darthmoore (23) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2013
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 isn’t 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 won’t regret trying this beer if you keep an open mind and not worry about what style it is or isn’t. Cheers! veggieBen (11) - Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Deep red color with lasting white head, earthy smell, malty taste with light hop finish. thick creamy texture with a bitter bite rumproasts (5359) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2012
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 (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
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
This is nice. Mildly hoppy. Little bitterness. But the medley of flavors is wonderful -- Belgian yeast and red malts. Recommended.
milewide (2249) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2012
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
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
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 wouldn’t 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 it’s 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 it’s not too much. The hops aren’t as "bursting" as I thought they’d be, judging by the taste. The malt flavor is of caramel and sweetness, and it works well. This is an odd beer, and I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s 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, it’s difficult for me to pull out specific flavors in this beer. It’s just interesting. It’s like a red in that it has plenty of the malt and sweetness that you’d 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 I’ve had before... an amber with more hops than usual, and Belgian yeast. Extremely unhelpful review, but I CAN tell you that it’s a very tasty beer that’s worth picking up if you can. boonjug (4) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2016 does not count
Captivating red color with lasting head of white, smells earthy & malty with a moderate hop finish. Texture is creamy. A reliable go-to red. bruwery (35) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2011
On tap at Brewery Vivant. This beer is a mountain of hops in my face from first aroma to finish - what’s not to like? If you’re looking for the candy sweetness associated with most Belgian beers, you’ll have to look hard . There is enough malt to support the hops so they don’t overpower it, but the hops are definitely the main event.