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Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada | website

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

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Reviews:
42
Ratings:
83
Avg:
2.91
pDev:
24.4%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 83
Photo of Jordan
1.53/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

...........oh my. Like my counterpart, there is no relationship with the IPA style! None! Why would someone knowingly put this on the market, and sell it as the genuine article? Even if one were to drink this for it's own 'unique' qualities, you wouldn't find any. Boring alchohal and synthetic caramel malt aromas, paper thin body, and an odd sour astringency from start to finish. R.I.P. Big Rock Brewers, you will soon be out of a business. This is perhaps the worst beer I have ever sampled.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.09/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 11.5 fluid ounce (341ml) brown glass bottle, with a twist-off crown cap. The neck label has the Brewery name ‘BigRock’, whilst the dark blue colored main label has a picture of a snowy mountain gorge and the letters 'IPA', a well as 'India Pale Ale', just in case you did not know what it stood for. Described as, “Traditionally Brewed in Canada”.

Appearance: Amber color with a white head that stays at ½” for a minute, or two, before it totally disappears. Minimal carbonation. This looks old, but there is no freshness date on the bottle, and it looks new, so I guess it is fresh – I will assume so.

Nose: Sweaty grass, with a moldy odor and damp biscuit malt. Nothing like a lambic mustiness which I would not mind – this is more of an “old” locker-room sweaty sock smell. Rather offensive.

Taste: Awful, not to my liking at all. An aged mustiness is all pervasive, and ruins the beer completely. Has a taste of damp grass, germinated malts, and a sweet biscuit aspect in the middle that is totally out of place for an IPA. Only the mustiness lingers, and I wish it would go away. Did I miss the Hops? Guess So.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light. What it does have, is short lived.

Drinkability: Not my favorite beer, a bit of a struggle, and one I would definitely pass on if I had the unfortunate experience of being offered one at a Canadian BBQ.

Overall: An experience soon forgotten. A poor beer both in quality and exponentiation of the IPA style, and that’s being Polite.
A “Small Pebble”, rather than a “Big Rock”.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I saw a few singles of this at the liquor store and although Im not a fan of Big Rock beers I thought it was worth a try.

It pours a deep gold color with a wispy head and some nice lace. The carbonation is very sparse, strangely so. The aroma is of diacetyl and cooked vegetables, horrible. The taste is a little better, it reminds me of a highly hopped macro lager. Theres a strong adjunct flavor that mingles with some hop bitterness. The finish is sweetish and theres an underlying gasoline flavor. The mouthfeel is thick and even mouthcoating, its the opposite of 'crisp' I guess.

Alleged 'IPAs' like this and the dreadful Alexander Keith's are doing a disservice to Canadian Brewing. They lack the hops, strength and even the malt character of real IPAs. All I can say is thank god for Scotch Irish and their mighty IPAs.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.18/5  rDev -25.1%
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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Photo of Popsinc
2.29/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour is of a nice amber colour accompanied by a minimal white head. Right off the bat the nose gets my attention. Why? Beacause this is absolutely NOT what i expected from an IPA. Dull malty notes and grainy sweetness. The taste does not get much better. Like a bad malt liquor this beer is grainy and matly sweet with little depth or mouthpleasing qualities. The mouthfeel is fizzy and the body is light with a watered-down finish. I was quite disappointed considering I quite enjoy the big Rock Traditional Ale & Warthog Ale.

Thumbs down.

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Photo of DrJay
2.33/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear golden amber colour. Large rocky white head settled rapidly to a thin lace. The majority of the aroma came from malt - grainy, caramel and some sweetness. There was also a small amount of earthy hop aroma.

Same earthy hops in the flavour, still on the low side. Balanced towards grainy sweetness with a mild, yet harsh, bitterness. Medium/light body and moderate carbonation. Short, medium dry finish. Not what I expect from an IPA.

341 mL brown bottle, no freshness date on label or bottle.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.46/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass.

A - Light to medium yellow/orange colour with a very small amount of white head.

S - The nose was very weak. I wouldn't have guessed this was an IPA had I not already known. Some grainy/bready malt notes and a mild bitterness.

T - A decent bitterness from the hops comes through along with some floral and light citrus notes. Not much contribution from the malts aside from a mild sweetness.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

O - This was a very weak atempt at an IPA. It wasn't terrible but I would only order this again if my other choices were all macros.

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Photo of iSip
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big Rock IPA: Living in the Colorado Rockies, I guess I am spoiled by New Belgium Ranger, Great Divided Titan and the Odell IPA. On the visit to the Canadian Rockies, where the scenery is stunning, I was expecting the same from the local IPA. The Big Rock Brewery (Calgary) IPA was a bit of a disappointment. The head is thin and fades quickly. Nice copper color, but no notable aroma. Mouthfeel is good, and flavor OK. Smooth malt up front and a bit of bitter to the back. Not a bad beer, but definitely not a statement IPA. Is it even a pale ale? Someone in Calgary needs to ramp up the hoppitude and create an IPA to match the grand peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

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Photo of
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - light amber with a smallish head that dies away fairly quickly.

Smell - If you swirl the beer vigorously and inhale deeply you can just pick up a whiff of piney hops and some caramel.

Taste - Echoes the aroma of almost nothing. I know there are hops in there, because I could smell them, but there is no bitternes or hop flavour in this beer. It is very clean, and almost lager-like. There is nothing unpleasant about it, there just isn't anything to make it particulaly memorable.

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Photo of BigBry
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

New packaging from Big Rock, now in a tall 473 ml can. Similar style as their other new labels. Yellow background with stylized I P A - 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.:
Light amber with a small white head that disappears fairly quickly.
Tried as hard as I could, but couldn't pick up hoppiness. I was expecting lots of pine, or citrus, but just the faintest grain smell.
Taste: about the same. I was expecting more, maybe not the juicy, fruity hop bitterness like some NW IPAs, but still, little or no bitterness or hop flavor in this beer.
Average body and mouth feel, moderate carbonation.
Disappointing, as much of an IPA as Alexander Keith's IPA.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
2.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

disappointing. My first beer back in Canada after 9 months away... I went into the local beer store, took a while to choose - very few micros here. I didn't feel like Unibroue, and KLB doesn't come in sixes. So there was Big Rock. They're pretty hit and miss - this is a miss

a reddish amber hue, with a thin head on top. This doesn't stick around. Some corn in the body, along with some slight roast malts. Hops are recalcitrant to say the least (especially in a new world IPA). No distinguishing flavour to this beer, unfortunately.

Goes down more easily than most Molson or Labatt products, at least (less corn in the Big Rock).

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.61/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big Rock had a pretty decent pale ale out a few years ago called Chinook that I rather liked. It suddenly disappeared and was replaced by this IPA, which is more of a pseudo-IPA. The colour is a nice deep gold, but the head is lacking, and retention is a no show. The nose is hoppy, as is the flavour, and it lingers in the aftertaste as well. Normally I stand behind the Big Rock Brewery, they do some mighty fine work, but this particular offering is disappointing.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.67/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a darker golden...almost amber with a very thin head and slight glass ring.....medium to full body with a very light carbonation.....The taste is of the hops with a lingering bitterness..
Not a beer that I would recomend....and I have 5 more of them.....

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with a small foamy head with medium retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light dry hoppy notes with a light sweet malt backbone. Taste consists of dry hoppy notes with lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average as well as carbonation. Definitely short on the hops side of things.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle- Dark gold pour with good froth atop and nice lace. Strange aroma is funk, with some malt/hop aromas, grains, and slight leaf. Bitter hoppy flavours with mild malt to back it up. Bready bitter finish with just a touch of sweetness. Nothing fantastic, but better than most of the BMC fare available in this area.

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Photo of tavernjef
2.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

IPA? I don't think so. Color is fine, a lighter amberish glowing hue with a firm one finger high head of white foam, leaves some drippy lace. Smell is musty grass, slightly sweet with a bit of a hop and malt note, but overall musty sourness, not to pleasant, sorry to say. Taste is a little bit sweet of malt and grains, musty as well, but weak and thinned out. Hardly even a pale and non compliant to being an IPA. Where's the hops already? Feel is light, thin, pale, and watery, drinkable, nah, passable, yah. Sorry Big Rock, you're not so big here.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.81/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber with an OK head.

S - Nose is caramel and molasses. Kind of an off-ish aroma.

T - OK, there's some hops here and some oomph in the malt. husky grain, caramel and roasted bitterness. Sorely lacking in hoppy aromatics though.

M - OK body. A little heft is nice.

D - Wouldn't turn down a free one, but there are better choices out there.

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Photo of Intrinsic
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

You can't say Big Rock didn't try, but this just doesn't work for me. The head disappeared almost immediately after pouring. Its a very flat amber colour. There's a lot of earthy tones in the smell; I can't put my finger on what it is. Slightly malty, not very bitter, has some nice spice qualities to it. The mouthfeel is very nice - the right amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Although its not horrible, I can't possibly call this average because most IPAs are better than this (except for Alexander Keith's, the worst IPA ever).

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Photo of fisherman34
2.86/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A light copper IPA. It was much lighter in both appearance and flavor than I was expecting. Smelled like what you would expect from an "almost macro, not quite micro anymore" kind of brewery: some nice but very weak floral and malt aromas. A bit on the watery side going down, with less malt caramel malt flavor than other IPA's I've had. Easy drinking, but not anything special. Closer to a real IPA than Keiths, but not by much.

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Photo of Mlkluther
2.88/5  rDev -1%
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 wordemupg
2.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 16/1/12

A clear copper with a thumbs width of foam that leaves a single ring of lace

S a little herbal hops and citrus, quite malty with a bit of a purple candy smell

T tastes a bit like a brewery smells, some leafy tea bag and not whole lot of what I expect in an IPA

M light with lots of bubbles, grainy finish

O needs some hops there Big Rock, pretty average IPA at the end of the day

pretty basic stuff from a pretty basic brewery, I was told that this new IPA from Big Rock was pretty good and not the same style as an Keiths IPA, I disagree its pretty average

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Photo of rajendra82
2.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sent as a part of BIF 13 (from hell) package by drewbage, this had the potential of being a decent brew, as I generally like the style.

The beer poured with classic IPA look, orange amber body, and a creamy off-white head leaving lots of lace. The aroma was very subdued, with earthy English hops, and light notes of alcohol. The taste was very bland, with a caramel sweetness, hop bitterness, and citrus twang in very light proportions. The mouthfeel was crisp and dry.

This appears to be representative of the school of thought, that IPAs were traditionally brewed extra strong for the ocean voyage and diluted after getting to India. This pretty much tastes like an American Double IPA mixed with equal parts water. I prefer for them to hold the water and pass the beer to me straight from the ship.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very pale beer very yellow, there pale ale and there are PALE ale, very pale I thought my beer was now albinos or looked liked Mr. Jackson.
Not much head, nothing much and not much carbonisations, a very dull beer to look at.

Smells of caramel and a wee shy bit of malt, nothing much to brag about.

taste was in the following, caramel, maltish then hops and very boring.

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Photo of Bunman3
2.94/5  rDev +1%
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 Tommo
2.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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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