Prime Time Pale Ale | Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Prime Time Pale AlePrime Time Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 08-20-2003

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 9
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome amber-tinged golden in the Chimay chalice. Adquately carbonated with every small pour, and a thin cap of foam. Pleasant woodsy smell.

Highly aromatic resiny flavor with hints of pineapple. Some fruitiness and a warm malty glow, but plenty of austere hoppy zing. A touch of mineral taste. The hop fragrance and that different piney flavor makes you want to sip and sip again. An excellent quaff that is exactly what a Pale Ale should be. Hoppy taste, moderate bitterness, and refreshing. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the brewpub in northeast Seattle.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Time prime time pale ale.

22 oz. bomber.

Hazed peach appearance, smallish white head.

big time citric nose, lemon and orange, apricot, and bitter grapefruit pith...a nice, hoppy blend. Becomes more vibrant and lovely as we go further in...oh, and, hey, there's a bit of pineapple...

Taste: Lip-smacking hop attack, then mostly mellow, with the refreshingly bitter blast purring on the tongue. Cascade and Centennial, and maybe Amarillo, too?

a lively, hoppy pale ale, easy-drinking, unquestionably sessionable...what's not to like?

Dries out a touch at the end, not leaving a lot on the palate, and urging you to take another sip...not a tough task, actually.
It goes down smooth, then a twist of bitter hoppiness delivers delightful flavor, then it's mellow again...nice!

Thanks, Kim!

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Photo of Gavage
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 2" fluffy head that lasted a while. Thick paint-like lace coats the glass. Some slow rising carbonation bubbles give it a relaxed look.

Smell: easily detectable orange slices and floral hops, with a hint of malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: this is a straight forward pale ale that makes my tastebuds sing. Mild malt levels are beautifully balanced with orange citrus, floral bitterness, and a bit of caramel sweetness. All flavors are in check and not one is overtly over the top, making this a great beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, slightly smoother with some slight dryness at the end. Medium bodied. Mild flavor tones linger for a second or two after swallowing.

Drinkabilty: absolute great session pale ale. My favorite Big Time beer out of the few pints of I had on my trip to Seattle.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass at the alehouse.

Appearance: slightly hazy copper hue with a thin finger of ivory foam. Looks like a solid pale.

Smell: lightly floral aroma. Not strong but decent.

Taste: biscuity malt flavor with a nice amount of floral hops. Not blow-me-away bitter, which is a welcome change from many west coast pale ales.

Mouthfeel: quite good carbonation level, so this is creamy for a pale. This works notably well with the floral character.

Overall: a nicely different pale ale. Stands alone without the novelty, too.

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Photo of Donkster46
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a three-finger thick, lightly amber hued, tan colored head that sits atop a hazy, copper colored brew. The aroma is a mix of lemon zest, grapefruit peel, toasted malt and perhaps a touch of caramel towards the finish. Really the citrusy hop notes are dominant, even picking up sweeter citrus fruit notes as my nose gets used to the brew.

Crisp, yet has a light sweetness to it. This beer is definitely hop focused with lots of citrus like hop notes, a solid bitterness and menthol-like pine character. This beer is very light, almost in a refreshing way, but it has huge (relatively) hop presence for a Pale Ale. Because it is so light, it definitely leans towards the dry side, but the citrus hop contributed fruitiness helps to accentuate some residual malt sweetness. Notes of lemon zest mix in with the more typical notes of orange peel and grapefruit.

A decent pale ale, that is quite a bit hoppier than many. In the end it seems a bit too hoppy for the malt to handle

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Photo of corby112
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Chunks of lace left behind.

Sligtly earthy aroma with subtly spicy, grassy hops that are countered by sweet fruit notes and pale malt.  Hints of straw, grass, pineapple and faint lemon peel countered by bread and biscuit. 

Medium bodied with a nice balance of dry, bitter hops, sweet citrus and pale malts.  Grassy and dry up front but not too bitter with subtle fruit notes and a very light malt presence balancing things out.  Hints of bread, biscuit and graham cracker with a sweet yet dry finish.  Very easy to drink.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This one has the classic PacNW Pale Ale appearance. The body is a deep, cloudy orange and the head is big, foaming up nicely and leaving some cool-looking pits on top of the liquid.

Smell – The smooth orangey hops are here in force. There’s a good creamy malt balance as well.

Taste – Man, is this smooth and creamy. The malts and citrus hops blend so well together they are almost indistinguishable from one another. I can pick up a bit of pepper spicing as well.

Mouthfeel – This is the ale’s strong point, IMHO. Along with the afore-mentioned smoothness, this medium-bodied ale has a wonderful bitterness at the end. It’s dry and very inviting. The lack of carbonation adds to the creaminess of the beer.

Drinkability – I drained this bottle in 2 oz “sips”. It goes down so smoothly it’s hard to believe that it’s an alcoholic beverage.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear ale of unpolished gold adorned by an afterthought of head and lace, Prime Time emits a faint, almost imperceptible juicyfruit aroma and hosts a mildly fruitful flavor with simple balancing. The plump body draws thin at the close. A casual, functional, and informal ale, but it doesn't make me dance.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of xoqx
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was the real surprise of our trip to Big Time Brewery. They almost underplay it on the website as being a pedestrian beer, but this is a seriously amazing, well-built brew.

Appearance: It’s a lovely light golden, very crisp looking, with not superb head retention.

Smell: The smell is of super fresh malted barley, almost more like raw ingredients than a finished beer in its smell.

Taste: wow. I’m not hesitant to give this a 5 in this category, which I very rarely do. This beer is so malty, but unlike any malts I’ve tasted before. I’ve smelled malts like this often. This beer tastes like the malts I smell inside a nice malt-house, or blowing through the air in a town that has a malt-o-meal factory. Again, just like the smell, the malts in this beer taste almost more like a raw malted barley ingredient than something that has been incorporated into the beer. It is not sweet and definitely not caramelly, which it part of its surprise for being so malty. Superb taste.

Mouthfeel: light to medium-light mouithfeel; creamy.

Drinkability: I have to hand out another 5 here. I could drink this all night, in all seasons. I have been thinking about this beer nonstop since we left and kicking myself for not bringing some home.

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Photo of Comatose1978
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is so good! If you are in the Seattle area I suggest trying it. Mmm

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Prime Time Pale Ale from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 20 ratings