Big Job
St. Austell Brewery

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St. Austell Brewery
England, United Kingdom
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,390
Ranked #22,960
3.71 | pDev: 12.94%
May 18, 2021
Oct 10, 2013
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3.67 by Robertas from Lithuania on May 18, 2021
3.95 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania on Mar 02, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by James94 from England

L: Clear golden colour, some lacing and initial head
S: Celery, grass, pine, grapefruit, zestiness
T: Grapefruit, earthy vegetableness, pithiness, hint of candy
F: Smooth, medium-bodied, a tad overcarbonated

O: 4

May 18, 2020
4.13 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Dec 16, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the bottle in a snifter via our friend from across the pond---Cheers Keith!
This nice little brew pours a clear amber tinged golden with a modest head of
white dissipating foam that settles to a thick ring, thin wafting layer, and sports
subtle lacing. Nose of sticky citrus and herbal hops along with sweet caramel
malts for backbone. Flavors exceed the nose by presentation with rich caramel
that is given the full run of light pine and herbal hops with a touch of pineapple
and citrus notes and a hint of English yeast. Nice mouth feel; medium body,
sticky, medium carbonation that is effervescent and lively, and a medium dry
to dry finish heavy on the hop aftertaste.

An American style done right with a light twist from England.
Very nice.


Dec 05, 2019
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3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by JonnyGoldsbrough from England

L4 Classic, lively, excellent head retention. No cloud.
S4.25 Very fruity, tropical, mango, promising.
T3 Disappointing. Not getting any of the tropical flavours promised by the nose, just a lot of alcoholic sourness.
F3.75 Ok lacking some body
O3.25 A double IPA needs to deliver big flavour and this just doesn't do it for me - bottle conditioned beers have not be great in my experience - maybe I just need to be more careful when pouring but I don't want to have to read label small print before enjoying a beer.

May 15, 2019
4.52 by Goity from Scotland on Apr 29, 2019
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Hanglow from Scotland

Pours orangey gold, clear. 330ml bottle from Tesco with 11 months on the BBE date

perfumey aroma, not particularly pleasant

taste is a bit better, some american hops, touch of bitterness, some malt

full body as you'd expect for the size of beer, medium carb.

Its little brother Proper Job is a much better beer

Apr 10, 2019
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3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by charlatan from Scotland


Dec 17, 2018
3.79 by HopBelT from Belgium on Aug 04, 2018
3.75 by sraufstok from Slovenia on Jun 26, 2018
3.63 by Shanex from France on May 07, 2018
3.78 by heymikew from California on Mar 11, 2018
3.75 by iftcoach from Germany on Feb 05, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DJ-Hophead from England

500 ml bottle, Morissons, Bristol - Pours clear amber with a thin white foamy head, which quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. No noticeable lacing. Aroma - Sweet citrus notes - orange, grapefruit. Taste - Sweet forefront with a zesty citrus notes - orange, grapefruit leading to a long dry bitter finish. Saw this in the local supermarket, supposedly hard to get so gave it a go. For some the clean filtered character will appeal but not really for me. Feels like an upped ABV version of Oakham Ales Citra, a great beer which made me love US hops but since moved on. Nothing badly wrong with this,but personally too clean for me, even in the aroma.

Aug 02, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by josanguapo from Spain

From Labirratorium. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Brothers A Tale of Two Sons. Fresh and refreshing, zesty, grassy,with citrusy citra notes standing out but still maintaining an english highly-drinkable character. Some sediments.

Jul 12, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by vinicole from England

Bottle. Golden amber. Quickly dissipating head.
Sweet phenolic hop aroma. Tangerine, mango and grapefruit. Some malt is just discernible.
Taste reflects the smell. Initial fruity sweetness finishes with a light bitter bite.
Nicely boozy. Medium carbonation and body.
A higher ABV beer that doesn't reach the flavour it deserves.
I prefer Proper Job.

Jun 10, 2017
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3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by drmeto from Germany

-pours a clear golden-orange with a small to medium,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus honey
-noticeably watery throughout the finish
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
I drank this 2 weeks past it's best-by date, so i give it a bit of leeway.
This is mildly decent overall, though a bit underwhelming.

Apr 12, 2017
3.48 by Wantedandlisted from Ukraine on Oct 03, 2016
3.65 by der_meister from Ukraine on Sep 30, 2016
3.16 by KCWildcat1998 from Kansas on Aug 18, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Clear golden beer with thin off0white head, low retention.
Smell - candy, floral,
Taste - dry, rather bitter, herbal, astringent.
Medium body, soft carbonation, tad strict and austere for the style.

Jul 18, 2016
3.74 by Euroglot from Belgium on May 27, 2016
5 by nataliette from Singapore on Mar 28, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by EmperorBevis from England

Bottled and bottle conditioned
rich amber bodied and good frothing foamy white head
some citrus on the aroma
the flavour reminds me of a fruity flavoured chewing gum of the juicy variety
it didn't seem to be as solid as the abv would suggest
but bearing in mind I picked this off a supermarket shelf, it would compete with a lot of stuff I paid more than twice for in speciality bottle shops

Feb 25, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Hoppsbabo from England

A: Dark gold body with a dissipating head.
S: Not a lot going on here.
T: Not as good as I was expecting, considering how much I love Proper Job. Nice and earthy, and despite being packed with 'as many Citra and Centennial hops as we could get our hands on' it doesn't taste particularly American, or overly hoppy. Has only a subtle amount of hoppy perfumeyness, but lots of lovely satisfying earthiness. For 7.2% though I'm wanting more. It is deliciously dry, but I think it could benefit from a bit of sweetening malt. That would really bring out the bouquet.
O: Dissapointing based on my expectations, but a good beer regardless.

Oct 02, 2015
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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jonb5 from England

Half litre bottle, poured into pint shaker.

A: Golden, looked like continental apple juice, very clear, small thin head which disappeared fairly quickly, not much lacing.

S: Citrus fruits and Cascade hop, wasn’t the most pronounced aroma I’ve ever smelled from a beer.

T: A bit of a grapefruit bomb, hints of wheat, decent amount of bitterness, hid the booze well.

M: Crisp, decent amount of carbonation, went down well.

O: SNPA on steroids, nicely done, not overly in your face but interesting.

Sep 27, 2015
3.87 by JandroArt from Spain on Sep 21, 2015
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4.9/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by beerinabottle from Ireland

Massively hopped (as it says) strong American APA. Worth trying.

Jun 05, 2015
3.52 by vfgccp from New York on May 21, 2015
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by GarthT from Hong Kong

Pours a light golden colour, almost like a farmhouse ale. Strange lemon and yeast on nose. Bitter palate but again an odd yeast flavour. Perhaps an off bottle.

Feb 09, 2015
4.24 by Brim on Dec 10, 2014
3.76 by supermedved from Slovenia on Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
by Kenobi00 from Ireland

Pour is two fingers of fine, white head settling quickly into one finger, with not much lacing. Dark golden colour and slightly cloudy.

Initially, aroma is very promising. Strong pine, slightly citrus full and pungent.

Initial taste is softer than expected. The pungent hoppy aroma doesn't translate to the taste or mouthfeel, and it's all quite smooth and subtle. Not as BIG a flavour as I would have expected.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, and hard to believe it's ABV as it's so easy to drink, although not as BIG a flavour as I expected from the nose.

Sep 16, 2014
3.25 by vagonchik from Canada (BC) on Jun 24, 2014
3 by cbnz from Canada (BC) on Jun 24, 2014
4 by hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska) on Jun 16, 2014
3.25 by fionn13 from Ireland on Jun 08, 2014
3.75 by mizx from England on Apr 26, 2014
3.25 by Jah_Json from Sweden on Apr 08, 2014
Big Job from St. Austell Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 46 ratings