49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 21, 2003solidfunk (8838) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2016
This first bottle from a case of specialties consisting of 2 bottles of the top 6 brews from Calgary, Alberta, Canada's Big Rock Brewery. This is a very enjoyable brew modeled after the great Irish Red Ales.
Pours a deep amber color with a quickly disappating white frothy head. After a few minutes the head is completely gone with just the faintest remnants of a collar surrounding the top of the brew. No lacing on the glass during consumption.
Aroma wise this Extra Ale is rich in caramel and a very smooth blend of hops and malt. A very nice, robust brew that presents considering welcoming factor for the drinker even before the very first sip.
Taste wise, it lives up to its billing. A complex buttery texture that does down very well. Complex collection of malts with just a slight hint of hops succeed very well. Weaker contentders should study this beer closely to try to capitalize on a good malt structure. This one is definitely malty, but not weak and uninspiring like so many other malty beers.
Although this one is a Canadian microbrew, its from a large enough company that gets some reasonably wide exposure in the US. Looking for something a little different? Don't miss this one.
(Other Big Rock notables include Grasshopper Ale and Warthog Cream Ale.)
Light rust and some caramel. Decent body and good malt. Creamy consistency like hot butter. Amber pour with decent head and lacing. Bottle in Banff. cklee512 (5) - SOUTH KOREA - OCT 21, 2016 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2016 Amber color. Sweet and soft caramel tastes with little bit of high alcohol. Reminds me of some tripel beers. Good red ale. cmacklin (1125) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours a clear, red amber with a small, short lived, fully dissipating, off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt with a hint of dark fruit. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit and a hint of nuts with a dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Medium body with a creamy, smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. 7% ABV is well hidden. One of their better offerings. UXO (1896) - CANADA - OCT 20, 2015
Appearance: clear medium amber with one finger of rocky light tan head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: caramel malt, dark fruit, grassy and earthy, diacetyl. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light sour. (5/10) Medium body, medium carbonation, medium duration bitter and lightly sour finish. (3/5)
Nope, sorry. I’ve tried this beer so many times over the years, but I’m just not getting any closer to liking it. It’s malt-heavy, which would be fine, but for that sour something I can’t quite identify. And it’s not a good sour, either - more like the back of the throat “hurk” when you’re trying not to puke. (10/20) DeanF (2453) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 27, 2015
Rather a "meh" appearance with modest head and bright copper body. Soft hops aroma with a hint of malt. Flavour is modestly hoppy with a hint of citrus ad rice. Just okay. first rating in many months!
JakeG (26) - Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
Pours a clear amber-orange with a nice size lasting foamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, fruit and mild hops. Mild but smooth flavour of caramel malt and alcohol with a light bitter finish. Light to medium bodied. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Poured from 330ml bottle at Deer Lodge at Lake Louise, Alberta.
Clear, sparkling dark coppery orange with a khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, plum, fig, lemon and grapefruit.
Taste of caramel, orange, toffee, plum, lemon, peach and grapefruit.
Medium body and medium carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bahumat (158) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
Aroma: 4/10. Aroma slightly reminiscent of stale bananas. Caramel, hops, a grapefruit sour note. Not really pleasant. Like a grapefruit-scented cleaner.
Appearance: 3/5. Pours a pretty honey brown with a thin white head and light, creamy lacing.
Taste: 4/10. Meh. Sour attack with some caramel notes, too much hops in the flavoring, and overall, just not a pleasant beer past the first few sips.
Palate: 4/5. Actually not at all a bad palate; smooth on the tongue and teeth, and with a pleasant crispness and astringency to the beer itself. Shame about that nauseatingly hopped finish though, but that’s a weakness of Irish style beers as a whole.
Overall: 10/20. If you like irish style beers you’ll probably enjoy this a lot more than I would, but overall I just found there wasn’t much to love in this one. Pass. AgentAle (1726) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Aroma is caramel, roasty malts and slight floral notes. Taste is rich maltiness with caramel, fig, and plum. Finishes with a slight bitterness that isn’t overbearing. appearance is a clear dark amber with a medium white bubbly head that retains fairly well. fiulijn (20411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle at The Greedy Pig, Vancouver
Hazy amber color with small head. Sweet malt aroma with a toffee touch. Round mouthfeel, sweet malt flavor with some toffee, cereals and cookies; delicate fruity touch; correct bitterness.
Simplistic but pleasant hybrid.