1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Big Rock Traditional Ale - Big Rock Brewery

Not Rated.
Big Rock Traditional AleBig Rock Traditional Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

176 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 176
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002

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.
View: Beers (73) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 176 | Reviews: 86 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of imfinished
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a drinkable, but very simple beer. Not a heck of a lot of taste or feel.

Photo of jcubz
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, Trad. It's entirely possible that I've consumed more Traditional Ale than any other beer brewed in Alberta. The more I think about it, I'm positive that is the case. I'm reviewing this based on my most recent tasting (during the intermission of the Best of Banff Film Festival), along with distinct palate memory. Trad is far from the best brown ale you can buy. It pours nicely, smells like yeast and malt, and has a lovely Caramilk and walnut flavour to it. It's the granddaddy of Alberta craft beer and still a solid choice, 30 years later.

Photo of Morgluin
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Has a translucent dark brown colour. There is one finger of head that fades rather quickly, with almost no lacing.

Smell: Earthy aromas of fruits, nuts and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Upfront, there are well-pronounced flavours of fruits, nuts, caramel, faint hops and a sweet maltiness that all tie together nicely. The finish is pleasant, yet unremarkable, with a lingering aftertaste.

Feel: Light to medium body that possesses a murky smoothness, which is complemented nicely by the low amount of carbonation.

Overall: A very solid if unremarkable English brown ale. I would recommend it.

Photo of defaultuser
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ABrewtifulMind
2.72/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of jamie_a
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

One of the first non yellow fizzy beers I had. This beer will always be a fav. It has a nice malt flavour and is always available in a pinch.

Photo of Mack
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of speedonthis
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Sathanas
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TheDixieFlatline
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DaveR514
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of real_human_bean
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of TomAlePearson
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Idrankthat
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Corson
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of marcusR111
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of jbnla
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of krl2112
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bcgill
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of andy1701
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -11.2%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Big Rock Traditional Ale from Big Rock Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.