49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - 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.)
MadRobin (2178) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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Bahumat (126) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
AgentAle (891) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
fiulijn (15436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
Lagerboy (1415) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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)
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Jokine (51) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad, not amazing. Lots of caramel flavour, almost overburdening. Bitter, but surprisingly quite drinkable.
zimbo (631) - SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Always wanted to try this and when I did I was diappointed at how linear and filtered this was as if all the character had been sucked cleanout of it. Didn’t even get much of that supposed butter malt quality. Needs more hops or anything to make it more distinctive.
Reimer96 (1414) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 17, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a clear amber with a frothy off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet caramel on the nose. Taste is sweet and bready at first then finishes with a smooth boozy taste with some hop bitterness. If the hopps were cranked up on this it would be so much better.
bytemesis (3832) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, brought back from Canada by Jim - thanks! Pours clear reddish amber with a small white head and effectively no lacing. Aroma is light caramel and a floral note. Flavor is caramel, nuts, a bit of metal, and a light bitter finish. Boring.