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Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale - Hop City Brewing Co.

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Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale AleHappy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop City Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Happy Hour/Big Mouth is a medium bodied pale ale with a rich golden colour. Its unique blend of US Cascade hops and UK Kent Golding hops brings out a flowery, citrus aroma and pleasant hop bitterness. Caramel malts balance this brew’s bitterness, making for a refreshing, well-balanced ale.

48 IBU

(Beer added by: biegaman on 04-13-2011)
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Reviews by hopsolutely:
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent gateway beer that may well appeal to a wide variety of palates, and certainly the most flavourful I've had from this Moosehead-related brewer, but a disappointment for any "hop head" and not a beer I'll buy at the LCBO again.

Can pours a golden amber with an initial haziness that clarifies over time. Minimal white, large-bubbled head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. Very little aroma of biscuity breadiness and some caramelized malts. The flavour is more pleasing, with a lemony citrus element prior to a short-lived bitter finish. Both malts and hops are definitely present and there is more complexity than any corn-based macro.

A genuinely inoffensive beer that's probably very sessionable and may help transition some folks into the world of craft brewing and flavours.

Serving type: can

02-10-2013 21:39:01 | More by hopsolutely
More User Reviews:
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.50 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a small head on a clear golden goodness

S- Ok hops.

T- Pretty good. Hops are there. Warrior. Malt is smooth

M- Nice and light for an pale ale. Dry and tart

O- Excellent little summer beer. Refreshing and light on the tongue.

Food Pairing

This nice light pale ale went well with... Doritos scoops with coleslaw mixed with mayo and pepper with salt. Poured around a nice size (20/25-lb) shrimp topped with a slice of avocado.

Enjoy

Serving type: can

07-11-2014 22:50:39 | More by DaveBar
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5%

06-16-2014 02:59:44 | More by boszormeny
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DarrenBrule

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5%

06-15-2014 23:44:24 | More by DarrenBrule
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ahbaggins

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-14-2014 21:05:26 | More by ahbaggins
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Jotora

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-11-2014 01:43:02 | More by Jotora
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Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

05-31-2014 08:20:07 | More by Socialiste
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patre_tim

China

3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange filtered with no carbonation and 4 fingers of off white head. Some chunky lacing and the head has large and small bubbles.

S: Citrus, caramel, orange candy, light evergreen branches, a little red peppers and some black pepper.

T: Caramel, metallic, some grape juice fruitiness, some citrus, orange candy, light sweetness, a little pine.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation. A little sticky.

O: Not a bad beer. Great smelling, a little metallic on the taste.

Serving type: can

05-24-2014 04:22:50 | More by patre_tim
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DreamDeath

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

05-20-2014 05:18:36 | More by DreamDeath
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

05-18-2014 19:55:25 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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CRObighit2

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5%

05-18-2014 01:42:37 | More by CRObighit2
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hunterjames

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

04-10-2014 22:58:06 | More by hunterjames
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-09-2014 18:47:36 | More by Bf_89
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mrandypandy

Georgia

2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

473ml can purchased at the LCBO on my trip outside Toronto.

A - Pours a clear golden/straw, decent white head and lacing.
S - Stale, grassy hops. Restrained, and not in a good way.
T - Light bready and caramel malts, with minimal hop presence. Maybe a hint of citrus if I strain... nope, nevermind.
M - Medium to light body, fairly well carbonated.
O - Unimpressive, and average. The hops seem old and faded, and there is just nothing to bring you back for more. With a bevy of better brews out there, I suggest you reach for something else.

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 02:14:51 | More by mrandypandy
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ghisty

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance-
pours nice and gold.levels orangey. thin whispy head. nice color.

smell-
zesty. lemon peel. hops are in there under some grain,.
wheat and citrus, fresh hops, and a bit of malt.
nice nose, has a good balance.nothing is overpowering and its all enjoyable.

taste-
drank this just maybe slightly too warm for the type of beer it is.
although it wouldve been better suited a bit colder, its got a nice taste,
and if anything having a it bit warm proves that well. I had expected it
to be more bitter and sharp, as the barking squirrel, but this is obviously
aimed more to the session.

mouthfeel-
short, nice carb, with some crispy zest on the entry, goes down well,
and isnt foamy or slick, no after taste of metal, which is impressive.
i expected some form of mineral metallic finish typical of this style..

overall-
I regularly drink barking squirrel, but I've noted that it is often a bit too heavy,
this offering from hopcity is a bit more quaffable, something I could drink a few of and not feel bloated or overwhelmed by piles of dark malt and smokey notes,
which are great, in barking squirrel, but its nice to have something with similar qualities, that is just abit easier to put back. I will be buying this again , without doubt, may even be into the list of go to's.

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 01:36:52 | More by ghisty
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basementbrewer

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

01-27-2014 23:32:55 | More by basementbrewer
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A medium gold colour, plenty of initial head then some light lacing. 3.5
Smell has grapefruit notes, light herbal, lemon and pepperiness. Some breadiness, and a spicy herbal hop oiliness. 3.5
T – has a grapefruit citrus hop character, some grainy sweet malt, grassy, moderate bitterness, quite effervescent. Grapefruit rind, salt, some of the tea quality and earthy spice. A bit of a pleasant spicy edge ontop of the malt. A tasty, sessionable, but mild and standard APA. 3.75
Quite a hefty carbonation, drying on the finish. Sessionable, with a spicy and citrus hop, some oiliness and slickness. I noticed it started to feel a bit watery after the carbonation ebbed a bit. 3
This has a decent hop component, a bit of a spicy earthy upfront character. Malt plays a strong role, and its sessionable but a bit out of balance at times and doesn’t jump out of the glass as a remarkable pale. I would have it again as a session ale though without any qualms, providing nothing better was available. Average APA, but the mix of EKG and Cascade provides an interesting perk on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:37:42 | More by mick303
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-09-2014 17:49:52 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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Danielr26

Michigan

3/5  rDev -12.3%

01-07-2014 23:02:09 | More by Danielr26
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-14-2013 22:34:54 | More by GoHabsGo
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up 473 ml can from LCBO for $2.85 CDN and poured into a pint glass. Served cold.

Appearance - Slightly hazy, rich dark golden color. Nice 1= finger of head that dissipates quickly. Minimal amount of lacing and effervescence. Not bad, but not great either.

Smell - Some hoppy hints of aromas and a faint caramel trace. Everything is subdued and I wasn't able to pick up anything other than that. Nothing unpleasant though.

Taste - Faint caramel malts and a subtle grapefruit and lemon zest taste. Transitions to something a little more earthy. Virtually no lingering taste or aftertaste. Not my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and fairly rich with medium low carbonation. Slightly dry as expected from the earthiness in the flavor profile. Even though there is low carbonation there remains a certain fizziness and gassiness.

Overall - Not impressed with this one, would rather drink something more accessible and significantly cheaper even if it isn't craft. While I loved the barking Squirrel this beer just doesn't do it for me. Maybe worth a try if you're a ticker or like dry earthy beers otherwise better beer can be found elsewhere.

Serving type: can

11-12-2013 14:42:00 | More by DenisKolkin
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EvanHarper

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber-straw with a generous short-lived head. Smell is faintly sweet and gorgeously citrusey; grapefruit, lemon.

Light body and taste. Straightforward but well-balanced. The lingering herbal finish is quite different from the citrus nose. Good carbonation and body.

A good solid American Pale Ale; not exceptional, but a quality representative of the style. A regular "rotation beer" of mine.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 01:36:38 | More by EvanHarper
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-22-2013 03:35:39 | More by andrenaline
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hop City Brewing Co. - Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours an almost clear faded amber with a thin bubbly head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Caramel malt in the forefront but a lemony zest on top, some tropical and pine hop.

Taste - Citrus zest, barely any hops, sticky malts. What style is this supposed to be again?

Mouthfeel - Heavily carbonated, a bit too much so. Sticky. Light-bodied. Not boozy. Decent drinkability. Brief pine hops skirt across the tongue and fade fairly quickly as you drink this down.

Overall - Nope, this is barely above average. There is definitely room for improvement here. Kent Golding hops are garbage, it would seem to me. Maybe they just didn't use enough of them. Not recommended for hop heads or even anyone looking for a full-flavored APA.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 14:38:40 | More by JMScowcroft
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.05/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one at the LCBO while at home this summer. Nice to see a lot more options this year.

From a 16oz can into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser looking, foamy, off-white head with decent retention. Clear, darker gamboge in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint wisp. Splotchy wisp remains leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, some light melon notes and faint hints of citrus. Mute and unimpressive.

TASTE: Pale malts, but mostly lots of nothing up front. Really empty and bland. Watery through the middle leading into an uneventful finish. A hint of caramel and some mild floral bitterness linger on the palate. This is really uneventful and boring; needs a lot more confidence.

PALATE: Thinner body and watery on the palate. Medium carbonation, goes down watery and finishes dry. Bleh.

OVERALL: Yawn. Can't really say I hated it because there wasn't really much to it. Very little going on, meaning there was very little to be offensive. This was the perfect "craft beer" for people who don't actually like beer. The hipster crowd. Yup, I said it. No citrus or "ample bitterness" like advertised. I left this one half full and moved on to something else.

Serving type: can

09-11-2013 19:29:14 | More by Jeffo
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Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale from Hop City Brewing Co.
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