Big Al Brewing Reviews




fiulijn
3.5
Time Capsule May’15
Draught at the brewery
Cloudy blond color with no head. Like the name says, expect a lot of passion fruit; the aroma is fruity and floral; the mouthfeel is sweetish, with some pale malt flavor, and low bitterness.
Refreshing, very nice.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

fiulijn
3.6
Time Capsule March’15
Draught at the brewery
Hazy golden color. Nice dry, fruity and tart. Nice creation, refreshing.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

fiulijn
3.3
Big Al Smoked Porter
Draught at the brewery
Black color with brownish head. Solid Porter, dry but smooth, chocolatey, not really smokey.
Good.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

fiulijn
2.3
Big Al Rat City Blonde
Draught at the brewery; 4.2% ABV
Pale blond color, hazy. Dry and papery, corn and husks. Unattractive.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

fiulijn
2.9
Big Al Civ’s Session IPA
Draught at the brewery
Hazy golden color. Nice hopping, a bit citrusy; the body is thin and the mouthfeel is dry; a bit too papery and astringent.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

fiulijn
2.8
Big Al Irish Red
Draught at the brewery
Dark amber color, compact head. Dark caramel, not too dry, with a good body strength, a bit dusty.
Decent Amber Ale.

Monday, June 06, 2016

deyholla
3
Time Capsule August’14
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of tropical fruit and grass with some sweet grains underlying. Flavor has sweet grains and grass with some light tropical fruits and flora supporting.
Monday, May 30, 2016

wetherel
2.4
Time Capsule August’14
375mL bottle from Pizza Port bottle shop. Pours amber with small dense white foam. No Brettanomyces in the aroma. Maybe some melanoidins or diacetyl or something. Taste has a light back of throat lactic sourness, plus a little slickness on the tongue. No bitterness, no hop aroma. This beer is pretty yucky. Drain poured it.
Sunday, April 24, 2016

BillKismet
3.7
Time Capsule March’15
Bronze body with a ring of lace. Nice farmhousey, wild and sour wheat nose. Blonde grain with a nice rind of vanilla wild yeastiness. Tart caramel grain finish. Tasty and refreshing.
Monday, April 18, 2016

tmoreau
3.6
Time Capsule July’14
Shared 12.68 oz. bottle, poured to my snifter showing a hazed, golden hue, with quickly diminishing, white head foam to a thin ring, and light dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was a mixture of esters that were both lively as pineapple & tropical fruit, and also ripened, along with some yeastiness, and syrupy sweetness. The brett was more evident in the taste, with very spritzy effervescence, high carbonation, and a light+ body. Modestly tart, with bitterness that was earthy & peppery, and dryness to the finish. Enjoyable example of the style.
Saturday, April 02, 2016

hopdog
3.5
Time Capsule August’14
Bottle. Poured a cloudy amber color with an averaged sized of white head. Brett, yeasty, some fruitiness, and a bit earthy.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

riversideAK
3.7
Time Capsule May’15
Cool funky nose with definitely a ton of passion fruit, pretty much all I get except some soft Brett funk and generic Belgian yeast. Golden pour thin head, kind of still looking. Flavors of pretty solid passion fruit, Brett funk, Belgian yeast, soft bready malt sweetness, more Belgian yeast and a good deal of funk and lingering passion fruit in the finish. Not sour but funky, cool fruit aspect. Well done.
Monday, March 28, 2016

hopdog
3
Time Capsule July’14
Bottle. Poured a golden color with an averaged sized head. Brett with fruitiness. This was OK, but nothing really standing out.
Monday, March 28, 2016

andrewje41
3.8
Time Capsule May’15
Draft 12 oz pour at the Collective. Rating from notes. Advertised as passion fruit, but I get a massive amount of grapefruit. Maybe my experience with passion fruit is much less than it is for grapefruit. It is. Clear golden pour with a thin oily head. Sweet grapefruit and other fruity citrus. Not too sour. Sourness 5/10. Very fun beer to try.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

krumbum
4.3
Time Capsule March’15
A great funky tart to the aroma. Slightly hazy copper thin head. Light smooth tartness slight buttery turns herbaceous light salt too. Pleasant grassy funk.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

bytemesis
3.4
Time Capsule July’14
Bottle. Pours very clear golden, medium white head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is very light overall, hints of dust, brett and fruit. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, light funk, Brett notes, hints of fruit, but nondeScript as to type. Hint of tartness. Light body. Easy to drink, but not a lot really going on here.
Friday, March 11, 2016

phaleslu
3.4
Time Capsule August’14
Bottle shared by Leighton at the hotel over RBWG - thanks again, Leighton! Pours a cloudy deep gold with a fizzy off-white head that settles into a lasting film. A little bit of a gusher. Notes of grape must, caramel, earth, leaves, and funk. Medium-bodied, with initially high carbonation that mellows out into more modest carbonation, and a tangy, funky mouthfeel. Interesting beer.
Thursday, March 03, 2016

mintzmeet
3.1
Big Al Bridge Bitter
Nice Amber color. Nice flavor. Not too bitter. Just right. Good sourness. Slight oddness but not overpowering!
Wednesday, March 02, 2016

beastiefan2k
4.1
Time Capsule May’15
Oh man, I looooooooooovvvvveeeee the passion fruit. Mild funk behind that but such tasty passion fruit, I’m a sucker for passion fruit. No idea how they did it, doubt it’s actual passionflower fruit but I likey.
Sunday, February 28, 2016

beastiefan2k
3.5
Time Capsule March’15
It’s like the brett didn’t get enough sugar to really spread it’s arms. It’s definitely brett but a bit too slick, not funky enough and kicking off some light citrus oil. I like it but it’s definitely just my brett love, the beer is to petite.
Sunday, February 28, 2016

beastiefan2k
4
Big Al Smoked Porter
Straight up what this beer is meant to be. Lightly fumey, light chocolate, dry finish, slightly charred and dry. The peat smoke isn’t really noticeable but rounds out the other porter elements. Definitely better than most faux smoked porters.
Sunday, February 28, 2016

beastiefan2k
3.5
Big Al Civ’s Session IPA
A little green hops, light light bitterness, clean white bread malts. A little dry finish. Very compact beer. Clear pale color.
Sunday, February 28, 2016

beastiefan2k
3.7
Big Al Big Hoppa
Slightly oily hops. Lightly bitter. Clean malts, fresh hops, light sweetness from hops. Just the way I want my standard IPA.
Sunday, February 28, 2016

beastiefan2k
3.4
Big Al Amber (Tutta Bella)
Have had this a few times at Tutta Bell and now at brewery. A present dust maltiness with some generic hoppiness. Typical amber with low bitterness.
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Gerbeer
3
Big Al Amber (Tutta Bella)
On tap. Pours a red copper color with moderate head. Aromas of grass and copper. Flavors of same. Good with pizza otherwise tolerable.
Sunday, February 28, 2016

nealblind
4.2
Time Capsule July’14
clear gold pour. Aroma big light barley, nutty oaky wood, green grapes, raisins. Tastes lemons, slight rosemary oak big goat cheese finish. dry light carb.
Monday, February 22, 2016

merc7186
3.5
Time Capsule October’14
Aroma: Brett, Bready... Appearance: Orangish/Reddish Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head, Some Lacing... Taste: Brett, Sweet Red Fruit, Mildly Bready... Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Funky, Mildly Sweet
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

merc7186
3.4
Time Capsule July’14
Aroma: Brett, Wheat, Mild Mango... Appearance: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing... Taste: Brett, Light Fruit... Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mild Drying
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

mcberko
3.7
Time Capsule May’15
On tap at Big Al, pours a cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma brings out loads of juicy passionfruit along with some wild yeasts. Flavour is much the same, with passionfruit and wild yeast vying for the centre of the palate. Lovely blend and high drinkability, not least of which due to the passionfruit. Very good.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

mcberko
3.4
Time Capsule March’15
On tap at Big Al, pours a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma brings out wild yeasts and a touch of dry white wine. Flavour is heavy on the former, with lots of wild creatures, a touch of regular saison yeast, and only a slight hint of the white wine barrels. Well-constructed and matured. Drinks very well.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

mcberko
3.2
Big Al Smoked Porter
On tap at Big Al, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out light smoke, toasted malt and bready malt. Flavour is well-balanced, with dry toasted malt and medium smoke. Just a touch of residual sweetness. Well-balanced and constructed overall. Good stuff.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

mcberko
3
Big Al Civ’s Session IPA
On tap at Big Al, pours a clear pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma brings out biscuity malt and floral hops. Flavour is along the same lines, with dry biscuity malt and floral hops in decent balance. Very dry palate, without drying out the mouth. Decent.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

mcberko
2.7
Big Al Irish Red
On tap at Big Al, pours a hazy dark amber red with a small beige head. Aroma brings out bready malts and not much else. Flavour is along the same lines, where bready malts and a slight herbal quality. Nothing much going on here. It’s okay.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

mcberko
2.8
Big Al Amber (Tutta Bella)
On tap at Big Al, pours a hazy dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma brings out bready malt and dry hopping. Flavour is pretty ordinary, with dry bready malts and just enough hops to dry this out. Reasonably well-balanced but very boring. Meh.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

mcberko
3.4
Big Al Big Hoppa
On tap at Big Al, pours a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma is quite fruity, with tropical fruits, bready malts and piney hops. Flavour is similar, with piney hops and tropical fruits. Fairly bitter but not harsh. Much better than the average ratings suggest. Fruity and balanced. Very good.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

mcberko
2.7
Big Al Rat City Blonde
On tap at Big Al, pours a hazy blonde with a small white head. Aroma is clean, with notes of biscuity malt, cereal, and straw. Flavour is along the same lines, with straw and biscuity malt. Clean but a pretty pointless creation overall. Meh.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

JulienHuxley
3.2
Time Capsule August’14
Bottle shared. Hazy gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is very bretty, funky, light peachy brett. Taste is bitter, malty, cheesy earthy brett. Palate is med bodied with good carbonation.
Thursday, February 04, 2016

VsXsV
3.5
Time Capsule August’14
Bottle at hotel room fart share @RBWG 2016. Light hazy golden liquid with medium white head. Aroma of lemon, apple skin, barnyard, grain and wood. Taste is dry and light sour with notes of lemons, grain and light wood. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.
Thursday, February 04, 2016

Theydon_Bois
3.2
Time Capsule August’14
Bottle split in the Fart Dungeon ... pre Beer Bro warm up ... 04/02/16. Lightly hazed golden orange with a decent off white covering. Nose is apricot, straw, funk, mandarin, brett, hop float. Taste comprises tangy citric shreds, sweet licks, tangerine, candyfloss, straw, yeast esters. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok ... brett is very subtle ... overly sweet.
Thursday, February 04, 2016

Homer321
3.4
Time Capsule August’14
Bottle at RBWG 2016. Thanks Leighton. Nose is moderate citrus with some fleshy fruit notes. Hazy deep gold color. Nose opens up with more apricot and fuzzy fruit notes. Taste is lightly phenolic with a bit if medicinal and pepper. Faint warming in the ears. Aroma us great. Taste is a bit weird.
Thursday, February 04, 2016

Leighton
3.5
Time Capsule August’14
Bottle shared during RBWG 2016. Moderate gusher. Pours mostly clear orange-gold with a creamy white head. Highly effervescent. Lightly funky on the nose, some melon, grapefruit. Light to medium sweet flavor with a bit of poopy diaper, more melon, sugary pale bread, dough, light yeast, hints of caramel. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes fairly sweet, with definite brett notes, sugary pale and doughy bread, some citrus, poo. Not bad.
Thursday, February 04, 2016

nealblind
3.3
Time Capsule March’15
Clear orange some foam. Aroma lemons, some grain. Tastes soft grain, milky, some butter.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fatehunter
3.5
Time Capsule March’15
Pours a half finger of head on a hazy straw body. The aroma is bread and ripe dark fruits. The taste is fruity, but not sweet, a good lemon bitterness. The texture is light and fizzy. Really enjoyable and flavorful.
Sunday, December 13, 2015

RhetoricalAns
3.7
Time Capsule August’14
Draft at the brewery. My favorite from my tasting session. Clear golden pour, medium white fluffy head. Aroma is yeasty, bit of lighter fruit, pear. More spice in the taste as well as a bit of funkiness.
Sunday, November 01, 2015

RhetoricalAns
3.2
Big Al Bridge Bitter
Draft at the brewery. Clear amber pour, thin off-white head. Caramel, bread and grass hop aroma. Taste is decent balance, nothing really sticks out. Good sessionable bitter.
Sunday, November 01, 2015

BillKismet
3.6
Big Al Headless Horseman
Gorgeous hazy brownish maroon with an enticing orange tan luscious top. Bouquet is replete with pumpkin spice, ginger, allspice, and perhaps a price of cinnamon and mace. As the bouquet unwinds, tart cranberry notes unfurl. Full pumpkin and spice body, with a backbone of fruit tartness. Tart cranberry finish lingers. Just kegged--this one could use a couple months of aging and some attenuation, but this is a lovely, powerful, mostly straightforward pumpkin ale.
Friday, October 30, 2015

BillKismet
3.3
Big Al Amber (Tutta Bella)
Amber body with perfect creamy 1" tanned head. Aroma is of easy freshly milled crystal malt caramel sweetness, with pungent spicy floral hops attached to it. Body is a mix of stale hops and fresh grains, washed over by some spent grain tannins.
Friday, October 30, 2015

RhetoricalAns
3.4
Big Al Jerome Tripel
Draft. Golden pour, small white head, okay retention. Nice sweet aroma, yeast, sweet fruit, bread. Light body, fair amount of carbonation. Okay Tripel
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

RhetoricalAns
3.1
Big Al Rat City Blonde
Draft at the brewery, Straw pour, bit of haze, small white head, little bit of lacing. Wheat and grass nose. Light sweet taste, minor bitter finish.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

RhetoricalAns
3.2
Big Al Irish Red
Draft. Deep mahogany pour, small off-white head. Caramel nose, some fruit notes. Sweet malt taste. Decent red.
Monday, October 26, 2015