Bale Breaker High Camp Winter Warmer Review

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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    While it's difficult to picture Santa as a young man, he was once. He met the future Mrs. Claus one snowy night when she offered him a winter ale that she brewed herself. It was love at first sight - for both the Mrs. and her winter ales. With Santa's growing fame, his favorite brews became named after his favorite day - Christmas. Santa now travels the world each year to spread the joy that began in a stable in Bethlehem two millennia ago.

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