Time Bandits
Brouwerij West

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,885
Ranked #14,834
4.21 | pDev: 6.41%
Brouwerij West
California, United States
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Notes: Collaboration with Great Notion Brewing
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 11 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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evanwoertz from California

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

it starts out ok but the finish is real nice. kinda dry, a little strong, and properly balanced. a touch maltier than is typical for a DIPA but still bitter and buttery.

Jul 12, 2019
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stoumi from California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time Bandits pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a 1-finger thick and fluffy white head that lingers and slowly fades with spots. The smell is tropical in nature with mango and passion fruit, but also a slight berry presence on nose. It packs pineapple, as well as a grassy note with some grape aroma. The taste is soft and velvety across the palette with a big juicy feel and no hop bitterness. The tropical fruits shine; ripe mango and papaya with the berries and passion fruit. There's some zest that pops through as well as a earthiness, a hint of bready malts and touch of caramel.

Jun 09, 2019
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fmccormi from California

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a stemless wine glass (HPB’s Bottle Friends cat glass). This was canned on May 22, 2019 according to a paper sticker on the four-pack holder (“052219”), making this can 7 days old at the time of consumption. Purchased at the brewery six days ago, and it’s been in the fridge since.

Appearance (4.75): This pours out a solid two-plus fingers of thick, fluffy foam that dissipates at a relatively slow pace for the style, transforming into a pock-marked cap of fat bubbles slowly popping at the middle while a dense web of tight lacing rings the glass on all sides. The body is a just-slightly-hazy 24 ct. golden color, with rich yellow highlights. This is absolutely gorgeous.

Smell (3.75): Soft berry notes mingle with very light fresh grass aromas and faint pineapple and mango notes. The malt presence is similarly gentle and understated, offering whole wheat biscuit crusts, floury sugar cookies, and a beautifully earthy, cracked grain scent with bits of hay mixed in. White grape must and a gentle mineral note come forward as it opens up a bit, too.

Taste (4.5): This is … fairly unexpected, if I’m being frank. First, it’s unbelievably soft. It’s just easy and velvety and juicy, with no biting edges. Second, the fruit bowl spills onto your palate is diverse and lush: champagne mango, overripe papaya, macerated gooseberry and passionfruit, blueberry wine, and … lingonberry compote? Some sort of crushed, jammy, dark-skinned but not too tannic berry flavor. There’s a very light, bright lime zest note that pops up toward the back end of all this fruit mess, and it’s unexpected and lovely. The drink opens with a bright mixture of citrus before delving into Berry Wine Canyon, which is intimately wedded to a brilliant malt base displaying brioche dough, churro without the cinnamon, a hint of caramel, and an understated earthiness replete with hay and the molasses-kissed feed we used to give to our cows when I was a kid. There’s very little sign of booze here, existing solely in a gentle warming feeling that hides behind that earthy, barely caramel-inflected malt character.

Mouthfeel (4.75): As hinted at above, I’m thoroughly impressed by how soft and juicy and fluffy this beer is. The body is a bit bigger than medium-weight, but it feels preternaturally “full”-feeling thanks to a soft, lush, and full carbonation that washes in and covers all surfaces, just before the body—which itself is silky-smooth—enters to mingle evenly and fully with that carbonation. That carb then foams up gently and fully, washing away the silky, juicy body as it goes down. It finishes just dry enough to encourage the next sip. It’s super drinkable, but it also drinks its size, despite being so soft and lush.

Overall (4.5): Everything about this beer is absolutely top-notch and beautiful, except the nose—maybe I’m just stuffed up this evening or my nose is broken—which itself is absolutely fine, but maybe a bit underwhelming in volume and pungency. That being the case, I’m bumping it up a bit just due to that suspicion. Regardless, there’s so much else about this beer that suggests it’s the product of two outstanding, detail-oriented brewers making a freakishly soft, juicy, and deeply pleasurable (D)IPA. Absolutely, highly recommended.

May 30, 2019
Time Bandits from Brouwerij West
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 11 ratings