trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy amber color with a thick off white head that leaves great lacing. Smells of pine, resin, grapefruit and caramel. Tastes of all the same things in the smell but there was a strange aftertaste I didnít like. Mouthfeel was too surupy and it wasnít very carbonated. Overall with a name like this youíd think the beer would taste better but the balance was way off and the mouthfeel was terrible.
ACHops (693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Big Time. Pours opaque thick orangish amber with thin white head. Aroma is big sweet caramel malt with floral spicy hops in the back. Taste is huge thick sweet caramel malt with sizable bitter hops on the finish. Notes of pine, citrus, and earthy grass on the hops. That said, this is a malt driven beer. Tastes way bigger than 9%. Letís be honest: itís no Pliny the Younger. But; very tasty and now local breweries are making triple IPAs. Win-win!!
luttonm (2222) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Big Time Brewpub. So happy to have this while I was home, for rating #2000, right after I gave a presentation at my alma mater across the street. A great day! Big thick, juicy, grapefruit orange pour. Sticky juice, hops are thick but not very floral. Tartness from alcohol and hop bitterness, but very smooth. Some yeast stays in the glass too. I think I may be clipping the top end after a month of indulging in lovely, hoppy beers again .. it feels like they could have gone further. But this is absolutely a Big Time beer and pushing their boundaries. Lovely and oddly nostalgic treat for #2000.
AmEricanbrew (5847) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Clear amber color with ivory head. Floral, pine, spicy hop aromas with some caramel. Spicy, floral, pine sap hoppy flavors with a sweet caramel base brew; mild alcohol twang to finish----good.
CampesinoTino (762) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a hazy dark orange and ruby color with a half-inch of beige foam. Aroma is a mix of tropical fruit, citrus rind and pine resin with a bit of caramel toward the end. The taste starts out with a strong dose of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and hops resin followed by notes of vegetal bitterness, toasted malt sweetness and citrus alcohol. The body is slightly syrupy with soft carbonation and an aggressively bitter, alcohol-warming finish. Overall, a potent bitter citrus bomb.
brystmar (1259) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hops? Check. Malt? Some. Snarky marketing strategy? Check!
Next step: learn how to brew a good IPA.
Prufrockstar (966) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2014 Draft at Big Time, and rate #100 for me. 10.8% ABV this year, FWIW.
Pours a hazy amber with half a finger of eggshell-white head of moderately short duration which leaves a thin ring of residue along the top of the glass before disappearing entirely. Aroma is big caramel and pine -- itís really sweet on the nose. Orangey-citrus, some cracker (or maybe toffee) and even more caramel. It smells to me less like an IPA and more like a fresh, hoppy barleywine (of course, this review comes days after reading the fantastic review that precedes this, which may well have biased my impression). The taste: some dank and floral notes from the hops. Big malty sweetness right away, but with a well-balanced bitterness that follows immediately and stays on for the duration [note: my first impression from having this a few days ago was malt bomb, but it doesnít feel that way today]. A nice long finish, sweetness mingling with bitterness until it eventually gives away and the bitterness gracefully wins out. Full-bodied, with a slick/sticky texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Perceptable heat from the alcohol.
Overall: Sipping on this for awhile, it feels like a different beer by the end (reminiscent of bigfoot, I think). It comes together well on itís own. Iím not sure what I expect Pliny to be, but Iím sure itís not this, and itís foolish to expect this to be that beer.
update 2/7/2013. A year out, 467 ratings since #100 last year, and a new batch. Lets see how I rate this one. Pours murky pale orange/gold. Aroma: grapefruit, pine and citrus hop, but grapefruit first and foremost. Foamy white head, great lacing. Sweet resiny aroma there as well, along with a sort of cheesy thing Iíve been getting a lot of lately that is most likely a figment of my imagination.
Taste: lots of grapefruit. Soft to avg carbonation. Some roast, almost coffee like bitterness - odd. Very gentle presence in the mouth. Moderate caramel sweetness supporting assertive bitterness; lasting bitter, grapefruit finish, alcohol present in warming my belly, also a bit in the throat, but not particularly harsh. Just present, as it should be I guess. Also a little cotton candy. The chill carbonation on this is actually really great. Excellent mouthfeel, Iím going all the way up to 5 dudes. Medium full body, gentle, lush texture. Orange citrus and caramel are more present at the end. Overall: I can guarantee this is no pty, and day in/out Iíd pick boneyard, but this is real nice. Better than I remember it being. Quite well balanced. 8/3.75/8/5/15.5 ~ 4. Surprisingly similar to last time, with a slight bump to taste. Iím going to leave it as it is this time, but one more round like this and Iíll up it.
after4ever (6130) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at BTBC. Pours a grainy dark amber, virtually opaque, with bright golden edges. Dense and creamy tan head. Big sweet nose, lots of intense caramel qualities, along with sweet white pepper notes in the middle of an intensely fruity hop blast. But the real star here is definitely the heavy malt, toffee, caramel, and nougaty qualities from all the grain sugar. Thick viscous body, carb still manages to break through but itís not a bubbly beer by any means. Body is so heavy and mid palate is so dense and sloshy that itís much more like a barleywine than a dipa, if youíre keeping score at home. Caramel and molasses and toffee swirling under some oranges and tangerines on the mid palate. Long sweet finish.
So this is the 5,000th beer, and these days itís probably appropriate that itís a beer thatís brewed and named to make fun of another beer and all the hype that goes with it. That might not have happened 5,000 beers ago--certainly not as one of two beers made in the same style as the beer theyíre mocking, brewed a couple miles apart right in town, both released the same week as the mocked beer. Itís a different world out here now, and thatís definitely for the better.
But itís still the same old Big Time, after 25 years. The place looks the same, and it seems to have the same mix of non-undergrads crashing the place, blocks from campus. This is where beerlove started, back in the day, for a lot of Seattle beer nerds. And theyíre still going strong.
Beer is a lot better today than it used to be. We have more styles, way more breweries, unbelievably more market share, and infinitely higher standards across the board for brewing well and consistently. And kids who werenít even drinking legally when we started are brewing professionally now. The scene is in good shape.
But I gotta agree that hoarders and trade terrorists are doing their best to ruin a good thing. You used to be able to get a case of the good stuff when it came out, if you felt like it. Now, not only do you always have to share, you have to elbow out the cellar fiends who just let it sit and rot because they like to look at it.
Beer is like milk. Itís made to be drunk fresh. But itís a lot more fun than milk--donít keep it to yourself. Share it. You can still jerk off to videos of yourself jerking off to all the cases in your cellar. But let the rest of us drink them before you get them dirty. Meanwhile, cheers to everybody out there whoís doing it the right way. Swing by my place for M shakes and SNSR2000 cookies later.
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orangish amber in color, clear with a thin head. Huge hops aroma (Fruity and floral. Nice malt backing bready with a light sweet taste. Huge big Triple IPA nice rendition of the Pliny the Younger. Super great big Hoppy monster.
PSmurf78 (1) - Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drinking at Big Time. Pours with a orange hue, moderate head, and disapates quickly.
Light hop aroma.
Taste comes off as similar to green flash. Lots of initial hop bite, lingering for some time. The higher carb carries the hop flavor.
Overall, a very drinkable IPA.