Field 41 | Bale Breaker Brewing Company

Field 41Field 41
BA SCORE
4.04/5
235 Ratings
Field 41Field 41
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beertunes on 05-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,637
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
235
pDev:
10.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
34
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of Texasfan549
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.48/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Almost no aroma. Slight grassy flavor with thin mouthfeel. Overall just weak. In an age of tons of nice hoppy pales, this is utterly forgettable.

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Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
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 Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -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 ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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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Photo of IrishColonial
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jwc215
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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Photo of Tone
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
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 t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Field 41 from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 235 ratings
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