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Big Rock Traditional Ale - Big Rock Brewery

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78
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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -26%

05-21-2012 14:13:33 | More by TJMcScmeebs
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-11-2012 00:19:06 | More by bumchilly25
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

04-06-2012 23:37:18 | More by ScottWestmaas
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-29-2012 15:57:14 | More by MattPS
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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slowfade

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.2%

01-26-2012 23:17:51 | More by slowfade
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

355ml Can from the Beer Store

Appearance - Light brown/copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an averahe amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some light hops. There is also a light amount of fruit esters and a nuttiness. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Definitely the best beer I've ever had from Big Rock. It's very drinkable and has a nice balanced taste. I won't rush out to buy more, but I'm glad I gave it a try. It's along the same lines as the Creemore Springs beer.

Serving type: can

01-25-2012 14:34:39 | More by spinrsx
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CoreyJKelly

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -26%

01-17-2012 03:57:23 | More by CoreyJKelly
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Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -26%

01-15-2012 17:46:41 | More by mdevonshire
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Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -40.8%

01-15-2012 16:57:40 | More by hockeybarbie
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-15-2012 15:08:51 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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Louisiana

4/5  rDev +18.3%

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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.2%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12-09-2011 03:03:54 | More by RedAleMan
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benbou17

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.2%

12-05-2011 03:07:05 | More by benbou17
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papawu76

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +18.3%

12-02-2011 21:49:38 | More by papawu76
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-30-2011 16:51:28 | More by kelvarnsen
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-27-2011 00:07:19 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Foddz

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-26-2011 21:09:42 | More by Foddz
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Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-23-2011 06:26:22 | More by Vandelayindustri
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

11-22-2011 04:59:17 | More by barnzy78
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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-16-2011 01:43:57 | More by bpfrush
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tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a Big Rock pint glass

Visual (3.5): High clarity dark amber beer with a robust and rolling one to two finger head. The dusty light brown head quickly disappears and leaves a very light lacing on the glass.

Aroma (4): Dominantly malty with breads, grains and toasted smells. An undertone of wood smokeyness sticks in the nostrils after. Surprising.

Taste (4): Sweet malt flavours continue right through with little to no hop bitterness. Passive touches of brown sugar, maple, and almond dryness roll across the tounge. Leaves a sweet, almost chocolate, aftertaste.

Mouthfeel (3): Light and fairly watery with a slight creamy finish on the tounge. Carbonation is almost non-existent, contributing to the creamy finish, and an alcoholic warming lingers at the back of the mouth and throat.

Overall (4): My favorite local brown ale and a flagship beer for Big Rock. Great value for the price having a very enjoyable taste while still bring extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 02:53:38 | More by tonyf55
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer many times, and it is very common throughout Alberta. I had a pint of Newcastle right before this at a local bar, and decided to go make some tasting notes. On tap, in a pint glass.

It has a very dark amber colour. Looks brown under most light, and not a lot of light gets through, though it is filtered and completely clear. There is a nice finger of creamy off-white/toffee tinted head that settles town to almost nothing after a few minutes.

The aroma is fairly faint, but a slight toasty maltiness comes through. I imagine that the aroma improves as it gets a bit warmer (mine is ice cold at the moment). There is also a slightly sweet smell of caramel that mixes with a tiny bit of an alcohol smell. Quite pleasant if not very intense.

The flavour is quite nice. A nice toasty malt flavour fills the mouth to start and gives way to some light sweetness. There is a definite nutty flavour here. Some hop bitterness comes through towards the end.

Overall, this is a very nice session ale. It's miles ahead of the newcastle I just had. I'll have to remember to have this more often when I go out!

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 04:16:31 | More by evlu1441
Big Rock Traditional Ale from Big Rock Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.