Big Time Powderfinger Rye Ale
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
This Gold Medal winner in the specialty beer category at the 1996 GABF is a popular brew among the rotating taps at Big Time. The addition of organic flaked rye to the grist results in a complex malt character that is smooth and satisfying. Three seperate Noble hop additions help balance out the flavor. OG 13.8 Plato

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (4618) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Draft at the brewpub. Touch of brown in a clear honey pour. Thick foamy head, nitro looking. Nose is rough wheat and rye. Touch sweet but robust malt backbone. Taste is great, warming malt and seeming hops but mild bitter kick. Finishes a touch dry and a coating sweetness. Nice touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Cask @ Big Time. Cloudy orange pour with a fluffy, off-white head which leaves a dense lace. Balanced, medium-heavy body, chewy, rye supplies an off-beat flavor to the malt. Hops are resinous and measured - very pleasant. The best rye ale Iíve had to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
Some times I am a man of few words. This beer was really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Was told this was a Rye IPA. Aroma is rather grainy with a touch of rye, and a little funky NW hops. Dark orange with a thin head. Alot of grain and rye in the flavor. Not a lot of bitterness, but a tad astringent. It does finish with a weird bitterness, but there is a lingering graininess that I didnít like all that much. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2007
9/4/07 On draught at the brewery. Aroma is piney hops forward with a grainy malt background, fairly good. Appearance is light gold with a low off-white head. Flavor is sweet/sour rye malt forward with a light roast quality and low hopping. Mouthfeel is not too grainy for the style, with a medium carb bite and moderate body. Overall, this is yummy and different, a bit fuller flavored for the style, and better off for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2007
on tap-pours a white head and gold color. Aroma is medium malt-some bread. Taste is sweet medium malt-some bread/rye/caramel, faint hops. OK/mild carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Draft at Brouwerís. Pours cloudy medium amber with a light, thin tannish head that leaves nice sheets of lace on the way down. Floral, fruity hops on the nose (grapefruit). Tingly carb, medium body, hop-forward attack. Rye is quite understated in this one compared to some others. Itís a balanced and drinkable session beer for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Light hoppy aroma. Light amber almost orange appearance. Great impressive malty flavor... a little syrupy and almost caramel or butterscotch like. The hop aspect is kept in check with the complex malt profile. This is my favorite rye beer that I have so far sampled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2403) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Tap at the brewery.

Pours amber with a modest head. The aroma is surprisingly limited; I pick up a bit of citric hops and a whisper of warm malt, but thatís about it. The flavor is much more engrossing - sweep on the uptake, lovely malts, yielding to a nice and crisply hopped (but not overhopped) finish that never overshadows the other flavors but rather complements them. Blended into the finish is a lovely subtle rye-cracker flavor that makes this one distinctive and memorable in a town of middle-of-the-road amber ales.

(Other than the late rye adding interest), this one is all about balance, and despite the initial fruity sweetness itís a pleasingly dry, crisp offering from the Big Time. I like it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15617) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2006
Cloudy orange-amber colour. Toasty with a big rye character and some pommelo hop notes as well. Medium body. Surprisingly rounded malt character with woody hops, abundant rye, slight yeasty earthiness and toasty. Very fresh-tasting. Iíve been a bit underwhelmed by Big Timeís more recent lineup additions, but this is an old (if seldom made) recipe and the balance and quality is indicative of what made Big Time great back in the day.

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