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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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Reviews: 28
Hads: 77
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 23.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: biegaman on 04-13-2011

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
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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 77
Reviews by hopsolutely:
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3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking pale ale. It reminds me of a toned down session IPA. The hops are there but not super overpowering. Great for the day or if you are looking for something that is easy drinking and doesn't lack character. Dry with citrus on the nose and a lingering west coast-lite hop finish.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.


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3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Can: Poured a deep clear golden color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh citrus Cascade hops with light floral Fuggles hops notes is quite enticing. Taste is dominated by a lightly sweet malt backbone with limited hops presence which doesn’t seems to have translated from the aroma to the taste. Body is about average with good carbonation. The aroma was promising but it actually didn’t translate in the taste profile with weird greasy hops notes coming through.

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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ssmack
2.69/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

473 ml can from LCBO

A hazy butter/honey colour. Half an inch of yellowish white head but almost no lacing at all.

Very little aroma which seems strange. A bit of syrupy sweetness with a hint of hops.

A watery bland taste. There is some herby hops taste. The weakness of the taste makes me wonder if the hops were stale.

A light, watery feel with slight carbonation.

Nothing special. Very weak hops for an American Pale Ale. I will not buy this again but it might appeal to someone who enjoys a mild pale ale.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.75$

Appearance - Clear light gold colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grassy notes, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and hops. There is also some light lemon/ginger flavour mixed with a grassiness and some metallic notes. It ends with a malty lightly hopped lemony aftertaste.

Overall – Not a bad beer.. probably a good gateway beer to get macro drinkers into craft/hops. It's the best beer I've had from this brewer but not something exciting enough to warrant buying again.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SebD
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at Hardrock 42 in Sudbury.

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of orange and citrusy hops with some bready and grainy malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice clean citrusy hop taste with a bit of pine and a nice grainy/bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth and clean drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Simple but tasty.

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Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale from Hop City Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.