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
Ratings:
234
Reviews:
43
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
34
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 234 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +0.7%
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 +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.21/5  rDev +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 +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erickc
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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 GeorgeAKeim
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chriscowles1980
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jhartley
4.09/5  rDev +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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Photo of RBuckley73
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of BeerMe8
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacStinson
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Parmesan
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
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 rkarimi
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of ncherf
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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Field 41 from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 234 ratings.
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