presario (4580) - 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 (5277) - 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.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I wasnít impressed with this one. It was mildly hopped even for a pale ale. Somewhat sweet on the flavor and the finish. Oily mouthfeel.
CapFlu (4459) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not bad. I am getting to be impressed with Big Rock, they have some decent stuff (ie. better than average). Pours a white dissipating head and golden body. Slight malt flavour.
Crit (3306) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber with thin white fast fading head.Large bead. Corny,grainy nose. Corn and malt flavor,very few hops, certainly not an IPA
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overall a pleasant surprise. Slightly fruity aroma, appearance is honey brown. Starts off smooth and has just a slightly hoppy finish. A tasty beer.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not particularly bitter, much more like an american pale ale. Fruity nose, very smooth carbonation, overall a good beer. Canadian beers (in my experience) donít have much in the way of hops, so I guess this is pretty hoppy. Very smooth. Tasty and satisfying. Thatís my qualifications for a good beer.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Poured golden yellow with a thin but disappearing head...Aroma was way too ílow-keyí & mild for an IPA, bitter hop start but the hop presence doesnít stick around very long...lagerish finish with the hoppyness trying to come out but not being able to...if your in the mood for an IPA, donít drink this one...the label on the bottle is different than the above picture, it just says IPA on it
shorlin (635) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - NOV 12, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Is it an IPA? Well, in Canada, the land of Keithís "IPA", which is just Labatt Blue in a new bottle, this is somewhat surprising. Itís not Dogfish Head 90 Minute or anything, but not bad. It does have some bitterness, some dryness and is a nice looking beer.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Letís take a pale ale and call it an IPA. Pretty clever marketing? Boring and pretty non-descript. It had some mild fruity maltiness but while IPAís donít have to screw your face up with bitterness this has no real attempt at bitterness at all. Hops are really not noticeable. So generic that the guys at Karl Strauss must be getting worried.