Here’s a Christmas report from the road. I popped into Marination Ma Kai, the former food truck turned restaurant on Seattle’s scenic Alki Point. I bumped into a real treat, Bale Breaker’s High Camp Winter Warmer. It’s only available on draft. I’m happy to have found it!
High Camp pours dark copper with a solid white foamy head. This is a hop-dominated beer that is dry-hopped with Cascade, Centennial, and Mosaic. It weighs in at a hefty 84 IBU.
Bale Breaker Brewing Company began in April 2013 and is making a splash with their hop forwards beer line-up. The family behind the brewery are fourth generation hop farmers in the famed Yakima hop region were 75% of all U.S. hops are grown. That expertise shows up in the pine and spice flavors followed with light a grapefruit finish. The malty backbone holds everything together well. This winter brew will warm you up with its 7.3% ABV.
Bale Breaker distributes only two of its beers in 12oz cans. I love Topcutter IPA. Field 41 Pale IPA is named for the field that surrounds the brewery. Wise men (and women) seek them.
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