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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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Big Rock Brewery visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

If hoppy makes you happy, this Pacific Northwest-style IPA is your beer. We brew it with two kinds of delicious Yakima Valley Cascade hops, in such a way as to deliver the maximum heavenly hoppiness to your tastebuds, with the minimum bitterness.
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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 40
Photo of mrmanning
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Noxious26
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Nice, clear, orange-copper colour. Head is off-white, but what little there is on the pour quickly disappears to a thin ring around the edge.

Aroma is both hoppy and malty. Reasonably balanced, but perhaps leaning a little towards the hop side. A bit of sweetness in caramel undertones.

Taste is mildly hoppy with some sweet/malt undertones. Finishes lightly bitter moving into a piney-hop bitter aftertaste. A little bit of a grainy undertone throughout.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and clean. Moderately carbonated and light-medium bodied.

This is a pretty uncomplicated, clean tasting beer. Only, instead of being labeled an English IPA, I'd put it more in the English Pale Ale bracket. However, even then it's just average. None the less, this is still preferable to Rickard's "IPA" or Keith's "IPA".

Photo of fisherman34
2.86/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A light copper IPA. It was much lighter in both appearance and flavor than I was expecting. Smelled like what you would expect from an "almost macro, not quite micro anymore" kind of brewery: some nice but very weak floral and malt aromas. A bit on the watery side going down, with less malt caramel malt flavor than other IPA's I've had. Easy drinking, but not anything special. Closer to a real IPA than Keiths, but not by much.

Photo of DrJay
2.33/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of 3Vandoo
2.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very pale beer very yellow, there pale ale and there are PALE ale, very pale I thought my beer was now albinos or looked liked Mr. Jackson.
Not much head, nothing much and not much carbonisations, a very dull beer to look at.

Smells of caramel and a wee shy bit of malt, nothing much to brag about.

taste was in the following, caramel, maltish then hops and very boring.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.15/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of rajendra82
2.91/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sent as a part of BIF 13 (from hell) package by drewbage, this had the potential of being a decent brew, as I generally like the style.

The beer poured with classic IPA look, orange amber body, and a creamy off-white head leaving lots of lace. The aroma was very subdued, with earthy English hops, and light notes of alcohol. The taste was very bland, with a caramel sweetness, hop bitterness, and citrus twang in very light proportions. The mouthfeel was crisp and dry.

This appears to be representative of the school of thought, that IPAs were traditionally brewed extra strong for the ocean voyage and diluted after getting to India. This pretty much tastes like an American Double IPA mixed with equal parts water. I prefer for them to hold the water and pass the beer to me straight from the ship.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitely not a hop monster. A thirst quencher, nothing more. Big Rock IPA pours an almost orange colour, with a fingernail of foam for a head. Lace sticks to the glass lightly, giving it an almost residual look. Smells a bit hoppy. Lemon and grass. Sweet malt as well, which dominates the scent. I know this isn't going to be a strong IPA. Tastes better than I thought. Lightly sweet, crisp, dry and grassy. Their is an earthy bitterness. Not very hoppy, but more hoppy than a usual pale ale. Aftertaste is crisp and grassy yet again. Good on a hot day like today. Carbonated mouthfeel leaves the mouth quenched. Decent session beer, but not for someone looking for a hop bomb, or even a hop firecracker.

Photo of the42ndtourist
2.6/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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).

Photo of Popsinc
2.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.09/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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”.

Photo of tavernjef
2.79/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

IPA? I don't think so. Color is fine, a lighter amberish glowing hue with a firm one finger high head of white foam, leaves some drippy lace. Smell is musty grass, slightly sweet with a bit of a hop and malt note, but overall musty sourness, not to pleasant, sorry to say. Taste is a little bit sweet of malt and grains, musty as well, but weak and thinned out. Hardly even a pale and non compliant to being an IPA. Where's the hops already? Feel is light, thin, pale, and watery, drinkable, nah, passable, yah. Sorry Big Rock, you're not so big here.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Shiloh
2.67/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.....

Photo of Jordan
1.53/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

...........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.

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Big Rock India Pale Ale from Big Rock Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.