DuffMan (9283) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
When you put yourself out there as an "english pale ale", youíre setting some expectations. Well, my expectations were not met here. This is a golden yellow beer that holds very little hop character in the aroma and perhaps even less on the palate. It isnít horrible or anything, but it isnít special either. The only thing saving it from losing its identity and becoming a pale lager is the slightly more discernable malt character, but otherwise it is not one I will return to.
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Redish gold pour with a nice head. It was generally watery and weak but there was a good pale ale taste in there, too bad the couldnít get it to feature more.
mnurda (1239) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 26, 2006
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Diapery aroma? -Hmm I never thought of a beer smelling that way, but it may be a good description. I knew there was something off about this one, and Oakes (5028) hit the nail on the head. Other than the smell, it is a fairly good beer to have in the fridge.
Oakes (15294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
1.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Light bronze colour. Toasty, sulphury and fucking awful diapery aroma. Big Rock is not known for lack of brewing talent but this aroma is flawed. Flavour has residuals of this, but in the background. What you mostly get is the toast...lots of it...like a toasty bagel with butter. But not a real bagel. Like a Tim Hortonís imitation bagel. And itís margarine, not butter. I happen to like toasted bagels with butter so itís cool, well as long as I plug my nose, but itís not a good beer. Seriously, Iím not trying to pick on Big Rock, but I just had a Hacker Hell and it terms of malt character, hop character, cleanliness, itís a professional beer. This is not.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Seems theyíve dropped the India and itís just Pale Ale now...
Bottle: Medium gold pour with a creamy white head and plenty of visible carbonation streamers.
Aroma is low hop, earthy wet wool yeasty.
Flavour is thin and clean with the carbonation a bit too much that it overwhelms the flavour.
Not crazy about this one...
pintbypint (3326) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341ml brown bottle. Deep gold colour, very creamy head, tight bubbled, with sticky lace. Slightly floral hop aroma with some sweetish fruity malt behind it. Malty flavour, slightly earthy. Bitterness very light toward finish. Lively carbonation. Perhaps labeling this as an IPA is a bit of a stretch, but I liked it.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
341 ml bottle. Golden amber colour with a mostly diminishing fizzy and frothy off-white head. Caramel, bready, and lightly grainy aroma. Toasty and light caramel flavours with a light citrusy bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, dry and fizzy mouthfeel. No IPA, but the first from Big Rock Iíve had that didnít completely suck.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2005
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a light amber with a white head. mild aroma of floral hops, grassy. The taste is far from what I associate with an I.P.A. Little or no hops,some malt, grassy, thin. If youíre looking for an I.P.A. skip this one.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 7, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Gold color with nary much of a head to speak of. Aroma is dusty with some malts and caramel. Taste is a strange honey flavor and hops. I had this side by side with Widmer and that blew this stuff away.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Ech. Not truly terrible, but Jesus, it was so bland. So, so offensively bland. Iím sorry, but IPAs are supposed to be dark and taste of hops and bitterness, NOT be a lager in a different bottle. Boring stuff, no inspiration. An insult to IPAs.