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Big Rock IPA (India Pale Ale)

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Brewed by Big Rock Brewery
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Calgary, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Signature Series
Pale in Colour, Not Flavour
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.

Little Known Fact
The Cascade was the first North American-made aroma hop and the first hop variety from the USDAís hop research program to be approved for sale since prohibition. Itís aroma is now one of the hallmarks of North American craft beer.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerAndPonies (29) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
473 ml can purchased singly from Sobeys Liquor and served in a shaker pint glass. Pours a clear, bright medium copper shade with moderate carbonation and a well-retained, light tan head that leaves vertical streaks of lace. Fairly fresh grapefruit, lemon, pine, and some lighter floral notes are immediately present in the aroma, with malt lying low. Flavor accentuates a little more of the malt, while the moderately strong hops rightly take center stage; citrus and pine predominate. Medium mouthfeel and a gently dry, bitter palate. There are more appealing and fresher, vibrant IPAs, but Big Rockís version ainít half bad.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryanhunter_4 (31) - La Crete, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
355 ml can poured at home. hazy and amber in color with a medium frothy head. Very little hop smell or taste for an IPA. Doesnít come with the typical bitter aftertaste either. A previous review called it an IPA for lager drinkers. Drinkable beer but not what I would consider an IPA.

2.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kliggerwar (138) - - OCT 28, 2014
Aroma very faint for an ipa. Not very bitter. I think its made more for a lager drinker, not a hop head. Found it was ok, as casual beer to drink not something to yearn for.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cfrancis (2511) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
Pours earthy brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is a messy malt profile. Taste is more malt forward, with some earthy hop bitterness again on the moderate side.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Freaky_tiki (642) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
Pours a deep copper with a mushy one finger cap that lasts about as long as a plate of nachos at my local bar after work. The can -- in both its copy writing boast of "if hoppy makes you happy" & the cheesy pics of fresh green hops -- promises hops but youíd be more likely to find peace love & understanding than you are hops in this brew. And for that its a bloody fail. Sure, itís properly classified on this site as an English Pale Ale, but to sell this as a hoppy IPA is wild horse shit. Not the worst beer -- itís a punchy, malty ale thatís ok. But I think itíd be more honest to paint the can brown & talk about the malts in the beer. Itís a caramel bomb. Total fail.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MunBro (534) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
I never expect much from Big Rock, and they always deliver. Their beers arenít bad by any means, just very "middle of the road"; always playing it safe. This IPA was very wet, grassy, and had a bit of a watery mouthfeel. Pretty decent.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RhetoricalAns (371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber pour with a thin white head. A fairly light IPA. some caramel notes and okay hops through the aroma and flavour. Light body.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
UXO (414) - CANADA - JUL 25, 2014
Pours a clear amber with a short-lived off-white head and spotty lacing. Nose is dominated by biscuity malt, with only very faint hop aroma. Taste is sweet malt with only a hint of citrus. Mouth feel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bitter finish. Oh dear. This is about as much an IPA as Alexander Keithís "IPA" - which is to say, not at all. Disappointing aroma, no hop profile to speak of, and a malt dominated flavour, with the bitter finish being the one high note. This is more like an English Bitter or Pale Ale than an IPA. I really canít recommend this much above a macro adjunct lager.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ljthiessen (516) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
Can. Amber pour with a frothy off-white head. Malty aromas of candied fruit. Flavour is malty with fruit and herbal notes, only a light hop character. Not sure if you can really call this an IPA - much too malty, and while some hops do come through in the flavour, it's pretty light. Also a bit of an odd herbal flavour similar to some other Big Rock brews, like Grasshopper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
97hill (61) - - JUL 12, 2014
can from the beer store, brand new on the shelf so had to try/ IPA ? thats a stretch,maybe Indiana, not India. More of a APA in my book , tasty but way to light for an IPA. Like all the Big Rock stuff safe but right down the middle. Colours good an nice beer not a great beer, OK Iíll drink the other one.


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