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Big Cock IPA - Great River Brewery

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Big Cock IPABig Cock IPA

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | 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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2.3/5  rDev -34.8%

I had high hopes for this beer. Love the can. That's the best part of this beer, for me, unfortunately.

Pours a nice copper color with a 1 finger off white head that quickly fades to a thin coating.

Smell is malt...wait, where's the hops? There's some floral hops hanging out in the background. There's a balance element to the smell, I suppose, but Big Cock IPA promised hops.

Malt, hops, and bitterness battle it out up front. Bitterness wins big.

Mouthfeel is thin, goes quick and leaves nothing but a sticky coating of bitter resin.

Preferred their pale ale.

11-02-2011 23:46:56 | More by MorningBeer
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2.42/5  rDev -31.4%

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.

11-01-2011 18:06:20 | More by bashiba
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

05-08-2014 00:29:22 | More by coldriver
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2.65/5  rDev -24.9%

Big ugly 16oz. can with a shrink-wrapped label. Kind of hideous actually. No canning date, purchased about 10 days ago in SD.

A: Pours a very orange tinted, ruddy color, almost like rust. Significant, fluffy light tan head leaves some spotty lacing and a constant ring.

S: Majorly malt forward, with grainy cereal and biscuity notes overpowering any hops. What hops are present are mild, floral and earthy.

T: Follows the nose with heavy malt presence, grainy and caramel sweetness masking the mild bitter floral hops.

M: Goes down OK, carbonation is good, medium body, slightly bitter finish but not very IPA-like.

O: Either this was old, or just poorly made. Not a bad beer per-se, but the lack of hops is really kind of sad. The malt presence is far too much for this style as well. Would pass on this every time.

04-06-2012 17:24:04 | More by doucmehu
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2.74/5  rDev -22.4%

Currently drinking the Big Cock IPA from a shrink-wrapped can bought at Beertopia in Omaha (a fantastic store for selection, by the way). Cracking endless jokes about the name, my lovely bride of 14 years has now huffed off to bed. (It's a safe beer..it's shrink-wrapped!)

The pour into my St. Louis Cardinals pint glass gets a big head which fades to under a half inch in about a minute. Initially, the head is more than the beer by a hair.

The smell is surprisingly weak considering the powerful taste, but I get a grapefruit and pine whiff.

Taste? Something sweeter than I expect, citrus - like a red grapefruit rind - hits first, then the caramel undertones. There is a piney aftertaste which lingers long, long after the swallow...which leads to the....

Mouthfeel - this is a 'sticky' beer. A very thick feel, almost chewey. It hangs around as long as maple syrup. Not that this is a bad thing.

Overall - I was hoping for a little more, particularly in the taste since IPA's generally are my favorite. This is just an average IPA. Nothing to brag about, nothing to be ashamed of, but if you offered me one at the next party, I'd take you up on it. Just be sure to make clear your offering a beer...

04-27-2013 05:02:31 | More by CopperMtnPlowboy
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2.78/5  rDev -21.2%

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

11-05-2011 02:55:22 | More by jsh420
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3/5  rDev -15%

12-15-2011 22:30:20 | More by ineedafirkin
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3/5  rDev -15%

05-12-2014 19:06:24 | More by ackeeper
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3/5  rDev -15%

01-31-2013 02:28:03 | More by jmmy3
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New York

3/5  rDev -15%

01-27-2012 01:36:14 | More by whartontallboy
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3/5  rDev -15%

05-09-2013 03:15:53 | More by Brianinthewbl
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3/5  rDev -15%

11-23-2011 17:43:10 | More by Jips
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3.05/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

10-31-2011 01:21:07 | More by emerge077
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3.08/5  rDev -12.7%

I dunno guys. I ain't exactly a prude, but, geez louise euphemism jokes don't work unless they're at least a tiny bit subtle So, yeah, this name offends me--not because it's a penis reference, but because as a joke it is very horribly and charmlessly executed.

Aside from the name, the beer's pretty solid. Flawed, but solid. I'd had it before and assumed it was a bad batch. This batch is better. Smoother, fizzier, the malt less syrupy and the hop profile more befitting an IPA. The hops are still a bit hamfisted and the malt don't quite back it up--there's strong herbal nodes in there, but nothing by way of the breadiness or yeastiness that usually mark an IPA.

It's messy but drinkable.

12-29-2012 01:38:20 | More by mynie
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

12-15-2013 02:37:39 | More by pkrager5
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

12-27-2012 18:56:50 | More by Whiskeydeez
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

12-22-2013 02:39:12 | More by Zuidman
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

04-18-2014 03:54:18 | More by Beerlover
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

02-24-2014 19:34:20 | More by SouthSider14
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3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

12-07-2012 23:23:51 | More by morimech
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3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a deep dark amberish color almost a brown color that is nice and hazy. The head is a beautiful two fingers that have an off white color with solid retention and lacing.

S= Nice bright and resinous. It can be smelled from a ways away because of it's potent aroma. A nice little bit of maltysweetness to it that backs up the hop power a little.

T= The taste is a big bitter beast. A huge hop flavor with a little sweetness to it. The sweetness is a little weird however. It's a sort of strange in the sweetness however. Almost a little unfermented tasting. The hop flavor is more of just a big bitterness and less of the finer points in the hop flavor.

M= The mouth is great.

O= This is a pretty average IPA. In a world of world class IPAs this is easy to pass up on. I may buy it again because it's fun to say "pass the big cock" or "I'm gonna go home and guzzle some big cocks" but that's about it.

11-14-2012 03:30:44 | More by jjanega08
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3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

16oz can, rigorous pour reveals an amber colored ale with a very thin ivory head, seems to be lacking some carbonation. Nose is heavy on caramel malt, toasted grain, sweet citric grapefruit, a bit earthy. Bready malt, toasty grain, caramel try to hold up to the massive citrus and earthy pine assault of hops, and actually don't do too bad of a job, but the hoppy bitterness lingers with some astringency in the end. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, but needs more carbonation, it's pretty flat. Overall, not a bad IPA, but it's rough around the edges.

04-11-2013 01:38:58 | More by barnzy78
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3.35/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

11-25-2012 22:24:29 | More by NilocRellim
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3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

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

12-02-2011 22:02:31 | More by dbossman
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3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

16 oz. can poured into Hop Tulip pint glass. No date information found.

A-Pours a murky (hazy?) copper color with a finger and a half khaki head. Soap bubble consistency hangs around for a little while before regressing. Heavy lacing.

S-Subdued aroma. Flowery hops, a bit of pine. Smell of British malt/hops. A little stronger than a English Style IPA.

T- Malt forward with an equal amount of hops. Caramel malt and piney hop in a fight for supremacy. Malt wins by a nose.

M-Medium to heavy body. Creamy for an IPA. Not crisp like many IPAs. More “full” like an English version.

O- Lots of malt and 70 IBUs makes for a good, interesting beer. Interesting because it is a change-up from other IPAs. It is not my favorite but I have bought it a few times.

01-07-2013 02:57:44 | More by Timmah11
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Big Cock IPA from Great River Brewery
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