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Field 41 | Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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Field 41Field 41

Brewed by:
Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

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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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 211
Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very oldschool clingy hop profile. Herbal, bitter citrus, grassy. Clean, decent, but the hop character is lacking. Tastes like they're using fairly large amounts of hops that aren't ideal for a hop forward beer.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
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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Photo of Tone
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight lacing and slight retention. Smells of hops, hop oils, caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. The bitterness level is average. Tastes of hops, citrus, hop oils, sweet malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, an average pale ale, with no outstanding features.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can picked up from Brewforia Meridian for $2.... Poured into my tall goblet and it produces 1" of white foam that produces decent white lacing.. the brew is fairly clear golden.

Good citrus hops with some background tropical fruity notes... lite pale maltiness that helps bloom the hops.

Flavor mirrors the nose... but seems weak on the palate overall... A light body makes for a IMO a bit of a watery profile... Still very drinkable... sessionable even.

My big bitch would be this seems like an old can.... I picked it up off of a shelf that was obviously room temperature... just seems a bit stale/old.

I bet this would be great very fresh... and it is something that many breweries don't do... Low ABV/sessionable pale ales are great... this one just didn't seem "fresh".


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Photo of Fatehunter
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is bright lemon, grapefruit, orange and pine. Wonderful.
The taste is moderately bitter with a metallic finish.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of beertunes
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear bright golden yellow color, with just under an inch of white head that had decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma was a bold blend of hops, a bit each of citrus and floral, and a solid hit of pine. Just a bit of base malt showed through. On the tongue the beer was equally as bright. A low malt profile was a nice base for a lot of sharp hop flavors, again, lots of pine and some citrus on the finish.

The body was crisp and clean, with a nice dry finish. Drinkability was very good, I could easily toss back a sixer of these guys. Overall, a very nice first brew from this new brewery. I look forward to trying more of their beer in the future. Try it when you see it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received this can as an extra in a trade. No canning date available. Served chilled in a willi becher pint glass. From their website: "Don’t be fooled by the powerful hop aroma of Field 41 Pale Ale. Heavily dry-hopped with Simcoe and Ahtanum, 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." 4.5% abv and 38 IBU's.

In the glass, you find a deep golden body with a slight haze shimmer topped by a rich, thick white head that shows off with a beautiful display of lacework. Clearly a well-hopped pale ale!

As soon as the lid is popped, the drinker gets a strong whiff of lemongrass and dank weed. The beer plays up the freshness of their hops, and puts these aromatic, pungent Pacific Northwest hops front and center. It carries wave after wave of appetizing citrus, lemony, and dank smells, and after a while you can begin to smell the lighter, more subtle biscuit malt underneath.

This is certainly a "sessionable" pale ale, with little to no sweetness which creates a very light body that feels well-attenuated, smooth, and refreshing. There is a bite in the finish, with a light, lingering bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste. Flavors of citrus fruit, pineapple, and cracker-like malt flavors mingle on the palate, and the finish exhale has more of the malt quality than hops.

Overall it's an excellent, extremely drinkable pale ale. Very hop forward, true to its American origins, with a bright and juicy hop note. It's only a touch thin, and personally I could see a bit more body actually helping this beer out considerably, if only for the sake of balance.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at URGE Gastropub – Rancho Bernardo, CA
11/07/2014 – Taster size snifter glass

A: The pour is a very lightly burnished golden body with great clarity to it. Has a sort of champagne look only a few shades darker. Thin filmy layer of paper white comes to rest on top. Fairly short lived with some minimal dotting and stick.

S: Huge pineapple-grapefruit aromatics with underpins of pine and grassy floral. Really nice with not much else coming through. No malt to pick up on other some of that sweetness and alcohol well masked here.

T: Orange marmalade and flowery perfume notes make up much of the flavors. Hardly any malt coming through here other than some overall sweetness and not much else going on really. Low to moderate bitterness with some well incorporated alcohol. Not quite as good as the nose leads on. A decent little drink but nothing to really write home about.

M: The feel maintains a soft, light, and frothy body with some very modest bittering midway. Finish is a touch dry and crisp and pretty clean all around.

D: Decent fair here. Enjoyable but lacks a bit. Has a really nice hop bouquet but it just doesn’t quite hold up in the flavor department.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pale golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-light malt, citrus, hint of sweetness and pine

T-light grainy malt, citrus, pine, hint of floral, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O- enjoyed this pale ale, great summer beer

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark golden color with a big foam in the Troubadour tulip. A little coarse on the tongue. Bitter lime peel flavor. Quite aromatic with grapefruit. Bitter aftertaste that is a little beyond the typical Pale ale.

Some shy malt with an herbal wave taking over. Resiny and sharp. An outstanding quaff with an IPA intensity of hops in a lighter package. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Wash.

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Photo of mabermud
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whiskey for the can.

Appearance: Very slight chill haze on a straight gold color. Head is white, bubbly, and loose. Drops to a small cap and collar in short order. Some nice notches and spots of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Rather delightful. Light pale malt sweetness. A bit toasted with some cracker snappiness. Hops are lightly floral with some citrus backing. Apple, flower petals, and a slight push of peach and pineapple. A solid hop depth, which is a bit surprising. Very slight bitterness. Clean.

Taste: Muted pine needle with a slight pithy bitterness. Some mild tropical influence, mostly pineapple up front. Nicely floral with some citrus, as in grapefruit. Malts are incredibly light, carrying a slight toasted note with some cracker. Light malt sweetness. Incredibly balanced. A touch of apple skin.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a moderate carbonation. Nice and clean with a very faint dry finish.

Overall: Build it and they will come and other baseball cliches.

A solid drinking APA. Nicely balanced and so light and clean it's impressive. Add this to the list of welcome extras.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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 DaveBar
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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 garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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 John_M
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 kemoarps
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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 da_beers
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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 VashonGuy
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 Redneckwine
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%

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 Strangestbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Field 41 from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
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