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Big Rock Warthog Ale - Big Rock Brewery

Big Rock Warthog AleBig Rock Warthog Ale

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73
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 16.4%


Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malty with a hint of toffee balanced with very evident hop and followed by a clean finish.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-04-2002)
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 355-ml can into a pint glass.

Appearance - copper-gold brew with thin, disappearing head. Some ultra-fine surface bubbles and a 1/16th-inch ring of lace. Very active carbonation, looks like a super-highway in there.

Smell - cozy, creamy sweet malt aromas, gently roasted barley and a whiff of toffee.

Taste - this is a beer that looks good and smells great but it comes up short on taste. The taste that's there is too thin, while the late, plain, tinny hoppiness really only serves as a transition to a wet, watery finish.

Mouthfeel - very active but even, the dynamic of the watery finish is boring and unsatisfying to what could have been the thicker, heartier effect I had anticipated from the aromas before sipping on it.

Drinkability - this goes down, well, like water. Not engaging enough to have quite a few, but it's still easy to put a couple back.

Serving type: can

08-24-2009 02:01:20 | More by DoctorStrangiato
More User Reviews:
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently the recipient of a makeover like the rest of Big Rock's regular lineup, now available in Big Rock's new bottles decked out in a new label that still depicts the namesake animal in full regalia. Poured into an English pub glass, this "mild" is indeed quite light in color, an amber-brown with a few inches of beige head. Smells ... sweet. Faint caramel and molasses are discernible and little else. Palate is similarly mellow, subdued, and sweet, with some toffee, light baker's cacao, sultana raisin, and vanilla that recall Big Rock Traditional (Trad) but the total package is dryer and rather woodier than the latter brew, with some Fuggles type hop character managing to keep its head above the sweetness. There's also a cherry pipe tobacco hint of floral-fruitiness and the carbonation is on the heavy side (often the case with this brewery), which cuts the sweetness and works with the thin body. I dunno ... Perhaps I am cutting this lightly flavored "just a notch above quality macro" brew too much slack. I don't feel its as bad as some other reviewers suggest, but on the other hand its not going to become a staple in my fridge. Yet another example of a beer the brewer calls a mild while the beer fan base deem it a brown. ABV and flavor profile put it in mild territory if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 22:42:58 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is musty, barnyard like with sour lemon in the background.
The taste is sweet and grainy. There's a mild lemon bitterness in the background.
The texture is crisper with moderate carbonation.
It's okay, tends sweet. It's sweet like a Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 13:29:49 | More by Fatehunter
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

03-02-2014 15:36:13 | More by MJ63
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Fader

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

02-17-2014 17:03:20 | More by Fader
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

01-05-2014 01:28:19 | More by DamageCase76
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Ianleesrivette

Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

10-30-2013 05:58:28 | More by Ianleesrivette
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

10-11-2013 01:42:29 | More by ZachT
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

09-30-2013 01:35:47 | More by cam477
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Mountainmanbrewing

Ireland

3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured an amber copper colour with a fairly thin, off-white head that dies quite quickly, leaving a nice amount of lacing along the glass.

The aroma is rather weak with some graininess, a hint of nuttiness and with a faint molasses note on the nose. The hoppiness is subtle and not overstated with a rather nice taste. The initial hop sweetness lends to a slightly bitter finish, but remarkably smooth with a faint caramel flavour.

The mouthfeel is about average with a medium body which lends to a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 10:41:21 | More by Mountainmanbrewing
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

08-19-2013 23:57:30 | More by FadetoBock
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

08-12-2013 02:56:06 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-30-2013 18:35:40 | More by KStark
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Edgerrin32

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

05-26-2013 21:45:24 | More by Edgerrin32
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

03-23-2013 07:00:54 | More by schnarr84
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

02-16-2013 10:29:00 | More by schopenhauerale
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

02-14-2013 12:26:15 | More by DaPan
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3/5  rDev -3.5%

12-22-2012 14:05:07 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

11-06-2012 16:02:46 | More by cfalovo97
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sAws


2.05/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light Brown/Amber Color. Very Light color for a Brown Ale.

Smell was metal, sweet, minerals. Its a faint smell and not very appealing.

Taste was bland. Slight malt flavor maybe a little hops dryness but overall just very bland.

Mouthfeel was average with high carbonation.

Overall this is a dissapointing beer. I expected flavor and got a bland beer, not bad tasting just bland. Not sure how this one sells when Big Rocks Traditional Ale is a good Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 17:22:16 | More by sAws
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BierStein711

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very bland beer

Four finger head, ruby red in color

Heavy carbonation

Smells: minerals, grain, and hops

Taste: malt, biscuity, toasty, hoppy, with a warming finish

Mouthfeel: moderate

Overall, this is a forgettable beer from a good brewery. Try the traditional ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2012 15:38:06 | More by BierStein711
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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

09-19-2012 02:16:56 | More by joefinnigan15
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Melomanemusher

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

08-19-2012 18:50:08 | More by Melomanemusher
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

08-18-2012 00:45:44 | More by Vyronian
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Alberta_Beer_Guy

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +44.7%

07-16-2012 00:50:38 | More by Alberta_Beer_Guy
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Big Rock Warthog Ale from Big Rock Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.