Cashmere Crooner
Big Rock Brewery

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Lager - American
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3.28 | pDev: 9.45%
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from Superstore; best before Jan 3 2019 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear medium golden hue, with one finger of soapy white foam resting atop - only briefly, though, as the head wilts within two minutes' time. A modest-sized collar of froth lingers on, circling a thin, filmy cap... looks ok, nothing special. It smells of doughy, bready malts and honey sweetness, with hints of herbal hops and melon rind. Not particularly fragrant or interesting, and a bit too sweet for this style IMO.

Fortunately, it tastes ok - the Cashmere hops come through much more effectively in the flavour profile vs. the aroma, though their fruity aspects do seem a bit out of place here. I'm getting doughy, bready malts and light honey sweetness on the forefront, leading into notes of citrus peel, lime juice and melon rind towards the tail end of the sip. It concludes with a flash of herbal, grassy hop notes and some pale malt graininess, with hints of citrus oil lasting into the aftertaste. Light bodied, with low-ish carbonation levels that weakly tickle the surface of the palate - it feels smooth and a little slick on the palate. Could use a bit more carbonation for a crisper texture, but it's easy to drink as is.

Final Grade: 3.47, a B-. Big Rock's Cashmere Crooner is a respectable lager that grew on me over the course of my glass. That being said, it's still a relatively forgettable offering. I'd say their Pilsner (despite being a mediocre pils) is a better example of a 'traditional' lager... but in terms of overall quality, this one is at a similar level, with the main deciding factor being whether you prefer Euro lagers or lagers infused with American hops. I won't be returning to this anytime soon, but I wouldn't discourage other lager-loving BAs from giving it a try.

Dec 07, 2018
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

2.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No. Not so good. Pours/looks like ginger ale. Crystal clear gold, bubbly head that is instantly gone. Doughy nose with a hint of hops. Watery, Skunky hops. About what you'd expect from these guys. Give it a pass.

Apr 22, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1L howler from Wine & Beyond Southgate YEG, they of the 'exclusive growler station offerings'. Yeah, fuck them (the owners, not the affable people who work there, for the record). And wait - 'Cashmere' is a hop varietal now? Oi vey.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow colour, with two skinny-ass fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves some random splotchy lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, muted bland and muddled fruity notes, yeast that should have other more pressing business, and some rather underwhelming earthy, weedy, and floral noble hops. The taste is grainy and bready pale malt, a gently phenolic yeastiness, some hard to discern mixed fruit bowl esters (aged lemon peel the most prominent), and more well understated leafy, earthy, and herbal 'verdant' hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite meek in its barely-there frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, I suppose, as nothing is present here that might present the usual problems, as such. It finishes off-dry, with a basic bitch breakfast cereal graininess.

Overall - yeah, it's nice that Ontari-ari-o has now come to face the banal offerings of Alberta's Big Rock Brewing concern, right in their own backyard. And by the cruel law of reciprocity, we back here in their homeland get equally fooled into thinking that this is actually a craft brew. It is not, full stop.

Oct 08, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

2.99/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; light lacing;

S: grainy; a little grass;

T: follows the nose with a hint of citrus in the background; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: needed significantly more hops aroma and flavor to be a hoppy lager;

Sep 22, 2017
Cashmere Crooner from Big Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 8 ratings