Brewed by Big Rock Brewery
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Calgary, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Signature Series
Pale in Colour, Not Flavour
If hoppy makes you happy, this Pacific Northwest-style IPA is your beer. We brew it with two kinds of delicious Yakima Valley Cascade hops, in such a way as to deliver the maximum heavenly hoppiness to your tastebuds, with the minimum bitterness.

Little Known Fact
The Cascade was the first North American-made aroma hop and the first hop variety from the USDA’s hop research program to be approved for sale since prohibition. It’s aroma is now one of the hallmarks of North American craft beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
Draft at the brewery. Pours clear golden yellow, thin white head, lacing is spotty to poor. Nose is grassy citrus hops and clean grain. Very light nose, think of a very light APA, and then dial it down a bit. The hop notes that are present are pleasant and fresh enough, but there isn’t much to be had, very delicate. Flavours are very lightly spicy/bitter, grapefruit rind, clean grain. Very light, very dull. This was supposed to be the "new" IPA that was more PNW in style and much hoppier than the old Pale. I was left very underwhelmed and disappointed. Timid IPAs like this won’t win you any friends or customers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
Single bottle purchased from Crowfoot Liqour Store on 03/03/2011. Colour: Dark yellow and light brown....combined. Medium creamy white head. Nose: roasty malt, butter cream, seasoning salt, fresh baking. Delicious! Taste: Medium sweet, medium-light bitter, medium-light sour. Toast with just a shade of marmalade, and burnt hops that grip hold mid-palate and take over long after finished. Great stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2010
341ml bottle labelled "Pale Ale" thanks to my friend Bruno.
Appearance : Clear mahogany with small head that goes away fast.
Aroma : Some malt, some grain. Light honey with a little bit of hops.
Taste : Malt and slight honey. Some grain with some hops on the finish. Finish is slightly bitter and quite dry. Slightly astringent. Notes of soap on the finish.
Overall : Nose is weak and not very inviting. Taste is also quite weak but not that bad. Finish has a light unwanted astringency that limit the drinkability. Not good at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2010
341ml bottle from The Beer Store. A yellow fizzy beer. This is an ale? Dissapointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strangebrewer (920) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2010
bottle. Poured clear copper with a thin white head. The aroma is light, a slight yeasty wheat grain smell. Medium bodied, dry palate with moderate carbonation. Sweet bready malt flavour with some grapefruit notes. Light bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Listigovers (382) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
it’s okay, not an india pale ale by any stretchh. Clean and refreshing with enough hops for flavour, but not enough fr the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
pootzboy (1601) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2009
Bottle: golden pour, smallish white cap with modest retention,weak lacing. Aroma is weal as well for a micro pale. some light fruit and cerial tones and some other funky cardboard notes. Thin mouthfeel, fiszzy, light malt up front and some minor hop presense, taste pretty much as it smess. Fast clean finish. I drank oceans of this in Calgary whe the Rock was the only micro in town...revisiting this beer documents their downfall into macro brewer wimpishness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 27, 2009
This beer as far as IPA’s go was a pretty big let down. Porus a deep golden colour with a short lived head. Aroma of dehydrated hops, cardboard malts, and crushed apples. The flavour is an exact reflection of that. It’s sort of interesting, a kind of refreshing, but really nothing special...at all, there traditional ale is considerably better.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
robinvboyer (3302) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2009
Golden pour quckly dispating head. Aroma of cheap macro malts and a hint of cheap hops might even be extract. Flavor is slightly corny and there is a sweet caramel flavor associated with the malt and the hop completely disapear. This is a boring runof the mill macro ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bulldogops (1111) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 10, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2009 Bottle. 5%. Hazy golden pour with a pretty thick white foam. Aroma was unpleasant, strong hops and old hay. Taste first reminded me of wet dog. Finish was quite bitter. Extremely disappointed, this is watery and disgusting. If someone finds this on tap in Edmonton, I would kindly re-rate. Re-Rate. Much better, but only so much. No canine taste, just a plain tasting, grainy macro ale. Was impressed by the aroma this time around, sweet apples and quite hoppy.

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