Big Rock Alpha Dog IPA (Kasper Shultz Line) | Big Rock Brewery

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Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by biboergosum on 05-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 7
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Photo of MAB
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Hop In Brew last night, on tap.
I didn't know it was from Big Rock until well after I had ordered and tasted it, which probably helped to give it a fair shake.
While it isn't anything special to look at, it did have a nice hoppy nose. It was nicely bitter and with a hint of sweetness at the end. Overall, there was nothing wrong with it and I'd probably have another if you offered it to me.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A new release from Big Rock, brewed on their Kasper Shultz line of small-batch brewing equipment. On tap at Bottlescrew Bill's in Cowtown.

This beer appears a hazy medium orange amber hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a low ring of droopy lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of vanilla cream malt, mild caramel, earthy citrus hops, and a bit of medicinal booze. The taste is bready sourdough malt, more citrus cream, and leafy, musty hops. The carbonation is on the noticeable side, and prickly, the body somewhat (read: not all that) creamy. It finishes with more of the same - creamy, grainy malt, and musty hops.

For the purported 50 IBUs worth of hops, they sure seem squandered, or maybe just criminally mis-used. IPAs, be they Yankee or Limey, need more cowbell, I mean bitterness. Until then, this is just a wannabe pale ale, for which it actually tastes pretty good.

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Photo of Sammy
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Understated English style IPA. Some bitterness from Fuggles and Golding. Orange colour with lots of lace. A touch of sour. Chewy above average mouthfeel. Like a pale ale. Grew on me. Cleaning fluid aroma apparently is in the beer not the glass.
On tap at Bottlescrew Bill's.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Hop n' Brew in Calgary a while back (from notes)
A - slightly hazy golden orange, tons of bubbles keep the head retention going strong, full lacing with each sip
S - citrus and herbal notes, caramel and toasted grain
T - herbal, woody/earthy, and peppery hop notes, toasty or biscuity light maltiness, and a little sweet
S - strong tingly carbonation, medium body with a bit of a mustiness
O - its a fine offering and always glad to see big rock doing something a little different, and thankfully i work right by 2 pubs that always have their small runs on tap

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Photo of BigBry
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new release from Big Rock (I believe draft only), One of the rotating taps at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary.
This beer arrived with a bit of chill haze, golden orange color, with a short white head. Soap-like bubbles left a thin lace line, but quickly settle and fades away. It had a nice smell of earthy, citrus hops, typical for an English pale ale. The taste has a good blend of bready malt, and the hops. Nice combination of citrus and earthy hopiness. There is a bit more carbonation than expected, a bit gassy and not smooth and creamy. The body and mouthfeel are medium, but not as smooth or drinkable as some sessionable ales.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into tulip 24/5/12

A clear copper with a few bubbles but just a pinky finger of foam that's gone in a flash and leaves no lace

S caramel with a little citrus and dry cereal, pretty basic but decent

T almost tastes like a brewery smells, lots of soggy cereal with the same cereal and citrus I smell, pretty boring really and nothing special

M a little thin but has enough carbonation to fluff it up bit, faint aftertaste

O pretty average stuff, nothing offensive but nothing worth looking for

When I heard Big Rock beefed up their IPA I had some hope....but I should've known better. even branded as English Style its still pretty boring

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Big Rock Alpha Dog IPA (Kasper Shultz Line) from Big Rock Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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