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Big Rock India Pale Ale - Big Rock Brewery

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
A classic ale dry hopped to lend a distinctive character. Spicy, warm, earthy.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2002)
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Reviews by Intrinsic:
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Intrinsic

Germany

2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

You can't say Big Rock didn't try, but this just doesn't work for me. The head disappeared almost immediately after pouring. Its a very flat amber colour. There's a lot of earthy tones in the smell; I can't put my finger on what it is. Slightly malty, not very bitter, has some nice spice qualities to it. The mouthfeel is very nice - the right amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Although its not horrible, I can't possibly call this average because most IPAs are better than this (except for Alexander Keith's, the worst IPA ever).

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:53:37 | More by Intrinsic
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

07-22-2014 02:45:30 | More by Erik-P
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Oidmoe

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +1.7%

07-18-2014 00:37:05 | More by Oidmoe
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

07-03-2014 19:50:07 | More by FadetoBock
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-21-2014 08:00:36 | More by thehyperduck
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stevergca

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +35.6%

05-12-2014 21:03:52 | More by stevergca
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hunterjames

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

05-02-2014 18:18:27 | More by hunterjames
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-01-2014 01:24:16 | More by DaveBar
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2014 13:07:27 | More by Fatehunter
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Tivlavrie

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

02-18-2014 03:51:47 | More by Tivlavrie
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Fader

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

02-17-2014 17:01:00 | More by Fader
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Chazz_Chetly

British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

02-15-2014 01:36:13 | More by Chazz_Chetly
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev +1.7%

01-04-2014 00:12:08 | More by bumchilly25
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 23:37:35 | More by CalgaryFMC
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +1.7%

12-10-2013 15:35:06 | More by rogerdandy
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LDuke

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +1.7%

10-19-2013 06:20:54 | More by LDuke
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev +1.7%

10-11-2013 01:43:26 | More by ZachT
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3/5  rDev +1.7%

08-28-2013 16:08:05 | More by YamagamiTravis
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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

08-18-2013 02:21:52 | More by joefinnigan15
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with a small foamy head with medium retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light dry hoppy notes with a light sweet malt backbone. Taste consists of dry hoppy notes with lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average as well as carbonation. Definitely short on the hops side of things.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 18:36:45 | More by Phyl21ca
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Druid

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

08-04-2013 00:03:12 | More by Druid
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came out of a nice box sent to me by CANTrader, BigBry, who knows that CANned CANadian beer is a real treat for The CANQuest (TM), if you CAN dig it!

From the CAN: "India Pale Ale [-] A classic ale with a golden amber colour, dry-hopped to lend a distinctive character. Spicy. warm, slightly smoky. Settles the dust on a warm prairie evening."; "Simple ingredients. Extraordinary taste. Truly C[AN]adian."; "Big Rock Brewery Brewing Real Beer Since 1985".

The Crack revealed a brimful CAN and the inverted Glug unleashed two dense, foamy fingers of tawny head with good retention on a breezy, humid 4th of July. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had an upfront caramel-malt sweetness underlain by a minty, grassy scent. Mouthfeel was on the thin side and the taste, while not overly hoppy, still had a slight pepperiness to go with the biscuity maltiness on the tongue. I kind of got what they were talking about with "slightly smoky" on the finish, but I am not sure that I would have perceived it strongly enough to remark on it had they not imparted it on the label. It was a decent EIPA, which has different parameters from its AIPA cousin. I was disappointed the first time I had an EIPA, but that was so long ago that I have learned what to expect from the style. It was decent, but one would probably satiate me.

Serving type: can

07-04-2013 18:52:49 | More by woodychandler
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Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

05-06-2013 17:48:22 | More by Idrankthat
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

03-22-2013 20:45:03 | More by schnarr84
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LongRoad

Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -23.7%

03-17-2013 01:49:05 | More by LongRoad
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Big Rock India Pale Ale from Big Rock Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.