Field 41 | Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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Field 41Field 41

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Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow....great pale with a bunch of fresh hops...profile reminds me somewhat of a junior Heady...with a great bunch of flavor rolled into a low abv pale. Awesome beer...thanks Josh!

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Photo of dleigh
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Ghrymm
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of Spikester
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed rich gold color with about one finger of the most dense white head I have seen. The modest sized head lasts all the way to the bottom laeving swathes of micro bubble lacing.
Aroma is really big. Pine oil resin with some rich herbal notes. Malts are very much in the background. Taste is bitter pine oil grapefruit rind, some leather and just a touch of pale malt. Seems like the hop oils just coat the tongue which makes the bitter finish last forever. Mouthfeel is thin and well carbonated.
Overall if this was in the session IPA category it might rate 95 to 100. As an APA it needs more malts. Very much enjoyed this beer. Well done Bale Breaker!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can opened on 9.11.13
Thanks Matt.

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a fluff near-white head with good retention.

S - Mostly hoppy pine and grass, a touch of citrus and malts.

T - Again mostly pine and grass, a hint of citrus and sweet malts in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Hopped up session from the hop source in Yakima.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Pours a pretty clean and clear golden color with the exception of a few noticeable floaties. No real problem there, though. Still digging it. A one finger white head settles to a light cap over the beer.
S: Freshly cut piney hops, light powdery malt, weed, baby aspirin and some guava. Very interesting.
T: Not quite as good as the smell. Slightly watery with some pine and baby aspirin leading to a chalky malt and grapefruit pith finish. Light but lingering resin sticks with you for a while.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma of citrus and mild piney hops, tropical fruit, mild bready malt. Flavor is light biscuit malt with a hint of toastiness, slightly floral citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit rind citrus juice. Finishes with a long lingering grapefruit rind and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a surprising light creaminess; great body for a low ABV pale ale. Great NW hopped pale ale with a very long flavorful aftertaste and lingering hops. It is hoppy enough to cause regret that it is not higher ABV and more intense, but as a pale ale, it shines.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and plenty of effervescence. There are some floaties in the body, and the head is a finger of pillowy white foam. Attractive!

Smell: a good malty base, sweet but not too sweet; the hop aroma atop this is just amazing. Citrusy and fruity, with emphasis on sweet grapefruit and just a hint of lemon-like piquancy. Love it!

Taste: really tasty and fruity; the lightly sweet malt combines with a more tropical hop character than in the aroma. A smooth mango with tangerine and grapefruit; what a great flavor. I guess it makes sense though -- a good hoppy pale ought to come from Yakima, eh?

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess, especially for the style. Yum.

Overall: this is an exciting find for me. A nice, sessionable, balanced hop-bomb. Shazam!

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Photo of Taybeh
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can into an imperial pint
A: pale amber with a 2 finger puffy off-white head, good lacing
S: grassy, herbal hops, some grapefruite rind, some Simcoe dankness but kind of light as opposed to wet and heavy; pale crackery malt.
T: follows the nose. the hops come in a couple waves, first grassy and then the last one is the dankest and lingers nicely.
M: a bit thin but still smooth and creamy; nice gentle bitterness that sits on the tongue quite pleasantly. Very very sessionable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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 PacNWDad
4.2/5  rDev +5%

Pours golden and slightly cloudy with a thin head. Lace clings to the side with each sip. Grassy and citrus aroma, with a bit of pine. A bit of golden malt and honey. Sweet at the front with a slightly bitter finish. Light bodied, well-carbonated and a quick finish. A lovely beer.

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Photo of Strangestbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of Redneckwine
4.16/5  rDev +4%

Appearance - Orange and golden hue, 1.5 finger fluffy head leaves some decent lacing, clear with a little chill haze, some floaties suspended in the brew towards the bottom of the glass, obviously unfiltered... Just "looks" hoppy.

Smell - Big time hop aroma: piney, citrusy orange, tropical fruits, kind of dank and skunky like weed. Smells clean. Malts are a distant afterthought with some light grain toastiness.

Feel/Taste - Hop blast up front, just exactly like the nose. A decent kick of bitterness up front too. Trails off with noticeable lingering dry bitterness and some toasty, toffee malts trying to balance but utterly failing. This bad boy is all about the almighty hop. Very light feel with a light body, smooth carb, easy to drink.

Overall - I can't believe Bale Breaker hasn't capitalized on the current IPA rage and called this a "session IPA", which actually makes more sense to me than APA, as it is very light on malt sweetness and body... Not terribly balanced. Either way, this is a great brew that excels at what it sets out for: a mega hoppy session ale sure to please hop heads.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving from a can. Not terribly fresh (10/27) but still excellent.

Beautiful appearance ... big foamy head, almost pure white. Head lasts and leaves lacing.

I'm in the camp that thinks this beer is almost an IPA. I know, it's 4.5% ABV and 38 IBU, but it really is a beer for hop lovers. Great hoppy aroma and flavor, and a bitter finish. In a blind tasting, I doubt that too many folks would say this wasn't some sort of IPA.
No, it's not an over the top hoppy IPA, but it's closer to that territory than your typical pale ale.

If you're looking for a sessionable IPA, try this, and ignore the name.

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Photo of cavedave
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Thannnkkks again beertunes man you guys live in beer nirvana.

Beautiful pour, really white and lathery, two fingers, slathery lace, cloudy with fine yeast light amber.

Medium strength aroma, but full of citrus goodness, tangerine, orange, lemon, some melon noticed along the way. Yummmm.

Wow, stronger flavor, wonderfully so, a hop lover's delight. Those citrus notes carry neutral sweet and just the right amount of deeper herbal through a panoply of tangy/fruity hop underflavors. Well done.

Real nice mouth, full bodied, perfect low carb., dinged it for not being as clean a resin cling as would be optimal, a bit of lemon drop for sure.

Really nice pale, especially considering the killer quantity of late additions must have gone into this to bring it so much aroma and resiny flavor. Hop lovers need to try this.

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Photo of jhartley
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of da_beers
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - a dark golden straw color. Two fingers of a quickly dissipating head. Has a slight haze but overall nice and clear.

S - nice malt characteristics with a hop bite. Something sweet in their also, other than malts. Fruits, a little grapefruit. Smells way more intense than taste, however.

T - very smooth and light on both malt and hop fronts. Ends very abruptly on palate. Light hops, heavier on sweet malts.

M - smooth, light bodied. Crisp with high Drinkability. Good carbonation.

O - seems a very light taste as compared to the smell. Aroma hops very present. Overall good beer but a little unpronounced.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stereotypical amber/the colour of good apple juice. Satin white head pours about a finger. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma starts its campaigning as soon as the can is popped. Wonderful spicey hops, tropical fruit notes, sweet citrus... man oh man this smells really damn good.

Taste is good, but fails to follow through on all the promise of the nose. Flavour is less the bright, juicy, citrus/tropical present in the aroma (which happen to be the parts that excited me the most, sadly), and is much more blunted. Piney/aspirin bitter and the grainy malts come through a little better. Dull bitter as opposed to the juicy hops of the nose, basically.

Finish remains bitter without delving so far into pithy bitterness or fading into malty oblivion. Smoothe and drinkable.
All in all this is a very good APA. It could vie for my affections at the top of my Pale pyramid (pretty much Red Chair or St. Lupulin or 8-bit at this point...). Wish it were a little easier to get a hold of in my market, though with a move hopefully upcoming that obstacle could disappear!

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Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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 JMScowcroft
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bale Breaker Brewing Company - Field 41

Got this and their Topcutter from a friend, happy to be able to get a peek at this brewery before they take off and get big!

Look - Pours a pale golden with a slight amber hue. Good sized soapy head that dissipates quickly and leaves tons of lacing. Minimal carbonation.

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

Taste - Light, crisp, and refreshing. The hops are MUCH more subtle than they are in the aroma and the malts are a bit more pronounced. Subtle altogether but since it is a 4.5% APA it is not much of a surprise.

Mouthfeel - Fades to nothingness, perhaps a slight hop bitter or corniness. A "light" pale ale? Definitely sessionable and drinkable. Not boozy in the least bit.

Overall - A good brew, but a little dull for my tastes. Light and crisp, would be ideal for parties for sure. My personal take was that it was underwhelming and seemed afraid to grow a pair, but again, some are really into the lighter APAs, and this is one of the better ones.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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 DaveBar
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of jwc215
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip. Big thanks go out to beertunes for sending this one my way!

Pours a nice clear straw color w/ a big sudsy bright white head, nice sticky lacing. Looks very clean.

Aroma is fresh juicy hops, about equal parts citrus and pine. Enticing.

Taste is pale neutral biscuity malt and lots of nice clean hop flavor. Orange and grapefruit peel mostly. Again, everything about this beer says clean and fresh.

Mouthfeel is balanced, crisp and light with just the right body. So drinkable.

Overall a beer I'd be happy to have in my fridge at all times. This is a great everyday beer. I really hope these guys start sending some cans over the mountains. This is really good stuff.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
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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