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Bhagwan's Best IPA - Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 57
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Big Time Brewery & Alehouse visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 01-15-2003

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Photo of kemoarps
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich clear amber pour with massive bubbles that rise to form a finger or so of off white head. Dissipates rather rapidly.

Nose is malty and a little yeasty and the hops tend towards the floral and a bit spicy side with a touch of apricot.

Flavour follows suit starting fruity/nectar sweet with a distinctive floral twist before turning to a lingering bitter finish.
Its growing on me as I drink it. This is a perfectly serviceable IPA, one that I'd gladly sit and enjoy (and at 'just' 5%, I could sit and enjoy a couple of them without having to worry too much!), but it doesn't particularly stand out in a crowded field. Will have to revisit on tap as I also have some concerns about the freshness of the bottle (normally I don't like to review IPAs that might not be fresh, but considering I bought it directly from the brewery I don't feel as bad if it is actually old)

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is the good old orange amber-colored IPA style. Some head sloshes up for the first couple of pours in the tulip glass. It's quite finely carbonated and prickly in the mouth. Fairly light body.

This has the browned biscuit taste to start with an abundance of hoppy flavors. More dark fruit, a touch of apricot, and something like juniper. Rough, rustic, but not herbal or dank. There is something like lime rind as the bitterness increases in the aftertaste. Very spritzy and rather acidic.

Another workmanlike brew from Big Time. A big, bitter mouthful. From the 22 oz bottle bought at the brewpub near the University of Washington.

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Photo of draheim
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into an American pint glass @ the Wedgwood Alehouse, Seattle. Pours a slightly hazy copper color, no lacing.

Aroma is hoppy and floral, clean and fresh.

Taste is neutral pale malt balanced by floral and citrusy hops, just a touch of something a little more tropical.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp with a hoppy bitter finish.

Overall a pretty typical NW style IPA. Perfect with a bowl of French onion soup, Buffalo wings, and a cheeseburger.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a cloudy pale golden orange color with tangerine edges and a 1.5 finger white head that very slowly fades into a thick lasting ring.  Glass is left coated with streaks of soapy lacing.

Fuller bodied than expected with earthy, resinous hop aroma.  Strong grass/soil character with sticky pine needle countered by sweet malt and tropical fruit notes.  Hints of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and orange peel along with biscuit, caramel malt and graham cracker.  Hops linger throughout with a decent amount of dry bitterness that's nicely countered by the sweeter notes.  Well balanced and easy to drink with a well masked abv.  Nice beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear coppery orange amber. Half finger off-white head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass and patchy foam. Slippery lacing. Aroma is mild herbal and citrus hops. Flavor starts with light to medium citrus hops with sweet caramel malt developing into a citrus and piney hop and malt finish. I'm getting used to a bit more assertive aromatic hops in my IPAs now, so this one is somewhat subdued. The taste and flavor progression is pleasant. Light to medium bodied. Good for a low ABV IPA.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from the brewery; split

appearance: served in my big time shaker pint, a pale amber body with a light layer of beige bubbles and no retention

smell: subtle - citrus, a touch floral

taste: big time cranks out a lot of IPA's of varying quality and consistency - while this may be the most accessible, its not my favorite. A subtle hop profile, with enough caramel and toasted malt to confuse it with an american amber, light floral notes

mouthfeel: light and slick

overall: refreshing, but not exceptional

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/4" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over cloudy yellowish amber liquid.

S: Floral hops and citrus hops.

T: Citrus hops up front with a bitter and malty finish.

M: Medium viscosity with a high level of medium carbonation.

O: A decent IPA that isn't quite as good as some of the others that are brewed at Big Time.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap in the alehouse.

Appearance: hazy copper-amber hue with a finger of white foam. Standard but solid IPA.

Smell: nice citrusy hop aroma, but a bit light. Perhaps they are serving a bit cold tonight?

Taste: good malt backbone with a good collection of hop flavors. Floral and citrus with a bombing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation for the style. I like it.

Overall: a solid and nicely drinkable IPA. Good stuff!

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Photo of Sky2625
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Big Time Brewery. Poured to a standard pint glass (this review is from notes taken on 7/12/11).

A - Poured a hazy burnt orange/tan, with a little head, decent retention for the large bubbles, isolated bits of lace.

S - Very mild scent: light malt, subtle hop, and mild tropical fruit.

T - Sweeter than your standard IPA. Picked up a distinct passionfruit flavor with a bit of malt. Finishes with mild hop bitterness, and the tiniest speck of heat.

M - Light medium body, smooth but with subdued fizzy carbonation.

D - Very pleasant flavor makes it very drinkable. The bitterness is nicely balanced with tthe sweetness of the passionfruit. A refreshing IPA.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub, Bhagwan's best is dull, dark gold/brown/orange, with a white head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is fairly hoppy, a nice citrus nose, limes, although there's a softness to it overall.

Taste is less hoppy, still all citrus, with moderately sweet bready malt and modest bitterness. A solid, sessionable IPA that is in the west coast style but approachable for noobs.

Mouthfeel is very soft, almost cask like, with a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice little IPA. While I appreciate the smoothness, I'm sure they could bump the ABV up closer to 6 and still retain the balance (which is more in-line with what I look for in an IPA).

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on the randall tonight at Parkway Tavern

A.Poured a lightly cloudy light copper with a nice white head

S: Citrus and caramel mainly

T: Mix of citrus and floral notes, light caramel

M: Well carbonated, lighter hop bite

D: Pretty good, but even on the randal I was looking for more

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Photo of JTahoe
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap, poured into a Hale's pint glass at Hopevine Pub.

A - Copper color with barely a whisp of head, just a beige ring and nearly no lace.

S - Mellow herbs and flower petals over a fairly roasty malt aroma.

T - Steeped wild flower petals and pine infused mandarin. Rich bready body.

M - Medium body with excellent prickly carbonation.

D - Smooth and somewhat understated at first for aPNW IPA, but the flavor develops nicely.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with an orange hue. An inch-plus of white froth settled to a partial skim coat with lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a blend of pine and grapefruit, with toasted biscuit ends and a hint of drizzeled honey. Not screamingly pungent or floral, but nice and fresh.

Medium bodied with a mouthfeel thats split down the middle creamy and crisp. Quenching.

Citrus fruit, pine, and a drying bitterness start the palate. Shades of orange pulp, spruce resin, grapefruit oil, and husky malt.

Finishes with a lingering but light bitterness, grapefruit, orange, and pine.

Nice combo going on here. Fairly light duty with the bitterness, but the beer is dry and very quaffable. Quite fresh with a nice hopping profile. Too bad the nose is lacking.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep orange, a little cloudy with a nice fluffy off white head. A nice sticky lace left most of the way down.

S: Very floral and citrus with a tiny bit of malt.

T: Nice soft and sweet floral and citrus balance of hops of front with a good lingering biting hop finish. wow, quite good. There is also a subtle malt backbone to this that balances the brew nicely, it doesn't get in the way of the hops but instead rounds them out with the sweetness.

M: Feels kind of creamy and syrupy with minimal carbonation.

D: Drinks very well. At 5% ABV this is super flavorful and certainly sessionable.

Overall I have to say for whatever reason I wasn't expecting too much from this beer, perhaps it was its location in the heart of the University that impacted my judgement initially but I have to say I was quite impressed by this beer. I asked about the 3 different IPAs they had on tap (they also had 1 belgian IPA) and what the differences were. He said the Bhagwan's was the least hoppy of the 3. As a hop head I cannot wait to try their more hoppy IPAs. I'll be back for more indeed.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey-apricot color with a one finger head that leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Citrusy aroma along with some biscuity malt elements underneath

Taste: After a brief flirtation with the biscuit, the grapefruit flavors rise to the surface, tempered just a bit by apricot, as well; after the swallow, the malt returns a bit but this beer remains grapefruit dominant, just as you would expect from a Pacific NW IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the best unheralded West Coast IPAs out there, IMO; too bad, it's not more readily available

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Photo of beertunes
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured after the growler sat in the fridge for 4 days. There was plenty of carbonation but no head or lacing. A hazy orange color. A subtle hop aroma. The flavor matches the aroma closely, without a strong hop blast. Wonderfully balanced body. The lower alcohol makes this easy to have several of and the flavor makes you want to. I've had this beer before and was more impressed with it and suspect the transfer to growler cost this beer some of its character. A beer I think highly of and recommend going out of your way to go to the brewery. I will update my review after giving it another chance on-tap.

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquire in trade with bvc - thanks for going out of your way to find me an IPA I haven't had!

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, piney, and a little toasty. Tastes of citrus, lighter floralness, and caramel.

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Photo of ralree
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried in Seattle at the People's Pub Aug. 2008.

A: Reddish orange, pretty transparent. Good lacing. Not much head.

S: Sweet malt, lots of hops, apricot.

T: Heavy grapefruit and apricot - very juicy and sweet. Pretty alcoholic. Hops taste good, and are flowering, but they're subdued. Leaves an alcoholic and slightly bready aftertaste.

M: Non-astringent, medium-light bodied. Not oily, pretty dry.

D: A little too sweet, but not bad. A good transition beer into the IPA world for those with a sweet tooth. Drinks alright, but wouldn't be my first choice for an IPA.

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Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my tulip tumbler. A tightly carbonated two finger head that has some staying power. Good lacing on the glass. Faintly cloudy amber wit minimal carbonation evident.

Smell is of citrus, piney hops, some caramel, and toasted malt. Bits of bread and yeast as well

Taste is well balanced. A strong hop presence, piney and lightly spicy is followed buy a big sweet malt body. There is a caramel component and the hop bittering in the finish that is quick and dry. A bready yeasty taste is left on the palate.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth. With just enough carbonation to invigorate the drinking experience.

Drinkability is excellent. A satisfying and quenching beer to session

Thanks to dnichols on this one. A real yummy IPA

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Remember the Bhagwan? He seemed to embody everything fraudulent about cult spiritualism. He bought a new Rolls Royce every time his "old" one needed an oil change. So why not name a beer after him? Sure, why not?

Mr. Bhagwan's beer is a lightly clouded orange-gold ale with modest carbonation and frugal suds. Its aroma is a brief but tempting mix of lush fruitiness and breezy green hops with good pine. The beer is full-bodied and somewhat sullen and is at times intruded upon by a slight tannic bite. But the herbaceous, leafy bittering is exemplary and the airs that linger upon the palate breathe well. Available at the bar in 22-oz. bottles.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Way above average IPA thanks to dnichols. refreshing Citrus and fruit and understated but present hoppiness is well malted and drinkable. Cross between British and American styles, clearly leaning towards the latter in bitterness, the earlier in understated carbonation.

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Photo of IgotsHops
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, a good beer. Nothing incredibly special when it comes to an IPA.

Appearance: This was not poured very aggressively, and I would have liked to see what the head could do on this beer. Pale and golden, somewhat cloudy, apricot color.

Smell: Strong Hops. Well balanced selection. No overwhelming pine or floral aromas, but you could almost smell the alpha acids.

Taste: Nothing too surprising here. Good balance of hops, a basic base malt. I would have liked to experience more of the malt flavor in addition to the bitterness that was pretty prominent, but it followed the pretty standard IPA formula.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was clean, crisp, but there was a little residual bitterness which every IPA has.

Drinkability: A good sipping IPA, not a session beer. It would be great with a meal, like a creamy Alfredo dish. I only needed a 12 oz serving and I didn't need to taste it again.

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Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint consumed on-tap at the brewpub for $4.

The beer was a hazy amber color, slightly darker than the Scarlet Fire IPA I'd had previously. It came with a couple of fingers of off-white lace. Lots of lace were left on the sides of the glass.

The nose was spicy and bitter, with a mild biscuity hoppiness cowering in the background. This made an excellent contrast with the more citrusy and slightly more malty Scarlet Fire. Big Time is to be commended for having IPAs that show off both the citrusy and spicy routes a brewer can take.

Like the nose, the taste was of a spicy, bitter, piney IPA that would appeal to a hardcore hophead. The maltiness in the taste was primarily to provide a backbone to contrast the hops and served no other purpose.

Mouthfeel was oily with hop resin, and the body was about medium, fine for the style.

A very tasty, bracing type of IPA that serves as a great counterpoint to the more citrusy Scarlet Fire. Big TIme is a must visit for any IPA fan passing through Seattle.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle Purchased from Brewery April 2007; Sampled August 2007
Pours with an almost clear, amber tinged, copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is nicely hoppy with just about an even mix between citrus fruit and sharper herbal / pine aromas. Aromas of grapefruit and lychee mix with pine and a touch of menthol. There is also a solid malt character here in the aroma reminiscent of biscuit-like malt and soda crackers. After the initial aromatics, the citrus hop notes start to become the most noticeable component of the aroma.

The taste is sharp up front, it is especially accentuated by how light bodied this beer is (at least for an IPA). Sharp herbal hops and a menthol-like pine character distinctly grip and then lingering on the tongue through the long finish. Wrapped up in this is a persistent bitterness, that while not overwhelming, plays a very big role here. These hop notes give this beer a perceived dryness that is only lightly offset by a subtle malt sweetness and hoppy citrus flavors. Flavors of grapefruit, some notes of lychee and tangelo mix with the sharper, perhaps more dominant green, herbaceous, almost menthol like, pine flavors. As the beer warms a bit and loses some of the initial medium carbonation it starts to pick up some flavors reminiscent of an orange-vanilla cream soda. Malt, while not prominent, play a supporting role here with notes of caramelized malts, biscuit-like malt and a crushed malt flour flavor.

I like how light the body is; it definitely is a bit chewy as it is an IPA after all, but it is quite quaffable. While this is not an earth shattering example of an IPA based on its individual flavors and aromas, it is quite well integrated; bracingly bitter, sharp-leaning with the bitterness / herbal notes / pine character, but softened nicely by malt and citrus notes. This is definitely scratching the hop-fiend side of my psychoses right now.

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Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Big Time. It's a hazy yellow orangish beer with great lacing and a slim but foamy head. Nose is syrupy hops and slight citrus. Taste is heavy on hops with just a bit of malts, and slight sour citrus. The finish is nice and hoppy without being ridiculous. Drinkability and mouthfeel are both above average. Not a bad IPA.

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