Friday, August 2nd 2013
Field 41 Pale Ale
(Bale Breaker Brewing Company)
When it comes to brewery locations its tough to beat that of Bale Breaker Brewing Company. The brewery, which began canning a few months ago, is located right in the middle of a hopfarm in the Yakima Valley. This certainly makes access to super fresh hops a non-issue!
From the Bale Breaker site:
"Don’t be fooled by the powerful hop aroma of Field 41 Pale Ale. This perfectly sessionable, but generously dry-hopped, Pale Ale drinks easy with a smooth bitterness and is named for the hop field that is home to Bale Breaker Brewing Company. Light and refreshing, it’s the perfect beer for a day on the river or afternoon on the slopes."
Here we go...
Pour - golden color in appearance, clean and clear, with a big sticky, resinous white head on top. Looks like a beauty coming out of the can. Let's dive in...
Aroma - wow, this is a potently aromatic American Pale Ale. Huge amounts of citrus and pine really stream out of this with reckless abandon and would have any blind beer lover thinking they're about to set upon a big, hoppy IPA!
Taste - the aroma lends a ton to this pale ale when it comes to flavor. Not too bitter and certainly ligher bodied than an IPA, but the aroma presents a ton of citrus, pine, and grapefruit notes. A nice, subtle malt backbone is there to make this balanced. Hard to beat this APA, it definitely hits all the marks.
Overall - we might have found our go to pale ale! If only we were closer to this brewery. As they say, location is everything. This is a super sessionable pale ale with huge hop aromas but without the astringency of a big boozy IPA. Great debut from Bale Breaker and now we look forward to their Topcutter IPA!
Note - Bale Breaker Brewing Company was started by fourth-generation hop growers and siblings, Meghann Quinn, Kevin Smith, and Patrick Smith, and Meghann’s husband, Kevin Quinn. It is located in the middle of hop field #41 on their family hop farm. The "41" in the brewery logo and in the name of this beer is a nod to their roots. According to Meghann Quinn, "three acres of Cascades in field #41 were sacrificed in the name of craft beer!"
Posted by Russ
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