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

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

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.7%


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 spinrsx:
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 00:48:47 | More by spinrsx
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hunterjames

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Georgia

2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
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 +9.3%
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 +23.9%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
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%

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

Michigan

3/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
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 +3.8%
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%

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

Vermont

3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -40.2%
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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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

09-05-2013 03:25:20 | More by irishkyle21
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mpgillett

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

09-04-2013 00:56:43 | More by mpgillett
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

09-04-2013 00:15:47 | More by cam477
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

08-24-2013 19:51:44 | More by Vyronian
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csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

08-12-2013 00:51:51 | More by csmartin6
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

08-09-2013 20:07:28 | More by WillAndSarah
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Friend of mine left this at my house. From notes.

A - Mild haze in a golden body and a two finger fluffy white head. Mild carbonation, no lace and a film of retention.

S - Lemon, gentle hops, light sweet malt, grassy. Similar to a pils, which I like, but not suited to the style.

T - Orange, grainy sweet malt, less hops than the aroma. Lemony, a little floral. A bit off.

M - Good carbonation, light body and a lemony bitterness.

O/D - Nothing too interesting. A very accessible pale ale. Too lemony and a bit light for my tastes, but it's OK.

Serving type: can

08-07-2013 01:31:41 | More by tbeckett
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-11-2013 01:25:30 | More by djcreepshow
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good sized head off an aggressive pour, settles to a cap and then a partial film. No meaningful lace. Clear orange-gold.

Citrusy nose with lots of sweet malt. Subtle, but appetizing. Unfotunately much flatter on the taste side. Dominated by sweet caramel malt, followed by dry bitter citrus pith finish. Mouthfeel is watery. Good, not great, easy enough drinking.

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 00:58:51 | More by TerryW
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-08-2013 01:13:29 | More by beerhunter13
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Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale from Hop City Brewing Co.
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