Field 41
Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #186
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,581
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 10.64%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
258
From:
Bale Breaker Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  18
Gots
  42
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 258 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Strangestbrewer:
Photo of Strangestbrewer
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another can from Beertunes. Many thanks.
Canned April 1st.
Not picking up the simcoe too much, might be the age, but the Ahtanum seems there. More of a grassy front with a light fruit sweetness in the background. Some soft pale malt too.
Good looking white head with immediate lacing on settling. Somewhat cloudy golden yellow.
Good mix of flavors with hop forward, but not that much as, per style, it comes in more balanced. More herbal grassy hop flavor with a solid malt presentation. A touch of sweetness up front and a moderate enjoyable bitterness on the finish. Again balanced just the way I like it (reminds me of Summit EPA).
Soft feel including the carbonation and provides a full mouth feel, but it isn't that big.
This is a very good every day drinker. Hits all my requirements for a solid APA. I wonder if the simcoe would show through more if fresher (not complaining, just wondering).

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Photo of Hoppyalein
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hops! Such grass. So aroma.

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Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden amber orange color with good head retention and lacing. This beer smells terrific, as i get white pepper, dry citrus, a hint of sweet malt and even some light skunky weed. Given the aroma profile, I was just a bit disappointed by the way this beer tasted. While still good, with a light, dry, moderately bitter flavor profile, I just wished the beer could have delivered a bit more flavor. Nevertheless, this is a very easy beer to drink, and is light, crisp, dry, refreshing and lightly bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel is farily light, and the alcohol is completely undetectable.

While I didn't think this beer was anything extraordinary, it's still a very tasty, very easy to enjoy beer from this new to me brewery.

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Photo of mabermud
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too bad for an APA. Actually, it's very good. The nose is of candied tropical fruit. The taste is a let down because of the super smell, but it is still nice. The feel fits.

Overall - Nice day time, summer brew. Top Cutter is more my speed. Nonetheless, this is a quality make for an APA.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear light golden color with good carbonation yielding a nice white cap. A good amount of lacing is present and head retention was pretty good.

Smell - Summit/Chinook hops mostly, hard to detect the malts, they are pretty played down here but the aroma is nice.

T: Nice, fresh hop punch intially providing some light grass with hints of citrus and pine needles. A light grain malt bill is present. This APA is all hops though. The finish is rather clean, light bitterness, crisp....

M: Very light body with good carbonation for the style. The feel of light grassy and some pine needles is felt. Light and crisp, refrshing even.

O: Very nice. Easy to drink. This is definitely a West Coast APA but with a lower ABV. Very sessionable and a load of fresh hops makes this a very tasty, crushable brew

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Photo of dleigh
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best session IPA I've had (and at 4.5%, that's really an accurate description). Really well balanced and has a full hop flavor--none of the wateriness that one might expect from a 4.5% hoppy beer.

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Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KMVW
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Rich hoppy flavor with a refreshing finish. Little to no bitterness

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Photo of Tylrlyn
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
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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Photo of lksamm
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattymystique
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erickc
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jjohns78
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HopBroker
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Parmesan
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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Photo of corypattison3079
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chriscowles1980
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aerol
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kristinc
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smartin121356
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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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Field 41 from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 258 ratings