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


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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.61/5   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.

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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.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
simonblaine (576) - Alberta, - JAN 7, 2013
Sigh, I want to support the local stuff, but this is pretty boring. The best thing about it is the label. Watery, with bready aroma, just another ordinary beer.

Kauge (2064) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 6, 2017
Tap at Cloak and Dagger. Darkish clear amber with big steady creamy head. Good lace. Sweet earthy leafy malty hoppy aroma and flavour, sweet with bitterish finish. Modest carbonation. Easy-drinking sweetish brew.

Chugalug (31) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2017
Everything a mild English ale should be. Nice caramel sweetness, but keeping a light body and clean finish. Poured with a pillowy cream-coloured head.

exeter (536) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 7, 2016
Pours with a little head and some lacing and reddish brown. Tastes of honey and grain. Light on the hopes or malt. Hard to taste the "English Style". Not "orrible" but not a stand-out

DeanF (2514) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2015
No head and a heavily carbonated light copper body. Lots of roasted malt on the nose, some breadiness, nothing exciting. Flavour is a metallic sweet malt with some fake smoke. An Englishman would be horrified by this kind of ale, and me as a Canadian am just hugely disappointed.

mathyeti (1) - - JUL 10, 2015 does not count
341ml bottle from Beer Store in Toronto. This beer is exactly what it says it is: an English style mild ale. A rich body that goes down easily, with very little bitterness. Serve at 10 - 15 degrees C, of course. Don’t be fooled by the name "Warthog" ... it’s not an aggressive ale - as the commercial description explains, it is designed to quench the thirst of an English big game hunter on an African safari!

deyholla (12038) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2015
On tap at Smith. Pours a clear amber gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of bread and straw supported by a touch of earthiness. Flavor has notes of grain and bread, but is a bit thin.

UXO (1896) - CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours clear pale amber with one finger of loose off-white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, no lacing. (2/5) Nose is light malt, mild citrus and grassy. (5/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate bitter. (5/10) Light to medium bodied, prickly to moderate carbonation, off-dry crisp finish. (3/5) Quite boring. Mild, sure, and no real negatives, but really quite boring. (10/20)

Patrickctenchi (6695) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Can: Slightly hazed yellow-amber with a small, off-white head. Caramel, lightly woody aroma. Flavour is caramel malt, bread...slightly lactic, with a weak leafy bitter. Just barely ok...very watery...misses the style by a wide margin.

shrubber85 (11582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Can. Lightly lactic caramel malt aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Lightly sweet toffee malt and lightly bitter herbal flavor. Watery palate. I get not calling this a mild ale but I thought one of the requirements of being a brown ale was that it should be brown.

sudomorph (1181) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
Draft at Gourmet Bistro Toronto. Pours a clear, caramel/copper with a thin, off white head that stick to the glass. Aroma has nice notes of caramel, toffee, slight fruit esters, and traditional hops. Taste is balanced. Caramel, toffee, bread, and a short aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Clean and satisfying in the mouth. Overall pretty good for the style. Mild flavours of caramel, bread, and toffee.

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