Whiny The Complainer | Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Whiny is a triple India Pale Ale that features an abundant amount of bitterness, hop flavor and aroma from over 3 lbs of hops per barrel. Hops include, Cascade; Centennial, Chinook; Columbus; Magnum; Amarillo; and Simcoe. It was dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. Original gravity 1.088. Terminal gravity 1.019.

Added by Smurf2055 on 02-07-2012

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on-tap in a snifter at the brewpub.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a thin layer of ivory foam and a tiny dash of haze. Pretty.

Smell: sweet with a lightly floral and fruity character.

Taste: fruity and floral, like the aroma, but really sweet. Promise here, but not perfection.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a moderate carbonation and decent creaminess.

Overall: tasty enough, but too sweet to be highly drinkable. Compared to the hype, I was a bit underwhelmed by my Whiny experience.

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Photo of rab53
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Asics
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Mphis
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewpub today...

The beer pours an orange amber color, with really good head retention and lacing. The aroma profile is pretty good, but it's nothing spectacular either. There's some dank weed, light pepper and a hint of tropical fruit as well. As the beer warmed, there was some pine as well, but again, it wasn't all that pronouced. On the palate, what really sticks out is how sweet this beer is. The beer finishes with some considerable hoppy bitterness as well, but the beer is dominated by the sweetness and noticeable alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full, but the alcohol is pretty noticeable in this beer, and there's a considerable amount of heat in the finish. Drinkability is really not all that great at all.

An interesting beer, and I get a kick out of the name, but this beer is nowhere near as good as younger (it's not even close). Oh well...

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Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of CaptainQ
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of VashonGuy
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Big Time Brewery, the first night of the 2014 release, 2-4-14.

12 ounce pour into a tulip. This year's Whiny is 9.4% ABV, by the way, lower than what's shown above by BA for previous years.

Whiny was something of a surprise to me. I had heard they were shooting for a Pliny-like beer, and this is nothing of the sort. This is a much sweeter DIPA than Pliny or other DIPAs I've had. It's both very malty and very hoppy. It's got almost a syrupy mouthfeel. The loads of hops are melded with the sweet maltiness. There's a pleasing bitterness, but it's not over the top.

The appearance, by the way, is quite nice. It's a bronze color, a bit cloudy or hazy, with a good head that lasted pretty well, and then tons of lacing. The entire glass looked like delicate lace curtains, and the lacing stuck around the whole time I was drinking. Never saw anything quite so "cute".

I didn't get very much aroma, which surprised me. Maybe I've got a weak sniffer?

Whiny is a big beer, for sure, and pretty good. It wouldn't be my favorite DIPA, but it might be yours.

Big Time has bottles available right now for $14.50 plus tax. Seems a bit pricey.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy orangish-lemon like color with good carbonation, a tad sluggish, leaving behind a moderate dirty white cap which leaves behind minimal lacing and a collar on the glass

S: Nose is sordove meh. Big citrus, no surprise here with a toasted biscuity malt aroma

T: Initial taste is layers and waves of citrus with some sweetness riding on a biscuity, toasted grain bill. A little bit of booze in there but I also detect some diacetly, unplesantries and a off-putting bitterness . The finish is moderately sweet, heavy, sticky, bitter and unpleasant.

M: Medium-full bodied, lowly carbonated, some taostiness, bittering hops, funky phenols.

O: No comment

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a sweet malty flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is boozy and more malty than hop-forward.

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, brouwers

Had been looking forward to having this on tap so that I could avoid spending $15(!!) on a bomber - glad I was able to make that happen. Very dark for a DIPA - dirty amber body, light carbonation. Very sweet, sticky-sweet even - approaching a barleywine. If this is truly a PtY clone, then that attempt is a big fat fail. Looking past that, I like the bright citrus hop profile but can't get past the sticky malty base. Glad to try, but this just aint right.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 2.7.13

A - Pours a dark cloudy orange with a small light tan head with good retention and clumps of retention.

S - Grassy pine, dank orange and a touch of alcohol.

T - Sweet orange citrus, and a touch of pine.

D - Heavier body and good carbonaion.

O - Sweet and citrussy, less pine then expected. Sold, but spend at $15.

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Photo of irishgreensoda
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (yay) into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a hazy, dark burnished copper amber with a thin head that dissipates to a film, leaving a thin ring around the glass and slippery lacing. Aroma of citrus, lightly floral hops and sweet malt. Flavor is hop forward, complex piney and citrus hops supported by a nice sweet, caramel malt body. Finishes with pungent hops that are less bitter than expected from the flavor, dark fruit; similar to a barley wine (but that could be the ABV talking). Medium to heavy, creamy body with decent carbonation despite the modest head. Very tasty and warming, although the robust flavors cover the ABV quite well. I like this a lot, being a big fan of hoppy IPAs with a substantial malt body. The name makes me laugh. Sadly, the Pliny it gently mocks will not be available in the Northwest any more. Let's hope Big Time is ready to fill the gap.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle opens with a pitiful pfft. Uh oh, I've heard that sound from Hair of the Dog/Lost Abbey beers before... Pours a hazy, dirty amber w/ basically zero head but some carbonation rising from the bottom.

Aroma is pretty muted for a fresh DIPA/TIPA. Some fruity sweetness, apricots, solvent alcohol.

Taste is big and strong. Heavy malt presence, mostly caramel, with notes of toffee, dried apricot, citrus, and pine. Sharp bitterness cuts through the heavy malt sweetness. Alcohol is surprisingly well masked for a 10.8% brew. Not really my kind of DIPA, but it's growing on me.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick. Low carbonation doesn't help. Lingering fruity bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall I'm *kind of* glad I got to try this, but at $15/bottle I won't be trying it again. It's not a Pliny the Younger clone, which is kind of what I was hoping for (even though I read a few other reviews before buying it). It's just a big, chewy, malty, hoppy monster of a beer. It might turn into an interesting barleywine someday...

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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