Sunday, September 1, 2019

Brouwerij West / Great Notion Time Bandits Double IPA

Beer Name: Time Bandits
Brewery: Brouwerij West (San Pedro, CA) in collaboration with Great Notion Brewing (Portland, OR)
ABV: 8.0%

How sold: 16 oz cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $6.23 for 16 oz. tallboy can

Date Bought: June 8, 2019
Date Drank: June 11, 2019
When brewed? Limited-time beer.

What's on the Can: "Malted barley, spelt, & raw buckwheat. Nelson, Wai-iti, & Motueka hops."

What's on the Website: "Teaming up with our Portland homies at Great Notion Brewing, we set out to create a Tyrannosaurus-sized Double IPA hopped with Nelson, Wai-iti, and Motueka. The result is a tropical stampeded, bursting with flavors of Passion Fruit, Mango, White Grape, and Fresh Crushed Gooseberries, while a grain bill of Malted Barley, Spelt, and Raw Buckwheat provide a rich velvety-smooth mouthfeel."

Where distributed: Brouwerij West can be found in California. Since this is a Great Notion collaboration, Time Bandits was also distributed in Oregon.

Appearance (5%): Initially poured clear golden into a pint glass, then sediment at the bottom turned the beer hazy. Unfiltered. White head; good lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Mostly fruity grape notes with complementing barley malt. 4/5

Taste (40%): Grape and gooseberry-forward with barley malts; stone fruit and passion fruit come in towards the aftertaste. Stone fruit again on the aftertaste. Refreshing. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Very juicy with trace dry tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. More a tart fruit or grape presence here that is not necessarily my first choice for a tropical-fruity brew, but I dig the refreshing quality this one brings. I'm also a fan of the tropical aftertaste. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.063/5

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