Alpha Bomb | Big Rig Brewery

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Brewed by:
Big Rig Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bigrigbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Triple Cannon Hopped IPA

Added by MasterSki on 10-16-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,778
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
38
pDev:
8.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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0
Gots:
5
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by yancot:
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3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of talbotjf99
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LanceH
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper and slightly hazy with no carbonation. Topped with 6 fingers of off white head, which leaves a nice lacing.

Smells of big tropical fruit notes, oranges, pineapples, caramel and creme brulee. Some passion fruit as well.

Very umami, biscuit and cracker like qualities along with guava, pears, pineapple and oranges. There's a solid grapefruit bitterness as well.

Medium body, with little to moderate carbonation.

Excellent, well rounded IPA bursting with tropical fruit notes both on the nose and on the tongue. Drinking in New Hamburg, Dec 29th, 2017.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh can from Sobeys ottawa for 2.95. Good bitterness but needs less malt/sweetness and more fruity notes.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Aug XX 2017 (the day is illegible) and served well chilled.

Pours a hazy golden-orange hue, with approximately one inch of bone white-tinted head situated atop. Over the next ten minutes, give or take, it settles down to a creamy cap nearly 1 cm thick, accompanied by a generous collar of foam and some unevenly splattered lace. Looks great, although the nose is comparatively quite muted - I'm getting muddled orange and grapefruit citrus, with green herbal-floral notes and plenty of resiny pine. There's also some bready malts and caramel sweetness, with suggestions of tropical fruit - papaya, perhaps?

The flavour consists of a bready, caramelized malt backbone overlapping with some decidedly green hop notes. Citrusy orange/grapefruit notes and hints of papaya are discernible mid-sip, with the pithy flavours of the former soon being overtaken by the potent hop astringency of the back end. Earthy pine resin, dank herb and floral bitterness round out the profile, with these flavours persisting through the finish and into the aftertaste. This IPA almost seemed approachable early on, but the 84 IBUs seemed to build with each sip - meaning that this is a brew I would only recommend to seasoned hopheads. Medium body, with low carbonation levels that meekly agitate the palate; the overall mouthfeel is rather smooth and a little slick. A bit of a palate shredder, with the unrepentant hop bitterness & acidity reducing this one's drinkability, IMO.

Final Grade: 3.8, a B+. Alpha Bomb is the first Big Rig IPA I've tried thus far, and I have to say it's pretty much what I've come to expect from this brewery - a perfectly serviceable brew, but not necessarily one that stands out from the rest of the class. As someone who drinks IPAs quite regularly (and is generally unfazed by their bitterness), this one is beginning to approach my tolerance limits. Reminds me of Amsterdam's Boneshaker - which, for the record, is an IPA that I do not mind drinking, but also do not pick up very frequently. Take that as you will.

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Photo of bixby1971
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kier
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rukeli76
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head on the pour, shows some lace.

Fairly big aroma of tropical fruit, citrus and dank, piny resin.

Taste is a bit muddled, lots of flavours, but it doesn't really work. Some underlying vegetal/celery as well.

Moderate body has some serious hop acidity, with a crisp finish.

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Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Rib Eye Jacks in Burlington.

Appearance - cloudy and hazy orange colour. A finger of white head and loads of lacing.

Smell - tropical fruit mostly mango and pineapple. A hint of orchard fruits underneath too.

Taste - mild citrus with a little more grapefruit and lemon coming through. Some earthiness too. Good but not as good as the nose.

Mouthfeel - smooth and fairly creamy with some prickly carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - a worthwhile IPA that falls somewhere in the middle of the IPA spectrum in terms of flavours and quality. Only issue is that there are a few IPAs regularly available that are even better. Would happily enjoy again though.

Update August 22, 2017 - Sampled again, this time from a can and opinion is about the same.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks beautiful; pours lightly & uniformly cloudy golden-orange with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma dominated by grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit & tropical with hints of pine, light grassiness, lemon rind, & mild astringent bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light/smooth with just the faintest hint of wanting to be Mosaic-smooth. A pretty good Ontario IPA; I'd drink it again but have others to go to which I prefer to this one.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boo-urns
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Iron_Tusk
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Strong dry malt taste with citrusy grapefruit finish.

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Photo of spycow
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaisell
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hyphen
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

When real cold, it tastes like a southern style iced tea with extra lemon, a bit of sugar added. Bitterness is there, slightly sweetened, needs some Popeyes chicken.

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Photo of pootz
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can- pours a deep gold clouded ale with a puffy 3 finger white cap. Aroma is tropical fruits-citrus-pine over sturdy cereal notes - rich aroma for a canned beer. Flavor pretty much follows the aroma profile with juicy hop resins - floral-citrus-pine, floating on a rich pale malt base - long dry bittering finish - rich aroma, flavorful, satisfying - one of the better canned IPAs I've sampled

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy brass with a frothy, clingy head. Grapefruit, pine, mango and other tropical fruit in the aroma. The same hops fill the first sip. Some coarse bitterness in there too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy, full carbonation. Medium bitterness and some mouthcoating astringency in the finish.

An OK IPA with a bit of astringency that distracts. I won't try it again - many better IPAs on offer in Ontario.

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Alpha Bomb from Big Rig Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 38 ratings
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