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Big Cock IPA - Great River Brewery

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Big Cock IPABig Cock IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BedetheVenerable on 10-23-2011)
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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Josievan:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Josievan, Dec 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Sawvell11, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of NilocRellim
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

NilocRellim, Nov 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

schoon, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

RDW, Mar 22, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +8.8%

Jerm2401, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of dbossman
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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

dbossman, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of bashiba
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

bashiba, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

zonker17, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

morimech, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

emerge077, Oct 31, 2011
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2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
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

jsh420, Nov 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15%

ineedafirkin, Dec 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

pkrager5, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

bismarksays, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

jackpritchard, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15%

ackeeper, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

vidguy17, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

nkp765, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of gatornation
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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

gatornation, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Cramerican, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

JJFordick, Dec 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Eric908, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

zac16125, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty much translucent caramel hue. Thin soapy off-white head.

Aroma: Some nice barley in there. Not getting much in terms of hops but at 70 IBUs I'm hoping for lots of hop flavor.

Taste: Earthy/spicy hops and an overall sweet character. Hard to believe it's 70 IBUs because 40 or 50 sounds more realistic. It's possible the sweet malt character is covering the hop bitterness. Slight alcohol note. Almost like a light barley wine but without as much malt complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and decently drinkable.

Final Thoughts: A pretty average beer and a slightly below average IPA. Would I drink it again? No.

JamesMN, Nov 23, 2012
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Big Cock IPA from Great River Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.