Topcutter | Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beertunes on 05-05-2013

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Photo of grapeshops
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of parkwood
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pine, grapefruit, fresh, clean, bitter, low malt. Clean finish

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Top Cutter pours an absolutely beautiful golden color, but my God look at all those floaties! The white cap above is immense and takes forever to finally settle, leaving soapy looking suds all down the glass.

Sticky weed, tons of pine, and just a little bit of berry sweetness pops in the aroma. A little burnt rubber in there as well, and only a trace of clean and sugary light malt.

Pine, weed, and a little bit of citrus. That's all I ever need to be happy. It's actually quite resinous with just a touch of that burnt rubber coming through. The sweet malt background is barely even distinguishable.

Top Cutter is light and crisp with a healthy dosing of bitterness. Again, that's all I ask for and this delivers. It actually feels more like a Pale Ale than an IPA to me because it is so surprisingly smooth and thin.

I think Leota Mae wins on flavor between the two, but this wins on feel. Overall, a solid IPA and damn I'm glad to see Bale Breaker around here. Cheers.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zachkary
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just wanted to portray the differences I noticed doing a self blind test of a can of 1 year old sitting on a warm shelf Top Cutter VS a less than a month old one. These were opened and poured into identical taster glasses at the same time, temperature, style, angle, and amount of pour(6oz.).

Aroma: The year old can held up so well I actually picked it as the newer one. I thought I smelled a little funk from the new beer and the old one smelled smoother and less offensive(I have yet to observe the oxidation). Obvious notes of tropical pine from both however.


New Can: Near brilliantly clear while leaving only a small ring of head after a second of pouring. Pale orange.

Old Can: Had a 3/4 inch head that lasted for about a minute. Only slightly hazy and had a few chunks of protein or hops? floating around, no big deal. Seems slightly more yellow, maybe due to haze.

Both moderately carbonated.

Flavor: Here is where I really got my kicks...

Old Can: Amazingly held up so well. Subtle notes of an almost Brett-like character and not much oxidation or papery flavor. I have been drinking a lot of Orval lately and other Trappist beers and this somehow reminded me of them. Then of course you have the orangey piney flavors from the hops, but not quite as strong as the new can, but still quite present.

New Can: Almost tastes green... I'm noticing now. This could be the funk I smelled earlier that threw me off on the aroma. The hops are all there up front and throughout the whole 4 minutes of taste you get off this mouth pucker of an IPA. Bitterness is moderately high and resinous.

Mouth Feel: Great example of an aging IPA here.

New Can: 8/10 on the resinously cloying scale. The hop bitterness sticks to my tongue for like I said, about 4 minutes or more. This makes the new can much more of a sipper, which is fine for me, it being an IPA. The carbonation is proper for balance of flavor and style, but still leaves no escape from the bitterness(that is probably not a neutral bittering hop like magnum).

Old Can: The bitterness has faded more than the flavor it seems; leaving the tongue more apt to tasting subtle flavors from the many layers of hops. The dryness and seemingly finer CO2 bubbles from the aging act as a palate cleanser, mainly taking away from the cloying resinous bitterness (were different bitterness hops used? I'm asking you Bale Breaker :D) All this together, I highly prefer the mouth feel of the year old can. It's my best experience with an aged IPA to date.

New Can: Wonderful NW style IPA. Perfect for sipping slow and enjoying some spicy food or anything else off the charts in flavor, and company.
Old Can: "[Expletive deleted]... tastes like they brewed an IPA at Orval! *BURP* maybe I've been praying too much tonight ;)" Really though... I would love to try a 2 and 3 year old Top Cutter.

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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich copper color, clear with a creamy white head. Well balanced with a nice malt flavor and a tasty dry bitterness. And it comes with an eastern Washington agricultural theme. What could be better?

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck89
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to beertunes for this one. Can dated 2/20/18 poured into a snifter. Great look to this one: clear golden color with a large and fluffy head. Killer laces on the glass. Bright aroma with pine, some citrus and floral notes, and bready malt. Tastes was about as expected. Clean aggressive bitterness with bright pine, some earthiness, and grapefruit on the finish. Medium body. Excellent.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Packaged 1/17/18

A little malty smelling and tasting to me. Maybe a little age has something to do with that, but still a consistent bitterness throughout with a grassy hop flavor, some grapefruit and lemon rind, and a touch of orange.

Hop oils linger. The body is fairly fluffy with a slight chalkiness.

Pretty straightforward west coast style and solid overall

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head and a few floaties. Smell is of pine, some tropical fruits. Taste is pine, minty, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I signed up for Tavour on a whim, but I am loving the plethora of CANs that are suddenly available to The CANQuest (tm)! Jeez-O-Man, this is better than I CAN hope for.

From the CAN: "A well-balanced yet aggressive West Coast IPA, named for the tractor unique to the annual hop harvest."

On that note, an early episode of "Route 66" had the heroes working in WA state during the hop harvest!

I Crack!ed the CAN open & CAnmenced a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. Once acCANplished, a vigorous in-glass swirl was the order of the day. This action produced just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention that left behind beautiful lacing in its wake. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon, all wanting a taste. Nose was very earthy, like freshly-harvested wet hops with an earthy maltiness. If you were looking forward to a NW hop bitterness, you might be disappointed. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was very earthy & very evocative of a wet-hop AIPA. I was enthused, but not enthusiastic about this one as a whole. I would have preferred a good deal more bitterness, in keeping with the style's description. Finish was dry, more earthy than bitter, but still tasty. All said & done, I was done with one.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noles9585
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NathanBeets
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrojanRB
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RB3
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Almost nothing about this beer is offensive. Clear pour and tastes like almost nothing (maybe grass with a twist of fruit). I was shocked to see that it was an IPA at 6.8 anv and 70 ibu.

Fine smell but terrible head. This is the antithesis to the overly done IPAs coming out of the PNW.

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3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damngoodrx
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Collinsl
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Topcutter from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 431 ratings