Matt's Red Eye IPA | Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2004

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This hybrid ale poured a pond-muddy brown with a wonderful, huge, cascading head. It was the darkest IPA that I’ve ever seen.

Smell – The malt base was apparent from the start. The hops were a very sharp citrus like a good Red Ale. The requisite PacNW piney hops were present as well.

Taste – The big malt and hop profile was unexpectedly sharp for a tapped beer. This is Red Ale meets NW IPA. It almost tastes like they made the two beers separate and mixed them together just before serving.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale was very lively and entertaining.

Drinkability – This went down well enough but I think I’d prefer the Red Ale or IPA by themselves.

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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint poured at the brewpub in the U-District in Seattle for $3.75. When I asked what made this beer different from the two other IPAs on tap (Scarlet Fire and Bagwhan), I was told that this was like an amber ale, but really hoppy.

Poured a kind of muddy garnet color, with a thick yet bubbly-looking beige head. Lots of lace rings were left on the sides of my glass.

While more malty than a standard IPA, this was still the hops' show. Sharp, citrusy hops and aromatic, piney hops seemed to be present in equal measure.

At the start, this was, for a fleeting moment, like a hoppy amber, just as the bartender described. Then the full force of the hops kicked in, and my tastebuds were quickly viewing the malts as a distant memory, though they never went away. But the sweet, slightly nutty malty flavor just can't compete with the hops. Pleasingly dry hop tang at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slick, hop-resiny mouthfeel.

The bartender may view this as a hoppy amber, but it struck me as an IPA with a big malt backbone. Since the hops nevertheless remained large and in charge, I suspect there was a huge amount of them used when brewing this beer. I enjoyed drinking this beer, and would do so again normally, but it was the first hot day after an abnormally cool spring and early summer, and I'd just driven nearly 300 miles, much of it across the scorched landscape of the Columbia basin, so a really hoppy beer wasn't something I wanted to session right then. I think this would be an awesome fall beer, however.

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Matt's Red Eye IPA from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 2 ratings