Field 41
Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #191
Ranked #5,804
4.04 | pDev: 10.64%
Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Washington, United States
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Notes: Don’t be fooled by the powerful hop aroma of Field 41 Pale Ale. Heavily dry-hopped with Simcoe® and Cascade, this perfectly sessionable Pale Ale drinks easy with a smooth bitterness and is named for the hop field that is home to Bale Breaker Brewing Company. Light and refreshing, it’s the perfect beer for a day on the river or afternoon on the slopes.

40 IBU
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has some light hues of amber along with a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly settled down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some specks of bubbles clinging to the slides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of citrusy hops along with notes of caramel malts and some hints of grassy hops in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this APA to be exceptionally drinkable and particularly liked its crisp mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Apr 25, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour with a finger of white foam. Wonderful piney hops, pale malt, pithy citrus and more pine. Pale malts and piney hops right up front, slight cracker, pithy citrus and a kiss of honey afterwards incorporated, sneaky dank. Very clean, effeminately west coast, and does well to be a great pale ale without verging into ipa territory, but but but, it could use some more body to it, very light and slightly watery over time.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Apr 17, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A well-balanced APA in the heart of hop country. A hoppy ale for those who don't like hoppy ales... PLMs, People Like Me.
Bought from Tavour.

While I start Field 41 with barely above average Looks (more foam and lace would help), Smells take me immediately into why I drink APAs: fruity, refreshing, moderately herbaceous. Tastes are largely the same, a well-integrated brew; but then, mid-to-late palate I get this interesting tussle between apples and hops with the resolution being balance. Sits fine in my mouth, bubbly balance.

Cleansed my palate well for an Indian masala simmer dish. I imagine Field 41 to be particularly food-friendly at lunch.

What I find most interesting about Bale Breaker is that they grow hops right there; a brewhouse in the middle of a hops field their family has owned for 4 generations. This gives Bale Breaker a deeper understanding of the balance that makes beer, beer. The rest of the story is common, family forming a brewery. But after only 7 years brewing, Bale Breaker has achieved a mature approach to brewing.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Apr 05, 2020
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3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, golden color with a little bit of head that fades quickly. From the citrusy, florally smell I would think this beer would have more character. Very light body with a hint of citrus and sort of a watered down taste. Little to no carbonation with this beer from what I can taste. It's not necessarily a bad pale ale but it just lacks any character or me.

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camtgrant from Washington, Jan 11, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 4.35 (Including shipping)/12 oz can ($ 0.362/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 7/10/19.
“PKG ON JUN0319” on bottom. Stored upside-down at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Body – Yellow, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.2 cm, aggressive center pour), white, dense, short duration, diminishing to a seven to nine mm lacy crown and a thin rocky cap.
Lacing – Poor. Only a few small islands of tiny bubbles scattered about the glass.
Aroma – 3.5 – Grassy and slightly herbaceous.
Flavor – 3.5 – Predominantly grassy. Slightly bitter leaving a long-hanging slight dankness. No alcohol (5.2 % ABV) flavor or aroma, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation – 3.5 – Unremarkable APA.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Jul 10, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Resinny hop aroma. Clear, light gold with a persistent fine white head that leaves lace on the glass. Hop forward flavor with a bitter finish and light body.

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baldini from Georgia, Aug 22, 2018
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, "PKG ON APR0918". Thanks to my friend, Derek, for giving me a can to try. Golden colored ale with a foamy off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving some spotty lacing on the glass. Citrusy aroma with hints of grapefruit, orange, light caramel, and biscuit. For flavor, bold grapefruit zest and pine dominate the palate with bitterness, light & nutty caramel malt adds some sweetness, orange and mango in the mix as well. Medium body, very resinous and sticky, bold & bitter dry finish. Very good [north]west coast feel on this APA.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, Aug 07, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery in a six-pack of cans. Curiously, the can is not dated. Pour is golden amber and clear, frothy head and slightly sticky lacing. Some pine and citrus nose, not over-intense. Nicely balanced taste, enough hops to be on the "I" side of an IPA, with modest ABV. The only thing is a light, fleeting aftertaste which is common for the less--robust ales.

For a sessionable ale, this one stands out.

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NickSMpls from Washington, Jul 03, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Buck89 from Tennessee, Apr 08, 2018
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3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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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3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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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3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Sabtos from Ohio, Oct 11, 2017
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4/5  rDev -1%
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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4.04/5  rDev 0%
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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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jul 26, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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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ovaltine from Indiana, Mar 14, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev 0%
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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jwc215 from Arizona, Jan 16, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker pint glass. Canned on August 31, 2016.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a 1/2 fingers worth of head. Dissipated rather quickly and left minimal lacing in the glass.

Aroma: Plenty of citrus, tons of orange plenty of pine in the mix too.

Taste: Hops up front more pine and some lemon, followed with a decent malt backbone to it. Even and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Nice light feel to this one, has a decently dry finish.

Overall: A really tasty beer that has a great hoppy bitter bite up front and nice dryness on the end; a low abv makes this a great beer to take to the beach, to the backyard or just plain anywhere.

Thanks to beertunes for this one!

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jhartley from Florida, Oct 22, 2016
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a really outstanding pale ale here, just a little haze, really like hop haze or haze from being so fresh, not like a sloppy thing, and very obviously not an attempt to be east coast in any way, pretty pale beer, nice creamy white head. interesting nose, fruity hops seem soft for a beer from the hop motherland thats supposed to be hoppy, at first it seems anyway, but its just really different, interesting fruity notes to it, red apple, and almost savory fruits rather than the zesty citrusy hop complexion we are used to, although a bit more of that creeps into the flavor. a little woody, juicy, very very fresh, its like when the cones are still on the vine, that essence of the hop when its still a flowing plant, uncooked, majorly summer, and very light on the bitterness. super unique flavor to it really, approachable too, i would suggest this as a hoppy beer for those who think they dont like hoppy beers. easy drinking and interesting, two great features in an american pale ale these days. pro carbonation here too, very lively and even refreshing. i was impressed with all of the beers these guys make, they obviously have access to some pretty fresh and unique and high quality hops, and they have showcased them well here.

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3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Clear straw yellow color with a creamy head that leaves half an inch on top. A few bits of lacing.

S: Some lemon and citrus with lots of grassy floral hops. Some sweet cereal malt. Not a super strong aroma.

T: A floral bitterness takes over the taste, some lemon, quite bitter for a pale.

F: Mouthfeel is a little watery and medium carbonation.

O: This pale ale is ok but there are quite a few I like much better.

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Parmesan from Colorado, Aug 02, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Central Saloon located in Seattle's Pioneer Square, on to the beer:

Spots of lacing cling around the glass of this glossy pale orange ale. Field 41 delivers a hoppy experience while maintaining an easy drinking nature that doesn't weigh you down. Echoes of hops deliver honeydew, grapefruit, and tangerine notes while a light cracker base allows the hoppiness to bounce off.

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, Jun 22, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got on trade! 12oz can served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" high white head with a vigouros pour that was gone in a minute or two. Medium if that colour and filtered clear

S- Nice hops here. Light and airy.

T- Mellow but full of hops. The lightness might be at first intail hit but you soon see it's a good IPA albeit light. I like it.

M- Watery. Guess I should expect this so I rated it apprpiately.

O- I like this one for a sunny weekend afternoon in the summer. Wish I could get this one as a regular brew!!

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went so well with....... Homemade smoked salmon on a bagel with capers and pickled onions


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DaveBar from Ontario (Canada), May 11, 2016
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3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Out of a can into my pint glass. The last beer of a 6 pack, on Superbowl Sunday.

Beer is a yellow straw with a hint of gold to it. 1" head. Lacing get's a solid B in my book.

Grassy hops on the nose.

Taste fairly hop forward. More grassy notes, hint of lemon. Very little malt backbone. This is a pale ale? This tastes like carbonated hop water.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall this is a poor representation of a pale ale. Reading the other reviews on here is mind boggling. People are calling this an ISA (india session ale), which isn't a real style to begin wish, but more importantly is not what this beer is. If you're looking for carbonated mild hop water, this beer should fit the bill. Pale ales should have a malt backbone. This beer does not. It's as simple as that.

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AWolfAtTheDoor from Washington, Feb 08, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz Can.
A: Pours a Light Golden Amber, very thin White head good lacing. Lots of white float particles.
S: Wonderful citrus nose, awesome.
T: A great hoppy Pale Ale i can drink this all day.
F: Full bodied moderate carbonation.
O: A really nice Pale Ale like a session IPA to me its on my list

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Ghrymm from British Columbia (Canada), Dec 17, 2015
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a yellow/gold that almost looks cartoony. Slight white head that quickly disappears.

Smell: I could smell it several feet away while being poured. Strong grapefruit, some pineapple, light piney-resins, bitterness that's a little grassy, semi-sweet and several tropical fruits in the nose.

Taste: Lemon, orange, grapefruit, slight pine, some hop floralness, and a tiny bitterness towards the end.

Feel: Soft/light, good carbonation, smooth, slight bite, and finishes dry and crisp.

Overall: Must try pale, fresh from the fields.

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4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, from the craft beer enthusiast mecca that is the Idaho Pour Authority in Sandpoint, Idaho.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and slightly caked off-white head, which leaves some splotchy, sudsy lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of mildly dank pine resin, blood orange, white grapefruit, and more subtle pineapple/kiwi fruit notes, grainy, lightly crackery pale malt, and further leafy, floral, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy, and bready pale malt, an ethereal caramel sweetness, mixed domestic and tropical citrus pith astringencies, a well-reduced pine needle and forest floor friends greenery essence, and more herbal, floral bittering hops.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their at times hard to discern provenance, the body a solid middleweight for the style, and generally smooth, the hops taking five or ten, or whatever it is that farmers call a break right about now. It finishes off-dry, but barely, as the waning malt is aided by the lingering fruitiness, all in an effort to combat that bristling hop bitterness.

Yup, having had Topcutter first, about a week ago, the memory of that pulls this one right into focus - a little brother of sorts, without any of that ISA inanity of which we will not further speak. Easy drinking, nice and hoppy, and with a very laid-back malt and alcohol backbone. A veritably crushable offering, in multiple senses of the word.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Aug 12, 2015
Field 41 from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 264 ratings