Topcutter IPA

Washington
United States
Topcutter IPA Bale Breaker beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
85
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
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®, Ahtanum™, 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.

Profile

ABV: 
6.8%
IBUs: 
70
Judges Review 
S J Klein's picture
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A nice interpretation of a well-hopped style. The beer pours brilliantly clear out of the can, and it's bright and bubbly. The nose is caramel and pine, with notes almost reminiscent of spruce sap. I can't quite tell, but I sense a fair bit of alcohol in the nose too. It starts with a nice balance: very clean, with a delicate biscuity sweetness, accented by subtle pine notes. As you swallow, however, the bitterness becomes evident. It's a powerful, heavy, early hop addition that serves as a reminder that Americans love their IBUs. It finishes clean but a sap-like hoppiness lingers on the sides of the tongue. It's fairly light in the mouth and well-carbonated, to the point that it almost sparkles on the tongue. The carbonation gives the sense of lightness, though I'm guessing it's a really big beer.

I would have liked to find more of the complex hop flavors I got in the nose in the flavor of the beer as well, but if you're an IBU hunter, this beer is right up your alley. It's clean, well-crafted, and extremely bitter.