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Topcutter | Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Washington, United States
balebreaker.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship IPA is a well-balanced yet aggressive West Coast IPA that showcases Yakima Valley hops at their finest. Late additions of Simcoe, Citra, Loral, and Mosaic give this beer its complex citrus, fruity, and floral aroma and flavor. Named for a unique piece of farm equipment that removes hop vines from the trellis during the annual hop harvest, Topcutter IPA delivers loads of hoppiness all year long.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,755
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
450
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
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51
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Portland OR, March 2019

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - 2-finger dense white head atop a translucent orange body.

S - grass, cheese, grapefruit, herb.

T - cheesy hops, citrus, freshly-mowed grass. Lemon, earth, bitter melon. Moderate bitterness. Low sweetness. Moderate-low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - some tasty stuff right here.

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Photo of Aberasturi
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McIntosh
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of davidsonte2
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ghasting
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hreb
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can served in a can glass. Beer is golden in color, and shows tons of sediment matter, now suspended in my beer?! Medium white head. Fruity, tropical aroma with pineapple front and center. Taste delivers the flavorful, tropical notes of Simcoe and Mosaic. Very hoppy, but particularly bitter, and also not at all sweet. Malt profile is negligible. A prototypical, West-coast New England IPA? Hard to imagine this is 6.8% or 70 IBU. It drinks like a really good single IPA.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic West Coast IPA. Yes, it is plenty aggressive with citrus on the attack from first taste to aftertaste. My only complaint is that for a beer that contains so many hop varieties, there was very little complexity. Topcutter shoots straight from the hip.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed straight from the can - punt to 4 on the look but I’m guessing a golden orange with sticky lacing based on the hop and taste profile.

Nice west coast zing to the nose - pith, leafy green hops, pine, citrus rind. Great combo. Toasty malt somewhere nearby.

Taste is right there - pith, pine with a citrus marmalade on the backend. Nicely buttered but nothing too heavy.

Crisp, clean, citrusy and hop-bittered. My style of beer.

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3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ronl12
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into IPA glass. Dated July 10 2018.
Nice semi clear golden yellow look. Nose is stick hop/pot smell. Taste sort of follows. Nice hoppy taste. Feel is medium. Overall a very nice ipa more west coast style. Would drink again.

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

Photo of beergoot
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, golden body; slow rising carbonation; Thick, soapy head, some foam sticking to the glass; a few floaters in the beer. Very floral and piney aroma; pungent sweetness. Big hop bitterness hits right off followed with a mild, biscuit-like malt taste. Heavy body; some sharpness over a heavy fluidity; somewhat warm; crisp; mostly dry finish.

Other than a few minor floaters in the beer, this is an awesome IPA. Punchy and zesty with an intense hop presence. It is west coast styled all the way and damn fine...

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on August 7, 2018. Brewed with Simcoe, Citra, Loral and Mosaic hops. Citrus, fruity and floral aromas and flavors.

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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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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.

Appearance:

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.


Overall:
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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Topcutter from Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 450 ratings