Big Cock IPA - Great River Brewery

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Big Cock IPABig Cock IPA

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Great River Brewery visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: BedetheVenerable on 10-23-2011)
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Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
2.74/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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'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...

Photo of bennetj17
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of barnzy78
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of vidguy17
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of JakeMorgan13
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jmmy3
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of durlta
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of garymuchow
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

Photo of Timmah11
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mattafett
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of gatornation
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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 RelentlessLefty
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mynie
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of qthompso
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of schoon
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of JJFordick
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16-ounce can. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a nonick pint glass. The color is copper with a light orange hue. Two fingers of dense, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly, leaving a spotted lacing, ring around the edge, and trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: Citrus hoppiness, baby! Grapefruit and tangerine stand out. Caramel malts and grassy, British-esque hops balance the citrus.

Taste: It offers a nice citrus flavor without the “bitter beer face.” The mouthfeel, though, seems a little coarse and it does offer a nice bitterness. Grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and lemon. It also offers the earthy hops, pale malts, caramel, and toffee of British pale ales. As it warms, the caramel becomes a little more candy-like and the bitterness beings to linger after each sip.

Drinkability: This beer is solid. It offers a lot of citrus and balance at the same time. Very well-crafted brew.

Photo of morimech
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Lionhawk
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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 JamesMN
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Big Cock IPA from Great River Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.