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


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64/5   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 USDAs hop research program to be approved for sale since prohibition. Its aroma is now one of the hallmarks of North American craft beer.

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

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DuffMan (10139) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
When you put yourself out there as an "english pale ale", youre 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 isnt horrible or anything, but it isnt 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gilvanblight (825) - 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 couldnt get it to feature more.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnurda (1280) - 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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Oakes (17093) - 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 Hortons imitation bagel. And its margarine, not butter. I happen to like toasted bagels with butter so its cool, well as long as I plug my nose, but its not a good beer. Seriously, Im not trying to pick on Big Rock, but I just had a Hacker Hell and it terms of malt character, hop character, cleanliness, its a professional beer. This is not.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Seems theyve dropped the India and its 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintbypint (3515) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
341ml brown bottle. Deep gold colour, very creamy head, tight bubbled, with sticky lace. Slightly floral hop aroma with some sweetish fruity malt behind it. Malty flavour, slightly earthy. Bitterness very light toward finish. Lively carbonation. Perhaps labeling this as an IPA is a bit of a stretch, but I liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
341 ml bottle. Golden amber colour with a mostly diminishing fizzy and frothy off-white head. Caramel, bready, and lightly grainy aroma. Toasty and light caramel flavours with a light citrusy bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, dry and fizzy mouthfeel. No IPA, but the first from Big Rock Ive had that didnt completely suck.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2005
Pours a light amber with a white head. mild aroma of floral hops, grassy. The taste is far from what I associate with an I.P.A. Little or no hops,some malt, grassy, thin. If youre looking for an I.P.A. skip this one.

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