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Big Rock Traditional Ale - Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock Traditional AleBig Rock Traditional Ale

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BA SCORE
77
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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This medium bodied Brown Ale fills your mouth with a fusion of toasty malt and sweet caramel up front finishing with a nutty flavour, medium creamy carbonation and mild hop bitterness.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002)
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1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

RandyFlameThrower, Jul 18, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

hockeybarbie, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of JustinBathurst
2.05/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one pours a reddish-brown with a slight head of tan. This is an extremely clear beer--there's your filtering, I suppose. The head doesn't stick around, and it doesn't really lace either.

The aroma is immediately raspberry to me, with some definite English hops (maybe Kent, maybe not), and... well, then the musty malt n' grain charges forth. This is the smell I will remember Big Rock by.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light, which I didn't expect for something being marketed as traditional ale. Doesn't exactly seem like English Brown Ale, which is what the box promotes.

At first, the taste gives me bitter hops, lime peel, and burnt malt. As it warms, the taste is conquered solely by the more astringent and aspirin-like qualities of Big Rock's malt. The aftertaste is bitterness and citrus tang. At first, I wasn't unhappy, but over the course of a glass I became disappointed with what should be, well, just 'more.'

As a whole, this beer doesn't have any characteristics to recommend it to others, but I wouldn't turn it down if I was offered one. Last note--I find this beer to be a bit too watery.

JustinBathurst, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of 3Vandoo
2.1/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Im having it right now....

Her color is an amberish reddish one, very pale amd a light body, a chestnust tone

A smell shy of hops, sugar and alcohol

A taste reminding me of some macros, nothing spectatular, sweat, watery, nothing great. Some hops taste by there, some maltish by there too, cannot very detect anything that an average ale taste.

Acid is also the key, she's giving me stomachaches.

3Vandoo, Sep 18, 2004
Photo of TerryW
2.17/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Handsome crystal clear chesnut colour. Pours only a short head that almost immediately dissipates leaving just a patchy film. No lace to speak of.

Nose is slightly sweet from malts with a distinct grassy barnyard twang to it.

Taste is sweet malt up front with a short hop bite to finish. The beer also has a sharp metallic character to it and that lingers a bit unpleasantly on the tongue. Overall mouthfeel is thin and metallic.

Sorry. Can't recommend this one.

TerryW, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of aquatonex
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this at Au Claire, nice place...

Pours a translucent auburn with a little bit of head, not much creaminess. Nose is fairly hoppy and floral as well as noticeable graininess with a slight bit of malts. Taste is alright, mostly hops and not much character IMHO. Mouthfeel was a bit watery. An OK beer.

aquatonex, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of mdevonshire
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

mdevonshire, Jan 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

CoreyJKelly, Jan 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

andy1701, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of TJMcScmeebs
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

TJMcScmeebs, May 21, 2012
Photo of cyrenaica
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is almost reddish in colour. The aroma is decent, but nothing to write home about. At best, I can describe slightly malty. It felt 'perky' on the tongue, with quite a bit of carbonation. The flavour tasted a little malty with hints of grass and orange. It went down quite well however.

cyrenaica, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of Graham5161986
2.55/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: pours a clear, ruby brown with a 1 1/2 finger off white head that has pretty decent retention and actually leaves some pretty good lacing. (the best aspect of this beer!)

S: grassy hops (a bit of floralness in there too), sweet caramel malts, slight bready touch. A bit of cooked corn as well unfortunately.

T: bready, a touch of floral hops with a nutty finish that is a bit too sweet.

M: light and slightly creamy, decent carbonation, But an oily, somewhat cloying finish.

D: this is actually one of the better offerings from Big Rock IMHO, but still far from fantastic and too sweet to make it easily drinkable. I would drink it again if offered, but I won't be buying it again.

Graham5161986, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of FadetoBock
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

FadetoBock, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Some decent malt then bit of hopbitterness and aftertaste. Medium texture and watery. Rather bland. Not much hops. Canadian relying on balance. Water and sugar. Slight fizz and yeast mid-sip. The type to have cold as refreshing as you are not missing anything.

Sammy, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of jaluria
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap as well at BBK's.

Appeared more like an amber ale with a translucent, copper color and a off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a touch of lacing behind. Moderate level of carbonation. Aromas of enriched milk, syrup, and burnt toast; not very appealing, the combo, that is. The taste was mostly sweet with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Flavors of smoked, roasted sugars seemed to come out. A bit astringent though and somewhat chalky in my mouth. Had a pint of this and I didn't want another. Seems like some artifical flavoring was added to this one with the subtle taste of syrup.

jaluria, May 01, 2006
Photo of Fader
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Fader, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mid September 2005.

Presentation- Purchased at a random grocery store in Fairmont Hot Springs in BC. No dating on the can, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Darker amber coloring, very faint head and slight lace.

Smell- A touch stinky with decent amount of roasted malt.

Taste- Just the lightest of hop taste and a larger dark malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation and fairly bland.

Drinkability- Nothing special here. Drank half of it and used the rest to cook our pork roast in.

GClarkage, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dull dark copper color with a crackly head that fades fast. Soft malts and some floral hops make up the aroma. The flavor is of sweet malts and some funny yeast taste. The hops are not very noticeable. This beer was a dissapointment to me. Its seriously lacking in the hop department and has a very bland run of the mill flavor. The finish is clean but way too watery. This beer is like an amateur extract hombrew.

CAMRAhardliner, Jul 16, 2004
Photo of ludachris
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one courtesy of TheHammer. Thanks pal.

Pours a crystal clear deep honey amber with burning, golden amber higlights. Two finger light tan head. Good retention and decent patchy lacing.

Smell of watered down caramel, funky candied malt, light fruity esters and a dry nutty backing.

Caramel, toasted malts and a distinct nutty flavour (almost acidic) upfront followed by a wet biscuity malt finish and again with a light astringent bite. The astringency is the most prominent taste appearing randomly throughout.

Mouthfeel isnt really anything special; light bodied and wet from start to finish.

Overall, seems like an average EBA at best. Appearance and drinkability are the highlights but both the nose and taste are watered down and bland. There's plenty of room to pack more flavour in for sure. Much rather have Rogue, Black Oak or Garrison's EBA offering.

ludachris, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another part of the big rock mix pack I got from a friend at work. Three down, two to go.

Appearance: Poured with a solid thumb of head that sadly did not retain nor laced at all. Carbonation looks solid and the beer is fairly clear for a brown ale although still manages to boast a nice dark brown copper color.

Smell: It took a little bit of warming, but boasts a nice caramel scent with a solid sweet malt backing. However there is a slight acidic undertone which I could do without but fairly solid still.

Taste: Big rock seriously needs to do something about it's malts because that funky molasses like malt taste has returned, as it permeates the entire beer. However at least with this offering it is somewhat tempered with a nice bitter nutty end.

Mouthfeel: This one leaves a slight dry nut aftertaste, which is nice good but it also leaves this lingering, well I want to say filmy but it's thicker then that, and I want to say sludge but I wouldn't say it's that pronounced. Anyways good transition from malt to bitter but room for improvement.

Drinkability: Well it is going down already no stomach problems, but it does have some gas issues. However that can be made up for the fact it is decent enough going down and decent refreshment.

Final Thoughts: I'm noticing a trend with Big Rock, and that is that funky malt flavor. All in all this was a decent beer, but I wouldn't say I was impressed by it by any means, and would not buy this beer if it wasn't in the mix pack. Worth a try, but not much more.

TheHammer, Oct 08, 2009
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3/5  rDev -11%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -11%

CurtisD, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -11%

MidwestBA, May 26, 2013
Photo of BKLRIBS
3/5  rDev -11%

BKLRIBS, Apr 07, 2013
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Big Rock Traditional Ale from Big Rock Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.