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Big Cock IPA - Great River Brewery

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Big Cock IPABig Cock IPA

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great River Brewery visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BedetheVenerable on 10-23-2011

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a 4pk of this up today at the brewery, on release day, for $9.50 plus tax. A portion of the proceeds go to support "Pheasants Forever", a program to keep these birds in the wild.

Presentation: 16oz can, with plastic, shrink-wrap type label (for environmental friendliness?). The provocative name is actually meant to catch people's eye and is a reference to the ringnecked pheasant, who's losing habitat throughout the US. There's a nice picture of a male pheasant on the front of the can. Geez, what were YOU thinking?

Appearance: Pours a beautiful burnt orange-tinged amber, with bright clarity. Medium-high levels of tiny beaded carbonation. Absolutely gorgeous, creamy, fluffy antique ivory cap that leaves some thick, patchy lace. Great looking beer.

Smell: As expected, this is fresh and vibrant. Nothing crazy unique, but definitely pleasant. Nice citrus and pine notes. I'm thinking pithy grapefruit and perhaps a bit of sweet orange? Also, some nice toasty/biscuity malt. Not tons of depth, but it's well-integrated and quite pleasant, so I think the score (4) is warranted.

Taste: The hop flavors start out mirroring the aromas and are fresh and almost delicate. With a bit of warming, some 'greener' and more herbal, almost woody, notes emerge, much more than the aromas would suggest. Then WHAM. So much for subtlety and finesse. The 70 IBUs comes rip-roarin' in and, honestly, it feels like a bit more than 70. The bitterness is fairly clean, but it lingers. This definitely straddles the line between IPA and DIPA, in my opinion. The pine and citrus flavors fade on the swallow, and you're left with an impression of lightly toasted pale malt, and a somewhat woody bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice and smooth

Overall: This is really what you'd expect from a beer with this name. It's big and ballsy, a slugger of an IPA, which will certainly please hopheads. I'm not sure what varieties of hops were used, but they certainly aren't as a citrusy as was originally suggested by the nose. Even with a bit of warming a more woodsy character emerged and this is definitely present on the palate. Overall, this is the third brew I've had from the tiny Great River Brewery and I've been pleasantly surprised with all three. Keep up the good work, guys! From now on, when I'm swinging through the Quad Cities (every year or so), I'll be sure to check this place out!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sawvell11
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Big Cock had a thick, cream-coloured head to it. The body was a rich, amber hue. Its smell is slightly sweet, but being an IPA it was pretty hoppy. Despite how thick and foamy the head of the Big Cock had, it was surprisingly smooth on the tongue; not as carbonated as the head led-on. Just as most IPAs are, the hop taste is pretty upfront and the hop-bitterness hit right away and stayed well after it was swallowed.

Like most people... I bought it because of the name, but it really isn't that bad of an IPA. There are definitely much better ones out there, but they are also a lot worse. Plus some of the proceeds go to help pheasant habitats.

Would I buy it again? Probably not... unless it was to use it for shock value to show of to friends or something.

Photo of schoon
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Jerm2401
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbossman
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color with a light tan and huge, steady, foamy head with great lacing

S: Lots of hop resin: pine, weed, citrus, onions, garlic, floral but also lots of alchol and grainy, bready malts

T: Hop bitterness up front: pine and herbal flavors; not as balanced as I thought it might be but a pleasant bready, toasty malt base emerges

F: A touch thin but still a fairly pleasant oily and sticky residue persists

O: A fairly average IPA, with more of the grassy, piney, herbal, oniony hops than the citrus ones most American hop heads clamor for but this beer is not so bad in the end

Photo of bashiba
2.43/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a light and thin off white head.

The smell was more malt than hops with a bit of buiscuit breadyness and a light bit of juniper.

The flavor is all malt followed by some very non nondescript Pine bitterness. Its like they only added hops at the beggining of the boil and forget all the important hop additions. Just big buiscuit malt flavor, maybe a touch of munich followed by bitter.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and lacks the resiny hop oil feel you would expect from a big IPA.

Calling this an IPA is a huge mistake, its more like a big Amber Ale. I'm sure the sophomoric humor of the name will sell a few 4pks, but I can't imagine to many return buyers.

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of morimech
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with over two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

A lot of caramel malt in the aroma. Some floral and citrus hop scents. Does not really smell IPA like.

More malt in this IPA than what most brewers use. Taste a lot of caramel and bready malt. Does not taste artifical like some beers with a lot of caramel malt. The hops are not as forward as I would like. Mostly floral and earthy notes. It is bitter and I believe the 70 IBU claims. Tastes like an early example of an East Coast IPA with its strong malt sweetness.

Full and creamy texture. Nicely carbonated and presents a good mouthfeel.

Not enough hop flavor for me. Need some flavor payoff for the bitterness. The last couple Great River beers have not impressed me much.

Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprised this got label approval... pheasant and blaze orange, a hunting themed label. Label is shrink wrapped on the can, not printed. Purchased from the brewery, soon after release.

Bright and glowing copper orange color. Plenty of foam, visible trails of rising carbonation. A substantial head that laces well, with a skim that never breaks on the surface.

Smells a little funky like crushed vitamins and pine sap, gravelly minerality blends into roughly herbaceous plant matter. Funky, in a word.

Heavy handed hop bitterness, big piney flavor, herbal with an almost spicy raw edge, and not much else. Light afterthought of pale malt in the middle, and residual dry aspirin bitterness that lingers. Medium bodied, light enough to drink, but somewhat unbalanced. Rough and rugged, amped up bitterness lacking some hop flavor and complexity. Could use a tweak to the hop additions to make it shine, the body and appearance are great as is.

Photo of jsh420
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pours dark golden copper with a 1 finger foamy off white head that had good retention and left some spotted lacing

smells of malt and some floral and herbal hops

taste - there are hops and the beer is pretty bitter but the flavors are a bit off a little sour with caramel semi sweet malt on the finish

mouthfeel - medium heavy body with good carbonation bit sticky

overall - this beer was just released and somehow it already tastes like an old aged ipa with faded hops

Photo of ineedafirkin
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of pkrager5
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of bismarksays
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jackpritchard
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of ackeeper
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of vidguy17
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of nkp765
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of gatornation
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from 16 oz can

A-pours a clear copper color with a 1 finger Khaki head a nice lacing on glass

S-malts and sweet caramel first with citrus hops

T- Malt forward ipa with alot of sweet caramel citrus and some tropical hops are present but malt rules this on

M-sweet with medium carbonation smooth with minimal bitterness

O- sweet and malty ipa its a good drinker i liked it and would pick up a single again it does have a touch of west coast in the taste

Photo of Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JJFordick
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of zac16125
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass
no born on date

Thanks to haveanother1 for sending this, along with a number of other northern midwest IPAs, over in a trade.

A: Pours a dark reddish amber with 2 plus fingers width of light tan colored head, which takes a good while to settle down to a thick film that remains throughout the drink. Leaves a fair amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus rind, caramel malt, touch of pine, and a somewhat bizarre dirty feel smell.

T: Tasty beer here. Prominent caramel malt backbone accompanied by really nice ctirus flavors (lemon zest, grapefruit, orange rind), and a strong piney bitterness. Bitterness lingers for a long time after each sip. Very nice.

M/D: Very smooth for the style, perfect carbonation, medium bodied, drinkability is good. Very nice mouthfeel.

O: Overall, I thought this was quite good. There are not many reviews, but I am surprised that the ones that are here show this beer to be rather poorly received. I think its a well crafted, tasty IPA that I would certainly drink again. Above average in my book.

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Big Cock IPA from Great River Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.