Brewed by Big Rock Brewery
Style: Session IPA
Calgary, Canada


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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 USDAís hop research program to be approved for sale since prohibition. Itís aroma is now one of the hallmarks of North American craft beer.

Editorís note: "session" was added to the name in 2016, same ABV, so we changed the style accordingly

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (959) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2011
Had on draft at Moxieís in Burlington Ontario Canada. Pours a light copper colour, white head and layers of lacing. Smells lightly hoppy. Nice hop bitter taste. Piney aftertaste as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
patricks110 (2405) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2011
Had this one in July, 2007. Forgotten tasting notes. The pour is a bright copper with a thick finger of beige head. A nose of sweet grain and a light hop, grass and caramel with an overall blandness. The taste is sweet and crisp with a minor hop bitterness and grainy, grassy malts. Very boring and bland overall, but a good beer for a BBQ.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
northropfrye (3199) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle. Faint aroma. Pale appearance, slightly orange. Taste is a little bitter and then yeasty. Inoffensive, but not a real flavourful IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreamflower (758) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 22, 2011
bottle shared with northropfrye. smells slightly sweet. appearance is very clear and pretty. taste is bitter yet smooth. a thirst-quenching beer. i like it all right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalchopz (3036) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
Originally rated July 2006. First thing I noticed on the label, is that it is only written Pale Ale and not India Pale Ale. Pours a clear golden-amber colour with a decent off-white head that leaves very nice lacing all-around. Not much carbonation. The nose is pretty nice with some bread and spices. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Grain malt is present in the taste with some mild bitterness in the finish. Now that they have changed the name from IPA to Pale Ale, this one is good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (5525) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2011
341mL bottle poured golden with some orange hues with small white head and no lacing. Aroma is hay and cereal and possibly some citrus. Taste is light sweet malt up front with a light hoppy presence in the finish. A very mild Pale Ale, a little disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap at Moxies chain in Toronto. Pour golden orange syrupy consistency with little to no head. Aroma quite sweet caramel, mild UK hops not overly pleasing. Taste sickly sweet with mild hop profile. MF slick medium body ok carb. Wasnít a very good brew unfortuanate.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
TracksideBeer (34) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2011
Let me say first that Iím disappointed. I really like Big Rock, I support Alberta brewing. Iím happy they have invested in the Kasper Shultz line to branch out from their regular brews. Anyway, golden orange coloring with hardly any head in the glass. Starts simple at first with hardly any hops and finishes with a strong straw or hay flavor. I picture straw a horse has been using as a bed for weeks. Urgh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (13502) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle, sampled at Viti, pours clear golden. Pretty basic, watered down "IPA" here, with light citrus hops and grassy, bready malts to back. Thin mouthful, with little going on. Not impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
On tap at the St.James Pub in Banff. Pours a orangey gold with pillowy off white head. Nose is slightly hoppy, some citrus. Taste is earthy hops but restrained. Some malt but underplayed. Finish is mildly hoppy. A very mild English style IPA or a middle of the road APA...take your pick.

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