 10 year old soccer juice box for me.

Overall, I like the Top Cutter more but respect the attempt. This should never win an award but people seem to like a handful of flowers. It is not wine, people!

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Photo of Radcpa
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber appearance with significant white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a strong citrus with some mild hoppyness. Taste is also a strong citrus with some hops but very smooth

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to elrogish for bringing this beer around me a few summers ago. Its not as good as top cutter, but that is usually how it goes, double ipas are tougher to make good comparatively.

Pours the familiar golden color, 1/3" white head, low retention. Aroma was a familiar mixture of the usual hop aroma descriptors, forest, citrus, grapefruit etc. . . mild sweetness and barley feels.

Taste is a relatively common affair for 2nd tier dipa: relatively dry body, a tiny bit of caramel, otherwise dry finish. Hops keep up the bitterness and the forest flavors pumping throughout its entire course. Alcohol heat isn't really there.

Pretty much a straight up 2nd tier dipa, does everything good, nothing bad nor great.

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Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Seattle review dump.

A- Can pour into a small becher with a mostly clear golden body. Atop the beer a small white cap from but falls quickly to a small ring. Rare spotty lacing.

S- A bit on the generic side with hops forward giving off citrus and pine notes. Dank weedy herbs and onions also come to mind with a bit of sweetness.

T- Pine resin and orange, grapefruit citrus hops are in the foreground with herbal, minty, dank, slight stone fruit, mango, onion and floral hops in the background. A bit more opened up and distinct compared to the aroma. Light sweetness comes with hints of bread and cereal grains.

MF- Fluffy and frothy consistency in the medium bodied brew. A moderate level of carbonation. Clean light bitterness finishes it off.

Well brewed but at the same time it lacks a memorable and distinct flavor profile. Citrus and pine joined by other subtle hop character.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can Date: 6/9/17
Palate Contaminants: salty pizza

The look is a straight-down-the-middle gold. It's very clear and has a good amount of fine white head that leaves some good lacing. Very nice for the type.

There's some intensity to the smell, although it's behind the olfactory belt-holders. Lots of pleasant scents: peach, pineapple, oranges, and marshmallows. There's also a slight bit of sweet pine wood behind it all.

The fruit tastes are mostly the citrus ones, and any sweetness is well in the background. The taste is mostly an amalgam of vegetal, woodsy, and bitter. The leafy vegetables are arugula and Swiss chard. The wood is still pine, with a little sap. Overall, it combines some N.E. IPA elements with West Coast bitterness, and it probably blends those two worlds as well as any brew I've had.

There's a bit more carbonation than I'd prefer, but the weight is good, and the aftertaste matches the taste.

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Photo of d_harvey
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly bitter though not quite as strong as most Doubles. Citrus forward like it's Topcutter cousin, malt and a little sweetness on the palate. Very drinkable for a Double IPA and highly recommended.

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Bottomcutter from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 177 ratings