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Brewed by Big Rock Brewery
Style: English Pale Ale
Calgary, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Big Rock is pleased to bring you our newest addition to the family, PALE: India Pale Ale. Historically, the original India Pale Ale’s were cask conditioned and heavily hopped to allow the beer to mature on its long voyage from Britain to India. Our dry hopped, fermenter conditioned IPA is brewed in this traditional method. The result is an exceptionally well-balanced, flavourful ale; refined and subtle. In the spirit of refreshing our portfolio, we bid a fond farewell as we phase out Chinook Pale Ale.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2004
Well I bought this one because Big Rock has brought back their glass promo. on the pour,light gold/yellow,looks alot like bud/Coors/molsen etc.the head is just off white,big bubbles.malty nose,no hops...hmmm. on taste,more like a ok lager or a very under hopped pilsner.nothing wrong with the taste if you ignore the fact it is a IPA.very inoffensive and plain. So starts malty and just slightly sweet,the middle is neutral,the finish,tho lacking a hop flavour manages to just dry up,so I know there is some sort of hop in it. I do not recommend this beer as a IPA.Even as a basic pale ale it is boring BUT NOT bad,just not worth talking about.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2004
Light amber colour with a thin-white head. Slightly hoppy aroma, but only because I'm looking for it. Aroma is more reminiscent of a pilsener than an IPA. Maltiness is too prominent and beer is seriously underhopped. The description says that it's dry-hopped, but I don't think so. More crap from this generally crappy brewery.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
piscator34 (1958) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 24, 2004
A light copper IPA. It was much lighter in both appearance and flavor than I was expecting. Smelled like I expected, with some nice floral and malt aromas. A bit on the watery side going down, with less malt flavor than other IPA's I've had. Easy drinking, but not anything special.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 26, 2003
Pretty thin ipa. Copper pour and some hops. Not bad for the style, but It's not my favourite style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
theoldblackrum (12) - CANADA - NOV 27, 2003
A very good beer from Big Rock. Makes you want to go out and try more of what that brewer has available.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2003
A fairly run of the mill ipa. Light hops on the aroma and a few more in the body. Balanced is the thing, but i am not a fan of balance.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Bottle. Poured copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma is fairly mild, light caramel malts and citrus hops. Flavor is a little unbalanced, tartness and hops with very little malt backbone. Nice mouthfeel, medium body with creamy carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 6, 2003
Not too bad, a little different than most IPA's I've tried. Mild hop presence with smooth drinkability.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 8, 2003
pours gold. medium sized white head. one of big rock's better beers. good and hoppy. could be worse and considering its form big rock im surprised it isn't worse.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2003
The typical "beery" golden colour cuts a picture like a standard, everyday mass-market beer -- slightly lighter than one would expect from a pale ale. Combine this observation with a virtual lack of carbonation and head, and the first impression’s certainly not a good one. There’s brown sugar and red cherry on the nose, but no warning sign that this brew’s overloaded with IBUs. Finally the India in the pale ale reveals itself on the palate: nice and dry, turning the tongue to sandpaper as it rubs against the roof of the mouth. Unfortunately, bitterness is present but not omnipresent, meaning Big Rock’s interpretation of the IPA style is designed more for mainstream tastes than upstream swimmers. One step above Keith’s; nothing more.


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