beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is dark amber and recieves a white frothy head about a finger high and faded within a minute leaving no lace. Smell is soft with caramel malt and a hint of hop. Taste is sweet malt of caramel flavor then procedes into the balancing hop of faintly dry bite. Its mostly malty with a few nice things going for it as far as balance and body. Feel is strongly medium bodied and bold, slightly silky/buttery smooth and sweet with a nice light drying finish from hops. This is very drinkable, smooth, bold, and well balanced.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange/brown in color. Smells of sweet carmel and hops. Taste sweet carmel and malt.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A copper color with a white diminished head. A caramel aroma. Flavor is a little hoppy with a caramel malt sweetness.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2003
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Light brown colour with minimal head. Aroma is generic. Taste is malty and slightly sweet. Finish is plain. This beer hides the high ABV nicely considering this is done without a lot of flavour.
MicroRob (42) - Kelowna, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fairly sweet and malty. Little or no head and very clear (filtered). Had too many one night in a hotel in Calgary. Killer headache in the AM.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Medium brown color. Small head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Medium bodies Irish style ale. Malty and buttery. Somewhat resiny hops. Fairly sweet tasting. Mild taste, kind of bland. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This first bottle from a case of specialties consisting of 2 bottles of the top 6 brews from Calgary, Alberta, Canada's Big Rock Brewery. This is a very enjoyable brew modeled after the great Irish Red Ales.
Pours a deep amber color with a quickly disappating white frothy head. After a few minutes the head is completely gone with just the faintest remnants of a collar surrounding the top of the brew. No lacing on the glass during consumption.
Aroma wise this Extra Ale is rich in caramel and a very smooth blend of hops and malt. A very nice, robust brew that presents considering welcoming factor for the drinker even before the very first sip.
Taste wise, it lives up to its billing. A complex buttery texture that does down very well. Complex collection of malts with just a slight hint of hops succeed very well. Weaker contentders should study this beer closely to try to capitalize on a good malt structure. This one is definitely malty, but not weak and uninspiring like so many other malty beers.
Although this one is a Canadian microbrew, its from a large enough company that gets some reasonably wide exposure in the US. Looking for something a little different? Don't miss this one.
(Other Big Rock notables include Grasshopper Ale and Warthog Cream Ale.)
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color with fast disapearing head. Not a very exciting aroma at all. It seems pretty standard, with a hint of hops and malt. Too sweet and malty for me. Where are the hops Canada.
TipsyMcStager (1121) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
copper brown colour with a head that doesn’t last. Starts out almost sweet and finishes with a touch of bitterness. Can really taste the alcohol. Knock back six of these and you’ll be flying. Overall a quality beer - recommended.
MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20