Big Cock IPA - Great River Brewery
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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
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
A- Pours a beautiful looking three inch, off-white head on a ruby red colored body. Lots of suspended sediment and a few streams of effervescence float on upward. Clumpy lacing lines the edge of the tulip and the head stays around very nicely.
S- Aroma is of citrus (red grapefruit), it's faint but there. Opens up as the Big Cock warms a little.
T- Citrus notes that aren't as "in your face" as some of my favorites in the style but that's alright...nicely balanced with the malts. Very bitter hops taste lingers after each sip. My ABV detectors put this right around the stated alcohol content.
M- Medium mouthfeel and damn near perfect carbonation.
D/O- I believe the only negative in my book when it comes to Big Cock is the overkill on the bittering hops. Other than that Great River Big Cock IPA is an slightly above average IPA that is recommended to fans of the style.
12-28-2011 02:05:34 | More by Duff27
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
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
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
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
Can date unk. October?
Pours a good copper with a withering finger of peanut foam leaving a solid sheet and some spotty lace. The nose here is comprised of grapefruit, grass, manure (oddly, but not badly) and some lemon peel. Flavor follows through with a nice spicy hop feel and citric burn. Surprisingly (despite the review just below me), I don't find this one particularly bitter, and in fact quite balanced in favor of the malts which are sweetly english in character. Upon further inspection, there is a decent bitter kick at the end, but I dig it as it is fleeting and not overshadowing the other characteristics. Medium bodied with hi carb.
This beer is pretty yummy, I would totally drink this again and would love to get a 4 pack to take with me hunting! Plus, awesome name.
01-01-2012 02:32:41 | More by harrymel
3.79/5 rDev +7.4%
16oz can poured nicely into glassware made to hold that amount of beer.
Very attractive beer, with a dark amber very clear body and a full thick dark head with sufficient lacing.
Hop forward nose with nice citrus and Am. style hops, but also a less pleasing mild hop oil that has a slight stale quality. Firm malt based.
Taste is to style. Well balanced malt/hop ratio with a full bitterness kicking in mid to a very long finish. Nice hop drying. Slight hop oil excess, but it doesn't take away too much from the other enjoyable flavors.
Moderate body that is satisfying, and a pleasing fullness to the carbonation.
Basic solid drinking Am. IPA to style. This brewery seems to do that very well.
01-13-2013 22:44:43 | More by garymuchow
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
3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
Good IPA!! My first beer from Iowa. Thanks to woodchopper who included it in a trade. Pours a dark hazy orange/coppery color. Big frothy white head with excellent retention and good thick lacing. Solid citrus hops aroma. Taste did not quite live up to the nose, but got stronger and more hoppy as the beer warmed. When cold, the initial blast of citrus hops faded fast. Lingered longer when the beer was warmer.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin at first, but the accumulation of hoppy blows takes care of the tongue as you keep drinking. Nice bitterness, carbonation just right...nice and crisp with a good bite.
There are better IPAs out there but this is a pretty solid one. Would definitely try one again.
01-23-2012 00:07:33 | More by JayQue
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
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
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
01-02-2013 21:56:18 | More by gatornation
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
3.53/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Dark hazy amber, good head.
Smell: Decent pine aroma.
Taste: Dry caramel then quite a bit of pithy dry citrus. Some tea-like bitterness also.
Drinkability: Could use a little more sweetness to balance out the dryness.
Traded a redband stout for a can of this to review. It's quite dry and pithy, and also seems to have some English IPA tea bitterness in it. Decent but I prefer other IPAs.
12-04-2011 18:02:53 | More by Mdog
3.53/5 rDev 0%
POUR: auburn colored liquid fills our glass and a very rich and creamy head erupts on top leaving some streaks of lacing as this IPA recedes. Carbonation levels look great and this is clean and clear. Very nice looking pour.
AROMA: lemon peel, powdered sugar, caramel, grilled pineapple, mandarin oranges and caramel.
TASTE: first sip and I come across what appears to be a very balanced IPA with a rich, malty backbone backing up less pronounced hoppiness. Some flavors of orange and grapefruit are there and the finish is one with lingering bitterness and mouth drying potency. A little light in body but certainly not an IPA to turnaway or put back on the shelf.
OVERALL: solid IPA. Not a huge amount of pine or grapefruit and its not a hop bomb by any means but its a very drinkable and balanced hop-forward beer. I wish it had just a little more oomph to propel it into greatness but that's just me. Cheers! I really do love most everything from this brewery.
12-10-2011 01:24:33 | More by indiapaleale
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
Big Cock IPA from Great River Brewery
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