Field 41 | Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Washington, United States
balebreaker.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beertunes on 05-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,396
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
247
pDev:
10.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 247 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Roadking1979
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grittybrews
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A moderately hazy beer with a bright golden color. Medium off-white head with good retention and excellent lacing in the glass. Hints of citrus and earthiness in the nose. The aroma is somewhat muted but not bad for a two month-old beer. Big piney/earthy/grapefruit flavor, I'm guessing from Cascade hops. Bitterness would put it in the IPA category in my book. It's 4.5% but tastes bigger. As expected, malt is there but restrained and in the back. The body is there, giving it a good feel and avoiding the hop-water effect for many lower ABV hoppy beers. Very nice.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There's at least 3 of these Bale Breaker canned beers I've had that depict hop fields and their harvest. This is kind of the session one, the other two where ipa/imperial ipas. This one pours slightly lighter than the others, makes sense if this is coming in at a flyweight 4.5%. Smallish 1/3" white head on top of a yellow, slightly cloudy body. Aroma isn't all that popworthy, there's plenty of hops here, but you aren't going to hang with your dry hopping peers when you're using Simcoe and Cascade to dry hop with. Great hops, but not the aroma ones you're looking for.

Taste, its definitely more of an older school hop regimens paired up with a light body. Around 40ibu I would venture a guess, lots of Cascade hops on this one. Its like some of those older pale ales you love, but without the crystal malt and caramel giving it more heft. Otherwise, standard Cascade hopped pale ale, but at session strength levels. The bitterness may seem higher given the high amount of hop usage but low amount of super light cracker pale toasted malts.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 12oz can stamped “180007”

It is a clear, vibrant gold. Nice bright white head with good retention.

Smells pretty grassy with some light, sweeter, cracker like malts.

Not as prominent of a hop flavor as the aroma, but still grassy/hebal with some honey like sweet grains. Some dry bitterness on the back side. This is bordering on a session IPA for me. Just enough body, but everything comes across just a hair thin and lacking depth.

Balance is nice, and a pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superwho24
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DOCRW
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blognog
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shimmering amber-gold with a thick, white, persistent uniform foam.

Smell is cracker, light caramel, toffee, honey and orange.

Taste is buttered cracker, orange and grapefruit with hints toffee, nuts, pine and herbs. On both the palate and the nose, this beer becomes more and more cannabic as it becomes light struck while sitting out on the picnic table at the taproom.

Medium to full bodied, Field 41 is frothy yet crisp with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-dark golden yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Just above a finger's worth of white foamy head, somewhat rocky, but not too much, it settled off at a fair pace to leave some mild stringy lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of floral to piney hops over top of a recurring underscore of cracker sweet malts. It makes a good effort to blend altogether but honestly the more I let it warm, the more the hop component and malt component kept a slight distance from each other. I didn't mind this.
The flavor was a nice blend of the floral to piney bittersweetness, seemed to be fully loaded and yet still not fully embracing the malt side - that separation. However, like many other APA's that seem to never fully embrace the blend of the hop content to the malt content I find myself accepting this one a bit more. Aftertaste was more of the hops, malts are there but a bit lower.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate. Definitely brings in that "West Coast" smoothness with a trickle of hop embracing bitterness.
Overall, as an APA and a West coast one, it's one that I would like to have again and definitely one to have with it's respected food.

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bit of a bubble show produces a nice egg white head on top of the rather hazy amber liquid; good lacing action

Smell: Floral, with hints of citrus and pine

Taste: Citrus juice forward, with grapefruit dominant; the bitterness builds modestly, through the middle, bringing hints of pine; the finish is somewhat dry, though the citrus tones linger

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting debate here regarding whether this is a session APA or IPA and the brewery's decision to call it a PA only flames the discussion; I would say it is hoppy enough to be a session IPA but keep at it, guys

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first beer from these guys, this is a quintessential APA, IMHO. Golden yellow, very well carbed, nice and fluffy slightly off-white head, loads of citrus and some pine on the nose. I can't wait to taste it.

The taste is really hop-forward, from the liberal dry-hopping, with citrus flavors dominating the palate, but a little pine sneaks through - and some body from the malt to really elevate this from "session IPA" territory, and fully into APA land, where I reside with pride. Really good beer, and I'd imagine in the summer after mowing the lawn, this would be sublime.

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Photo of Irrationalist
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erickc
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden yellow. A fluffy head leaves trailing lace in its descent to a thin lasting cover.

The smell is of citrus (orange, grapefruit - some melon) with pine and some lemongrass.

The taste is of citrus - orange/lemon, grapefruit with a grainy balance. Dry, somewhat abrupt, finish.

A tad of water comes through. Medium carbonation. Smooth. Crisp.

A nice hop-forward. but balanced, APA. (In my opinion some breweries would label this a "session IPA", but this brewery calls it what it is - an APA - and it's a hop-forward one, especially in the nose).

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Field 41 from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 247 ratings