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Big Rock Warthog Ale - Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock Warthog AleBig Rock Warthog Ale

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74
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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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, Mar 05, 2012
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2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light brown pour, tan head to it, small. Aroma wasn't really cream or anything, just some beeryness notes, malt, minimal hops that couldn't be distinguished.

Easy drinking brew, minimal malt heft to it, smoothness gives it a cream pedigree I guess. Pretty much a malt bomb, even though it isn't all that thick, and is relatively light bodied, there's just not much hopping (or anything else) to it. Maybe malt forward, not bomb. Toffee.

Didn't really pick up much sweetness or caramel, carbonation was what it should have been. Price was higher than it should have been ($7.49/6).

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 07, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

MJ63, Mar 02, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

20oz pint. An old favorite that I haven't had in years, available on tap now at one of my smaller go-to beer hideaways in Edmonton.

This beer appears a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with a finger or so of frothy, filmy, and soapy white head, which leaves some spotty, streaky lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of bready pale and caramel malt, reduced brown sugar, and very mild earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more of that thin, wet breadiness, sweet in that particular Big Rock manner, ethereal earthy yeast, an echo of molasses, and some still very tame floral hops.

The carbonation is quite soft, barely a tic arising throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, with a certain clammy, grainy edge intruding a bit. It finishes off-dry, some innocuous bready caramel malt lingering all by its lonesome.

Just as I remember it - an easy-drinking, not overly complicated (re: plain) mild ale, one that puts on full display Big Rock's core competencies. Now to complete this little ode to nostalgia - if only there were still 5 cent hot wing Wednesdays as well!

biboergosum, Sep 15, 2009
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2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant copper with a fingers worth of poorly retained off-white head. No lace. Grainy aroma shows subtle notes of caramel and apple. Grainy flavour hints at toasted bread. Theres some apple and little bit of butter. Some lingering sweetness. Light bodied with medium carbonation. It feels watery and sharp. Inoffensive and thirst quenching.

mintjellie, Mar 15, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Party of Big Rocks. cream ale in very malty aroma only, it was like an old ale in colour, light head. Somewhat sour bitter and dry finish.Still, at 4.5% two beers were fine at lunch. More complex and depth and Really, a brown ale. Not bad for Big Rock.

Sammy, Mar 11, 2007
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3.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Fatehunter, Mar 14, 2014
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3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brownish-gold with a small whitish head that fades rapidly and leaves some scant lacing. Smells candy-sweet, with some caramel and fruitiness in the malts. Taste is nondescript, with a bit of maltiness, but is pretty watery and not very complex. Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability is fine, but not much above expectation for this style. Not great, but not offensive either.

Mandrake, Apr 26, 2006
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2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange to light brown in colour with a two finger white head. The head fades to a thin cap, but leaves plenty of even lacing around the glass.

Faint faint toffee like malt and a bit of flowery aroma in the nose. Not an entirely pleasing mix, but not offensive either.

I have a hard time describing the flavours in this beer. Nothing really stands out. Malt profile seems to be faintly caramel like, while the finish is just a bit herbal or medicinal. Really a light flavoured beer that has a hard time holding my attention.

Carbonation on the lower side, while the body is slightly fuller. The mouthfeel would be more than adequate to carry a better flavour.

Despite lacking in the flavour department, this is a drinkable beer. Just rather bland.

elricorico, Apr 24, 2007
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3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one came in a variety winter pack,pours a golden bronze color with nice orangey hilites,small tan creamy bubbly head that dissipates fairly quickly and little to no lacing.Smell is faint grains and a hint of caramel and some metallic coming thru.Taste is lite caramel with hints of fruits going down rather watery and mild bitterness at the very end.Easy to consume,not bad for a wintery nite,would also be good ice cold on a hot summery day,definitely worth a try.

GrimmReaper, Jan 06, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Upon pourning, I was impressed with the coloring, which is orange/reddish/brown. This was the only thing I really liked about it, as there was virtually no head, and what did appear quickly fizzes out to a very thin ring around the glass. There is also no lacing to speak of. The name of the beer and labeling is quite unique and I like that so this area receives moderate marks.

S- The aromas are quite light, which I guess should be expected with this style. There is a dominant malt smell, with toffee and molasses notes. I also detected a faint undernote of bananas, which I enjoyed. Still lots to smell here as opposed to the lagers that this is made to compete against.

T- Lots of assertive malts here, and other than the aforementioned toffee and molasses notes, there isn't much else here to describe. The finish lends a mild hop bitterness, that doesn't really hang around on the palate. Rather a simple tasting ale, but it's not bad!

M- This is rather light, which I'm not used to in an ale. It is however refreshing, with the heavier carbonation and the flavors just kind of roll through the palate and then are gone.

D- I gave this area full marks, b/c this is meant to be a competitor to a lager, but with a little more and I think that it does the job. I'd be perfectly happy to enjoy this particular beer throughout an evening with friends and think it's a nice crisp ale. Would do the job after a hard days work and could even make a nice after dinner beer, with the sweeter flavors.

ChrisCage, Jul 26, 2008
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3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle - Light brown brew with almost no head or carbonnation. Aroma of yeast and hopps is really sweet. Taste is a bit of let down compared to the aroma with a palate that is too watery. Drinkable but not exceptionnal. I still looking for that Big Rock brew that will make me say WOW!

Phyl21ca, Dec 22, 2003
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3/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Mountainmanbrewing, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah yes, my old friend the Warthog... This was our staple throughout my school days. I'm working from notes, though I've had this so many times that I hardly need them.

As always, it poured clear and pale coppery brown with a nice head that dropped to a thin and lingering foam that is well supported by the carbonation. It is perfectly clear.

I never did get how people were put off by the aroma. I find grainy malt and caramel sweetness with some herbal and vegetable undertones, and nothing unpleasant or unexpected from a cream ale.

The flavour is light and bitter hoppy, with some maltiness becoming apparent over time. In the usual cream ale fashion, it's pretty mild, but I've always found it to be well balanced and interesting enough.

In the mouth, it's light, smooth and easy drinking. The carbonation is lively and long-lasting, and overall I find this very refreshing.

Garin, Jul 12, 2003
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3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my third Big Rock review. I have had this beer before, but I was too drunk to really remember what it was like (though I don't remember it being too unusual).

It pours a medium copper/amber colour. Held up to light it is quite clear, but seems a bit darker just sitting on the table. There is a little creamy head that settles down to a nice thin layer over the beer.

The aroma is quite sweet and smooth. It reminds me of an English "draught" ale-in-a-can-type beer. There is some light maltiness, and thankfully no adjuncty aroma. The sweetness is most prominent.

It is quite carbonated off the bat. The malt flavours slowly develop in the front of the mouth and mingle with the sweetness. The matliness becomes more prominent and rolls across the tongue leaving a slight hoppy bitterness.This is a very smooth beer.

Overall, I quite liked this! It would definitely be a great beer to have at a pub on tap or something like that.

evlu1441, Jul 07, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It seems like only a few years ago Big Rock started marketing Warthog as a cream ale (must be due to the low hop presence). It's been around seemingly forever, part of their original line up (along with McNally's Extra Ale, and Traditional Ale) that has lasted the years to this day. Always struck me as their most mediocre offering, a cross between Trad and one of their pales, but it always worked in a pinch. A not very surprising homecoming for me sampling it once again.

The head is white and creamy, but disappears shortly, although still leaves a ring all the way down the glass. The colour is the epitome of a fine clear copper ale, big points for that, very nice to look at. However the nose is rather funky at first, really turned me off. After the initial reaction it melds into a decent sweet caramel scent, with a slight scent of floral hops. Flavour is as mediocre as I remember it to be, kind of watery with a small hoppy aftertaste, which doesn't leave much of an impression at all. A shame, considering the ale looks so damned good. It's a decent step up as an alternative to most macros on the market, very light and unthreatening in its drinkability, but there is really no flavour to speak of. I love Big Rock, but this is like the shy, quiet, and very forgetable member of its line.

IronDjinn, Jun 04, 2003
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4.55/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This reminded me of why for a long time, cream ales were my favourite style of beer (before I found Unibroue, that is...).

Poured from the pitcher with one finger of head and a fairly deep red colour reminiscent of Smithwick's. The head fades slowly, with eventual lacing across the top. Smell is a little sweet and a little malty. The taste is sweet, fruity, and just a little bit on the dry side of average. This stuff really is a banner example of a cream ale, putting my previous standards to bed.

If you ever find it, try it!

the42ndtourist, Oct 28, 2002
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2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

bunruh, Apr 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

DamageCase76, Jan 05, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a big fan of the cream ale style, I decided to try my hand at Big Rock's attempt at the style (although this particular brew is allegedly also referred to as a 'Canadian Ale' in other markets). There are quite a few similarities between Big Rock and Sleeman as brewers, so I must admit I was expecting a beer similar to Sleeman's Cream Ale (which is my beer guilty pleasure, I must regretably admit). However, this brew actually seems rather different.

The beer pours an amber brown-goldish (copper?) sort of colour that's admittedly rather appetizing, but with a fairly thin, slightly off-white head that dies quite quickly, leaving just a few rings - there is, however, a reasonable bit of lacing, though its somewhat runny.

Smell is rather weak, as far as I can detect. There's some graininess, a hint of nuttiness, with faint molasses notes, perhaps. Slight hoppiness, but also some cereal grain present, though subtle, and, admittedly this is apparantly largely in accordance with the style.

Taste is rather nice, though nothing special. An initial hop sweetness for sure, but offset slightly by some obvious adjunct presence. Finishes a little bitter, but remarkably smooth (should we be thanking the adjuncts?). Maltiness, I think, is the name of the game here, and what makes the taste enjoyable - a sort of faint caramel, molasses taste. Not bad, but nothing special, really. A slight creaminess, as well.

Mouthfeel is average. Body is medium - not too watery, which is nice, though the carbonation is a tad excess, and a little unpleasant. I imagine the taste would be better if my taste buds weren't being attacked by a constant stream of carbonated bubbles. Drinkability, however, is high in spite of this. The simplicity of the brew, and the relatively good taste make this something that I could enjoy more than one of at a time.

Still, though - while Warthog Cream Ale isn't bad (I'd certainly never turn it down, and will admit that I'd probably buy it on a few occasions), I'm still more taken with Sleeman's take on the style (though even Sleeman's Cream Ale is nothing special either, in the grand scheme of things).

headlessparrot, May 16, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +42.9%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

RedAleMan, Dec 09, 2011
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Big Rock Warthog Ale from Big Rock Brewery
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