Fresh Off The Farm
Bale Breaker Brewing Company

Fresh Off The FarmFresh Off The Farm
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,150
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,454
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 5.19%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
47
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Washington, United States
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Fresh Off The FarmFresh Off The Farm
Notes: Fresh off the Farm IPA was brewed in the center of hop field 41, just minutes from downtown Yakima, by Bale Breaker Brewing Company. A big hop aroma on a clean Pilsner malt base perfectly showcases a few of the newest and most exciting hop varieties off their family’s hop farm. Whirlpool additions of Loral™ and Mosaic® add depth to the nose generated from a post-fermentation charge of Mosaic® and the experimental HBC 630. Originally brewed as the official beer of Seattle Beer Week 2017, this brew is being re-released to celebrate Bale Breaker's Fifth Anniversary. Get it while you can!
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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow-amber with lots of bubbles pumping up the white foam in the fancy IPA glass. Spritzy mouthfeel with an acidic edge. Inviting aromas of citrus and resiny hops.

Orange flavor with hints of peach, and on the sweet side. Just moderately bitter with big hop aromatics. Really quite drinkable. Bottom of the can says "packed on APR0318." From the 12 oz can purchased at Pioneer Market in La Conner.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy, bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head and a few floaties. Smell is of citrus, some tropical fruits. Taste is of grapefruit, orange peels, light dankness, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright, deep gold body; lots of carbonation yet the head is thin although long lasting. Big citrus aroma; fresh cut orange. Sweet, citric, and bittern flavors; orange and grapefruit notes; faint presence of bread crust malt. Medium heavy body; a bit thick; juicy; some warmth and dryness to the finish.

The can for this review was packaged on April 02, 2018 per the bottom can dating, so perhaps a bit old. That said, the beer still comes across as a powerful and refreshing IPA with some fine hop kick to it.

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Photo of UWDAWG
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into an IPA glass.
Look- golden color, sediment, great head retention and lacing.
Smell- tangerine, grapefruit, slightly dank.
Taste- grapefruit, tangerine, slightly unbalanced finish.
Feel- slightly above average carbonation, medium viscosity.
Overall- Great beer, I remember last years run being quite a bit more dank. I think this years batch is far better than last years.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A clear and sparkling pale honey amber pour, light head and lacing. You can smell the hops from across the table as you pop the can open. Tasty hop-forward taste, yet with the bitterness under tight control. The subdued malt comes forward towards the end, producing a nice lingering aftertaste. The only small quibble is it's a bit light on the carbonation; otherwise, it's well-crafted.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Once more, Tavour has come through for me & The CANQuest (tm)! My latest box from them was less laden with CANs than some previous shipments, but that is okay by me if I CAN get something rare like this. Don't believe me? Read on!

From their website: "India Pale Ale - 7.0% ABV 60 IBU"; "Fresh off the Farm IPA was brewed in the center of hop field 41, just minutes from downtown Yakima, by Bale Breaker Brewing Company. A big hop aroma on a clean Pilsner malt base perfectly showcases a few of the newest and most exciting hop varieties off their family’s hop farm. Whirlpool additions of Loral™ and Mosaic® add depth to the nose generated from a post-fermentation charge of Mosaic® and the experimental HBC 630. Originally brewed as the official beer of Seattle Beer Week 2017, this brew is being re-released to celebrate Bale Breaker's Fifth Anniversary. Get it while you [CAN]!"; "Availability: - Release date 4/13/18 - limited time only, throughout Washington."

From the CAN: "Cheers to 5 years of beers!"

This will be my last of the evening as all of my remaining IPAs are tropical hazebros & I am in too good of a mood for that tonight. It all begins with the Crack! of the vent. I followed that up with a very gentle Glug into the awaiting glass, watching as it slowly puffed up, creating just under two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with very good retention that slowly wilted in the heat & humidity, but leaving decent lacing as a memory. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4- 5) with NE-quality clarity, summoning The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas in from the living room, where they were watching the PGH Pirates in their trademark black & gold. Nose was tropical, but not overwhelming or in-your-face, which is my turn-off. Mouthfeel was medium. I liked the taste since it had not only the dry, crispy, crackery presence of the Pilsner malt, but it also kept the tropical fruitiness in check with a very earthy fresh/wet hop bitterness. This was kind of a something-for-everyone AIPA since it was tropical fruity, earthy, slightly spicy, biscuit/toasty & it had the kind of clarity that I CAN really appreciate. Hey, it isn't about me though, since rating/reviewing is to be done to style & not to taste. Well, given all of the preceding + the 60 IBUs, I would say that this has met the specs of the style. Finish was very dry and earthy, lingering with a pleasant bitterness well past the initial swallow. They apparently revived it once & I CAN only hope that they will CANsider doing so again.

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

12oz can (canned 5/11/2018) into a tulip. Pours a clear golden straw w/ a sudsy white head, loose patchy lace.

Aroma is bright juicy citrusy hops. Grapefruit rind, orange zest, a touch of pine and spice.

Taste is likewise big juicy citrus on a neutral pale/pilsner malt canvas. Thirst quenching and delicious.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, very drinkable.

Overall, across the board great. A really nicely balanced IPA that showcases the hops.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a light clear dark orange, with a small foamy head, and a lot of lacing.

This smells like orange zest, grapefruit rind, biscuity malt, and herbal hops.

This is flavorful, but also feels pretty light, with a zesty and bitter hop flavor- grapefruit and light orange, with kind of an herbal grassiness, as well as a heavy pine presence. There's a bit of biscuity and only slight sweet malt character, as well.

This is fairly light bodied, but very crisp and very clean, with a good level of carbonation.

I definitely wish there was a bit more punchiness here, but it's still definitely a well built beer.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp clear gold the colour of deep apple juice. Decent finger of white wet head that settles down into a ring and archipelago pretty quickly.

Smell is incredible wafting up from the moment the can cracks. Sweet juicy tropical with some citrus bitterness and maybe a hint of bubblegum.

Ledas in with many of the same notes as the nose: a gentle fruity sweet start that is not really committed to any one particular style of fruit. Some sweet tropical notes, citrus, and I swear even a touch of apple touches lightly across the tongue, before a swell of sharp old school bitterness comes along to finish it off.

Light drinking for something that is listed at 6.3% here, but my can says 7%. Reeaaaaallll easy to lose track of that number here. Great for this spate of hot weather we've been having lately, and I look forward to taking a couple of cans with me to the park and stringing up the hammock.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can. 3 days old! Aroma is pungent grapefruit, some pine, lemon, latex, grain. Pours nearly clear golden with a medium off-white head with good retention and some lace. Taste is medium bitter with lots of citrusy flavors, some earthiness. Awesome. Nearly perfect for style for me.

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

12oz can from a sixer purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $10.79. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on April 18, 2017.

Poured into a Budge Bros. (RIP) shaker pint glass, this was a chill-hazed apricot shade of amber, with a big, sudsy off-white head that took time dropping and left lots of sticky lace behind.

Big, tropical hop aroma to this. Some faint, crackery maltiness is in the nose as well, but it's the hops' show.

Mango and pineapple flavors hit the tastebud beachhead first, but they're immediately paired up with more bitter, grapefruity and herbal notes as well. Finish is pleasing dry but not sharply so.

Medium bodied, with a sticky, resiny mouthfeel.

Really enjoyed this beer. I hope BB releases it again. Would love to do a side-by-side comparo with Top Cutter.

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Photo of braker649er
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Seattle Beer Week Beer features an exciting brewery. And a well-designed can. As for the contents ... worthy of representing my city, I'd say. Also nice to give the deserved nod east of the mountains where all those hops come from to make the Seattle scene what it is. First impression was the hops aroma wafting right out of the can without me putting my nose right to it. I think the name is accurate. This one did seem very fresh.

L - lighter straw to golden with satisfying head
S - as I said, leaped from the can. I picked up grapefruit and orange-near-lemony citrus. If there are newer, "hip" hops such as Citra, I suspect there are also classic WA hops such as Cascades.
T - Great taste! Citrus and some fruit to this, and also some dry-tasting hops that reminds me, as a homebrewer, of licking my fingers after handling high-quality pellet hops. Just enough bit to balance here. Dry biscuit on the malt.
F - felt dry yet juice-flavored, somehow
O - well done. I like the word "fresh" for this beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thick cap with light lacing. Aroma of pale malt, citrus and dank hops with good tropical fruit, nice fruity profile. Flavor is biscuit and lightly caramel malt, citrus hops, guava and pineapple, hints of green onion, with piney flavors developing into a lightly resinous piney and tropical fruit finsih Medium bodied with light creaminess. A fine, refreshing IPA that lives up to its name with plenty of fresh herbal flavors to support a moderate to robust hop bitterness. Malt is substantial, but stays in the background supporting the hops flavors. Faint estery fruit notes in the finish. Bale Breaker puts themselves forward for having farm fresh hops and although we are quite a ways away from the harvest, the fresh flavors are on display here. Nice IPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2017-04-23
12oz can served in a tulip. Packaged on April 12th.

Pours a pale yellow, clear, with a biggish white head and moderate carbonation. Smell is nice, fresh, moderately juicy, floral and green.

Taste is more malt-forward than I expected. It's still quite hoppy -- but I get more biscuit/toast/grain than I would normally. Hops come across fairly straightforwardly as resin, a little floral. Loses some of the juiciness from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is dry and light and very crisp. Overall, nice beer -- I think Top Cutter is better, though.

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Fresh Off The Farm from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 47 ratings