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Topcutter | Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

only the second or so beer i have had from bale breaker, but another really impressive hop forward offering. sure seems like the locals are fans too, everyone was talking these guys up, and i was stoked to hook in to one of these after all the verbal accolades. its a really solid ipa, very light on the grain base, pale two row and perhaps very little else, not flavorless, but clean and simple and designed to support the hops in only a minor role. fantastic aroma, super fresh hops and a ton of them, hard to pick a single varietal out, but the pungency here is enormous. for me its more than just the anticipated yakima citrus blast, it also has a bit of nuance, like the sweet almost milky honey note you get from a really fresh crisp carrot, possible golden raisin, meyer lemons, and high alpha and high oils all around. not a beat you down kind of ipa though, despite being very boldly flavored. instead is mellows in the end and remains something to be enjoyed by the several pints. a great expression of the agriculture up here, and just a really fresh and delicious ipa. they should all be this good.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super fresh aroma and flavour. Reminds me of fresh pick hops and I'd swear it was a wet hopped beer. Comes across slightly grassy but with citrus and stone fruit notes. Medium body malt is quite clean with with slight caramel notes which balance it out. Excellent

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Photo of strohme2
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange, smallish head that leaves soapy laces down the glass. Smells of pineapple, clementine oranges, grapefruit pith. Taste of citrus, oranges, honey and melon. Finishes sweet and balanced.
Very drinkable for sure, goes down easy after a long day.

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Photo of arc0042
4.98/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

To put it simply, this is what an IPA should be in every sense...

I live in Washington, a virtual mecca of hoppy beer, and this is pretty much the only beer I buy any more. I am lucky enough to be able to find this canned within the last week most of the time, and it has absolutely ruined my appreciation for other beers. On to the beer...

When you pop the top of the can, everybody within 5 feet of you is going to get a whiff of the Yakima Valley. The hops are loud and nose piercing. There are no dominant notes to the hops, but you will gather notes of peaches and citrus fruit. The hop stench is prominent, funky, and resinous. It smells like you are standing in a cold room at a hop yard packed with 1,500 bales of various types of recently harvested hops.

The malt bill is very laid back, what I would describe as clean. I don't pick up as much of the malt as other people seem to, it is just a nice, solid and plain canvas laid down for the hops. It is sufficient, though. There are some typical caramel notes, but not overwhelming.

The color of this beer is golden. Looks excellent.

If you can get this fresh, you are going to be drinking some of the best beer in the world. Just what you would expect from a brewery nestled in the middle of the most dense hop production in the world. This beer keeps me spoiled.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 ounce can with an original from Washington's hop country. I like where this is headed. On to the beer:

Lightly heady on top while a toasted orange liquid with a few bits of sediment float in the body. The aroma blends the hops and malt well, bringing honey, caramel, sweet grapefruit, and vague citrus to the nose. Far from being a dry IPA where it's a hop barrage, Top Cutter adds a pleasurable sweetness that makes the hops go down a little easier. Honey and caramel at the base, a little resin, grapefruit, orange, not bitter nor overly strong.

Even at nearly three months old, Top Cutter is a pleasure. The Yakima Valley has done well to IPA yet again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 oz. can - packaged on Apr1416 stamped on bottom:

Pours hazed golden amber with a frothy lasting white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of citrus, fresh-cut grass, some pine, herbal, peppery spicing.

The taste is of strong juicy citrus, apricot, pine with a dash of black pepper. Just enough sweet grainy malt to keep the hops juicy and the texture smooth. Aggressively hopped, but with a malt backbone to keep the bitterness pleasant. It has a floral, citric, spicy, dry finish.

It has a chewy, medium body.

A wonderful IPA. Citric/piney/spicy. Nice malt backbone.

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Photo of Glengosch
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a poem in can titled, "How to make a beer that tastes as good as it smells."

Living in Washington, this is becoming a staple in local bars, grocery stores, and even gas station convenience stores.

Hope they can distribute beyond the Pacific North West so others can enjoy it too.

I've had this on tap (a jillion times) and from the can (a bazillion times).

It looks surprisingly light for how much aroma and taste comes from it. Very much on the gold side for an IPA.

Smell. Oh the smell. If you've ever brewed beer and had the pleasure of smelling northwest hops, this smells like that. Awesome!

Tastes like it smells. Like someone decided to grow a hop farm on my taste buds. This beer is much more on the citrus end of the IPA family. Slight pine hints.

Mouth feel is near perfect. It's just bitter yet very easy to drink. Overall - it's my go-to beer. What can I say?

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Photo of Stevem68
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours light Amber color. Aroma is piney hops. Flavor follows the nose. Has good balance and a nice feel. A little carbonation on the finish and overall a solid beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a great floral and citrus IPA, but notes of peach and apricot also pop through as well.The body is on the dry side, but it's not too thin while remaining very drinkable. I guess I'd appreciate a bigger aroma, but I'd still enjoy several cans.

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a clear pale amber.

The aroma offers sweet honey, bready malts, a blend of floral and grass, light pine, dank resin on the back end.

The beer hits upfront with sweet green tea, grass, floral tea, hints of soapiness, pine, hints of grapefruit peel, a candy sweetness, a light bready malt, as the beer bitters out with a balance of sweetness and resinous pine. The mouthfeel is crisp and medium minus. It drinks in between a Session IPA and IPA, or West Coast pale. The balance is exceptional for the West Coast style.

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Photo of shaneerickson
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can in a bottle.

L - has a very nice straw yellow color. minor lacing around the glass. a really white collar of foam and very little head retention

S - a very earthy and floral smell. reminds me of wet grass and fresh plants. slight traces of DMS.

T - not too bitter for a pale ale. i get more citrus in the taste then i do the aroma. again, very earthy and floral. just a bit of either grapefruit or orange pith. aftertaste is like chewing on a rind

F - not very thick at all. has a nice thin body i would expect from a pale ale. very minor carbonation. leaves some residue on the palate

O - a very enjoyable pale ale. ironically enough it really reminds me of Half Acre Daisy Cutter. the hops are very similar, the malt base seems very similar. delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I acquired a few fresh cans in a trade. I had never heard of top cutter before. As I opened the can and poured into an IPA glass, I didn't get a strong aroma. I then put my nose to it, and still I barely get an aroma, kinda strange. That was the only somewhat disappointing note however,as the poor was beautiful and the taste was excellent. A great IPA and something I hope to get more of in the future.

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Photo of bfields4
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden copper. Tight white head laces the glass very nicely.

This beer smells like they brewed it right as the hops hit the ground. Tons of floral fresh resiny type notes. Slightly astringent even in the aroma.

The flavors fall in line with the nose with the exception of some tropical fruits. Get some apricot and light citrus. Still that floral bite.

A little sharp for my liking. Very good beer maybe a little softening and pull a little more from citrus hops.

Very in your face. If you're looking for something going all out to display the hops this beer is for you, but be warned it will rack your palate.

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Photo of gandres
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into wine glass
Appearance: Light orange with medium head some lacing
Aroma: Big smell of hops
Taste: Can be improve to match the arroma
Mouth feel:
Overrall: Very good aroma, but lacks the matching taste of good india pale ales

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop bomb. One of the better IPA's I've bought from a grocery store. 8 days old based on canned on date on bottom of can. Hoppy, light on the malt and hoppy. Great job Bale Breaker.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh topcutter! The epitome of Pacific Northwest style. My first can hopped my face off and opened my eyes to what an IPA can be. I will always come back to you and you will never let me down.

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Photo of Bitter_Better
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured rich, brassy copper from a 12 oz. can into my Double Mtn. imperial pint glass.

Head is low, slightly creamy w/ nice lacing & good carbonation.

Smell is dank pine w/ some malt sweetness (@ 5wks+ may be a bit too long to enjoy).

Taste is rather tangy w/ a sweet middle & a lingering, puckering mouthfeel that brings saliva to the tongue.

Overall, it reminds of a more bitter, prettier Two-Hearted, w/ the firm belief that 3-4 is a maximum enjoyment window. I will definitely seek it out again!

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Photo of starclassic21
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a filtered, orangish-amber color with a one-finger head.

Smells very floral, fresh hop resin, slightly citrusy. Very pleasant smell.

Taste follows the nose. Light malt finish, heavy hop presence without too much bitterness. Very balanced and very delicious. I absolutely love the sweet, delicate floral notes on the back end. Makes this beer extra special. A hop head's dream. My new go-to hoppy beer in WA state!

Medium to medium-light mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing, and not too thin. The lighter mouthfeel and pleasant taste gives this IPA a sessionable feel. I can drink two or three and not be gut-bombed.

Overall, this beer is excellent. It's just a matter of time before Bale Breaker gets more renowned. It's turning into my favorite hoppy brewery in WA state.


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Photo of FickleBeast
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy copper with a finger of sticky foam. Aroma is full of dank hoppiness - smells like weed.

Flavor is full of earthy hoppiness with a very strong bitter finish. Nice malt backbone. Nice resiny flavor. This is a very good IPA.

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Photo of braker649er
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - predominantly clear and golden, though maybe a few bits of sediment (?)--the brewer says it is unfiltered. Thin but appropriate head.

S - this is what stood out most for me--once the can was popped the hops were loose! good, solid, fresh scent

T - well-balanced, pretty powerfully hoppy and yet not overly anything (not too piney, citrusy, grassy, floral etc.) maybe a bit of each leading to an overall impression of being enjoyable and clean

F - smooth but not distinguished

O - this stands out really for its scent and seeming freshness of hops--this felt straightforward but well-executed and likely with some deceptive complexity in terms of what went into balancing some great hops--but let the brewers worry about those complexities and the tasters just relax with this one!

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Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to the coolest avatars, Sanderson, for this extra. 12 oz. can of a brewery I’ve never heard of. ‘Swag’ as my twelve year old daughter would say.

The pour is an appropriate color with an appropriate head, & if you don’t know what that means, www.mittenknitting.com is just around the corner. I expected more nose, I have to dig deeply (& disturb things best left undisturbed) to get a bit of pine & spring flowers. Gentle.

Top Cutter is a fetid swamp of varied hops. My initial reaction is a nose-crinkle at the soapiness but, thankfully, that aspect vanishes quickly to be replaced by a bitterness that’s lingering but not sharp. Pine zest, grapefruit rind, herbs & leaves that lean into slightly dank, orange, & spare spattering of caramel. The dank & caramel are what stick around. Smooth. Very smooth. And this is no sipper, but something that I’m taking two ounces at a time.

A nice West Coast IPA that honestly would be lost in the crowd of hundreds. Good beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 13 July 2015.

Pours a barely hazy orange. Very orange. Just a thin layer of white head, but plenty of lacing as the beer moves around.

Smell is intoxicating. Delicious fruit - mango, citrus. With a bite in the back-end that reminds me those aromas come with companions. Smooth up front, transitioning cleanly to sharp, and every step along the way is a combination I want to savor.

Taste is excellent. Clean and dry throughout, overlaid with big fruity flavors in the front half. Yum.

Feel is lacking something. It lingers too long, and it’s a little too heavy, and the carbonation a little too low.

I really like this beer. I could like it better, with a few tweaks. But it’s really good. Outstanding fruity hop presence. Good stuff.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really great IPA. The nose and taste didn't blow me away with fruit hoppy flavors. but it was really well balanced at the same time. I almost felt it was more malty than hoppy.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally found some. It is an outstanding IPA. Taste, color, body, finish all add up to a top Pacific Northwest Beer. This is not for those who dislike hoppy beets but it is well balanced an if you ever considered a IPA this one is a great exale of those at the top.

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Photo of Bearshawks85
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best brew I had while visiting Spokane. I tried many different local WA beers and this one hit the spot. Tried this based on a recommendation from a beer guy at a grocery store and hit it on the head.

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