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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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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of EvanHarper

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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


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
Photo of Jeffo


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
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

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

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

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

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

07-08-2013 01:13:29 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-02-2013 22:55:07 | More by CurtisD
Photo of IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

05-27-2013 01:05:27 | More by IdeaSpeeder
Photo of BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

04-30-2013 02:12:45 | More by BigGruntyThirst
Photo of sbarre

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-15-2013 00:49:58 | More by sbarre
Photo of ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

02-24-2013 06:00:32 | More by ThinkAgain
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +12.8%

473 mL can from the LCBO. I haven't had a lot of time for beer reviews over the last month or so, but when I saw this stuff on the shelves last week I grabbed a few cans on a whim, figuring I'd find the time to write a review eventually. This isn't my first sampling of Big Mouth, so while I already basically know how I feel about it, we'll see if I notice anything else this time around.

Pours a clear, attractive light golden-orange colour, topped with two fingers of foamy, puffy white head that gradually recedes over a period of minutes, leaving behind a bumpy, frothy cap and some decent smears of lacing along the sides. A good-looking pale ale, in my opinion - and it doesn't smell half bad either. The aroma is relatively hoppy, with hints of tangerine and lemon citrus, as well as leafy, English-style hops and an underlying caramel malt backbone.

Balanced, approachable flavour, with enough bitterness to allow this to drink like a genuine APA, but never approaching levels that are likely to turn off the hop-uninitiated. Their bitterness is a constant presence throughout the sip, ranging from light citrusy, lemon zest (surely caused by the Cascade hops) through to leafy, tea-like dryness (no doubt from the Kent Golding). A little metallic at times, but not in an entirely off-putting way. Beneath these more prominent hop flavours lies the subtle, constant caramel malt backing, its sweetness providing a nice contrast to the bitter flavours. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that give it a pleasantly prickly feel on the palate. Extremely drinkable - the last can of this I had was down my gullet in 10 minutes, and if I didn't need to stop to write this review, this serving would probably be gone already.

Final Grade: 3.8, a respectable B+. When I tried this last week, I spent a long time trying to pinpoint exactly which beer it reminded me of. The only thing I managed to come up with was 'Wells IPA', and while there are definitely some similarities, the hop profile of this one is more varied (due to the use of both English and American-style hop strains) and more enjoyable in general. Combine that with Keith's Cascade Hop Ale and you get the idea. I doubt this would make a great gateway beer, as I presume the 40+ IBUs will be enough to turn off most macro fanatics. That being said, Big Mouth Pale Ale is still an extraordinarily quaffable little brew that makes for a great session option. Not a world-beater by any means, but still well worth a try.

02-17-2013 15:54:03 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev +2.1%

(3.75) A: Faintly hazy with a light straw colour and a sizeable puffy foam head. Good retention and equal lacing down the glass.

(3.25) S: Grains, faint musky wood element, some floral notes, and a little honey. Overall it takes quite a bit of probing to detect anything outside of the grain aroma but some decent aromas are there.

(3.5) T: Lightly toasted grains, floral element, faint citrus tanginess, and a bit of honey. This is quite smooth and well balanced with a slight crispness. Definitely some pleasing bitterness and a subtle dryness. Easy drinking.

(3.25) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate and tingly carbonation. Slightly oily with a generally dry and crisp feel.

(3.5) D: An easy drinking pale ale that doesn’t disappoint but isn’t the boldest or dynamic flavour-wise.

02-16-2013 03:09:54 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-13-2013 12:29:31 | More by DaPan
Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale from Hop City Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.