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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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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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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2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-19-2012 02:16:56 | More by joefinnigan15
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +19%

08-19-2012 18:50:08 | More by Melomanemusher
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-18-2012 00:45:44 | More by Vyronian
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Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +42.9%

07-16-2012 00:50:38 | More by Alberta_Beer_Guy
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2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

05-21-2012 14:14:08 | More by TJMcScmeebs
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-11-2012 00:21:46 | More by bumchilly25
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Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a maple-copper color with a small, soapy beige head with pretty good retention, but no lacing.

S - Aroma is mainly light malt with some sweetness. A touch of caramel malt and leafy hops just peak through. Strangely metallic.

T - Follows the nose closely, maybe a bit more toffee/caramel presence, but very little. A touch of hops lingers in the finish along with the aforementioned metallic feel.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation, although it's a touch fizzy. It definitely has a bit more body to it than I had expected, but nothing substantial.

D - Although this is a step above the average macro-lager, it's a far cry from a real craft brown ale. Just another Big Rock product that caters to the pseudo-craft beer audience and entry-level beer drinkers; and as much as that makes me sound like a snobby elitist, it's true.

Serving type: can

04-28-2012 02:06:39 | More by Converge
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-06-2012 23:37:28 | More by ScottWestmaas
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-29-2012 15:57:25 | More by MattPS
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -36.5%

01-15-2012 16:57:53 | More by hockeybarbie
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

01-04-2012 04:22:24 | More by xipho
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-28-2011 15:18:33 | More by cdwil
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-09-2011 00:51:57 | More by RedAleMan
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

11-30-2011 16:51:39 | More by kelvarnsen
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +42.9%

11-30-2011 00:31:53 | More by graybayou
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

11-28-2011 06:51:38 | More by EskimoDave
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -4.8%

11-24-2011 15:02:46 | More by Rochefort10nh
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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).

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 23:51:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

07-07-2011 23:34:29 | More by evlu1441
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Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've seen Warthog everywhere but have never bothered to try it until now, usually just sticking with Big Rock Trad because I already know that's good. This came in a variety pack, so I finally have a chance (excuse?) to try it.

Pours a copper orange colour with a thin beige head that doesn't last very long. No lacing on the sides at all, and the remaining film on the surface isn't very creamy. The smell is hard to make out but it is definitely malty. So far I am not particularly impressed.

My first sip indicates some sweetness, heavy carbonation, followed by a little bit of caramel/toffee malts. Dry finish from the hops. Not fantastic, but suitable for a cream ale I suppose. Mouthfeel is watery and thin with a lot of bite from the CO2. I definitely wouldn't describe it as creamy. Very drinkable, but not very memorable.

The only thing that saves this beer from getting a very low (D-level) score is its taste, which is enjoyable, if not completely unmemorable. Of course, most people don't buy beer to sniff it or look at it, so the decent taste is enough to give it a decent score - and that's really the only adjective I can use to describe this beer: decent. It is forgettable and elicits a big fat 'meh' from me.

If you have never tried Warthog and are standing in a liquor store debating whether or not to get it... you probably shouldn't bother. I have been in this exact situation many times over the last 5 or 6 years, and it's nice to feel vindicated in my oft-repeated decision without having to actually purchase a 6-pack of it. If you do get it, you won't be disgusted of course, but you'll be left wondering if there wasn't something better you could have gotten. There almost certainly was.

Serving type: can

05-13-2011 16:25:09 | More by thehyperduck
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper ale that had a small head. Constant amount of carbonation rises to the top. Light malt/caramel and surprisingly, alcohol. 4.5% really shocked me. Not much happening on the taste front. A typical amber ale. I know they class it as cream, but reminds me of an amber. A good session beer and that is about it.

Serving type: can

04-10-2011 03:40:24 | More by spree92
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep orange/copper with one finger worth of white head. Settles to a thin cap but doesn't leave any lacing.

S: Grainy and malty aroma with faint hints of hops in the background.

T: Sweet grainy taste. The taste is a bit thin.

M: Medium carbonation with a light body.

D: I felt this beer was a bit thin on the mouthfeel and taste. It's a bit different then other Big Rock beers but it's not necessarily better then most.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 20:38:32 | More by marty21
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Alberta (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber appearance with minimal head. Smell is caramel and nutty but hard to pick up.

Taste is sweet and buttery, picked up some malt and caramel/toffee as well but overall it light. Light bodies with high carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and dry.

Overall, this is light beer that try's to be dark. Has a few good features but just ends up being watery. Not the best from big rock, but not bad if your looking for something below 5%.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 06:26:53 | More by CrazyMike
Big Rock Warthog Ale from Big Rock Brewery
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