monksmisery (28) - - SEP 5, 2017 49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.)
i wish i could still find this beer. on the same vein as scottish heavy, but i seem to remember it being richer and more complex, perhaps even more bold. it was / is a fantastic beer. grab it if you can... solidfunk (9407) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2016
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 (1304) - 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 (1922) - 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 (2522) - Quebec, 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, Maryland, 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 (161) - 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 (1809) - 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.