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

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RATINGS: 142   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 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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2.4
fiulijn (20491) - 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.

2.1
mcberko (17809) - 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.

1.7
Oakes (17664) - 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 Horton’s imitation bagel. And it’s margarine, not butter. I happen to like toasted bagels with butter so it’s cool, well as long as I plug my nose, but it’s not a good beer. Seriously, I’m not trying to pick on Big Rock, but I just had a Hacker Hell and it terms of malt character, hop character, cleanliness, it’s a professional beer. This is not.

3
Lubiere (13898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
A hazed amber IPA with a thick frothy mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with piney herbaceous hops, orange pulp, nice. In mouth, a smooth sweet caramel malt with treacle, grassy surranated hops, a tad too much residual sugars but decent.

3.2
shrubber85 (11390) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Can. Tangy orange- mango malt and orange peel aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet orange malt and moderately bitter grapefruit peel flavor. Body on the light side.

2.3
DuffMan (10423) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
When you put yourself out there as an "english pale ale", you’re 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 isn’t horrible or anything, but it isn’t 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.

2.8
jercraigs (10365) - 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.

2.2
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2004
Light amber colour with a thin-white head. Slightly hoppy aroma, but only because I'm looking for it. Aroma is more reminiscent of a pilsener than an IPA. Maltiness is too prominent and beer is seriously underhopped. The description says that it's dry-hopped, but I don't think so. More crap from this generally crappy brewery.

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.

2.5
blankboy (7689) - 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 flavour’s 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 isn’t really any reason to buy this, there’s always going to be something better to get, one would hope.


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