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Big Rock India Pale Ale - Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock India Pale AleBig Rock India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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1/5  rDev -65.6%

08-19-2014 03:45:26 | More by Ethanmcl
Photo of Jordan


1.53/5  rDev -47.4%

...........oh my. Like my counterpart, there is no relationship with the IPA style! None! Why would someone knowingly put this on the market, and sell it as the genuine article? Even if one were to drink this for it's own 'unique' qualities, you wouldn't find any. Boring alchohal and synthetic caramel malt aromas, paper thin body, and an odd sour astringency from start to finish. R.I.P. Big Rock Brewers, you will soon be out of a business. This is perhaps the worst beer I have ever sampled.

09-06-2002 20:23:07 | More by Jordan
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Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -31.3%

10-09-2012 16:59:37 | More by artemh
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


2.08/5  rDev -28.5%

Presentation: 11.5 fluid ounce (341ml) brown glass bottle, with a twist-off crown cap. The neck label has the Brewery name ‘BigRock’, whilst the dark blue colored main label has a picture of a snowy mountain gorge and the letters 'IPA', a well as 'India Pale Ale', just in case you did not know what it stood for. Described as, “Traditionally Brewed in Canada”.

Appearance: Amber color with a white head that stays at ½” for a minute, or two, before it totally disappears. Minimal carbonation. This looks old, but there is no freshness date on the bottle, and it looks new, so I guess it is fresh – I will assume so.

Nose: Sweaty grass, with a moldy odor and damp biscuit malt. Nothing like a lambic mustiness which I would not mind – this is more of an “old” locker-room sweaty sock smell. Rather offensive.

Taste: Awful, not to my liking at all. An aged mustiness is all pervasive, and ruins the beer completely. Has a taste of damp grass, germinated malts, and a sweet biscuit aspect in the middle that is totally out of place for an IPA. Only the mustiness lingers, and I wish it would go away. Did I miss the Hops? Guess So.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light. What it does have, is short lived.

Drinkability: Not my favorite beer, a bit of a struggle, and one I would definitely pass on if I had the unfortunate experience of being offered one at a Canadian BBQ.

Overall: An experience soon forgotten. A poor beer both in quality and exponentiation of the IPA style, and that’s being Polite.
A “Small Pebble”, rather than a “Big Rock”.

07-14-2003 19:51:26 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Ontario (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -24.4%

I saw a few singles of this at the liquor store and although Im not a fan of Big Rock beers I thought it was worth a try.

It pours a deep gold color with a wispy head and some nice lace. The carbonation is very sparse, strangely so. The aroma is of diacetyl and cooked vegetables, horrible. The taste is a little better, it reminds me of a highly hopped macro lager. Theres a strong adjunct flavor that mingles with some hop bitterness. The finish is sweetish and theres an underlying gasoline flavor. The mouthfeel is thick and even mouthcoating, its the opposite of 'crisp' I guess.

Alleged 'IPAs' like this and the dreadful Alexander Keith's are doing a disservice to Canadian Brewing. They lack the hops, strength and even the malt character of real IPAs. All I can say is thank god for Scotch Irish and their mighty IPAs.

12-04-2004 03:15:34 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

03-17-2013 01:49:05 | More by LongRoad
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Ontario (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -21.6%

The pour is of a nice amber colour accompanied by a minimal white head. Right off the bat the nose gets my attention. Why? Beacause this is absolutely NOT what i expected from an IPA. Dull malty notes and grainy sweetness. The taste does not get much better. Like a bad malt liquor this beer is grainy and matly sweet with little depth or mouthpleasing qualities. The mouthfeel is fizzy and the body is light with a watered-down finish. I was quite disappointed considering I quite enjoy the big Rock Traditional Ale & Warthog Ale.

Thumbs down.

05-25-2004 19:02:23 | More by Popsinc
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2.33/5  rDev -19.9%

Very clear golden amber colour. Large rocky white head settled rapidly to a thin lace. The majority of the aroma came from malt - grainy, caramel and some sweetness. There was also a small amount of earthy hop aroma.

Same earthy hops in the flavour, still on the low side. Balanced towards grainy sweetness with a mild, yet harsh, bitterness. Medium/light body and moderate carbonation. Short, medium dry finish. Not what I expect from an IPA.

341 mL brown bottle, no freshness date on label or bottle.

04-16-2005 19:24:03 | More by DrJay
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Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -14.8%

Served in a pint glass.

A - Light to medium yellow/orange colour with a very small amount of white head.

S - The nose was very weak. I wouldn't have guessed this was an IPA had I not already known. Some grainy/bready malt notes and a mild bitterness.

T - A decent bitterness from the hops comes through along with some floral and light citrus notes. Not much contribution from the malts aside from a mild sweetness.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

O - This was a very weak atempt at an IPA. It wasn't terrible but I would only order this again if my other choices were all macros.

06-23-2011 17:53:22 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Manitoba (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

08-24-2014 03:42:35 | More by pharmerdoc
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2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

07-30-2012 03:38:19 | More by Iggy12
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

01-19-2012 06:58:56 | More by schopenhauerale
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2.53/5  rDev -13.1%

Appearance - light amber with a smallish head that dies away fairly quickly.

Smell - If you swirl the beer vigorously and inhale deeply you can just pick up a whiff of piney hops and some caramel.

Taste - Echoes the aroma of almost nothing. I know there are hops in there, because I could smell them, but there is no bitternes or hop flavour in this beer. It is very clean, and almost lager-like. There is nothing unpleasant about it, there just isn't anything to make it particulaly memorable.

11-30-2011 00:00:02 | More by
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Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -12.4%

disappointing. My first beer back in Canada after 9 months away... I went into the local beer store, took a while to choose - very few micros here. I didn't feel like Unibroue, and KLB doesn't come in sixes. So there was Big Rock. They're pretty hit and miss - this is a miss

a reddish amber hue, with a thin head on top. This doesn't stick around. Some corn in the body, along with some slight roast malts. Hops are recalcitrant to say the least (especially in a new world IPA). No distinguishing flavour to this beer, unfortunately.

Goes down more easily than most Molson or Labatt products, at least (less corn in the Big Rock).

06-30-2004 15:15:56 | More by the42ndtourist
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2.55/5  rDev -12.4%

Big Rock IPA: Living in the Colorado Rockies, I guess I am spoiled by New Belgium Ranger, Great Divided Titan and the Odell IPA. On the visit to the Canadian Rockies, where the scenery is stunning, I was expecting the same from the local IPA. The Big Rock Brewery (Calgary) IPA was a bit of a disappointment. The head is thin and fades quickly. Nice copper color, but no notable aroma. Mouthfeel is good, and flavor OK. Smooth malt up front and a bit of bitter to the back. Not a bad beer, but definitely not a statement IPA. Is it even a pale ale? Someone in Calgary needs to ramp up the hoppitude and create an IPA to match the grand peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

09-01-2011 15:06:05 | More by iSip
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Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -11.3%

New packaging from Big Rock, now in a tall 473 ml can. Similar style as their other new labels. Yellow background with stylized I P A - 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.:
Llight amber with a small white head that disappears fairly quickly.
Tried as hard as I could, but couldn't pick up hoppiness. I was expecting lots of pine, or citrus, but just the faintest grain smell.
Taste: about the same. I was expecting more, maybe not the juicy, fruity hop bitterness like some NW IPAs, but still, little or no bitternes or hop flavour in this beer.
Average body and mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.
Disappointing, as much of an IPA as Alexander Keith's IPA.

12-16-2012 06:05:51 | More by BigBry
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Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -10.7%

Big Rock had a pretty decent pale ale out a few years ago called Chinook that I rather liked. It suddenly disappeared and was replaced by this IPA, which is more of a pseudo-IPA. The colour is a nice deep gold, but the head is lacking, and retention is a no show. The nose is hoppy, as is the flavour, and it lingers in the aftertaste as well. Normally I stand behind the Big Rock Brewery, they do some mighty fine work, but this particular offering is disappointing.

05-27-2003 21:41:57 | More by IronDjinn
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Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours a darker golden...almost amber with a very thin head and slight glass ring.....medium to full body with a very light carbonation.....The taste is of the hops with a lingering bitterness..
Not a beer that I would recomend....and I have 5 more of them.....

01-12-2003 17:20:15 | More by Shiloh
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Quebec (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

08-16-2013 18:36:45 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -6.2%

Bottle- Dark gold pour with good froth atop and nice lace. Strange aroma is funk, with some malt/hop aromas, grains, and slight leaf. Bitter hoppy flavours with mild malt to back it up. Bready bitter finish with just a touch of sweetness. Nothing fantastic, but better than most of the BMC fare available in this area.

03-14-2010 19:31:02 | More by mrmanning
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Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-03-2014 19:50:07 | More by FadetoBock
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-22-2014 02:45:30 | More by Erik-P
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-02-2014 18:18:27 | More by hunterjames
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2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-03-2014 03:43:38 | More by jbnla
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-15-2014 01:36:13 | More by Chazz_Chetly
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Big Rock India Pale Ale from Big Rock Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.