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Big Rock Monkey's Fist Royal IPABig Rock Monkey's Fist Royal IPA
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Big Rock Monkey's Fist Royal IPABig Rock Monkey's Fist Royal IPA

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wordemupg on 09-19-2013

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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle. This is one English-heavy IPA, even before I crack it open - between the cargo ship imagery, and regal hop marketing blurb, I'm apt to forget the curse of the monkey paw from that classic Simpsons' Hallowe'en episode.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of laid-back, low-key foamy off-white head, which leaves some rather attractive spooky woodland lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of caramel and biscuity toffee malt, mild lemon cleanser and orange liqueur notes, and spicy, peppery leafy, earthy, and grassy hops. The taste is grainy, mildly gritty caramel and pale malt, a more than muddled citrus essence, and prominent earthy, grassy, and sassy, spicy leafy hops - the noble variety on a bender, as it were.

The carbonation is decently supportive, though a wee bit fizzy at times, the body an adequate medium weight, and halting in its tight smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the malt still presiding, the hops gaining a certain metallic character.

Another apparently fanciful Big Rock offering, where the marketing presages the actual delivery, though not by as much as usual, this time, as the preponderance of Anglo IPA apologist character does well to actually render a version of an enjoyable, drinkable, and warming far, far right coast IPA. All with a Yankee-aping ABV (integrated well, by the by). Overall, though, the Big Rock acquiescence nature is still strong enough here to warrant a hefty warning to those craft-inclined newcomers (how was the underside of that rock?) who might be swayed by all that presentation hubris.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into tulip 18/9/13

A clear amber liquid with slow tiny bubbles throughout, finger of cream colored foam sits for a few sips leaving some random dots for lace

S grape, dry cereal, caramel, spicy and citric hops, earthy notes, faint herbal tea, and a little biscuit

T a little rind and very faint spruce, spicy notes are still strong and slightly less cereal, just a hint of booze

M leaning towards full bodied, not quite creamy from the bubbles but on the right track, lots of dried orange peel on the finish

O not a bad EIPA and considering I don't expect much from Big Rock I'm almost impressed, hits all the spots I suppose

I'd rather drink a West Coast IPA no doubts but this is a respectable brew for the style from a brewery I don't often give the time of day. I'm not saying you should go out and stock up but worth a try if your paths cross

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BigBry
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle, one of the new Big Rock offerings, trying to get back to their 'craft' roots.
Vintage looking label with a cargo ship fighting the high seas (probably carrying some IPA on board). Label as pictured.
"Four classic varieties of English hops, each chosen for its unique personality and intricate flavour, lend a harmonious chime to a subtly earthy brew, with a spicy set-up, an astounding citrusy punchline, and the vivacious afterglow that only a true Royal IPA can deliver.
This beer pours nice and clear, coppery color with a short head. Foam quickly fades to a thin ring, and some thing string lace.
It smells like an English pale ale, caramel and toffee malt, with the earthy hops. The taste follows, caramel malt, earthy and grassy hops, hint of citrus. A touch of spiciness at the end. Lingering aftertaste. Good carbonation level, not too fizzy or too flat either.
Medium body, smooth, slightly dry finish.
Decent enough, but not sure that I would search out, other than in one of Big Rock's mixed packs.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark amber/copper colour with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Caramel malts, spicy and leafy hops, citrus/lemon peel.

Taste - Strong leafy hops that have a bit of spiciness. Good caramel malt presence. Finishes with a clean bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a nice moderate level of tingly carbonation.

Overall - A well-crafted English IPA by Big Rock. I like the spicy, leafy hop profile quite a bit.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange burnt amber with considerable off-white head that breaks quite quickly. Nice looking English IPA. Aroma is an intriguing blend of floral, citrus, spice, and sweet malt, all well-integrated. Palate is complex mellow malts, citrus (lemon, lime, tangerine), earthy spicy leafy hops, the whole package is understated but sublime. A caramel malt sweetness reminiscent of light milk chocolate underscores everything and persists even though the finish, an earthy grassy sweet echo. The peppery spice melds nicely with the hops and sweet malts but stays nondescript. Very little pine. Maybe Big Rock's apex to date. If one has to find a serious fault its the thinnish body. It's not a West Coast hop bomb. Its a mellow and complex IPA well worth trying. Perhaps more floral and fruity on tap.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Big Rock Monkey's Fist Royal IPA from Big Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 15 ratings