Townsite Brewing Inc. Timewarp Wet-Hopped Pale Ale Review
Townsite brewing switched up a few things with their Timewarp Wet Hopped Pale Ale in 2015. Most notibly they went from 35 IBU up to 60 for an added bitter kick. The label also confusingly calls out both 5.2% and 5.5% alcohol. From the bottle this fresh-hopped pale ale pours as an amber colour that has a slight haze to it. With a finger and a half of lightly lacing head the beer has an aroma of piney hops, grass, citrus and a slight hit of caramel sweetness. In the taste the Timewarp is mid-bodied and starts off with that fresh hop taste that we love. Citrus, grass, and a fresh pine flavour engulf the senses before the hop bitterness and malty caramel sweetness grow behind. The added hit of bitterness comes from a greater level of hops which closes the gap between pale and india pale. When playing with fresh hops most people agree that you should go big or go home and that is just what Townsite Brewing has done this time around.
Alcohol – 5.5% (or 5.2)
IBU – 60
Size – 650ml
Price – $7.35 (Craft Retailer)
1. What you step into when you step off the ferry on Texada Island.
2. A delicious wet-hopped pale ale.
Powell River has a reputation for being wet despite being on the Sunshine Coast and so comes the Timewarp Wet-Hopped Pale Ale. This deep-copper coloured ale has a single finger of lacing head and smells of toasted malts, fresh hop bitterness and an overall delicious aroma. The flavour is big and flavourful starting off with the wet-hop pine notes building into strong caramel flavours giving a slight burnt flavour and sweetness that pairs well with the wet-hopped bitterness. For an IBU rating of 35 this beer tastes on the bitter side of comparable ales. The sweetness and toasted tones tend to dilute the fresh-hop flavours slightly making the uniqueness of flavour dwindle slightly. The first taste of this beer has distinct fresh-hop notes but after that those tones are relatively masked. This is a great tasting pale ale but does not embrace the wet-hop as clearly as some other beers.