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Big Rock Traditional Ale - Big Rock Brewery

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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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Ratings: 167 | Reviews: 82 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of canadianbarman
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--Regular brown bottle. Bought in a variety 12 pack with other flavours.
--Poured a chestnut, amber in color which gave it a good look.
--Slight head that did not last long but left some nice lacing.
--Smelled malty and sweet.

This is probably the biggest seller for big rock. I have had a lot of big rock and will continue to do so. This is a nice slightly better than average beer that goes down smoothly. Not the best Big Rock product in my opinion but still good.
Thx

canadianbarman, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of BigBry
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml can. Probably the most popular Big Rock product. Color is a coppery red. Almost no head, leaves a patchy cap of surface foam, small amount of lacing. First smell is sweet, sugary malt with slight caramel. Taste is sweet and grainy, light bitter to finish, but overall well balanced and no after taste. Medium body, and easy to drink. If you are expecting a "traditional ale" you might be dissapointed because it is somewhat characterless. Has no overpowering strong points, just good all around.

BigBry, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of trevorwideman
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with almost no head at all, but retained a small lace through the whole glass. Brown colour, not very pale at all. Malt and nuts on the nose. Taste is nutty with mild alcohol and a bit of sweetness in the middle. Mouthfeel isn't spectacular, but I like the taste, so I give this a higher drinkability rating as I find it a very good session beer. I much prefer it on tap as I have had many times on visits to Calgary. I usually start to crave this beer in the Autumn, when I want something a little darker, but not very. Not a bad offering from Big Rock.

trevorwideman, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of DrJay
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very clear coppery red colour. Off-white head quickly subsided to a thin lace. Malty aroma with some caramel and light nuttiness. The flavour was a bit disappointing, with some grainy sweetness to start and finishing with a very light bitterness. It's almost as if the flavour disappears part way through. Medium/high carbonation and light body with almost no aftertaste.

DrJay, Oct 19, 2004
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 ecoboy
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very inviting copper colour. Served too cold, so I let it sit in the Friday summer lunchtime sun and admired.

When the nose could pierce the refridgeration, it was mostly malt.

Aggressive carbonation in the attack makes for that Canadian "crisp" nature I have tasted time and again.

Malt and hop: neither dominate and both are present. The malt is in the lead with the hop and bibbles ready to clear off the tongue. Short finish and "hollowness" at the center of the flavor profile keep this from acheiving greatness.

Worthy, however, with the drinkability of a Sam Adams lager. Maybe that should be different for this style, but get past the divergence with its proclaimed style and it's worth drinking.

ecoboy, Aug 17, 2004
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 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 Garin
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin creamy white bubbly head and a super-clear golden brown beer underneath that suggests some very effective filtration.

Some toasty sweet grainy malt in the nose, but not a lot of hops. This is pale ale? I dunno. It's not even pale.

Again, malty grainy flavours with a hint of some kind of bitterness somewhere. Very little in the way of hops aroma or character at all. Some slight sourness at the end. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft and rich. That part is nice at least.

It's drinkable, and unthreatening. I guess that's why soooo many people drink "trad" here in Calgary. It's not a pale ale, and it's not a *great* beer, but it's not bad.

Garin, May 16, 2004
Photo of pootz
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in many Calgary and Edmonton pubs...flows like water here as BR has sewed up the draft market locally. Tapped a crystal clear darker amber, slight white cap that doesn't last long. Slight hints of citrusy and grassy hop, boiled grains in the aroma. Starts light and rather timid for a traditional english dark ale ale but then the fuller body kicks in midway with the well balanced hop and malt departure the finish is clean with a lingering "bread" after taste. As commercial Canuck ales go this is probably the best of the lot but still lacking. It's another attempt to "Canadianize" a traditional ale style for the mass market....it is always a compromise....but as compromises go this one has retained a modicum of ale character to make it king of the commercial Canuk ales.

pootz, May 08, 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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice cloudless amber color as it sets in the glass, head is adequate, frothy and a winsome beige color, as is disappears a nice sheet of lace is left behind to hide the glass. All malt nose, sweet and clean a satisfactory sniffer, sweet malt start, once again a bit thin on top for me, but nothing I can’t live with. Finish is sternly acidic, the hops pleasant in their spiciness, quite dry and a fine drinking beer especially in the hot summer month’s.

Gusler, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first microbrew I ever tasted, way back in the day. It was also my standard as a teenager and in my early college days (I was a beer snob even back then). Better than anything else available at the time. I strayed away over the years, in pursuit of new brews, and feel I have come full circle. It's good to come home, been a while since I sampled a Trad. Now I can fully appreciete it. Pours out a clear reddish-amber tone, decent heat to begin with, but it fades away to a lacy ring in time. Nose is of rich malt, intense hops, wood smoke, a hint of spice, and an even fainter hint of melon. Taste is an impressive balance of malt and hops, one receeding behind the other, nice full mouthfeel, and goes down smooth. The golden standard of Big Rock, it lets you know what real ale should taste like. A perfect session ale, it leaves one satisfied. A close 2nd behind their McNally's Extra Ale for top quality.

IronDjinn, May 30, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice offering by the Big Rock Brewery.
The colour is a very dark and deep amber. The crown is short and light tan. The nose is mildly grainy and the carbonation is limited.
The taste begins with a malty sweetness but quickly is replaced by the hops and finishes nicely with a light lingering bitterness.
Recomended.

Shiloh, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of canucklehead
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is Big Rock's pale ale and they do it right. A dark gold
colour matched with a solid head starts things off right. The initial
smell is fairly hoppy and appetizing. The taste is full and nicely
balanced with a sweetish finish. You can taste the quality of this
brew and the ingredients that went into its making.

I consider this ale more flavouful than most other Canadian
counterparts. Cheers.

canucklehead, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of the42ndtourist
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colour, with 1-2 fingers head.
Dry taste, some malt and some hops come through. An above average beer, not unpleasant at all.
A good standard example of an american ale. Worth drinking.

the42ndtourist, Oct 28, 2002
Photo of MAB
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second best beer that they brew (after their McNally's Irish Ale) and is well worth having. I find the flavor to be on the sour side, but that's not a bad thing! The hops are more for bitterness than aroma, but everything is well balanced.
Almost every bar/ restaurant serves this too cold! The flavors really assert themselves as it warms up.
It is readily available in Alberta both in bottles and on-tap; I have heard they are exporting to California, though I'm not sure which styles.

MAB, Sep 18, 2002
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Big Rock Traditional Ale from Big Rock Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.