darthmoore (16) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First of all this beer is not an IPA, it is a red ale. If you go into it expecting an IPA you may be disappointed.
Pours a wonderful clear mahogany color with a tan two-finger head. Head lasts for quite some time and leaves behind plenty of lacing,
Scent is incredible. The hop aroma gives it a tropical character I have not experienced before. Definitely picking up the mango. A bit floral as well. Though I am not getting much aroma from malt or yeast I am also not picking up anything negative either. A 10 for aroma.
Tasting a bit of caramely sweetness from the malt as well as all that wonderful hop character. Citrus and a bit of the tropical fruit as well. Medium-heavy bitterness with perhaps a light and pleasant sour character. Also getting some savory flavors as well.
Medium body, oily feel, lively carbonation. Not much astringency. Bitter finish.
Overall this beer is outstanding. The only negative is the finish. Though there is nothing wrong with it there just isnít much going on in the end other than some numbing bitterness. Just wish it had some flavor to go with it. However that is still preferable to a bad aftertaste. No off scents or flavors in this beer at all. You wonít regret trying this beer if you keep an open mind and not worry about what style it is or isnít. Cheers!
rumproasts (4720) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
amber with finger thick head. delicious hoppiness. very lagunitas-ish in its ability to have huge hops yet still be very smooth and drinkable. stupid name but awesome beer.
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at Brewery Vivant's tap room in Grand Rapids with Raith. This is a very nice beer. Amber orange pour. Lots of hops on the nose. Very nice.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is nice. Mildly hoppy. Little bitterness. But the medley of flavors is wonderful -- Belgian yeast and red malts. Recommended.
milewide (1984) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2014 Attractive red color with decent head. Hoppy aroma and taste of Citra hops. Less bitterness than many IPAs. 6% ABV reasonable.
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Pours a beautiful copper brown,with an ever-so-slight haze. 2.5-inch, creamy, tan head forms and dissipates slowly to 1.5 inch. Distinctive hop and yeast nose. Suggestions of sour-dough bread. Most pleasant. Medium body. The palate is bright with lingering malt and bitter notes. Much Belgian lace. Dry. Great aperitif beer! This ale made me hungry. Highly moreish! A definite repurchase. While the hops are evident, it is not an IPA, more of a Red Ale, as the label also suggests.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
No canning date. $3.49 for a 16oz can. Poured into S.A. Perfect Pint Glass
Appearance: What the hell. I barely moved the can, but even then, I poured it into a glass and the whole pint glass filled with foam with maybe an ounce of beer. Because the head wouldnít go anywhere, I had to spoon out a bunch of foam. Big Red Coq is a beautiful, hazy red color with a light tan, creamy head, and great lacing. I give it a 3 for appearance though because I had to spoon the equivalent of three ounces of beer out of my glass. Looks great after that though.
Smell: It smells a touch Belgian, but itís not much. There are plenty of hops and malts to go around in the aroma. The hops are mostly grassy, and the malt gives a sweet note to make it even more inviting. Smells fantastic.
Taste/feel: Quite interesting. That slight, Belgian sourness is definitely there, but itís not too much. The hops arenít as "bursting" as I thought theyíd be, judging by the taste. The malt flavor is of caramel and sweetness, and it works well. This is an odd beer, and Iím not sure how to describe it, but itís really good. This is sour, sweet, and a bit bitter. The aroma makes Big Red Coq smell like an IPA (I wish MINE did...), but the taste is distinctively Belgian. For some reason, itís difficult for me to pull out specific flavors in this beer. Itís just interesting. Itís like a red in that it has plenty of the malt and sweetness that youíd expect, IPA-esque in that it smells like one and has a pretty significant hop flavor, and then it tastes Belgian because of the yeast. As it warms up, the sourness becomes more prominent. The feel on this beer is middle of the road, with a pretty active-but-pleasant carbonation.
This is unlike any other beer Iíve had before... an amber with more hops than usual, and Belgian yeast. Extremely unhelpful review, but I CAN tell you that itís a very tasty beer thatís worth picking up if you can.
bruwery (35) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brewery Vivant. This beer is a mountain of hops in my face from first aroma to finish - whatís not to like? If youíre looking for the candy sweetness associated with most Belgian beers, youíll have to look hard . There is enough malt to support the hops so they donít overpower it, but the hops are definitely the main event.
superspak (4314) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a nice 3 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pine, grapefruit, orange zest, herbal, floral, toast, mango, pineapple, and slight yeast esters. Nice, pleasant, and well balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, pine, orange zest, pineapple, mango, floral, toast, earth, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, tropical fruit, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt sweetness with bitterness; and good balance of hop flavors as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden as expected of 6.5%, with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy amber ale. I did not really get any Belgian influence from the flavors; but it had some very nice hop flavor complexity, and is very easy to drink. Really pleasant and enjoyable.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby copper with a medium beige airy and rocky crown that fades slowly. Aroma is nicely dank with resinous hops, fruity undertones, caramel and is the most inviting Belgian IPA Iíve laid my nose upon. Taste is resinous and earthy with caramel, mild fruit and moderate dank-ness. A touch rough with moderate bitterness but pleasantly surprised as the yeast is very muted making this a winner.