Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale - Hop City Brewing Co.
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2.05/5 rDev -39.2%
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.
09-11-2013 19:29:14 | More by Jeffo
2.7/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
03-16-2013 02:39:32 | More by ssmack
2.9/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
11-12-2013 14:42:00 | More by DenisKolkin
2.93/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
02-06-2014 02:14:51 | More by mrandypandy
3.15/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
09-15-2013 14:38:40 | More by JMScowcroft
3.16/5 rDev -6.2%
16 oz can from the liquor store in Charlottetown.
Slightly hazy light gold color with a decent sized tightly bubbled white head that persists for a while. Aromas of citrus and earth with some bread, caramel and a bit of mineral and metal. The flavor is huge citrus with bits of caramel and lots of mineral water and bready with slight metallic twang. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation. Easy enough to drink and technically nothing horrible here, but the mouthfeel is kind of thin and watery with a pretty boring flavor profile. This might be a decent gateway beer, but if I was trying to convert the masses I'd make them a bit more interested or shocked.
08-06-2014 01:08:14 | More by johnnnniee
Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale from Hop City Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.