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Big Rock Juniper Berry Mild Summer LagerBig Rock Juniper Berry Mild Summer Lager

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 05-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 13
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can, part of the impending summer of 2014's Swinger Pack. Made with juniper berries, of course, and amongst other things, "citrusy pine and cascade hops" Wait, what?

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of frothy, bubbly, and loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward specks of remote islet lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of musty, kind of indistinct semi-sweet berry fruit (so, gin, then, yes), white pepper, somewhat biscuity pale grainy malt, and quite muted pine resin and warm citrus esters. The taste is more gin-like acerbic leafy pine and dried berry fruitiness, bready and crackery pale malt, a touch of dry caramel, and more peppery, than anything really citrusy in the hop department.

The carbonation is moderate, manifesting in an edgy frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, the peppery character continuing to do more to mess with things now than any hoppiness. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt doing well to linger, along with a waning tonic-friendly fruitiness, one quite bereft of the alcohol punch normally associated with it.

Another interesting enough boardroom idea, I imagine, that kind of falls flat in production. Again, nothing wrong with this offering, per se, but I believe that they have over-promised and under-delivered once more. Crisp lager? Not really. Slightly fruity, and peppery amber lager? Sure.

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Photo of jcubz
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of KentCstrait
2.79/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Corson
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of wordemupg
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into tulip 12/7/14

A clear golden liquid, with lots of bubbles but only a short lived finger of foam that leaves a few random patches of lace

S juniper and spruce, some gummy bears and faint blueberry with some sweet grains

T lots of pine and spruce, a little orange peel, spicy, and strange fruity notes, OK but nothing great

M medium bodied, soft carbonation, lots of spice and spruce on the finish

O much like most of the beer brewed at Big Rock this ones nothing special, I couldn't see myself wanting to drink another

its a strange brew and nothing to write home about, try again Big Rock

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Photo of speedonthis
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pint sampled on tap and out of season at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A medium gold color, slightly reddish I suppose, with minimal off-white bubbles along the edges of the glass. What is meant by the moniker "mild lager"? An English mild fermented with lager yeast? Something low key and refreshing? Who the hell knows. This tastes like neither except perhaps for an odd background fruitiness that recalls peaches. Aroma and palate are a strange admixture of sweet and harshly medicinal and woody ... Yes, the juniper shines forth but manifests more like gin than like fresh resins, astringent, harsh, and more than a little grating. The aforementioned fruitiness clashes rather than rescues. Thin bodied and fizzy with a layer of bready malts mixed in somewhere, with a harsh finish to boot, recalls some form of medicated muscle ointment. This one is a clear miss for me and comes across like someone chucked juniper berries into a fermenting random cocktail of crystal malts, pepper, and assorted woody materials from the compost heap. Avoid, even if it does taste better than Bud Light.

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Photo of maclean25
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Big Rock Juniper Berry Mild Summer Lager from Big Rock Brewery
3.31 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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