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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: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   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 USDA’s hop research program to be approved for sale since prohibition. It’s aroma is now one of the hallmarks of North American craft beer.


1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 16, 2004
Clear golden yellow with fine white head. Barnyard nose? with corn notes and faint hops. Light weight on the tongue with a quick marco brewed finish. Tastes of corn, malt and water. No need to try it again!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
Not really an IPA, more of an EPA by North American style norms. Appearence is quite fizzy, orange colour. Aroma is slightly hoppy, flavour is charaterised by English style malt flavours: somewhat sweet and grassy. OK. Bottle.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
IPA? I don’t think so. Color is fine, a lighter amberish glowing hue with a firm one finger high head of white foam, leaves some drippy lace. Smell is musty grass, slightly sweet with a bit of a hop and malt note, but overall musty sourness, not to pleasant, sorry to say. Taste is a little bit sweet of malt and grains, musty as well, but weak and thinned out. Hardly even a pale and non compliant to being an IPA. Where’s the hops already? Feel is light, thin, pale, and watery, drinkable, nah, passable, yah. Sorry Big Rock, you’re not so big here.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2004
Clear amber. Off-white foam. Malty, candy-ish aroma of caramel & toffee w/ notes of orange. Juicy feel. Flavour is malty & slightly fruity (apples, grapes) w/ some earthy, citrusy notes.

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
This one stings. A not altogether smooth IPA, too malty and too stingy on the actual ale. A shame really.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2004
Very light amber color with little aroma. Flavour is a bit malty and sweet, if I think about it long enough I can taste some hops also. Absolutely nothing IPA’ish about this beer, it’s in that grey area between micro and macro tasting.

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 (8746) - 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 (2005) - 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.


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