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Big Rock Purple Gas | Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock Purple GasBig Rock Purple Gas

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by schnarr84 on 04-13-2013

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new set of cans from Big Rock, right now only available in their 'Swinger Series'.
355 ml can, named for the dyed tax-free farm vehicle gasoline, and a picture of a purple pick-up truck on the label. A salute to the Alberta farmers.
From the label: "Golden Alberta Wheat, vibrant Saskatoon berries and delectable Agave combine to fuel big thirsts as Purple Gas Ale. This prairie delight achieves its smooth taste by balancing the tartness of the berries with the sweetness of the agave while pumping its tank full of Alberta wheat, providing an alcohol content of 5.2%. Ingredients: Saskatoon Berries, Pale Malt, Hops, Agave Nectar."

Clear, golden colored liquid, but if you stare long enough there is a hint of purple highlight. This layer of white bubbles, minimal head retention or lace.
Fruity sweet smell from the Saskatoon berries, some grainy malt, along with some wet hay-like aromas. The taste is fruity up front, sweet saskatoon berries. Grainy wheat malt, very slight hop notes. Lots of carbonation streams rise from the bottom of the glass, keep it bubbly and light. Ligt to medium body, smooth, sugary sweet finish.
A typical fruit beer, not sure that I could pick out agave as an ingredient. Refreshing, easy to drink summer beer.

Ligh body, medium carbonation tingle,

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BCborn
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LDuke
3.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml can, part of Big Rock's Swingers 2013 summer mixed pack. Growing up in semi-rural Alberta, the concept of purple gasoline was familiar enough to me, I'm just surprised that Wild Rose didn't beat them to the punch on this.

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden straw hue, with one finger of thinly foamy, fizzy, faintly purple-tinted white head, which dissipates rather quickly, leaving little in the way of lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet berry juice (a little purple grape and apple), pale grainy malt, a twinge of yeast, a bit of clover honey, and very tame, almost ethereal hay-like hops - quite the rural Alberta aroma. The taste is fruity, kind of edgy saskatoon berries (which do indeed come off quite similar to blueberries or huckleberries), weak wheaty grain, earthy, rather dry honey notes, and a musty, kind of dusty hoppiness. More countryside Alberta essence, to be sure.

The carbonation is a bit frothy at times, but is generally a non-issue, the body medium-light in weight, and generically smooth. It finishes well on the off-dry side, the sugary berries and weird earthy sweetness really pushing all else out.

Everything's here - the fruit, the agave (in various somewhat underwhelming guises), and the plain wheat ale, one that likely has much owing to Grasshopper. A pleasant, smile-inducing ode to a bit of our cultural heritage, while not that complex, goes down well enough, and will do well during our way too short summer patio season.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Druid
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a clear golden color ale with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma of light sweet berries notes with light sweet malt notes. Taste is also dominated by sweet berries taste with subtle agave notes and sweet malt finish. Body is light with good carbonation. Simple beer with mostly syrup taste fruit added and limited amount of complexity makes for an OK light refreshing beer.

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Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
3.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of headlessparrot
3.37/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reformulated (slightly) for 2016, the newest release of Purple Gas eschews the agave for local honey--a move no doubt designed to appease the hoards of locavores drinking beer these days. Not having had the old agave version, I can't comment on the difference, but here's what I can say:

This is a fine beer, built--no doubt--on a base of Grasshopper (or something very closely related to Grasshopper--and so your tolerance for Purple Gas will probably line up with your tolerance for that and for the addition of sweets. Because this is a sweet beer. The berry component feels genuine, but I find the honey comes down too heavily in the finish, leading to a syrupy feeling on the tongue and throat that takes away from what is otherwise a decent little beer. Grainy, fruity flavours, wheat, faint clove, fresh berries. Initial tartness that's actually quite nice . . . and then that syrupy finish. So close!

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2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of derdtheterd
3.27/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Idrankthat
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of Tom_Servo
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.04/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Slongie
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of joefinnigan15
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erik-P
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of wordemupg
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

355ml can poured into pint glass 13/4/13

A pale golden copper with plenty of tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S I can't remember the last time I had a Saskatoon berry but it smells like blueberry and rhubarb to me, some cream and honey with some wheat, reminds me of a fruity Grasshopper

T what I smell with a little hay and some generic macro notes, I preferred the nose as it has more fruity notes and less macro

M feels about right being fairly thin and well carbonated, just a little fruit loops on the finish

O pretty basic stuff but easy enough to drink, a Summer swiller that the wife would like

not a bad fruity wheat beer but nothing to write home about, I wouldn't buy the mixed 15 pack for three more of these

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Photo of Ianleesrivette
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of calgary_doug
1.69/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

I think Big Rock made this beer by mixing Grasshopper with that "blueberry" pancake syrup you find at many chain breakfast places. If you have a serious sweet tooth when it comes to beer, I guess you might like it, but I thought it was awful. I am loath to not finish a beer, but this one went straight down the drain. The appearance of this beer is it's only strong point. It is quite a lovely golden colour with a slightly better head than grasshopper. It is all down hill from there, unfortunately. The saskatoon berry flavour is overwhelmingly sweet, and the honey even more so. It leaves a cloying sweet aftertaste on your tongue reminiscent of Mountain Dew. This beer does not even have the refreshing qualities of many fruit beers due to the lack of acidity and the heavy feel. Give this a pass unless you are a humming bird. This is the worst Big Rock product I have tried to date, including Alberta Genuine Draft.

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2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of Mikeharris27
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of speedonthis
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%

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Big Rock Purple Gas from Big Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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