Leota Mae IPA
Bale Breaker Brewing Company

Leota Mae IPALeota Mae IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #592
Ranked #6,113
4.1 | pDev: 6.1%
Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Leota Mae IPALeota Mae IPA
Notes: Introducing our fourth year-round beer available in six-packs and on draught! Leota Mae joins the Bale Breaker lineup with a fresh take on a heavily hopped West Coast IPA. With late additions of Ekuanot™ and Mosaic®, this beer veers into dank, tropical territory, highlighting the aromatic power of these two Yakima-bred varietals.

Our great-grandparents planted hops in the Yakima Valley in 1932. The matriarch of our family, Leota Mae, worked sunrise to sunset cultivating the land we still farm today. This beer pays tribute to our family’s legacy and the woman who started it all. Cheers, Leota Mae, here's your IPA.
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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Six pack of cans purchased at Safeway in Bothell, Washington.
Served in a pint glass.

Look- Clear golden amber color. Solid and even off-white head that recedes rather slowly to a thin cap of foam with modest lacing. Moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Citrus (grapefruit, pithy orange rind and lemon/lime), dank/grassy hops, resinous pine, caramel/bready malt, light tropical/stone fruit notes.

Taste- Mostly grassy/herbal/floral hops and pithy citrus a hint of tropical fruits. Decent malty backbone, well balanced.

Feel- Medium bodied, dry and fairly crisp, lingering light bitter finish. Medium carbonation on the tongue.

O- A pretty solid offering from Bale Breaker, in my opinion Topcutter and Bottomcutter are better but this is pretty good.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can at share. Pale golden, spotty head. Aroma is equal parts malts and hops. Taste amps up the hops a bit, drying a bit, more astringent. More pale ale to my palate.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from beertunes. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/16/2019. Pours slightly hazy medium golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, green peppercorn, pine, cracker, toasted biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, green peppercorn, pine, cracker, toasted biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, minty, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, green peppercorn, pine, cracker, toasted biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.2%. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish; not overly aggressive. Awesome Simcoe, Ekuanot, Mosaic, Loral profile. Extremely vibrant, dank, earthy, and fairly juicy hops; with a nice clean bready malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on West coast style example. No complaints. Loved the hop profile as expected.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

6pk cans purchased in Wenatchee grocery store.
canned on Mar. 29/19 (7 weeks old)

Pours clear gold, foam head disappears fast. Not much bubble action.
Hop flavor is reserved, subtle, mild. spicy not fruity.
6.2%abv is light in the mouth, easy to drink.
No sticky or resiny aftertastes. Clean.
Would be a good choice for a session IPA.

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Photo of mintzmeet
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Mmm, i love this. Strong and bitter in a sinus-clearing way. Piney hops. Nice lacing and clear color. Average mouthfeel. Perhaps some citrus notes hidden.

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Photo of Spikester
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold with three fingers of ten minute white head. Rings and swathes of lace appear as the head drops.
The smell hit me as soon as I opened the can. Dank resinous grassy hops with bread crust malt.
Taste is fruity resinous dank grassy bitter hops with just enough malt backing.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. The finish is long dry and bitter.
Overall another fine beer from the Yakima Valley. Here's to Leota Mae!
Canned on Aug. 8, 2018.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can Date: 7/4/18
Palate Contaminants: none

Look is a super-clear gold. Moderate amount of fine head that lingers. Good lacing.

First scent I get is white grapefruit, but it's sweet. (That's not the case frequently enough.) There's a bit of papaya in there, too. Freshly cut grass. I know it has two months on it, but it still has a fresh thing going for it.

Lots of earthiness in the taste. Moss, grass, and white wood. Very malty, yet not overly sweet. Light bitterness. It all balances well. Good intensity, without being overbearing.

Carbonation is fine, weight is moderate-heavy for the type. Only weakness is the aftertaste, which is mostly bitter moss.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftpaw for bringing this out to Oregon for our camping week. Pours a golden yellow color with good clarity and a soft 1/2" white head. The aroma had a little bit of that Mosaic dankness. It wasn't as pungent as some of the 100% Mosaics, but the Eukanot will come into play in the next phase of this review. It was good, not great.

The taste was easy, nice bittering charge from the Eukanot, mild 2 row pale toasted malt vibes going on, this is a west coast ipa through and through, dry back end, light body, a nice jab in your mouth of grapefruit bitterness from the Eukanot, all while the Mosaic still gives off some of that guava and papaya tropical feel. Well maybe the bitter pop isn't the Eukanot and is something else since the commercial tug job says its a late edition hop.

Hey look I'll take a standard banger like this all day for $10 a 6 pack. Bale breaker makes better hoppy beers than their reputation seems to point towards. I guess they don't make much in the tallboy haze format or rare wise, so you don't hear much about them.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Rhein Haus Tacoma on August 3, 2018. Brewed with late additions of Ekuanot and Mosaic hops. Notes of tropical fruit and dank hops.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, mild pine. Taste is dank, citrus, light malts, decent bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can. Canned on May 25/2018, drank it July 10/2018.
A: Pours a clear gold amber with a few floatys with a thin white head/minor lacing.
S: A nice floral hop nose with a hint of pine.
T: A clean hopped IPA. Nice bitterness
F: Medium body clean and crisp.
O: A real nice IPA, i want more.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Packaged May 25, rated June 25. Pour is a golden color, fine head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is predominately floral, some mango, and a whiff of pine. Super smooth taste, modest ABV. An overall a fantastically well-balanced beer. Recommmended.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Leota Mae pours a beautiful shade of golden, almost brass. It would be crystal clear if it weren't for all of those pesky floaties in there, but that never scared me. Usually a good sign, in fact. The foamy and creamy egg shell white head on top is glorious. It has excellent retention and laces like a son of a bitch. Beautiful start.

Mosaic and Ekuanot!? Yes please. Blueberry, rubber, and pine, with melon notes underneath, and a toasted sesame like malt base are wonderful aromas. This has got me drooling, as it reminds me of one of my favorite IPA's from back home.

Delicious. A little more of that toasted grain, even nuttiness, and burnt rubber taste, but believe me when I say those are good, no great things. The blueberry and even most of the tropical fruit aromas seem to have been replaced by some dank weed and tons of pine in the flavor, though as expected with Mosaic trickery, they do reappear from time to time. Again, great things.

This is about as clean and light a feel as an IPA might have, even with its lower carbonation. Very refreshing and dry, with a good hefty bitter bite.

Well, it's not quite as great as my former beloved, but it's damn close. This may very well be my fill in go-to IPA for the time being. Just a wonderful beverage that I hope I can control myself from killing off the whole six pack in one sitting. Cheers.

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Photo of beertunes
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a clean, clear medium golden yellow color with a bit over a half-inch of fluffy white head that had very good retention and lacing.

As is typical for BBs brew, a bright blast of hops burst out of the can at the crack of the tab. There is also a nice grainy malt scent.

Pretty much the same on the tongue, just bigger, bolder, brighter, and bossier.

The body is just a touch under medium, and has a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability is great (another attribute of BB brews), you can easily slide these down. Overall, another very nice brew from the hop fields of Yakima. A must try if you see it.

#BigMapleNoNo !!!!!!!

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Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Beertunes for this one. A crystal clear golden color with a bright white head. Great retention and lacing in the glass. A mix of berries, dank resin, and tropical fruit on the nose. The taste followed with a bracing old-school citrusy bitterness mixed with dank earthy notes, berries, and tropical fruit. Some grassiness as well. Clean finish and very easy to drink. Outstanding!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently signed up for Tavour.com & it has been a real boon for The CANQuest (tm)! I am primarily buying CANs with a few bottles in the mix, but it is always pleasant to open the box(es) & look at the CANtents when it/they arrive(s).

From the CAN: "Fresh Off the Farm"; "Leota's Legacy[:] Our story began in 1932 when our great-grandparents planted hops in the Yakima Valley. The matriarch of our family, Leota Mae, worked sunrise to sunset cultivating the land we still farm today. This beer pays tribute to our family’s legacy and the woman who started it all. Cheers, Leota Mae, here's your IPA." Wild! If you ever get a chance to watch reruns of "Route 66", look for S1E7, "Three Sides", originally aired 18 November 1960. It involves hop farming as the protagonists take jobs in Oregon during hop harvesting season. Yes, as a self-avowed, self-described hophead & movie/vintage TV buff, I know these things!

I Crack!ed open the vent on this one & raised a toast to Leota Mae before CANmencing a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. No problem with clarity here as it filled my glass with a Golden-Amber liquid (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, all clamoring for a taste. An in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Nose had a beautiful earthiness, not so prevalent as in a wet-hopped AIPA, but still very dank and vegetal. 8=O Mmm. I am quickly tiring of hazy & fruity AIPAs that do not match the perimeters of the style guidelines & yet seem to currently dominate the market. This beer was a return to sanity, IMHO. Mouthfeel was medium, but with a soft slickness on the tongue. Not exactly oily, but in the neighborhood. The taste was slightly tropical fruity, as mentioned in the Notes, but there was still a good bit of hop bitterness as well.

If I may digress, I turned onto hops with Victory Hop Devil nearly 20 years ago & when DFH 60" IPA came out, I really loved it. Since then, I find both kind of wanting, but still go-tos when I want an AIPA as the style was originally intended.

This beer was a lot like them - not overly bitter, but not so tropical as to have Carmen Miranda dancing across my taste buds, either. This was a really nice interpretation of a greatly-changed style. Sure, I got the tropical fruit of the Ekuanot™ and Mosaic® hops, but it retained the earthy dankness of the base hops as noted on the nose. At 6.2% ABV, I could easily fill a cooler with these CANs & head out on some outdoor adventure. Despite being a pale redhead, I prefer the beach to the hills/mountains, but this beer would be good in either venue. Finish was dry to semi-dry, not overwhelming in terms of its bitterness, but not afraid to stay true to the style's roots. Mmm.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Tavour – no receipt.
12 oz can pkg Sep 21 2017. Stored in my 42 degree reefer and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Pine. Rapidly weakens with time.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.2 cm, aggressive pour), white, medium density with rocks, good retention, diminishing slowly to a three mm ring with drag marks and a thin complete layer with a rocky large island.
Lacing – Good. Narrow partial rings of tiny to small bubbles give rise to stalactites, stalagmites, and connecting columns of bubbles.
Body – Medium yellow, hazy.
Flavor – Subdued and only moderately bitter with a chalky aftertaste with a long hang-time. A little malt comes through. No alcohol and no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression: A decent IPA but unremarkable.
Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5.

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Photo of UWDAWG
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a IPA glass.
Look- golden, clear, lively, good lacing, slightly below average head retention.
Smell- citrus, dank.
Taste- dank, citrus notes.
Feel- very thin, very light body, average carbonation.
Overall- good beer, low ibu’s for an IPA, dank with citrus overtones, well balanced.

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Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bright gold body with a thick, frothy, sticky head. Spicy, pine-like aroma; bready malt. The taste follows the aroma with some berry and melon notes plus a nice dose of hop bitterness. Medium bodied; warm; mostly dry finish.

This beer comes across with a well-balanced character, especially with its hop qualities.

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Photo of gandres
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured to wine glass
Sight: Amber, slightly hazy, small head, some lacing
Aroma: Very Fragrant- hoppy, citrusy
Medium bitterness, balance
Mouthfeel: nice carbonation, medium follow through, long bitter taste, really good Overall: Very good beer

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a crystal clear orange yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma is a dank and pithy citrus.

Taste is a lot more rounded balanced IPA. Lots of herbal notes come through.

Nicely balanced drinkable IPA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and a solid sheet of lacing, looks nice. Aroma of mildly caramel malt, citrus hops with a little dankness, orange, light tropical fruit and a little toffee. Flavor is light caramel and bready malt, citrus and piney hops, bread crust, orange and lemon citrus, pine needles. Finishes with nice, mellow resinous pine and slight citrus rind, oddly smooth for the depth of hop bitterness. Excellent creamy body with a very satisfying mouth feel that fits well with the smooth finish. This has less herbal hop flavor than the other Bale Breaker IPAs I've had, but the overall balance of malt and hops as well as the agreeable integrated finish make this a fine IPA. I really like this one. We are living in a golden age for this style.

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Photo of woemad
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, purchased at Pilgrim's in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on September 26, 2017.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was a clear golden color, with a good-sized bone-white head, with lots of lace. The clarity of this beer was incredible.

Big, sweet, citrusy and floral hoppy nose to this.

Strong, grapefruity hop flavor at the start. Bready malt backbone that perfectly complimented the hops. Slightly herbal dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

Hoppy flavor but also very drinkable stuff. I really dig this beer. I think this is a nice addition to Bale Breaker's stable of IPAs. Don't know if this is a one-off or a seasonal, but I sure hope it's the latter.

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Photo of brenn79
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can- Pours clear golden with a medium white head that retains nicely eventually leading to cobwebby lace. Aroma is spicy hops, sweet malt, resinous and piney, not getting much fruit, solid. The taste is resinous, dank, piney, medium bitter lingering finish, sweet malt balances everything out wonderfully. Great IPA from a great brewery.

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Photo of rarigney
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perfectly transparent golden with a loose, persistent, white foam cap that leaves a near solid curtain of lacing. Aroma is dank resin and tropical fruit. Taste has some piney resinous bitterness, but not overpowering. A hint of citrus peel and a nice clean malt presence balance it out. Very good IPA.

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Leota Mae IPA from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 75 ratings