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

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RATINGS: 117   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.


theoldblackrum's rating

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
theoldblackrum (12) - - NOV 27, 2003
A very good beer from Big Rock. Makes you want to go out and try more of what that brewer has available.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
UXO (147) - CANADA - JUL 25, 2014
Pours a clear amber with a short-lived off-white head and spotty lacing. Nose is dominated by biscuity malt, with only very faint hop aroma. Taste is sweet malt with only a hint of citrus. Mouth feel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bitter finish. Oh dear. This is about as much an IPA as Alexander Keith’s "IPA" - which is to say, not at all. Disappointing aroma, no hop profile to speak of, and a malt dominated flavour, with the bitter finish being the one high note. This is more like an English Bitter or Pale Ale than an IPA. I really can’t recommend this much above a macro adjunct lager.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ljthiessen (328) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
Can. Amber pour with a frothy off-white head. Malty aromas of candied fruit. Flavour is malty with fruit and herbal notes, only a light hop character. Not sure if you can really call this an IPA - much too malty, and while some hops do come through in the flavour, it's pretty light. Also a bit of an odd herbal flavour similar to some other Big Rock brews, like Grasshopper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
97hill (46) - - JUL 12, 2014
can from the beer store, brand new on the shelf so had to try/ IPA ? thats a stretch,maybe Indiana, not India. More of a APA in my book , tasty but way to light for an IPA. Like all the Big Rock stuff safe but right down the middle. Colours good an nice beer not a great beer, OK I’ll drink the other one.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
terrybail (571) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
355 ml can from the lcbo Nice hazy copper pour Limited head and lacing Mr malt then hops in the aroma and taste nice thick mouth feel better then the 18 score but still lacking some hop assertiveness just ok

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Pours a finger and half of head on a clear amber colored body. The aroma is pine, mango and pineapple... a bit faint overall though. The taste starts with a mild pine bitterness moving towards a dull dry grapefruit bitter middle and ending. The texture is soft with moderate carbonation. It’s a solid, good IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayseppi (154) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
Burnt, glowing orange colour and a fizzy white cap. Aroma is a mixture of subtle hoppy pine and malty sweetness. More hopping is present in the flavour, but there is still a great balance between malt and hops. Carbonation level is great. Just enough to add some bite without covering any flavours. Awesome session brew, but would be better labelled as a Pale Ale instead of an IPA

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9790) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
A hazed amber IPA with a thick frothy mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with piney herbaceous hops, orange pulp, nice. In mouth, a smooth sweet caramel malt with treacle, grassy surranated hops, a tad too much residual sugars but decent.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
andrewturba (950) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
Pours a clear amber with a small spotty white head and good legs. Aroma is biscuits, sweet malts, and grass. Flavour is metallic, earthy, some citrus, sweet bready malts and a moderate bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jiffdawg03 (16) - Ralston, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
Pours a light golden amber with about 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Not much in the scent. Some malts, biscuity, and grassy hop notes. Taste is same as nose, nothing too special here. Maybe a little orange peel. Not horrible but not too special at all.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WheatKing (1279) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
Can from the mix pack. Ohhhhh so it’s not listed here as an IPA, I was wondering! My friend kept repeating that it tastes like poop until I promised I’d write that here, I thought that was a bit negative though, it’s just not what this market would expect from the advertising. Pours light amber, nose actually does have some hollow citrus flavour, malt seemed clean to me, no flaws, a bit of biscuit, somewhat sticky, sadly... finish was mildly bitter. Cleansed my palate of the Purple Gas at least.


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