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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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BA SCORE
78
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
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 Danielr26
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Danielr26, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

GoHabsGo, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

DenisKolkin, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of EvanHarper
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

EvanHarper, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

andrenaline, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

JMScowcroft, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
2.05/5  rDev -39.3%

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.

Jeffo, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of mpgillett
3/5  rDev -11.2%

mpgillett, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

cam477, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Vyronian
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Vyronian, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

csmartin6, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

WillAndSarah, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

tbeckett, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

djcreepshow, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

TerryW, Jul 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

beerhunter13, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

CurtisD, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

IdeaSpeeder, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

BigGruntyThirst, Apr 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

sbarre, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of ssmack
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

ssmack, Mar 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

ThinkAgain, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

thehyperduck, Feb 17, 2013
Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale from Hop City Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.