albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not too bad, a little different than most IPA's I've tried. Mild hop presence with smooth drinkability.
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 8, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2003
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2003
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden colour nice and clean. Nice pillowy white head that didn't die. Not much in aroma slight metal in taste and aroma. Nice hoppy bitterness that hangs on the back of my tounge nice mouth feel.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kind of a weaker IPA but still not bad. Pour is amber with a small white head. Aroma is malty and slightly floral. Flavour is malty but not that hoppy. Finish is a tad sweet.
Braudog (5453) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 Poured dark amber with big lacey head. Impressively floral nose. Sweet, bountiful flavors, ripe with both malt and a bit o’ hop, very well rounded. Surprisingly good! (Re-rated from a bottle in Canada, 5/14/07: Poured with a ncie amber hue with an initial flourish of carbonation, then quieted. Maybe my olfactory senses are dulled, because I find little aroma, maybe a little crystaline malt. But this has a nice flavor ... solid tangy malt with a litle hoppy, woodsy addendum that appears as it rolls of the tongue.) Downgraded a bit from original.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good malty aroma. Body is all malt with maedium bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet. Not quite an IPA, but a good malty English Pale Ale.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 26, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A lightly hopped, very mediocre pale ale claiming to be an IPA. Go fix the recipe and try again.
presario (4521) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Average looking head. Orange-Yellow colour. Light sweet aroma. Weaker flavour than most Big Rock products. Citrusy uneven flavour. Not a bold IPA. Minimal aftertaste.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Note: Bottle sampled said IPA, not Pale India Pale ALe. Dark gold color. Medium head. Aroma is hoppy. A medium bodied IPA. Malty and hoppy. Somewhat juicy. Nicely balanced. A not to hoppy IPA. Grapefruit and citrus flavors are mild. More in the English style of IPA. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.