Big Rock India Pale Ale | Big Rock Brewery

Big Rock India Pale AleBig Rock India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.6%
Liked This Beer
2.95 w/ 84 Ratings
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:
#42,978
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
84
Liked:
3
Avg:
2.95/5
pDev:
16.95%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of derdtheterd
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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 Mlkluther
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

a barely adequate IPA. In fact, no...it's not adequate. It's barely better than a macro. It's not worth the calories. There ar a million better IPAs out there.

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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 Tommo
2.97/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hilariously mediocre, highly forgettable. A malt based beverage that was probably in the same room as some hops. This was on tap so there is no excuse for this IPA to not have more hop flavor. To call this west coast is an abomination

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Photo of brp94
3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of mintjellie
2.18/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pale copper. Beige head doesn't retain or lace well. Malty biscuit aroma with supporting grapefruit and floral notes. Doesn't seem hoppy enough for an American IPA, as the blurb on the can claims it. The flavour confirms it too. Malt forward and a little sweet. Gentle white grapefruit juice and citrus pith, and an overly shy bitterness for the style.

Medium-light body. Low carbonation. Feels a little too light. Not Bud Light watery, but just a little bit too insubstantial. Not a terrible beer. Just a mediocre one.

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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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3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bunman3
2.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first impression from this beer is, well, there might be some potential here. Big Rock's IPA pours with a small amount of head, but a nice colour. The nose is where things start to go south - metallic is all I can get, despite multiple attempts to sniff out something else. The taste is a leafy, Wonder Bread toast, with much more malt than hops. It is very difficult to detect the hops until well into the after taste. Overall, this is a thin and less than satisfying IPA - I would choose it over a macro lager, but that's about it.

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Photo of peensteen
2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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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3/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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1/5  rDev -66.1%

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3/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev +1.7%

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Big Rock India Pale Ale from Big Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 3.6% out of 100 with 84 ratings
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