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Big Rock Alpha Dog IPA (Kasper Shultz Line) - Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock Alpha Dog IPA (Kasper Shultz Line)
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Ratings: 7
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 6.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 05-07-2011)
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Reviews by MAB:
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3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

Had this at the Hop In Brew last night, on tap.
I didn't know it was from Big Rock until well after I had ordered and tasted it, which probably helped to give it a fair shake.
While it isn't anything special to look at, it did have a nice hoppy nose. It was nicely bitter and with a hint of sweetness at the end. Overall, there was nothing wrong with it and I'd probably have another if you offered it to me.

MAB, Sep 22, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

beerhunter13, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%

A new release from Big Rock, brewed on their Kasper Shultz line of small-batch brewing equipment. On tap at Bottlescrew Bill's in Cowtown.

This beer appears a hazy medium orange amber hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a low ring of droopy lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of vanilla cream malt, mild caramel, earthy citrus hops, and a bit of medicinal booze. The taste is bready sourdough malt, more citrus cream, and leafy, musty hops. The carbonation is on the noticeable side, and prickly, the body somewhat (read: not all that) creamy. It finishes with more of the same - creamy, grainy malt, and musty hops.

For the purported 50 IBUs worth of hops, they sure seem squandered, or maybe just criminally mis-used. IPAs, be they Yankee or Limey, need more cowbell, I mean bitterness. Until then, this is just a wannabe pale ale, for which it actually tastes pretty good.

biboergosum, May 07, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%

Understated English style IPA. Some bitterness from Fuggles and Golding. Orange colour with lots of lace. A touch of sour. Chewy above average mouthfeel. Like a pale ale. Grew on me. Cleaning fluid aroma apparently is in the beer not the glass.
On tap at Bottlescrew Bill's.

Sammy, May 13, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Enjoyed at the Hop n' Brew in Calgary a while back (from notes)
A - slightly hazy golden orange, tons of bubbles keep the head retention going strong, full lacing with each sip
S - citrus and herbal notes, caramel and toasted grain
T - herbal, woody/earthy, and peppery hop notes, toasty or biscuity light maltiness, and a little sweet
S - strong tingly carbonation, medium body with a bit of a mustiness
O - its a fine offering and always glad to see big rock doing something a little different, and thankfully i work right by 2 pubs that always have their small runs on tap

joemcgrath27, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

A new release from Big Rock (I believe draft only), One of the rotating taps at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary.
This beer arrived with a bit of chill haze, golden orange color, with a short white head. Soap-like bubbles left a thin lace line, but quickly settle and fades away. It had a nice smell of earthy, citrus hops, typical for an English pale ale. The taste has a good blend of bready malt, and the hops. Nice combination of citrus and earthy hopiness. There is a bit more carbonation than expected, a bit gassy and not smooth and creamy. The body and mouthfeel are medium, but not as smooth or drinkable as some sessionable ales.

BigBry, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%

341ml bottle poured into tulip 24/5/12

A clear copper with a few bubbles but just a pinky finger of foam that's gone in a flash and leaves no lace

S caramel with a little citrus and dry cereal, pretty basic but decent

T almost tastes like a brewery smells, lots of soggy cereal with the same cereal and citrus I smell, pretty boring really and nothing special

M a little thin but has enough carbonation to fluff it up bit, faint aftertaste

O pretty average stuff, nothing offensive but nothing worth looking for

When I heard Big Rock beefed up their IPA I had some hope....but I should've known better. even branded as English Style its still pretty boring

wordemupg, May 25, 2012
Big Rock Alpha Dog IPA (Kasper Shultz Line) from Big Rock Brewery
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.