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Big Rock McNally’s Extra

Brewed by Big Rock Brewery
Style: Irish Ale
Calgary, Canada
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Signature Series
An Irish Thoroughbred
The New World Guide to Beer listed this as one of the best Irish style ales on the planet. We’re happy to agree. And we’ll also tell you that while watching the mist roll across an Irish lake is an excellent way to enjoy McNally’s Extra, it’s also perfectly at home, right here in Canada.

Little Known Fact
Those three stars you see on the label aren’t just some fanciful design element. Early in its life, McNally’s Extra was awarded the highest award of one of Europe’s highest brewing authorities. Three golden stars.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UXO (1001) - CANADA - OCT 20, 2015
Appearance: clear medium amber with one finger of rocky light tan head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: caramel malt, dark fruit, grassy and earthy, diacetyl. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light sour. (5/10) Medium body, medium carbonation, medium duration bitter and lightly sour finish. (3/5) Nope, sorry. I’ve tried this beer so many times over the years, but I’m just not getting any closer to liking it. It’s malt-heavy, which would be fine, but for that sour something I can’t quite identify. And it’s not a good sour, either - more like the back of the throat “hurk” when you’re trying not to puke. (10/20)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DeanF (1939) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - MAY 27, 2015
Rather a "meh" appearance with modest head and bright copper body. Soft hops aroma with a hint of malt. Flavour is modestly hoppy with a hint of citrus ad rice. Just okay. first rating in many months!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JakeG (26) - Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
Pours a clear amber-orange with a nice size lasting foamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, fruit and mild hops. Mild but smooth flavour of caramel malt and alcohol with a light bitter finish. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2504) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Poured from 330ml bottle at Deer Lodge at Lake Louise, Alberta. Clear, sparkling dark coppery orange with a khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of caramel, plum, fig, lemon and grapefruit. Taste of caramel, orange, toffee, plum, lemon, peach and grapefruit. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bahumat (139) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
Aroma: 4/10. Aroma slightly reminiscent of stale bananas. Caramel, hops, a grapefruit sour note. Not really pleasant. Like a grapefruit-scented cleaner. Appearance: 3/5. Pours a pretty honey brown with a thin white head and light, creamy lacing. Taste: 4/10. Meh. Sour attack with some caramel notes, too much hops in the flavoring, and overall, just not a pleasant beer past the first few sips. Palate: 4/5. Actually not at all a bad palate; smooth on the tongue and teeth, and with a pleasant crispness and astringency to the beer itself. Shame about that nauseatingly hopped finish though, but that’s a weakness of Irish style beers as a whole. Overall: 10/20. If you like irish style beers you’ll probably enjoy this a lot more than I would, but overall I just found there wasn’t much to love in this one. Pass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (1236) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Aroma is caramel, roasty malts and slight floral notes. Taste is rich maltiness with caramel, fig, and plum. Finishes with a slight bitterness that isn’t overbearing. appearance is a clear dark amber with a medium white bubbly head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle at The Greedy Pig, Vancouver
Hazy amber color with small head. Sweet malt aroma with a toffee touch. Round mouthfeel, sweet malt flavor with some toffee, cereals and cookies; delicate fruity touch; correct bitterness.
Simplistic but pleasant hybrid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle. Coppery with a thin white head. Caramelly nose. Malty flavour with butter, perhaps a little too much for my taste. Bitterness is found in the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1660) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 Bottle at the Voyager Bistro.Clear medium copper, small foamy off-white head fades fast. Smoky aroma of caramel malt. Rich and buttery caramel / toffee malt taste. Soft carbonation, medium bodied, low hopped. Sweet malty finish. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokine (51) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
Not bad, not amazing. Lots of caramel flavour, almost overburdening. Bitter, but surprisingly quite drinkable.

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