GregClow (3076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of tupalev. Golden-copper colour with an average sized white head. Average aroma of grainy malt and earthy hops. Average body. Average flavour that follows the aroma - grainy malt, earthy hops. Yup - average.
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of Tupalev. I have had this a number of times over the years and apparently not bothered to rate it. I remember it being pretty decent but either it has changed or my taste has improved. Golden yellow body with a small white topper. Sweet malt aroma with notes of caramel, hops and muted citrus. Flavour is similar with a sweet grainy malt foundation and light accents of caramel and light hoppy bitterness. Not bad for a fairly mainstream offering but its fairly modest overall.
HogTownHarry (6373) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (341ml). Thanks to tupalev for this one. Clear copper, smallish fizzy off-white head. Aroma of cardboard, light grainy sweet malt, a fair amount of dry hops, but they seem pretty stale. The taste is let cardboard, more bitterness, not bad; Light body, quite fizzy, slightly burnt aftertaste - pretty okay
dkazuk (248) - winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 14, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beer that smells of sweet malted grains, a bit of hops and some feint orange peels. Tastes is also malty and sweet with a small hop presence. Soft carbonation, light feel. Not a lot of character. Not a great beer.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, Beer Store. Looks great initially - medium to dark yellow, big fluffy white head. But then the head disappears really fast and upon inspection you see that the body looks really really thin. Mild aroma featuring weak herbal/tea like hops, mild fruit. Taste - ok. Nice initial hops - nice to taste some present! They’re a little bit herbal and earthy and the linger is pretty decent. The body is very thin with a light malt taste that just screams weak. Honestly Big Rock, you’ve got the hops down pretty good here in the taste, follow up with a decent malt base and get some of that dry hopping you talk about in the nose and this wouldn’t be too bad. As is, occupies that gray area between decent micro and crappy macro that I find a lot of Big Rock products occupy. Might be a transition beer for a Keith’s drinker I guess.
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really enjoyed this one. It was definately not as intense as an IPA, but it was stronger than a Pale Ale. I really liked the grassiness in the nose and the taste as well as the citrus notes.
LordBeamish (144) - Boozetown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle: The beer store was out of Grasshopper so I brought home the Pale Ale instead. My expectations were high given my great experiences with other Big Rock brews. Despite the smell being a little off, this beer tasted fresh and light with some nice mild hoppiness as it poured down my throat with ease. No sensational big flavours but a great beer to put back during the patio season.
TheJester (2394) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2006
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Just says "Pale Ale," not "IPA." Smells like old vegetable soup, but not in a good way. Coppery, with almost no head. Malty sweetness, followed by a brief grassy taste, finishing with brief hoppy bittnerness. Nothing lingers. A simple ale; nothing special. Warthog is much better.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle- Dark gold pour with good froth atop and nice lace. Strange aroma is funk, with some malt/hop aromas, grains, and slight leaf. Bitter hoppy flavours with mild malt to back it up. Bready bitter finish with just a touch of sweetness. Nothing fantastic, but better than most of the BMC fare available in this area.
DuffMan (8933) - 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", you’re 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 isn’t horrible or anything, but it isn’t 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.