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


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RATINGS: 141   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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dreamflower (792) - 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.

Metalchopz (3673) - 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.

reebtogi (6403) - 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.

JB84 (652) - 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. Wasn’t a very good brew unfortuanate.

TracksideBeer (37) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2011
Let me say first that I’m disappointed. I really like Big Rock, I support Alberta brewing. I’m 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.

mcberko (19805) - 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.

manuchampions (1245) - 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.

gramity (1684) - 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!

Spab (4218) - 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.

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 isn’t 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 won’t win you any friends or customers.

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