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Big Rock India Pale Ale - Big Rock Brewery

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70
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 17.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2002

A classic ale dry hopped to lend a distinctive character. Spicy, warm, earthy.
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Photo of Bunman3
2.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first impression from this beer is, well, there might be some potential here. Big Rock's IPA pours with a small amount of head, but a nice colour. The nose is where things start to go south - metallic is all I can get, despite multiple attempts to sniff out something else. The taste is a leafy, Wonder Bread toast, with much more malt than hops. It is very difficult to detect the hops until well into the after taste. Overall, this is a thin and less than satisfying IPA - I would choose it over a macro lager, but that's about it.

Photo of peensteen
2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of biegaman
3.28/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one looks like an old fashioned IPA - deep tone and caramel colour, blurred clarity and thin head, Big Rock IPA may hail from the 'New World' but it has the features of a quintessentially British India Pale. If appearances suggest anything, this one will be more malty than hoppy.

Big Rock claims this is a "Pacific Northwest-style IPA" that is dry-hopped with Cascades, but I don't get that at all. This aroma doesn't smell any more like flowers or grass or citrus than it does cardboard or biscuits or stale bread. The only hoppiness noted is of the earthy, slightly stinky, fall day-in-the-woods kind. It's very English - not even remotely American.

The hops failed to impress me and, unfortunately, the malts aren't any more likely to win me over. They have a very stale flavour (like cereal grain that was lost in the back of the cupboard) and impart notes of cheap caramel (the kind made with corn syrup) as well as honey and syrup, both the kinds that come in plastic bottles (which, I'll point out, are also diluted with corn syrup).

This IPA really doesn't give hops the attention they deserve. The mouthfeel finishes more sweet than bitter and nowhere along the way has any particularly citric, resiny, or herbal elements of note. It could hardly qualify for the "pale ale" realm - even novice hop-heads will want more.

Hoppy does make me happy but this, despite its slogan, is a sad attempt at an IPA. There's nothing honest about this beer - it's not hoppy, and it doesn't register as much of an IPA nor a true craft beer. I didn't expect much of Big Rock but this paid more mind to commercial appeal than even I anticipated. Too bad, because that's really not what this style is about.

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.2/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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1/5  rDev -65.9%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

473 mL can picked up at TBS, listed at 5.5% and served slightly chilled. Despite the fact that I consumed more than my fair share of Big Rock beer during my stint in AB a few years back, I never actually bothered to try this particular brew. The label describes this one as a Pacific NW-style IPA, but there's only one way to determine if that claim is valid...

Pours a clear golden-amber colour, with one finger of frothy, off-white head generated at the surface. It wilts fairly quickly, leaving behind a soapy cap and a messy swath of lacing. The aroma is fairly mild and leans on the sweet side, with caramel, raisin bread and toffee dominating the leafy, comparatively meek hop notes. Not really what I expect from the style.

Quite malt-forward for the style. Biscuity malts, caramel and butterscotch provide a sizeable amount of sweetness, with notes of leafy hops, bergamot orange and a slight spiciness providing an appropriate balance in the tail end. Mildly sweet aftertaste with a slight metallicity that lingers briefly. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation; this provides a lively presence on the palate but does not affect the brew's smooth nature. The mouthfeel and high drinkability are probably the highlights of this one for me.

Final Grade: 3.15, a C+. Big Rock India Pale Ale is a passable English-style IPA, but they'll need to tweak the recipe considerably if they expect people to take the "Pacific NW IPA" claim seriously. Like many of this brewery's offerings, I'd have no problem drinking it again, but when you live in Ontario and need to pay import prices to do so, there's really no compelling reason to bother. Reminds me a little of Wells IPA, I suppose, except with a sweeter malt backbone and a more satisfying body. Pretty forgettable, and definitely not worth going out of your way for.

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4/5  rDev +36.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of DaveBar
3.07/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for just under $3.00. Served at 10deg C in a water glass

A- Opened very well. Poured with a nice 2" head to an amber/brown color

S- Pretty good. Interesting citrus

T- Not so good. Not liking it at all. Have had English ipa's before but this one leaves everything to be desired. Heavy metallic taste on the tongue.

M- Not so good either. Not liking it at all

O- Not that good. It's going down the drain now. Got lots better than to gulp this stuff back

No food pairing. Will not buy again.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.59/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear amber colored body.
The aroma is pine, mango and pineapple... a bit faint overall though.
The taste starts with a mild pine bitterness moving towards a dull dry grapefruit bitter middle and ending.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
It's a solid, good IPA.

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.31/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big Rock IPA from a yellow can, retrieved from a mixed pack. This beer seems to be making something of a resurgence, I am noticing it more on shelves despite Big Rock recently doing a much better take on the style in the form of Monkey's Fist (see that review). Pours a dark amber hue with a considerable quantity of whitish head. Smells like nondescript unassuming citrus rind, sweet marmalade, somewhat medicinal. Has that generic sweet "iced tea" type aroma you get in some IPAs although the volume knob is turned down. Tastes like crackery malt (think stale white toast), not much in the way of crystal malt character, perhaps a little gummy candy, a light citrusy, green and also earthy hoppiness pervades the picture but is again muted, a vague hint of pine, bitter spent tea-bag ... Rather empty and uninspiring frankly. Yielded a spicy character as I finished the glass, sort of a lemony ginger effect, but this was not enough to salvage the tasting session. Big Rock has come a long way. Hopefully they can keep it up. This brew should remain in the rear view mirror.

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Big Rock India Pale Ale from Big Rock Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.