Big Rock Warthog Ale | Big Rock Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada
bigrockbeer.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malty with a hint of toffee balanced with very evident hop and followed by a clean finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
113
Reviews:
60
Avg:
3.11
pDev:
16.08%
 
 
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%

Photo of TJMcScmeebs
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of bumchilly25
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Converge
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a maple-copper color with a small, soapy beige head with pretty good retention, but no lacing.

S - Aroma is mainly light malt with some sweetness. A touch of caramel malt and leafy hops just peak through. Strangely metallic.

T - Follows the nose closely, maybe a bit more toffee/caramel presence, but very little. A touch of hops lingers in the finish along with the aforementioned metallic feel.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation, although it's a touch fizzy. It definitely has a bit more body to it than I had expected, but nothing substantial.

D - Although this is a step above the average macro-lager, it's a far cry from a real craft brown ale. Just another Big Rock product that caters to the pseudo-craft beer audience and entry-level beer drinkers; and as much as that makes me sound like a snobby elitist, it's true.

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Photo of ScottWestmaas
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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Photo of hockeybarbie
2/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of xipho
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of graybayou
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%

Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light brown pour, tan head to it, small. Aroma wasn't really cream or anything, just some beeryness notes, malt, minimal hops that couldn't be distinguished.

Easy drinking brew, minimal malt heft to it, smoothness gives it a cream pedigree I guess. Pretty much a malt bomb, even though it isn't all that thick, and is relatively light bodied, there's just not much hopping (or anything else) to it. Maybe malt forward, not bomb. Toffee.

Didn't really pick up much sweetness or caramel, carbonation was what it should have been. Price was higher than it should have been ($7.49/6).

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Photo of evlu1441
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my third Big Rock review. I have had this beer before, but I was too drunk to really remember what it was like (though I don't remember it being too unusual).

It pours a medium copper/amber colour. Held up to light it is quite clear, but seems a bit darker just sitting on the table. There is a little creamy head that settles down to a nice thin layer over the beer.

The aroma is quite sweet and smooth. It reminds me of an English "draught" ale-in-a-can-type beer. There is some light maltiness, and thankfully no adjuncty aroma. The sweetness is most prominent.

It is quite carbonated off the bat. The malt flavours slowly develop in the front of the mouth and mingle with the sweetness. The matliness becomes more prominent and rolls across the tongue leaving a slight hoppy bitterness.This is a very smooth beer.

Overall, I quite liked this! It would definitely be a great beer to have at a pub on tap or something like that.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've seen Warthog everywhere but have never bothered to try it until now, usually just sticking with Big Rock Trad because I already know that's good. This came in a variety pack, so I finally have a chance (excuse?) to try it.

Pours a copper orange colour with a thin beige head that doesn't last very long. No lacing on the sides at all, and the remaining film on the surface isn't very creamy. The smell is hard to make out but it is definitely malty. So far I am not particularly impressed.

My first sip indicates some sweetness, heavy carbonation, followed by a little bit of caramel/toffee malts. Dry finish from the hops. Not fantastic, but suitable for a cream ale I suppose. Mouthfeel is watery and thin with a lot of bite from the CO2. I definitely wouldn't describe it as creamy. Very drinkable, but not very memorable.

The only thing that saves this beer from getting a very low (D-level) score is its taste, which is enjoyable, if not completely unmemorable. Of course, most people don't buy beer to sniff it or look at it, so the decent taste is enough to give it a decent score - and that's really the only adjective I can use to describe this beer: decent. It is forgettable and elicits a big fat 'meh' from me.

If you have never tried Warthog and are standing in a liquor store debating whether or not to get it... you probably shouldn't bother. I have been in this exact situation many times over the last 5 or 6 years, and it's nice to feel vindicated in my oft-repeated decision without having to actually purchase a 6-pack of it. If you do get it, you won't be disgusted of course, but you'll be left wondering if there wasn't something better you could have gotten. There almost certainly was.

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Photo of spree92
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper ale that had a small head. Constant amount of carbonation rises to the top. Light malt/caramel and surprisingly, alcohol. 4.5% really shocked me. Not much happening on the taste front. A typical amber ale. I know they class it as cream, but reminds me of an amber. A good session beer and that is about it.

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Photo of marty21
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep orange/copper with one finger worth of white head. Settles to a thin cap but doesn't leave any lacing.

S: Grainy and malty aroma with faint hints of hops in the background.

T: Sweet grainy taste. The taste is a bit thin.

M: Medium carbonation with a light body.

D: I felt this beer was a bit thin on the mouthfeel and taste. It's a bit different then other Big Rock beers but it's not necessarily better then most.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber appearance with minimal head. Smell is caramel and nutty but hard to pick up.

Taste is sweet and buttery, picked up some malt and caramel/toffee as well but overall it light. Light bodies with high carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and dry.

Overall, this is light beer that try's to be dark. Has a few good features but just ends up being watery. Not the best from big rock, but not bad if your looking for something below 5%.

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Photo of decimator
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into a mug.

A - Poured a clear gold-amber with a 2cm cream head. Head reduce to a very thin bubbly cap. Not much lacing is produced.

S - Caramel, butter and a some hops in the background.

T - Light caramel taste with and a very mild bitter finish.

M - A little creamy upfront and then it's pretty bland.

D - It's drinkable but I prefer Big Rock's Traditional Ale over this.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice copper brown with a solid thumb of bubbly head. Head dissipates relatively quickly leaving a little lacing.

S - Scent is rather metallic with a bit of a toffee scent present. A nice balance of hops and malt, with a slight nutty scent.

T - The metallic scent comes through strong on the first taste, but finishes with a sweet toffee malt taste. Pretty mild overall, and the metallic flavour is a little too strong for my liking.

M - Pretty smooth, not too thick. Doesn't overwhelm the palette at all, making for a nice crisp feeling.

D - Not too bad. Is a good beer if you're looking for something with a bit of flavour, but is pretty light and refreshing. The metallic flavour kind of turns me off, but that seems to be consistent with many of the cream ales I've tried, so I guess it comes with the territory!

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Photo of mintjellie
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant copper with a fingers worth of poorly retained off-white head. No lace. Grainy aroma shows subtle notes of caramel and apple. Grainy flavour hints at toasted bread. Theres some apple and little bit of butter. Some lingering sweetness. Light bodied with medium carbonation. It feels watery and sharp. Inoffensive and thirst quenching.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I CAN thank my lucky stars for good notes.

Yet another two fingers' of French Vanilla-colored head with excellent retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly sweet, but otherwise unremarkable. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a solid caramel sweetness on the tongue. Finish had that same caramel sweetness. Not bad, but I prefer hops.

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Big Rock Warthog Ale from Big Rock Brewery
3.11 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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