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Bhagwan's Best IPA - Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

52 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Time Brewery & Alehouse visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-15-2003)
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Reviews by unHipHopHead:
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unHipHopHead

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

04-19-2010 21:10:15 | More by unHipHopHead
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%

Appearance – This one poured a thick, hazy dark orange in color with a modest but inviting head.

Smell – The big, PacNW citrus and pine leapt from the barroom glass. This is a classic, locally-brewed IPA. There was a nice malty sweetness to the nose as well.

Taste – Like citrus hops? Here ya go. The fruity hoppiness was huge in this IPA. There was a bit of malt balance as well, but the citric hop profile clearly dominated.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale showed some decent carbonation and was dry as a bone. This will suck your cheeks in for sure. You almost want another beer to chase this with.

Drinkability – I was sipping on this as I was the DD for the evening. Otherwise I would have drained the pint glass like a Ferrari zero-to-sixty time.

Update – I had a 2005 batch at skyhand’s Beer of the Dead party on Halloween, and this really is a solid IPA. It’s not too dry but very hoppy and easygoing.

05-28-2004 01:39:10 | More by RoyalT
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +1%

03-02-2013 19:28:33 | More by mdaschaf
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

02-17-2008 04:02:30 | More by Sammy
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dirtylou

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

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

06-07-2012 20:38:02 | More by dirtylou
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jmccraney

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-17-2013 05:15:48 | More by jmccraney
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scootny

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

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

06-26-2008 07:23:43 | More by scootny
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Hopmodium

Washington

4/5  rDev +1%

04-17-2013 23:31:32 | More by Hopmodium
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

07-15-2012 03:33:46 | More by LiquidAmber
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JTahoe

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

08-02-2010 02:40:09 | More by JTahoe
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IgotsHops

Washington

4/5  rDev +1%

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.

02-04-2008 17:54:26 | More by IgotsHops
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%

22oz: Thanks to Herftydrf for that one. Nicely cloudy orange hue. Unfortunately not much head at all, just a shy ring. Superb IPA aroma we’re dealing with here. Upfront citrus (orange, grapefruit) blended with a very solid malt base (mango, wood chunks, pineapple). There’s even a yeast hint. Unfortunately, all those salivating flavours are not quite transmitted to the taste where it appears so dry that flavours are quite hard to investigate. I found the bitterness to be just intense enough, yet besides that fruity dryness, I didn’t pick much else and the mouthfeel appeared a good bit undercarbonated, almost flat medium body.

11-09-2004 01:30:08 | More by Rastacouere
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Sky2625

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

07-18-2011 02:04:24 | More by Sky2625
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

08-03-2013 05:42:26 | More by Smurf2055
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gdhawley

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%

11-16-2011 14:49:44 | More by gdhawley
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xoqx

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: Poured to a hazy copper with a nice 2 finger head. Diminished to lace over the next couple minutes.

Smell: A strong hoppy smell rolls off this beer, not much else.

Taste: Powerful hops give way to an almost piney, long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium

Drinkabilty: So many around town speak with such reverence for this beer, I expected to be a little more wowed. That said, it’s a very well-crafted IPA and should please any fan of this category.

09-27-2005 08:53:42 | More by xoqx
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

01-17-2009 01:06:16 | More by hopdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance: pours a clear orange in color with a 2"+ head that lasts a long time. Nice lacing develops. Some carbonation bubbles are seen streaming to the top.

Smell: big floral hop nose, and some grapefruit citrus is detectable.

Taste: nice hearty malt backbone, big floral bitterness, grapefruit, orange, and a touch of honey sweetness. Great balanced beer here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry at the start, smoother and still dry at the finish. The bitterness leaves the tongue quickly after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: an outstanding IPA that has big flavors and goes down quickly. Ultimate session IPA. Find some of this stuff.

08-20-2006 17:40:53 | More by Gavage
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garthwaite

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber a cloudy light copper with a head that disappeared quickly. Big citrusy hops aroma, but with hints of sweet fruit & caramel malt. Somewhat acidic in the mouth with very nice citrus & floral hop flavors. Serious notes of sweet fruit (mango & apricot) are evident initially & continue through the finish which is consistent & dry. A unique & enjoyable IPA. Thank you, Kim for hooking me up with this!

06-14-2004 13:14:36 | More by garthwaite
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jreitman

California

4.72/5  rDev +19.2%

Very hazy gold in color with a nice off-white head. Head leaves a nice lacing down the glass. Hop aroma was floral and citric, but not overwhelming or very assertive. The beer comes across as very crisp in almost every way. Hops are assertive, yet not in your face like some brewers tend to do. Malt flavors (sweetness particularly) are allowed to show and present a very nice balanced feeling to the whole thing. Finishes moderately bitter and malty with a dryness. Some toasted flavors are also evident in the finish. A truly outstanding beer, IMO.

02-12-2003 21:56:17 | More by jreitman
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avaldivia

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-27-2012 21:22:08 | More by avaldivia
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gkangas

Washington

5/5  rDev +26.3%

11-21-2011 03:44:52 | More by gkangas
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draheim

Washington

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

03-04-2013 03:15:12 | More by draheim
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mactrail

Washington

3.64/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

01-10-2014 06:55:16 | More by mactrail
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GClarkage

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

Mid September 2005. Had at the Big Time Brewery in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- via samplers from the tap.

Appearance- Lightly cloudy golden pour, 3/4 inch head with great lacing.

Smell- Very lighly scented. Maybe a touch of sugary and fruity hops.

Taste- Very bitter flavor. Lots of hops...mostly fruity, but some piney ones as well. Some decent malt flavoring as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Well rounded brew. A very well done IPA. This brewery continues to impress.

09-30-2005 21:30:06 | More by GClarkage
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Bhagwan's Best IPA from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
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