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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pezoids on 01-15-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
58
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 58
Photo of jreitman
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RoyalT for the growler of this he sent my way in a recent exchange! This stuff was awesome. A cloudy dark orange colour with a large off-white head of foam. The aromas are of fresh citrusy hops, with a nice piney edge to them as well. The taste is fresh, citrusy, piney, fruity, and awesome. There is also a nice malt backbone holding everything up as well. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, what more could one ask for in an IPA. The drinkability was, of course, awesome as well! Another great PacNW hop bomb.

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Photo of Gavage
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes Virginia, dry hopped Bhagwan in a cask does taste amazing. Not much of a head and almost cloudy but the complexity of the nose was a sign of what was to come. Big but swirling hop notes and a very uncarbonated mouthfeel show this beer to come into its own on cask. A Seattle classic IPA that deserves to be tried on cask.

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Photo of xoqx
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint consumed on-tap at the brewpub for $4.

The beer was a hazy amber color, slightly darker than the Scarlet Fire IPA I'd had previously. It came with a couple of fingers of off-white lace. Lots of lace were left on the sides of the glass.

The nose was spicy and bitter, with a mild biscuity hoppiness cowering in the background. This made an excellent contrast with the more citrusy and slightly more malty Scarlet Fire. Big Time is to be commended for having IPAs that show off both the citrusy and spicy routes a brewer can take.

Like the nose, the taste was of a spicy, bitter, piney IPA that would appeal to a hardcore hophead. The maltiness in the taste was primarily to provide a backbone to contrast the hops and served no other purpose.

Mouthfeel was oily with hop resin, and the body was about medium, fine for the style.

A very tasty, bracing type of IPA that serves as a great counterpoint to the more citrusy Scarlet Fire. Big TIme is a must visit for any IPA fan passing through Seattle.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey-apricot color with a one finger head that leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Citrusy aroma along with some biscuity malt elements underneath

Taste: After a brief flirtation with the biscuit, the grapefruit flavors rise to the surface, tempered just a bit by apricot, as well; after the swallow, the malt returns a bit but this beer remains grapefruit dominant, just as you would expect from a Pacific NW IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the best unheralded West Coast IPAs out there, IMO; too bad, it's not more readily available

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Photo of garthwaite
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Sky2625
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with an orange hue. An inch-plus of white froth settled to a partial skim coat with lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a blend of pine and grapefruit, with toasted biscuit ends and a hint of drizzeled honey. Not screamingly pungent or floral, but nice and fresh.

Medium bodied with a mouthfeel thats split down the middle creamy and crisp. Quenching.

Citrus fruit, pine, and a drying bitterness start the palate. Shades of orange pulp, spruce resin, grapefruit oil, and husky malt.

Finishes with a lingering but light bitterness, grapefruit, orange, and pine.

Nice combo going on here. Fairly light duty with the bitterness, but the beer is dry and very quaffable. Quite fresh with a nice hopping profile. Too bad the nose is lacking.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours dark brown and orange. Nice inch thick head tops off this taste treat. Nose is an exquistite mix of pine and grapefruit yet balanced with caramel and subtle sweetness. Neither the grapefruit nor the pine dominate here both struggle for equal footing. This really is a beer for us West Coasters. The hops are out of control and so wild that you east coasters will likely NOT like this. Mouth is thick and rich. I love every bit of it. I will buy a bottle of this with every visit to the Big Time brewery. Rock on!

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Photo of henrysunset
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i'm enjoying this side by side w/ the non-casked beer.

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big bubbles and lots of them on this cask conditioned sampler sized beer. sorta hazy yellowish orange. not terribly impressive. clearer than the regular tapped version.

smell is a mild floral bitternees. none of the citrusy tone in the regular beer. Taste is similar to the regular beer. hoppy and floral though not as sharply fresh. the feel in the mouth is smoother though. good beer in this form too, though not really better than the original. The casked one has a slightly gunky flavor, less clean than the real beer though i can't quite pin down why.

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Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of IgotsHops
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Big Time. It's a hazy yellow orangish beer with great lacing and a slim but foamy head. Nose is syrupy hops and slight citrus. Taste is heavy on hops with just a bit of malts, and slight sour citrus. The finish is nice and hoppy without being ridiculous. Drinkability and mouthfeel are both above average. Not a bad IPA.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub, Bhagwan's best is dull, dark gold/brown/orange, with a white head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is fairly hoppy, a nice citrus nose, limes, although there's a softness to it overall.

Taste is less hoppy, still all citrus, with moderately sweet bready malt and modest bitterness. A solid, sessionable IPA that is in the west coast style but approachable for noobs.

Mouthfeel is very soft, almost cask like, with a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice little IPA. While I appreciate the smoothness, I'm sure they could bump the ABV up closer to 6 and still retain the balance (which is more in-line with what I look for in an IPA).

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a cloudy pale golden orange color with tangerine edges and a 1.5 finger white head that very slowly fades into a thick lasting ring.  Glass is left coated with streaks of soapy lacing.

Fuller bodied than expected with earthy, resinous hop aroma.  Strong grass/soil character with sticky pine needle countered by sweet malt and tropical fruit notes.  Hints of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and orange peel along with biscuit, caramel malt and graham cracker.  Hops linger throughout with a decent amount of dry bitterness that's nicely countered by the sweeter notes.  Well balanced and easy to drink with a well masked abv.  Nice beer.

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Photo of draheim
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured after the growler sat in the fridge for 4 days. There was plenty of carbonation but no head or lacing. A hazy orange color. A subtle hop aroma. The flavor matches the aroma closely, without a strong hop blast. Wonderfully balanced body. The lower alcohol makes this easy to have several of and the flavor makes you want to. I've had this beer before and was more impressed with it and suspect the transfer to growler cost this beer some of its character. A beer I think highly of and recommend going out of your way to go to the brewery. I will update my review after giving it another chance on-tap.

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Photo of ralree
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried in Seattle at the People's Pub Aug. 2008.

A: Reddish orange, pretty transparent. Good lacing. Not much head.

S: Sweet malt, lots of hops, apricot.

T: Heavy grapefruit and apricot - very juicy and sweet. Pretty alcoholic. Hops taste good, and are flowering, but they're subdued. Leaves an alcoholic and slightly bready aftertaste.

M: Non-astringent, medium-light bodied. Not oily, pretty dry.

D: A little too sweet, but not bad. A good transition beer into the IPA world for those with a sweet tooth. Drinks alright, but wouldn't be my first choice for an IPA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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