Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #467
Ranked #2,445
4.24 | pDev: 7.78%
Nov 05, 2022
Mar 06, 2015
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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Rated: 3.5 by BigIronH from Michigan

Nov 05, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by smithj4 from New York

Oct 06, 2022
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz can (canned 7/9/2022) into a tulip. Pours a nice clear honey amber with a frothy white head, plenty of sticky lace.

Aroma is big tropical citrus and pine—mango, orange, grapefruit. In a word, dank.

Taste is likewise sticky and slick. Plenty of malt backbone to counter the big hop presence. Tons of prickly alpha acids on the palate. Reminiscent of old-school West Coast IPAs like Stone that I haven’t had in a long time, and am now realizing I have missed.

Mouthfeel is sticky, medium heavy, resinous. Bready malt and booze.

Overall a classic imperial IPA, nicely balanced.
Sep 11, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Sep 05, 2022
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz can
L: a thick foamy ivory head caps a slightly hazed tangerine colored DIPA
S: floral citrus, bready caramel malt, pine, mango
T: excellently balanced flavors: caramel malt, bread crust, grain, pine, floral grapefruit, orange & grapefruit zest
F: full body, ample carbonation, sweet yet pungently bitter, pine lingers on the finish
O: Ugh, I should have bought more than one can of this to bring home with me - it’s so good!
Aug 10, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

May 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz canned 2/24; pours pure golden with a very light chill haze and a small white head. Bright tropical notes on the nose and palate; pineapple and overripe tropical fruit, with some pine, dankness, mango, honey, and bready malt, with a resiny bitter finish and medium dryness. Really not overly sweet even with all those fruity hop notes and the malt profile; this leans West Coast-y, dank, piney, resiny, malty, and bitter.
Mar 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Color is a heavy gold. Pineapple, mango, mild hop spice on nose.
Taste is funky hops, pine, pineapple, light malt in the background. Very hop forward, naturally, but there’s an unexpected funk that makes it stand out from other hop bombs. The ABV is well masked, and the carbonation is fantastic in that it leaves just enough of a tingle on the finish.
I’m not exactly a hop head, but this beer is original enough to be enjoyable.
Mar 10, 2021
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look: Clear burnt orange on the pour with a dense white head that pillows up to one-finger and leaving great lacing behind as it recedes
Aroma: Cara cara orange, sugar-dusted strawberries, passionfruit, blueberries, a little pine, some Cannabis, and sweet bready malt
Taste: Candied orange, fir needles, blueberries, and tropical fruit jump out first, soon joined by dank and strawberry notes. As these all start to lose power, a huge hit of pine sap comes to the forefront. Delicious bready malt is present but stays in the background and finishes with a strong hop bite
Mouthfeel: Full, slightly chewy but not overdone, a little slick, medium-high carbonation, and a big and welcome hop bite with good dryness on the finish
Overall: This is delicious. I love how these folks’ brew their hoppy stuff and this is a well-made and tasty WCDIPA. Good fusion of citrus/pine/tropical fruit/berries/weed, a good feel, great bite, dry, not sweet, and right in the ‘money-zone’ for me as far as ABV (8.2%). In my experience, 8.5-9.0% can still be good but it’s hit or miss and anything over 9% for me, and it’s usually too sweet and/or boozy. Tasty and definitely recommended
Dec 31, 2020
Rated: 4.17 by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

Oct 29, 2020
Rated: 3.25 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 03, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Braz from Washington

May 27, 2020
Rated: 4.68 by henryc2323 from Washington

May 11, 2020
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12oz canned 3-6-20. Opened 4-26-20.
1 finger of a white head with a short span and settles quickly as a cap. Clear and deep, dark golden DIPA. No lacing.
Tropical nose, sweet malt - honeyed, ripe oranges. Some fruit esters and yeasty character.
Big sweet malt (too much for my tastes), again ripe citrus and honey/bready flavors. Apricot, stone fruit, marmalade. Pine.
Full body, medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Big whack of hop bitterness in a long bitter finish. A little boozy heat. Out of balance overall for my palate. 100 IBU's.
Okay to good.

Second can 5-8-20.
Nose is more distinctive and has a definite dank weedy character...raising my rating on aroma.
Apr 27, 2020
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a snifter.

Look- Medium amber, clear, visible particulate sediment, light cream colored head, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Resin, citrus, dank, earthy.

Taste- Piney resin, citrus, herbal.

Feel- Medium body, average carbonation, slightly prickly.
Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 4.32 by C4li from Oregon

Apr 10, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by CMC73 from Oregon

Mar 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Limazulu from Idaho

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A- pours hazy dark gold. 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
Feb 24, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -5.7%
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
Jan 07, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by nodnaut

Dec 17, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Hopsohard from California

Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 4 by Stevotex from Texas

Oct 01, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev 0%
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.
Sep 02, 2019
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Rated by KristenDawg from Washington

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is my favorite beer ever! I like hoppy and this is.
Aug 21, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Jul 20, 2019
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Reviewed by redresonatedragon from Washington

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A fantastic brew that really showcases NW hops: sweet pine, 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
Jul 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.41/5  rDev +4%
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!
Apr 30, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by IPAnicked from Canada (BC)

Apr 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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
Apr 10, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by eire from Alaska

Apr 06, 2019
Rated: 4 by goalie35 from Canada (AB)

Mar 27, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by Mister_Faucher from Washington

Mar 20, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Mar 16, 2019
Rated: 4.05 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Mar 02, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by TwoBeers from Washington

Feb 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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.
Feb 07, 2019
Rated: 3.34 by Ajlvt from Washington

Feb 02, 2019
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.
Jan 25, 2019
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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.
Nov 27, 2018
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