Big Rock Traditional Ale | Big Rock Brewery

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197 Ratings
Big Rock Traditional AleBig Rock Traditional Ale

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This medium bodied Brown Ale fills your mouth with a fusion of toasty malt and sweet caramel up front finishing with a nutty flavour, medium creamy carbonation and mild hop bitterness.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002

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Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, Trad. It's entirely possible that I've consumed more Traditional Ale than any other beer brewed in Alberta. The more I think about it, I'm positive that is the case. I'm reviewing this based on my most recent tasting (during the intermission of the Best of Banff Film Festival), along with distinct palate memory. Trad is far from the best brown ale you can buy. It pours nicely, smells like yeast and malt, and has a lovely Caramilk and walnut flavour to it. It's the granddaddy of Alberta craft beer and still a solid choice, 30 years later.

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Photo of Morgluin
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Has a translucent dark brown colour. There is one finger of head that fades rather quickly, with almost no lacing.

Smell: Earthy aromas of fruits, nuts and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Upfront, there are well-pronounced flavours of fruits, nuts, caramel, faint hops and a sweet maltiness that all tie together nicely. The finish is pleasant, yet unremarkable, with a lingering aftertaste.

Feel: Light to medium body that possesses a murky smoothness, which is complemented nicely by the low amount of carbonation.

Overall: A very solid if unremarkable English brown ale. I would recommend it.

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3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.72/5  rDev -20%

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3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

One of the first non yellow fizzy beers I had. This beer will always be a fav. It has a nice malt flavour and is always available in a pinch.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.44/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +23.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

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Big Rock Traditional Ale from Big Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 197 ratings