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Big Rock India Pale Ale | Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock India Pale AleBig Rock India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
If hoppy makes you happy, this Pacific Northwest-style IPA is your beer. We brew it with two kinds of delicious Yakima Valley Cascade hops, in such a way as to deliver the maximum heavenly hoppiness to your tastebuds, with the minimum bitterness.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,923
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
84
pDev:
16.95%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of ScottWestmaas
4/5  rDev +35.6%

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4/5  rDev +35.6%

Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of Sathanas
3.73/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Usually not a fan of Big Rocks stuff, as they all have that certain taste. This though is nice. A good, session-able, dirty English IPA.

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Photo of Derek
3.61/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At 5.5%, definitely a session IPA... leaning towards an ESB. I like the Fuggles, but the hopping isn't what you'd expect.

Clear copper with an off-white head, good retention & lace. It really is a great looking brew.

Aroma of earthy mineral, figs, grainy biscuit, a bit of rind. This is echoed in the flavour, with a modest bitterness (40 IBU?).

Moderate body has a hint of residual sweetness with a dry finish.

Overall a nice brew, but a fairly modest IPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.59/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear amber colored body.
The aroma is pine, mango and pineapple... a bit faint overall though.
The taste starts with a mild pine bitterness moving towards a dull dry grapefruit bitter middle and ending.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
It's a solid, good IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came out of a nice box sent to me by CANTrader, BigBry, who knows that CANned CANadian beer is a real treat for The CANQuest (TM), if you CAN dig it!

From the CAN: "India Pale Ale [-] A classic ale with a golden amber colour, dry-hopped to lend a distinctive character. Spicy. warm, slightly smoky. Settles the dust on a warm prairie evening."; "Simple ingredients. Extraordinary taste. Truly C[AN]adian."; "Big Rock Brewery Brewing Real Beer Since 1985".

The Crack revealed a brimful CAN and the inverted Glug unleashed two dense, foamy fingers of tawny head with good retention on a breezy, humid 4th of July. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had an upfront caramel-malt sweetness underlain by a minty, grassy scent. Mouthfeel was on the thin side and the taste, while not overly hoppy, still had a slight pepperiness to go with the biscuity maltiness on the tongue. I kind of got what they were talking about with "slightly smoky" on the finish, but I am not sure that I would have perceived it strongly enough to remark on it had they not imparted it on the label. It was a decent EIPA, which has different parameters from its AIPA cousin. I was disappointed the first time I had an EIPA, but that was so long ago that I have learned what to expect from the style. It was decent, but one would probably satiate me.

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3.56/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

341ml single, a weird surprise upon my return to the embrace of Calgary liquor stores. Apparently, this is different than the new small-batch Alpha Dog IPA available around town on draft.

This beer pours a clear pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, soapy bone-white head, which settles in a fairly lazy manner, leaving a decent wall of Chantilly lace around the glass.

It smells of biscuity, mildly caramelized malt, lightly citrusy floral hops, and a hint of earthy spice, which is so far just as expected (of the brewer, if not quite the style). The taste is a nice even lightly bready, fairly biscuity malt, a touch of leafy tea, and some very mild musty citrus hops.

The carbonation is quite moderate, if a tad peppy here and there, the body generally light in weight. It finishes with an ethereally bland earthy hoppiness that is hard to pin down, nor to assign blame.

I never had a chance to try the Big Rock IPA in its previous incarnation, so the release of these two new IPAs in such a short time frame is confusing, but I'll do my best. This is a somewhat decent, adequately hopped English rendition of the style, and quite easy to put back. I'd likely order this in a pub - just not over another properly put-out American version. Which just happened to be the case at a recent apres-soccer event - good for BR.

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Photo of ZachT
3.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Druid
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of ptarmigan98
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of Idrankthat
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of joefinnigan15
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is nice to see the Magpie and the IPA back in stores again but I agree with other reviewers that the craft market has evolved and Big Rock needs to step their game up if they want some respect in that consumer group. This is a weird beer because as an IPA it fails completely but as an amber ale it actually is not bad. The problem is lack of hops even for an English style IPA this is malt forward. It is very drinkable , nicely balanced and quite a full mouthfeel for a Big Rock beer but it tastes like an amber ale. No IPA but a decent beer from a brewery in need of a winner.

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Photo of Fader
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of markaberrant
3.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - clear, croppy, frothy white head persists

S - holy crap, I can actually smell some hops in a Big Rock beer. Light citrus hops, but quickly overtaken by wet cardboard, sweet malt

T - clean crisp malt, soft malt sweetness, a hint, I mean just a hint of citrus hops, very light bitterness, some of that Big Rock metallic finish, though not as bad as most

M - ok I guess

O - ridiculously easy to drink, the flavours that are there are good, but they are so mild and disappear so quickly, that you have no choice but to take another gulp

Somewhat reminiscent of Pils Urquell in a weird sort of way (mild hoppiness, malty, yet very crisp, and a quickly disipating aftertaste). While it is a poor excuse for an IPA, I would drink this again.

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Photo of Jaisell
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MilkLeg
3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stuff was once my life's blood from the 24 pack mixers from Costco, a welcomed change from the other offerings. For a while it was the only IPA I drank on the reg, so it holds that sentimental value. Now I drink it and I'm like, "this is an IPA?", but it worked well as a transition to what would become my favorite style of brew.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big Rock IPA from a yellow can, retrieved from a mixed pack. This beer seems to be making something of a resurgence, I am noticing it more on shelves despite Big Rock recently doing a much better take on the style in the form of Monkey's Fist (see that review). Pours a dark amber hue with a considerable quantity of whitish head. Smells like nondescript unassuming citrus rind, sweet marmalade, somewhat medicinal. Has that generic sweet "iced tea" type aroma you get in some IPAs although the volume knob is turned down. Tastes like crackery malt (think stale white toast), not much in the way of crystal malt character, perhaps a little gummy candy, a light citrusy, green and also earthy hoppiness pervades the picture but is again muted, a vague hint of pine, bitter spent tea-bag ... Rather empty and uninspiring frankly. Yielded a spicy character as I finished the glass, sort of a lemony ginger effect, but this was not enough to salvage the tasting session. Big Rock has come a long way. Hopefully they can keep it up. This brew should remain in the rear view mirror.

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Photo of yancot
3.29/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biegaman
3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one looks like an old fashioned IPA - deep tone and caramel colour, blurred clarity and thin head, Big Rock IPA may hail from the 'New World' but it has the features of a quintessentially British India Pale. If appearances suggest anything, this one will be more malty than hoppy.

Big Rock claims this is a "Pacific Northwest-style IPA" that is dry-hopped with Cascades, but I don't get that at all. This aroma doesn't smell any more like flowers or grass or citrus than it does cardboard or biscuits or stale bread. The only hoppiness noted is of the earthy, slightly stinky, fall day-in-the-woods kind. It's very English - not even remotely American.

The hops failed to impress me and, unfortunately, the malts aren't any more likely to win me over. They have a very stale flavour (like cereal grain that was lost in the back of the cupboard) and impart notes of cheap caramel (the kind made with corn syrup) as well as honey and syrup, both the kinds that come in plastic bottles (which, I'll point out, are also diluted with corn syrup).

This IPA really doesn't give hops the attention they deserve. The mouthfeel finishes more sweet than bitter and nowhere along the way has any particularly citric, resiny, or herbal elements of note. It could hardly qualify for the "pale ale" realm - even novice hop-heads will want more.

Hoppy does make me happy but this, despite its slogan, is a sad attempt at an IPA. There's nothing honest about this beer - it's not hoppy, and it doesn't register as much of an IPA nor a true craft beer. I didn't expect much of Big Rock but this paid more mind to commercial appeal than even I anticipated. Too bad, because that's really not what this style is about.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.27/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - clear golden bronze, short white head dissipated fairly quickly to a thin covering, no real lacing
S - herbal and lightly floral, biscuity and grainy, slightly spicy odour
T - mild citrus and tangy hop flavour, bready and biscuity malt, faint earthy finish
M - fairly thin and watery, decent carbonation, not much of a dry or bitter to speak of
O - decent enough in flavour and good to see Big Rock branching out with some more offerings, but generally an average IPA for a risk averse audience

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Photo of Danielr26
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

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Big Rock India Pale Ale from Big Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 2.95 out of 5 with 84 ratings
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