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Big Cock IPA | Great River Brewery

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Big Cock IPABig Cock IPA
88 Ratings
Big Cock IPABig Cock IPA

Brewed by:
Great River Brewery
Iowa, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BedetheVenerable on 10-23-2011

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 30
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Currently drinking the Big Cock IPA from a shrink-wrapped can bought at Beertopia in Omaha (a fantastic store for selection, by the way). Cracking endless jokes about the name, my lovely bride of 14 years has now huffed off to bed. (It's a safe beer..it's shrink-wrapped!)

The pour into my St. Louis Cardinals pint glass gets a big head which fades to under a half inch in about a minute. Initially, the head is more than the beer by a hair.

The smell is surprisingly weak considering the powerful taste, but I get a grapefruit and pine whiff.

Taste? Something sweeter than I expect, citrus - like a red grapefruit rind - hits first, then the caramel undertones. There is a piney aftertaste which lingers long, long after the swallow...which leads to the....

Mouthfeel - this is a 'sticky' beer. A very thick feel, almost chewey. It hangs around as long as maple syrup. Not that this is a bad thing.

Overall - I was hoping for a little more, particularly in the taste since IPA's generally are my favorite. This is just an average IPA. Nothing to brag about, nothing to be ashamed of, but if you offered me one at the next party, I'd take you up on it. Just be sure to make clear your offering a beer...

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16oz can, rigorous pour reveals an amber colored ale with a very thin ivory head, seems to be lacking some carbonation. Nose is heavy on caramel malt, toasted grain, sweet citric grapefruit, a bit earthy. Bready malt, toasty grain, caramel try to hold up to the massive citrus and earthy pine assault of hops, and actually don't do too bad of a job, but the hoppy bitterness lingers with some astringency in the end. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, but needs more carbonation, it's pretty flat. Overall, not a bad IPA, but it's rough around the edges.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured nicely into glassware made to hold that amount of beer.
Very attractive beer, with a dark amber very clear body and a full thick dark head with sufficient lacing.
Hop forward nose with nice citrus and Am. style hops, but also a less pleasing mild hop oil that has a slight stale quality. Firm malt based.
Taste is to style. Well balanced malt/hop ratio with a full bitterness kicking in mid to a very long finish. Nice hop drying. Slight hop oil excess, but it doesn't take away too much from the other enjoyable flavors.
Moderate body that is satisfying, and a pleasing fullness to the carbonation.
Basic solid drinking Am. IPA to style. This brewery seems to do that very well.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into Hop Tulip pint glass. No date information found.

A-Pours a murky (hazy?) copper color with a finger and a half khaki head. Soap bubble consistency hangs around for a little while before regressing. Heavy lacing.

S-Subdued aroma. Flowery hops, a bit of pine. Smell of British malt/hops. A little stronger than a English Style IPA.

T- Malt forward with an equal amount of hops. Caramel malt and piney hop in a fight for supremacy. Malt wins by a nose.

M-Medium to heavy body. Creamy for an IPA. Not crisp like many IPAs. More “full” like an English version.

O- Lots of malt and 70 IBUs makes for a good, interesting beer. Interesting because it is a change-up from other IPAs. It is not my favorite but I have bought it a few times.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from 16 oz can

A-pours a clear copper color with a 1 finger Khaki head a nice lacing on glass

S-malts and sweet caramel first with citrus hops

T- Malt forward ipa with alot of sweet caramel citrus and some tropical hops are present but malt rules this on

M-sweet with medium carbonation smooth with minimal bitterness

O- sweet and malty ipa its a good drinker i liked it and would pick up a single again it does have a touch of west coast in the taste

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Big Cock IPA from Great River Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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