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


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Full-bodied, smooth with a buttery maltness which is balanced by a restrained hop.

49degrees' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 21, 2003
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.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (641) - 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 (14380) - 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 (2292) - 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 (1216) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zimbo (553) - SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Reimer96 (1197) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 17, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (3097) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
cards04 (1725) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
Pours a clear amber. Smells like grains and apple juice. Slight sweet apple flavours up front. Watery, bitter finish. Not that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2917) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle, Big Rock mix pack from Beer Store. Dark chestnut brown, very little head. Aroma is decent - lots of nutty malt and lots of alcohol. Taste - not bad at all. Lots of malt over a surprisingly medium to thin body giving way to restrained but present alcohol and a nice lingering bitterness. Even longer is a slow alcohol burn. Quite well balanced. Will not knock your socks off in terms of flavour, but this is a well constructed strong ale (Irish ale category seems..odd). Nice work Big Rock, glad I picked up this mix pack for the improved IPA and this.

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