Oakes (18836) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Light bronze colour. Toasty, sulphury and fucking awful diapery aroma. Big Rock is not known for lack of brewing talent but this aroma is flawed. Flavour has residuals of this, but in the background. What you mostly get is the toast...lots of it...like a toasty bagel with butter. But not a real bagel. Like a Tim Horton’s imitation bagel. And it’s margarine, not butter. I happen to like toasted bagels with butter so it’s cool, well as long as I plug my nose, but it’s not a good beer. Seriously, I’m not trying to pick on Big Rock, but I just had a Hacker Hell and it terms of malt character, hop character, cleanliness, it’s a professional beer. This is not. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Seems they’ve dropped the India and it’s just Pale Ale now...
Bottle: Medium gold pour with a creamy white head and plenty of visible carbonation streamers.
Aroma is low hop, earthy wet wool yeasty.
Flavour is thin and clean with the carbonation a bit too much that it overwhelms the flavour.
Not crazy about this one... pintbypint (3831) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
341ml brown bottle. Deep gold colour, very creamy head, tight bubbled, with sticky lace. Slightly floral hop aroma with some sweetish fruity malt behind it. Malty flavour, slightly earthy. Bitterness very light toward finish. Lively carbonation. Perhaps labeling this as an IPA is a bit of a stretch, but I liked it. OKBeer (1175) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
341 ml bottle. Golden amber colour with a mostly diminishing fizzy and frothy off-white head. Caramel, bready, and lightly grainy aroma. Toasty and light caramel flavours with a light citrusy bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, dry and fizzy mouthfeel. No IPA, but the first from Big Rock I’ve had that didn’t completely suck. frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2005
Pours a light amber with a white head. mild aroma of floral hops, grassy. The taste is far from what I associate with an I.P.A. Little or no hops,some malt, grassy, thin. If you’re looking for an I.P.A. skip this one.
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 7, 2005
Bottle. Gold color with nary much of a head to speak of. Aroma is dusty with some malts and caramel. Taste is a strange honey flavor and hops. I had this side by side with Widmer and that blew this stuff away. MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
Ech. Not truly terrible, but Jesus, it was so bland. So, so offensively bland. I’m sorry, but IPAs are supposed to be dark and taste of hops and bitterness, NOT be a lager in a different bottle. Boring stuff, no inspiration. An insult to IPAs. iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2004
Found in the bargain bin at the LCBO. Pours a clear light copper colour with a medium bubbly head. Aroma is kinda grassy, malt and a bit of hop. Sweet caramel taste wiith citrus. Not what I’d call an IPA, too thin of a body also. Overall, not bad but nothing I’d want to rush out and get rajendra82 (1103) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Sent as a part of BIF 13 (from hell) package by drewbage, this had the potential of being a decent brew, as I generally like the style.
The beer poured with classic IPA look, orange amber body, and a creamy off-white head leaving lots of lace. The aroma was very subdued, with earthy English hops, and light notes of alcohol. The taste was very bland, with a caramel sweetness, hop bitterness, and citrus twang in very light proportions. The mouthfeel was crisp and dry.
This appears to be representative of the school of thought, that IPAs were traditionally brewed extra strong for the ocean voyage and diluted after getting to India. This pretty much tastes like an American Double IPA mixed with equal parts water. I prefer for them to hold the water and pass the beer to me straight from the ship.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 16, 2004
Clear golden yellow with fine white head. Barnyard nose? with corn notes and faint hops. Light weight on the tongue with a quick marco brewed finish. Tastes of corn, malt and water. No need to try it again!