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Big Rock Warthog English Style Mild Ale

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Brewed by Big Rock Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Calgary, Canada

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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.61   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Signature Series
The World’s Smallest Fire Extinguisher
We have the English to thank. Having invented hot, dusty African safaris, they had no choice but to invent refreshingly mild ales to extinguish the resulting fiery thirsts. Warthog, named after one of the beasts they journeyed to see, is such an ale, reinvented with the Big Rock difference.

Little Known Fact
Why would you name one of our mildest, most quaffable beers after one of the planet’s roughest, meanest-looking animals? Check with our founder, he saw one in National Geographic once and, well, this happened.


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerAndPonies (29) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
473 ml can purchased singly from Sobeys Liquor and served in a small footed pilsner glass. Pours a clear, light amber, with light carbonation and an off-white cap that quickly shrinks, leaving no lace. Aroma is light malt, cereal grains, and light citrus; flavor is very faint malt, cereals, and only hints of hoppiness, with perhaps a breath of caramel. Body and mouthfeel are pleasant enough, despite the faint flavors. Refreshing but uneventful; a mild ale indeed. I guess I need to be quenching my thirst with Rudyard Kipling on the Serengeti plains, monitoring the wildebeest, in service of King and Empire, to get the fullest effect.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dfearnley (1080) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle to bock glass Lemon, hay, cheese, and straw. Clear light yellowish amber with a thin creamy white head. Taste is straw, hay, and a touch of funk. This is quite thin.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (5001) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle - Pale malts and earthy hops. Clear gold with a decent white head. Sweet pale malts and not much else. Not much like a mild, more of an English ale or golden ale.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RhetoricalAns (368) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle. Musty malt aroma, some nuts? Taste has a bit of caramel. fairly mild but has more flavour than most mass produced fare.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ljthiessen (515) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
Can. Golden amber pour, virtually no head. I'm beginning to get the impression that most Big Rock beers are based on the same recipe - this one smells nearly identical to at least a few other Big Rock brews, most surprisingly their "IPA." Malt, light candied fruit and caramel with a slightly herbal note. Light bodied and easy drinking, low carbonation. Not a terrible brew, but by no means a passable brown ale. Can was labelled an English Mild, which makes more sense. Very mild, and pretty neutral.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dfinney23 (1840) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Despite this and every other site I’ve seen labeling this a brown ale, Big Rock themselves now claim this is mild, which makes sense since it was pretty mild and not at all brown. Bad for a brown, marginal for a mild.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cmacklin (307) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear, light copper colour with a small, short lived off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt. Flavour is sweet with caramel and toffee. Light body, watery texture and soft carbonation.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RumRunner101 (809) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 30, 2014
Brilliant amber pour. Aroma is sweet grain, mild caramel, wet grass. More sweet grain in the body with light caramel notes and a light earthy hop finish. Easy drinking.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2014
22oz bottle (Old Notes)-Pours a light copper with a small head. Aromaof malt, caramel, and slight hops. Taste of the same. This light to medium bodied brew was a disappointment.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (1399) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Pours a half finger of head on a hazy dark straw colored body. The aroma is musty, barnyard like with sour lemon in the background. The taste is sweet and grainy. There’s a mild lemon bitterness in the background. The texture is crisper with moderate carbonation. It’s okay, tends sweet. It’s sweet like a Scotch Ale.


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