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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 USDAís hop research program to be approved for sale since prohibition. Itís aroma is now one of the hallmarks of North American craft beer.

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

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2.4
fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2008
Draught at Ship and Anchor, Calgary
Light amber color. It’s a mild Amber Ale, with a light cheesy touch, more evident in the flavor than the aroma. Can be boring.

2.9
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2008
tap at Big Rock in Seoul - This one has a mild aroma of malt and grapefruit accented hops. The flavor struck me as very fruity and also quite sweet for what theyíre calling an IPA. Itís barely hoppier than what Alexander Keithís claims is in IPA. Thatís not saying much. This oneís drinkable, but donít expect bitterness.

1.6
furballman (25) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - MAR 30, 2008
Not a fan, very watered down and not taste to it. Big Rock produces some great beers, but this is not one of them.

2.5
blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle courtesy of tupalev. Pours a clear, bubbly copper-gold with a small quickly diminishing white head. Mild aroma of grain, sweet malt and light hops. Watery flavourís also of grain, sweet malt and light hops along with some cardboard and with a light bitter finish. Light to average bodied. Not bad for a Big Rock beer but there isnít really any reason to buy this, thereís always going to be something better to get, one would hope.

2.3
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2008
[1008-KE-20071228] 341mL (c/o tupalev). Yeasty hay dough aroma. Clear, orange amber body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet hay yeast continues in flavour with a skunky tinge. Light-medium body with a watery astringency. Poor.

2.8
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle courtesy of tupalev. Golden-copper colour with an average sized white head. Average aroma of grainy malt and earthy hops. Average body. Average flavour that follows the aroma - grainy malt, earthy hops. Yup - average.

2.8
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Tupalev. I have had this a number of times over the years and apparently not bothered to rate it. I remember it being pretty decent but either it has changed or my taste has improved. Golden yellow body with a small white topper. Sweet malt aroma with notes of caramel, hops and muted citrus. Flavour is similar with a sweet grainy malt foundation and light accents of caramel and light hoppy bitterness. Not bad for a fairly mainstream offering but its fairly modest overall.

2.7
HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
Bottle (341ml). Thanks to tupalev for this one. Clear copper, smallish fizzy off-white head. Aroma of cardboard, light grainy sweet malt, a fair amount of dry hops, but they seem pretty stale. The taste is let cardboard, more bitterness, not bad; Light body, quite fizzy, slightly burnt aftertaste - pretty okay

2.4
dkazuk (248) - winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 14, 2007
341ml bottle.
Beer that smells of sweet malted grains, a bit of hops and some feint orange peels. Tastes is also malty and sweet with a small hop presence. Soft carbonation, light feel. Not a lot of character. Not a great beer.

2.7
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! Theyíre 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, youíve 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 wouldnít 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 Keithís drinker I guess.


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