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

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Reimer96 (1159) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2012
Have no idea why they had to call it an ipa. It is a pale ale and if it was labeled as such it would be considered a decent pale ale but definitely the worst ipa after Keith lager ipa.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nielsedd (75) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Pours a clear amber with thin off white head. Faint citrus in the aroma. Taste is sweet, with caramel malts and some light bitterness. Nothing special by any means.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
HeistAlmighty (1109) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 12, 2012
341ml bottle. Pours a medium brown, very little head that doesn’t last. Very weak aroma, some caramel bready malts and a hint of grapefruit hops. Some earthy bitterness in the taste. Finish is kind of wet, a little bit watery. Overall, not an IPA, drinkable in a pinch.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Appreciator (26) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
Pours light orange with a large white head which mostly diminishes. Inviting aromas with a medium intensity of the smell compared to other IPAs. Obviously hoppy, with a malty, wart-like aroma, take apples from the smell too. Taste is medium in intensity, with a medium aftertaste and body, mildly coarse. Round, but mellow texture, with the classic bitter, sweet, floral, hops flavors. refreshing and rich in quality. Appreciated.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sseb69 (1474) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012 En fût au Moxie’s. 5.5%. Couleur jaune or, mousse blanche. Arôme de grains frais et herbes. En bouche, malt et houblons mais pas persistant. Amertume qui invite à une seconde gorgée. Pas mal bonne pour un resto d’Ottawa.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
probstblueribbon (2851) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
341 ml bottle in a mixed pack from TBS, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear deep amber with a fair light tan head. Aroma: Surprising, very leafy, very green, almost wet or fresh, raw hops, resinous, a touch peppery, not exactly pleasant, hints of a biscuit/bread crust/toast backbone, vegetal, odd. Palate: Medium body, very relaxed effervescence. Flav.: Still has a pervasive “raw” hop profile, though somewhat more subdued in mouth, oddly leafy, green, vegetal, slightly peppery, the malts are way in the distance, strange; dry with some bitterness and an amazingly abrupt finish that leaves traces of malt and green salad.

This damages “IPA” more than Keith’s. Blech.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dresden (779) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
I wasn’t expecting much, and it’s a good thing I wasn’t. Slightly dark with maybe a bit of an orange hue. No real aroma to speak of. A bit more bitter than their other beers, but not really an IPA in my books.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (722) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2011
Had on draft at Moxie’s in Burlington Ontario Canada. Pours a light copper colour, white head and layers of lacing. Smells lightly hoppy. Nice hop bitter taste. Piney aftertaste as well.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2011
Had this one in July, 2007. Forgotten tasting notes. The pour is a bright copper with a thick finger of beige head. A nose of sweet grain and a light hop, grass and caramel with an overall blandness. The taste is sweet and crisp with a minor hop bitterness and grainy, grassy malts. Very boring and bland overall, but a good beer for a BBQ.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
northropfrye (2072) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle. Faint aroma. Pale appearance, slightly orange. Taste is a little bitter and then yeasty. Inoffensive, but not a real flavourful IPA.


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