Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Washington, United States
American IPA
Ranked #172
Ranked #3,835
4.17 | pDev: 8.39%
Aug 05, 2023
May 05, 2013
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.
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Reviewed by TheAwkwardBanana from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Quintessential west coast IPA. Pine forward, clean finish. Nice and clear golden color, solid head throughout with good lacing.

No complaints from me. If you don't like hop-forward piney IPA's, you won't like this.
Aug 05, 2023
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 4/20/23

Yet another pick from woemad’s third BIF box. This is another brewery that I haven’t heard a damn thing about before grabbing this can out of the fridge, but they seem to have a pretty good reputation in the northwest. Let’s crack it open and see what it has to offer

Pours a mostly clear yellow gold with 3 fingers of soapy off white head that slowly fades to thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose is pretty crisp and clean, it’s lightly bitter but mostly fruity. I’m picking up on aromas of red grapefruit, lemon zest, bready malt, floral hops, grass, orange juice, and light white grape

It’s definitely more bitter in taste than the aroma led me to believe, and I’m perfectly fine with that. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting pithy grapefruit, lemon zest, bready malt, piney hops, white pepper, grass, orange juice, and light honey. The swallow brings notes of pithy grapefruit, crackery malt, herbal hops, wildflower honey, pine sap, orange juice, white grape, light grass, and white pepper

A light medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a crisp beer. Finishes mostly dry with a firm bitterness

This is a solid WCIPA with a nice fruity edge to it. Another great pick from woemad!
Jun 15, 2023
Rated: 3.78 by lsudduth from Ohio

Jan 29, 2023
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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pint at the Westside Taphouse in West Salem Oregon.
Poured a clear golden. Small lacy off white head.
Nice fresh seemingly floral and low pine aromas. Very nicely done.
Moderate bitterness .but full flavor.
Great mouth feel.
Lovely WCIPA.
Jan 28, 2023
Rated: 4.01 by ravger from Illinois

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Fine looking pour, medium amber, a finger of frothy head and a clean aroma of floral hops. Taste is medium dry, with plenty of hop flavor. Pleasant lingering taste on the finish. A well-crafted IPA with no pretensions.
Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Slightly opaque orange in color with a lofty and quick-forming head that holds as a pillow, slowly receding and leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: Cara Cara oranges, strawberries, wafts of pine, blueberries, a little mango, and sweet bready malt
Taste: A huge pine and citrus fruit explosion starts it off and is quickly followed by a spattering of mixed berries – blueberry, strawberry, gooseberry, and raspberry. Sweet bready malt and some mango come through in the middle before closing with more pine and citrus along with a hop bite
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, lightly slick, and a nice mild to medium strength dryness on the finish
Overall: I’ll admit it, I love this beer and am therefore probably biased to it. I’ve been a huge fan of not only these folks’ offerings, but especially this particular IPA ever since first pulling the trigger on it in Washington before they ever began distributing in Oregon and was so was jacked when they decided to start distributing it here in my home state. The hop profile is right up my alley and overall, it’s a well-done beer with great aromas/flavors, a nice feel, a good bite, and some dryness. Recommended and keep ‘em coming
Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark yellow with some small floaties suspended in the translucent liquid. Head is a finger of white foam. Aroma is citrus, resin, pine, hops and bready malts. It's pretty tight between hops and malts, offering up a quick transition for more contrast. Flavor profile is resin, pine, grass, and citrus hops and bready malts. Hops are still forward, with malts quickly shutting the door afterwards. Mouth feel is soft with a silty, lightly pulpy finish. Thickness is medium. Overall, well balanced with hops forward, but still allowing the malts to balance it out.

Reviewed from notes.
Nov 13, 2021
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can
L: yellow-golden body with suspended chunkies; frothy off-white head leaves some lacing on the glass
S: zesty citrus, pineapple, melon
T: lemon, pineapple, pine, melon
F: medium body, resinous, moderate carbonation, semi-bitter finish
O: good IPA with some unique flavors
Aug 10, 2021
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Reviewed by BidYouABrew from Washington

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: Golden on color. Nice head that dissipates to a thin ring
S: Big tropical fruit. Wonderful nose
T: Big hops. Follows that nose
F: Medium body. Not much alcohol bite at all
O: A really pleasant brew showcase those wonderful PNW hops
Jul 03, 2021
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a mixed 12 pack from The Market at Birch Bay for $21.99. Smudged canning date I think in March, consumed 6.6.21.

Beer poured gold with a very nice white head.

Nose is full of citrus and tropical hops.

Taste is orange and goose berry forward with an aggressive pine bitter finish 8/10 on my scale.

Mouthful is light and very refreshing.

Overall a solid west coast ipa!
Jun 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A nice American IPA offering in a 12oz canned in early February, poured into a can-shaped nonic. Clear beer is fun these days in the midst of all the hazies; this brew is pale gold with light lacing. Tropical, piney, resiny, and bready, with slightly dank notes and minor stone fruitiness. Moderate sweetness with some pithy, piney bitterness and dryness. Solid floral characteristics as well (I've been getting that in a lot of IPA's recently). Tasty.
Mar 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Limazulu from Idaho

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A-clear gold, entertaining flows of carbonation rising, prodigious foamy head that lasted quite long
S-smells WCIPA down the middle, with earthy dank pine
T-more complex than the smell. sweeter than expected, with herbal pine and lemon peel. Above average bitter.
M-The best part of this really good beer. Moderate (+) body and really chewy on the backend. As others here have noted, the modest alcohol is a bit more present than expected, but that's just nit picking.
O-top tier WCIPA
Mar 08, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Mar 04, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

Oct 22, 2020
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Reviewed by Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer strikes an excellent balance between a strong, pine bitterness, and a restrained, refreshing brightness. Super fresh, super invigorating. We greatly enjoyed it.
Sep 09, 2020
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Reviewed by picoFarad from Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
From a 12oz purchased at the local grocery.

Smells fantastic. Like crushing a hop flower and pine needles between your fingers. Nice balance of malt sweetness and citrus/astringent hops. Dry finish, but lingering floral.

I've been trending towards lower ABV these days so this seems like it comes on strong with the alcohol, especially in the aftertaste. It's not boozy though, just doesn't hide the almost 7%.

Another solid IPA from Bale Breaker. I'd pick this up again.
Aug 24, 2020
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a IPA glass.

Look- Pale gold, clear, unfiltered with visible particulate sediment, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Citrus, piney, floral.

Taste- Piney, slightly citrus, herbal.

Feel- Between thin and medium body, medium to high bitterness, clean finish, average carbonation.
Jul 22, 2020
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 488 ratings