Big Rock Juniper Berry Mild Summer Lager
Reviewed by Brady White on August 20, 2014 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Big Rock Brewery
- Origin: Calgary, AB, CA
- Rated On: August 19, 2014
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Fruit Beer
- Rating: OKAY
This 355ml can pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of frothy, bubbly, and loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward specks of remote islet lace around the glass as things sink away.
It smells of musty, kind of indistinct semi-sweet berry fruit (so, gin, then, yes), white pepper, somewhat biscuity pale grainy malt, and quite muted pine resin and warm citrus esters. The taste is more gin-like acerbic leafy pine and dried berry fruitiness, bready and crackery pale malt, a touch of dry caramel, and more peppery, than anything really citrusy in the hop department. The carbonation is moderate, manifesting in an edgy frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, that peppery character continuing to do more to mess with things now than any hoppiness. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt doing well to linger, along with a waning tonic-friendly fruitiness, one quite bereft of the alcohol punch normally associated with it.
Another interesting enough boardroom idea, I imagine, that kind of falls flat in production. Again, nothing wrong with this offering, per se, but I believe that they have over-promised and under-delivered once more. Crisp lager? Not really. Slightly fruity, and peppery amber lager? Sure.