Formerly brewed at Big City Brewing Company
Style: Pale Lager
Kingston, Jamaica


on tap


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
To discriminating beer drinkers, Real Rock is the Premium classic full bodied Jamaican beer made in the European tradition that provides the best value, pure quality and excitement for the experience.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 27, 2006
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Bottle number five of the Beers Of The World gift pack. Finally, a beer that isn’t horrible. Not that Real Rock is anything to alert the media about, but compared to the swill I’ve had to endure tonight, this is liquid gold. Grainy, mildly sweet, slightly bitter and hoppy with a hint of spiciness, this actually is palatable. Slight cardboard in the finish is a distraction. Corn and grain aromas are moderately sweet, but there’s no sign of the spice or hops in the nose. Light bodied, bordering on thin and watery, but with sufficient liveliness on the palate from zippy spice and ample carbonation. Clear, pale golden in color with a thin, white head that demonstrates exceptionally poor retentive skills, fully dissipating with a minute. Not that good, but not horrible, and that is high praise indeed compared to most of the pond water that comes from this part of the world.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Bottled. Pours a medium golden color. Aroma is somewhat grassy and acidic. Sweet flowery flavor right up front. A hint of malt and fruit.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2010
Clear bottle, thank you Colin and Kendra. Medium yellow, no head at all. Typical very corny aroma. Taste not nearly as offensive as aroma suggests. In fact not offensive at all - quite a lot of malt for the style. Hops, which are present, are fruity. Good lively carbonation, again, not as expected based on very flat appearance. As far as pale lagers go, this one has some flavour and is not bad - I’d happily drink it at a sun spot vacation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fordest (2455) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2006
12 oz. bottle thanks to Fred. Nothing really exciting here except I got to rate my first Jamaican beer. Corn aromas and flavors. Some slight bitterness, but not good bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Sparkles a medium gold with flakes of dust seen in the beer. Small sized head and an aroma of okay hops. The flavor is mostly corn with a reasonable amount of malt and grass backing. Not much better than Red Stripe, but for a lager it passes the test of being drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
Bottled. Standard larger. Amber, rather then pale nonsense that you tend to get from hot countries. Standard larger non-descript beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010
brought back the mini bar of my hotel in Montego Bay. Sweet honey malts on the nose with hints of cereal grains. Pours a golden blonde with a thick head that dissipates with champagne like carbonation. Light, very light, with a crisp dry finish. The flavor has light bread notes, with mild grassy hop notes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ROGUE (2182) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - DEC 23, 2009
On tap in Jamaica. Pours a light golden color with a white foamy head. Smells of light grain and sweet corn. The flavor has a faint sweetness along with cereal grains and a slightly metalic finish. Nothing great, but it does the job when baking under the island sun.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Clear yellow appearance, decent head. Grainy, mildly spiced hop nose. Standard pale lager with modertae malt and a light hop finish. Better than swill.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2007
Pours mid-golden, mostly dead with some dusty particulate hanging about, under a large yet fast-fading white head. Aroma of old pale malt and some stale caramel malt with a hint of metallica. Flavor finds adjuncty DMS notes to sweet pale malt with a hint of grassy bitterness. Tastes overshelved because it is (BBE 11/05)... but you have to hold that against the retailer, not the consumer.

I remember hearing that in hot weather you can quench your thirst by sucking on a smooth stone. You may be better off sucking on that "real rock" instead of this one.

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