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


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RATINGS: 139   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 USDA’s hop research program to be approved for sale since prohibition. It’s aroma is now one of the hallmarks of North American craft beer.

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

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Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle, Beer Store. Looks great initially - medium to dark yellow, big fluffy white head. But then the head disappears really fast and upon inspection you see that the body looks really really thin. Mild aroma featuring weak herbal/tea like hops, mild fruit. Taste - ok. Nice initial hops - nice to taste some present! They’re a little bit herbal and earthy and the linger is pretty decent. The body is very thin with a light malt taste that just screams weak. Honestly Big Rock, you’ve got the hops down pretty good here in the taste, follow up with a decent malt base and get some of that dry hopping you talk about in the nose and this wouldn’t be too bad. As is, occupies that gray area between decent micro and crappy macro that I find a lot of Big Rock products occupy. Might be a transition beer for a Keith’s drinker I guess.

graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Really enjoyed this one. It was definately not as intense as an IPA, but it was stronger than a Pale Ale. I really liked the grassiness in the nose and the taste as well as the citrus notes.

LordBeamish (144) - Boozetown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2007
bottle: The beer store was out of Grasshopper so I brought home the Pale Ale instead. My expectations were high given my great experiences with other Big Rock brews. Despite the smell being a little off, this beer tasted fresh and light with some nice mild hoppiness as it poured down my throat with ease. No sensational big flavours but a great beer to put back during the patio season.

TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2006
Just says "Pale Ale," not "IPA." Smells like old vegetable soup, but not in a good way. Coppery, with almost no head. Malty sweetness, followed by a brief grassy taste, finishing with brief hoppy bittnerness. Nothing lingers. A simple ale; nothing special. Warthog is much better.

MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle- Dark gold pour with good froth atop and nice lace. Strange aroma is funk, with some malt/hop aromas, grains, and slight leaf. Bitter hoppy flavours with mild malt to back it up. Bready bitter finish with just a touch of sweetness. Nothing fantastic, but better than most of the BMC fare available in this area.

DuffMan (10549) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
When you put yourself out there as an "english pale ale", you’re setting some expectations. Well, my expectations were not met here. This is a golden yellow beer that holds very little hop character in the aroma and perhaps even less on the palate. It isn’t horrible or anything, but it isn’t special either. The only thing saving it from losing its identity and becoming a pale lager is the slightly more discernable malt character, but otherwise it is not one I will return to.

gilvanblight (826) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2006
Redish gold pour with a nice head. It was generally watery and weak but there was a good pale ale taste in there, too bad the couldn’t get it to feature more.

mnurda (1285) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 26, 2006
Diapery aroma? -Hmm I never thought of a beer smelling that way, but it may be a good description. I knew there was something off about this one, and Oakes (5028) hit the nail on the head. Other than the smell, it is a fairly good beer to have in the fridge.

Oakes (18167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Light bronze colour. Toasty, sulphury and fucking awful diapery aroma. Big Rock is not known for lack of brewing talent but this aroma is flawed. Flavour has residuals of this, but in the background. What you mostly get is the toast...lots of it...like a toasty bagel with butter. But not a real bagel. Like a Tim Horton’s imitation bagel. And it’s margarine, not butter. I happen to like toasted bagels with butter so it’s cool, well as long as I plug my nose, but it’s not a good beer. Seriously, I’m not trying to pick on Big Rock, but I just had a Hacker Hell and it terms of malt character, hop character, cleanliness, it’s a professional beer. This is not.

Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Seems they’ve dropped the India and it’s just Pale Ale now... Bottle: Medium gold pour with a creamy white head and plenty of visible carbonation streamers. Aroma is low hop, earthy wet wool yeasty. Flavour is thin and clean with the carbonation a bit too much that it overwhelms the flavour. Not crazy about this one...

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