Big Time Powderfinger Rye Ale
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
riversideAK (5625) - 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 (11173) - 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 (6231) - 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 (1906) - 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 (12777) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
Thin yellow. Lite hops, touch of bread in the aroma. Like an American Pale Ale made with Rye. Pretty hoppy start. Malty sweetness in the finish. A tale of two beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 1, 2003
An interesting aroma of a little nuttiness, a lot of caramel, some citrus notes, and a touch of bubble-gum. The aroma was very Fuller's ESB-like. Sweet flavor with a moderate to light bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3355) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Bronze with an immediately dissipating head and have a sweet--almost honeyed aroma--but too faint to have much of an impact. I do enjoy the offkey flavor endowed by flaked rye--which nicely complements the hopping. A satisfying brew with an easy-drinking rye touch.

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