Big Lake Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,126
Ranked #9,303
4.03 | pDev: 9.43%
Big Lake Brewing
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: Flavors of rye and citrus, with a mild caramel, orange zest, and a delightful bitter-smooth finish.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 67 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little disappointing - a nice, safe, easy to drink beer but a little boring and unassuming. Nice clear golden color with minimal head and really not much lingering lacing at all. Smells very faintly of rye and a little caramel. Tastes of rye, malt, grain, biscuit and some caramel. There really isn’t much citrus zest or bitterness to speak of. Mild mouthfeel and decent carbonation. A nice sessionable beer but I expected a little more from the previous reviews.

Aug 26, 2018
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a thin, foamy, white head that doesn't last long. Very light lasting

Smells lightly of malt citrus and pine

Tastes citrus and some caramely malt. Finishing with a short dry pine linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation

This was a lighter smelling and tasting rye ipa. Definitely didn't start smelling stronger until 60 degrees

Jan 16, 2017
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MargotDarko from Michigan

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 16 oz can from Horrock's for $2.99. Poured into an English pint glass. Not sure if I poured incorrectly, but no head formed. It smelled fruity, crisp and pleasant. More grapefruit than orange, which was nice. Nice mix of sweet and spicy flavors, and I enjoyed the little bit of bite to it. Easy drinking for me though it did get a little less pleasant toward the end when it started warming up. A tulip glass would suit it better.

Dec 22, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Big Lake's Ryecoe for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something hoppy and it's been a little while since I've had a rye beer, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a tall 16oz can into an IPA glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice orange amber color that took on more of a darker orange color with a fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I but I wish it had a little better head and retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the rye being the first to show up and it imparts a nice spicy rye aroma that goes into some doughy yeast. Up next comes the hops which impart some citrus rind, green hop and floral hop aromas which lead into the malts which impart some bready, biscuit, lightly toasted malt, caramel malt, light sweet malt and grainy aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, all the aspects that I was looking for showed up and it has some nice balance to it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the spicy rye still being the first to show up and it shows up just a little more than it did in the aroma and it leads into the hops which impart all the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but this time it imparts more citrus rind aromas which show up the most and the impart some nice orange rind like aromas. Up next comes some noticeable doughy yeast which leads into the malts which show up just as much as they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects. On the finish there's a lower amount of medium bitterness with a dry spicy rye and hoppy aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, all the aspects show up nicely and the balance is right where it needs to be.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, a little tingly, slightly prickly, dry on the finish, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a nice example of the style, it had all the aspects that I was looking for and they each showed up just enough and no single aspect ever got to be too overpowering. This beer had nicer drinkability, I could drink a couple, but the tingly mouthfeel might start to wear on me after more than that. What I like the most about this beer is the balance, how true to style it is and the mouthfeel, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or that doesn't belong in this beer. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I was happy with this beer, I haven't had the greatest luck with this brewery, but this one turned out to be pretty nice and I'm glad I gave them another chance. It's now my favorite beer from Big Lake and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is tasty beer, keep it up.

Nov 16, 2016
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Big_Neezy from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another good example of fewer ingredients just done better. It's everything you come to expect from an IPA with a great rye malt flavor. It's bitter as you come to expect with a nice finish.

Jun 10, 2016
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elNopalero from California

4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours a pleasing amber tinged honey in the glass. Light bready rye note complements a pleasant piney hop aroma. There’s a hint of spice from the rye bill, but it’s balanced and incorporated well. This was a tasty sipper.

Apr 22, 2016
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as a Single at Rishi's in Grand Rapids. Brewed with ~25% rye, hopped with simcoe, 6.8% ABV, 54 IBU's.

Pours out to a slightly hazy light amber, forming a tall meringue like white head with very good retention and solid sheets of lace. Canned. ~2.5 carbs or so. Floral hop aroma of simcoe...a little pungent, resinous, piney, and fresh. Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied, not too astringent, finishing dry. The taste is pretty good. Fresh hop flavor as described above with a decent pale ale malt backbone. I can't distinctly say there is rye in here as far as flavor goes. Mild cat pee. Bitterness is medium firm, finishing dry with hop acidity. No perceptible flaws in nose, flavor. Clean yeast profile.

A solid IPA from a brewery I've never tried beer from before. Worth trying, especially for hop heads.

Mar 26, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, spicy rye, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, spicy rye, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, caramel, spicy rye, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness/rye spice that increases through the glass, along with lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rye IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. There is a significant amount of spicy rye character; but it is not overpowering, and compliments the resinous hop character really well. A very enjoyable offering.

Feb 28, 2016
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint can into a tulip.
Pours a muddled red/brown with a small head. Slight lacing as I drank.
Big hits of lemon, grass, floral and grapefruit on the nose. Lots of citrus characteristics, pine and grassiness, subtle spiciness from the rye. I found the mouthfeel needed some boost but overall it was drinkable.

Feb 22, 2016
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with a two finger fizzy white. The head recedes quickly leaving tones of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit peel, orange, and caramel malts.

T - The flavor is grapefruit peel, orange peel, and caramel malts upfront. Piney resinous hops and the rye dominate midpalate through the finish. Lingering bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry sticky finish.

O - A nice IPA. The flavors are balanced and sessionable. Worth checking out.

Feb 05, 2016
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TCgoalie from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A rye IPA brewed with all Simcoe and 25% rye.

Pours a hazy caramel red hue with a substantial off-white head. A good 3/4 inch head floats to the top using a mildly aggressive pour. The lacing is great...I like the way this beer looks.

I get a toffee laden grapefruit scent which is subdued. Some notes of pine and floral bouquet wants to come out but it is hidden. I think the aroma is the weak point of this beer.

Upfront, grapefruit and orange zest greet my palate. Immediately, a substantial rye and caramel malt backbone steps in to curb the citrus hit. Toward the backend, the citrus hop meld bitters the tongue with a piney citrus rind bitterness that lingers.

The non-aggressive carbonation helps coat my palate with an oily, buttery texture. The resulting feel is medium full with some drying in the end.

This is a solid drinker that satisfies the hop head without over stimulating the senses. I enjoy it and would buy again!

Dec 10, 2013
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 67 ratings