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Big Rock Warthog Ale - Big Rock Brewery

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Ratings: 96
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.

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3.31/5  rDev +5.1%

Sad day in the Canadian craft beer world, as Big Rock founder Ed McNally passed away today. His work was paramount in completely transforming the beer industry in the nation. Although the big boys like Labbatt and Molson are still big players, craft beer is more popular than ever; McNally's work was paramount in this regard, as Big Rock was one of the most widely available early craft breweries in Canada.

Today, it seems Big Rock works on nostalgia quite a bit. Many of their beers are rather plain in comparison to other, newer breweries. They're not that bad, they're just... ordinary. Nevertheless, to honour one of Canada's craft beer pioneers, I'll sample one of Big Rock's more long-running brews: the Warthog Ale.

It comes in a nice can that was recently redesigned. It depicts a warthog on a stylised British flag. The beer itself is a great orange colour with a nice head that is about 2cm, although it dissipates rather quickly. The smell is okay - really malty but not very deep. The taste of the beer itself is plain. It has some malty and hoppy notes, but it lacks anything further. The body is also quite modest, really more like a lager. That said, it's really easy drinking with no unpleasant aftertaste.

Big Rock beers are like your old Nintendo Entertainment System. At the time, it was revolutionary and one of the greatest things around. Today, it's still all right to break out once in a while, although there are bigger and better things. Much like in the world of video games though, Big Rock was a pioneer; craft beer would not be what it was today if not for Big Rock and the work of Ed McNally. Cheers.

Olek4374, Aug 21, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Mar 30, 2014
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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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3/5  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.

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Big Rock Warthog Ale from Big Rock Brewery
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