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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
341 ml bottle in a mixed pack from TBS, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear deep amber with a fair light tan head. Aroma: Surprising, very leafy, very green, almost wet or fresh, raw hops, resinous, a touch peppery, not exactly pleasant, hints of a biscuit/bread crust/toast backbone, vegetal, odd. Palate: Medium body, very relaxed effervescence. Flav.: Still has a pervasive raw hop profile, though somewhat more subdued in mouth, oddly leafy, green, vegetal, slightly peppery, the malts are way in the distance, strange; dry with some bitterness and an amazingly abrupt finish that leaves traces of malt and green salad.

This damages IPA more than Keiths. Blech.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dresden (1566) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
I wasnt expecting much, and its a good thing I wasnt. Slightly dark with maybe a bit of an orange hue. No real aroma to speak of. A bit more bitter than their other beers, but not really an IPA in my books.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (968) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2011
Had on draft at Moxies in Burlington Ontario Canada. Pours a light copper colour, white head and layers of lacing. Smells lightly hoppy. Nice hop bitter taste. Piney aftertaste as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
patricks110 (2468) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2011
Had this one in July, 2007. Forgotten tasting notes. The pour is a bright copper with a thick finger of beige head. A nose of sweet grain and a light hop, grass and caramel with an overall blandness. The taste is sweet and crisp with a minor hop bitterness and grainy, grassy malts. Very boring and bland overall, but a good beer for a BBQ.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
northropfrye (3443) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle. Faint aroma. Pale appearance, slightly orange. Taste is a little bitter and then yeasty. Inoffensive, but not a real flavourful IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreamflower (790) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 22, 2011
bottle shared with northropfrye. smells slightly sweet. appearance is very clear and pretty. taste is bitter yet smooth. a thirst-quenching beer. i like it all right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalchopz (3315) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
Originally rated July 2006. First thing I noticed on the label, is that it is only written Pale Ale and not India Pale Ale. Pours a clear golden-amber colour with a decent off-white head that leaves very nice lacing all-around. Not much carbonation. The nose is pretty nice with some bread and spices. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Grain malt is present in the taste with some mild bitterness in the finish. Now that they have changed the name from IPA to Pale Ale, this one is good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (6149) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2011
341mL bottle poured golden with some orange hues with small white head and no lacing. Aroma is hay and cereal and possibly some citrus. Taste is light sweet malt up front with a light hoppy presence in the finish. A very mild Pale Ale, a little disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap at Moxies chain in Toronto. Pour golden orange syrupy consistency with little to no head. Aroma quite sweet caramel, mild UK hops not overly pleasing. Taste sickly sweet with mild hop profile. MF slick medium body ok carb. Wasnt a very good brew unfortuanate.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
TracksideBeer (34) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2011
Let me say first that Im disappointed. I really like Big Rock, I support Alberta brewing. Im happy they have invested in the Kasper Shultz line to branch out from their regular brews. Anyway, golden orange coloring with hardly any head in the glass. Starts simple at first with hardly any hops and finishes with a strong straw or hay flavor. I picture straw a horse has been using as a bed for weeks. Urgh.

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