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 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (16595) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle, sampled at Viti, pours clear golden. Pretty basic, watered down "IPA" here, with light citrus hops and grassy, bready malts to back. Thin mouthful, with little going on. Not impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
On tap at the St.James Pub in Banff. Pours a orangey gold with pillowy off white head. Nose is slightly hoppy, some citrus. Taste is earthy hops but restrained. Some malt but underplayed. Finish is mildly hoppy. A very mild English style IPA or a middle of the road APA...take your pick.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gramity (1634) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2011
On tap. Clear golden with no head. Aroma was weak with some bready, malty notes and a very light hop presence for the style. Taste was also weak. Grassy, malts, and some faint citrusy and floral hops. Thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall pretty disappointed in this beer. I can barely agree with calling it an IPA as the IBUs were shamefully low. Big Rock: you can do better!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Spab (3662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
341 ml bottle from Beer Store. Pours a clear orange/gold with the thinnest of white caps. Aroma is quite mild - bready malt, honey/appleish sweetness. Flavour of cereal grains and some honey and fruitiness; not much on the hop front. Body is medium. Uninspiring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
Draft at the brewery. Pours clear golden yellow, thin white head, lacing is spotty to poor. Nose is grassy citrus hops and clean grain. Very light nose, think of a very light APA, and then dial it down a bit. The hop notes that are present are pleasant and fresh enough, but there isnt much to be had, very delicate. Flavours are very lightly spicy/bitter, grapefruit rind, clean grain. Very light, very dull. This was supposed to be the "new" IPA that was more PNW in style and much hoppier than the old Pale. I was left very underwhelmed and disappointed. Timid IPAs like this wont win you any friends or customers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
Single bottle purchased from Crowfoot Liqour Store on 03/03/2011. Colour: Dark yellow and light brown....combined. Medium creamy white head. Nose: roasty malt, butter cream, seasoning salt, fresh baking. Delicious! Taste: Medium sweet, medium-light bitter, medium-light sour. Toast with just a shade of marmalade, and burnt hops that grip hold mid-palate and take over long after finished. Great stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fred82 (2250) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2010
341ml bottle labelled "Pale Ale" thanks to my friend Bruno.
Appearance : Clear mahogany with small head that goes away fast.
Aroma : Some malt, some grain. Light honey with a little bit of hops.
Taste : Malt and slight honey. Some grain with some hops on the finish. Finish is slightly bitter and quite dry. Slightly astringent. Notes of soap on the finish.
Overall : Nose is weak and not very inviting. Taste is also quite weak but not that bad. Finish has a light unwanted astringency that limit the drinkability. Not good at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2010
341ml bottle from The Beer Store. A yellow fizzy beer. This is an ale? Dissapointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strangebrewer (1272) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2010
bottle. Poured clear copper with a thin white head. The aroma is light, a slight yeasty wheat grain smell. Medium bodied, dry palate with moderate carbonation. Sweet bready malt flavour with some grapefruit notes. Light bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Listigovers (1085) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
its okay, not an india pale ale by any stretchh. Clean and refreshing with enough hops for flavour, but not enough fr the style.

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