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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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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
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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1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

07-20-2014 22:13:46 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of Jeffo


2.05/5  rDev -39.3%
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
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

05-18-2014 19:55:25 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of hunterjames

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -26%

04-10-2014 22:58:06 | More by hunterjames
Photo of ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-16-2013 02:39:32 | More by ssmack
Photo of dipso123


2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

03-28-2012 00:33:17 | More by dipso123
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
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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2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
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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3/5  rDev -11.2%

01-07-2014 23:02:09 | More by Danielr26
Photo of ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.2%

02-24-2013 06:00:32 | More by ThinkAgain
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.2%

09-04-2013 00:56:43 | More by mpgillett
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.2%

08-24-2013 19:51:44 | More by Vyronian
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3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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
Photo of WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-09-2013 20:07:28 | More by WillAndSarah
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

09-05-2013 03:25:20 | More by irishkyle21
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-15-2014 23:44:24 | More by DarrenBrule
Photo of MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-19-2012 00:43:34 | More by MattPS
Photo of HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-02-2013 03:09:52 | More by HATS4BATS
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-18-2014 01:42:37 | More by CRObighit2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-15-2013 00:49:58 | More by sbarre
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-16-2014 02:59:44 | More by boszormeny
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 21:01:38 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy golden-amber colour with a soapy white head that settles as a thin collar and film without leaving much lacing.

Floral, soapy aroma. Lemon zest, grains, malts, light chocolate and caramel..

Caramel malts, floral & citrus hops. Mild taste overall, well balanced with a subtle bitter bite. Really tastes like an English pale ale. Red berries and a hint of alcohol in the finish

Very easy-going. Fairly thin body, mild carbonation. Aftertaste has a bitterness and soft oiliness to it.

The aroma is the highlight for me. Very inoffensive ale that goes down easy. Though it’s listed as an APA, it really leans towards the English style; the Golding hops are unmistakable. Great for times when you want a beer with flavour, but don’t want to be punched in the face by it. Pair with wings, fries, burgers and sports.

Serving type: can

02-07-2013 18:12:55 | More by bryehn
Photo of IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden colour. A finger of white head sits on top but fades very quickly, leaving behind smal traces of lacing.

Smell - Predominantly caramel mats give the beer a very sweet smell. There is also some very light floral notes. A little underwhelming for an APA.

Taste - Caramel mats here as well. Some grainy notes. A noticeable lack of bitterness for the style. There is also a very light metallic taste which unfortunately lingers. Thankfully it doesn't detract from the overall taste too much.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall - 3.25/5 A decent offering. Certainly not the most intense APA out there, but its good nonetheless. Basically, If you're looking for tasty a drinkable APA, look no further. If you're looking to scratch a bitterness itch, there's better choices.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 01:05:27 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale from Hop City Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.