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Long Weekend India Pale Ale - Big Bay Brewing Co.

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Long Weekend India Pale AleLong Weekend India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 10-05-2011)
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'm starting to lose my surprised feeling concerning the random popping-up of random breweries to our area here. Never heard of Big Bay, but I've got their three flagships here, starting with the IPA. It pours a clear gold-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light lemon rind, sweet caramel, and a vague sense of orange juice. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, light orange zest, pine sap, mild caramel, light toffee, and a splash of earthy greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, not a bad IPA, really, just not one to write home about. For once, a random IPA showing up isn't a sad little experience for my tongue. I'd drink it again...

TMoney2591, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thin white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of mild floral notes, a hint of cracker.

The taste is of sweet honey-like malt, a touch of caramel, finishing with mild bitter hop touch.

The body is on the lighter end of the spectrum, but not fizzy or watery. It is smooth and has a rather refreshing quality to it.

Not a bad brew. Interesting mix of hops - East Kent Golding, Centennial and Tettnanger. They could have been showcased more, but added enough bitterness to keep it just into IPA land. Rated as a mild "English" IPA, as I assume that that is what they were going for.

jwc215, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Long Weekend IPA from Big Bay is a decent English style IPA...which is not my favorite style...but this beer was good. I will admit when I bought the bottle I was hoping for something similar to All Day IPA by Founders. Nevertheless, the beer poured a orangish clear with thin white head that is not leaving a lace. The scent and taste were bolstered by bittering hops....thinking East Kent. The mouthfeel is medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall its decent.

WoodBrew, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Big Bay stange.
No date or info.

A - Absolutely superb in appearance, Long Weekend IPA is a vibrant golden honey color tarnished by an ever-so-slight haze. The never-ending head of dense off-white foam shrouds the tall glass in sheets of lace.

S - Long Weekend's smooth, more subtle aroma is representative of the English style, furthered by a splash of citrus and earthy tones of the hops. Grainy biscuit malt and just a touch of pale follows up this floral and slightly herbal aroma nicely.

T - A touch of lemon citrus greets the palate while earthy grass clippings notes and an herbal blend poke through the caramel notes of sweetness draped over the biscuit malt finish.

M - Mild bitterness finishes out this drinkable and medium-light bodied IPA. Smooth and soft is the name of the game for Long Weekend, a perfect combination for a sessionable IPA.

O - Drinkable through a long weekend, Big Bay's IPA showcases English hops through subtlety and smoothness with just a touch of bitterness on the finish for a thirst-quenching and quaffable brew.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

enelson, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed toasted gold with a tight bone-colored froth that fades with some haste, but laces well.
Sourdough and caramel nougat aroma backed with lime leaves, lilacs, ferns, and whisper of pineapple.
It enters the mouth with a blanket of breadiness, then gathers a bit toastier. It sweetens considerable midway with caramel, pears, and fleshy melons. Hops bring a congruent tart-bitter, lime-herb-and-evergreen medley, with late nods towards mint and fresh flowers.
Medium-light bodied with a low yet steady carbonation.
My sole gripe is that there's not a whole lotta "India" in this Pale Ale. As a Pale, it's got a good deal of charm packed within its refreshing and drinkable structure (if considered as such, I'd add .5 to my overall score). I like it and will return here, but it just lacks the oomph to carry it over the IPA threshold.

cokes, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
2.17/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear light bronze color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is dominated by butterscotch. The taste is also all butterscotch, but stronger. There are absolutely no hops detectable in either the flavor or aroma of this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

KarlHungus, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of tommy5
3/5  rDev -9.9%

tommy5, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber in color. Forms a rather thin white head that quickly reduces down to a patchy surface coating. Some very minimal lacing.

S: Smell is faint. Light floral qualities with some mild citrus and some light caramel malts. Maybe a little tropical fruit.

T: Mild taste of caramel malts lends this beer a light sweetness. There are some citrus hops, primarily orange blossom and a slight herbaceousnecss. And not much else. Quick finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium with fairly heavy carbonation and a mild bitterness.

O: Yet another decent, drinkable IPA that fails to stand out from the rest of the other decent, drinkable IPAs.

Florida9, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

hilgart1, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -9.9%

jzlyo, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 12 oz bottle

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a fresh white i finger head that recedes quickly very little lacing

S- was malty and bready with just a hint of tropical hops

T- was better still starts with caramel and biscuit malts, but i get fruitfull hops of mango and papaya citrus floral hops but they were not strong as i like in an ipa

M- medium carbonation with a slick malt coating with hops in the background

O- an average malt forward ipa, it was very fresh tasting, it just did not have enough hops still ok thou

gatornation, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Honey colored, very clear, with a thick two finger white head. Decent retention and light lacing.
S- The aroma has a touch of hoppy flair with some pine aroma and light honey. Well balanced with a leaning toward hop.
T- The taste seems well balanced with light honey cracker being overtaken by piney hop character. A bit too bitter and not enough hop flavor in the finish though.
M- Light-medium body. The carbonation is prickly. Course on the tongue.
O- It's an ok IPA but nothing much above average.

jsprain1, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -9.9%

bigbeers84, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Zachtheporter, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Kunstman, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 29 Oct 2011. Yet another bottle from the ever generous R&S, thank you! Served in the 0.4 L Herren Pils snifter.

Small off white head. Medium carbonation. Clear orange copper in color. Light aroma, sweetly malty, touch syrupy. Relatively bitter, some nuttiness. Light maltiness. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Finishes just a touch astringent/bitter.

A says kind of one note and lightly hopped for an IPA.

htomsirveaux, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Soneast, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Eric908, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of DaveMiller
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

DaveMiller, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of cdkrenz
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Moderately carbonated copper colored body. The head is stark white and starts out an inch tall and fades easily back to wrap the surface. Lacing is solid too.

S - Mild citrus and slightly sweet malt aromas.

T - Bitter hops with an undefined hop finish.

M - A coarse texture throughout on my tongue and the roof of my mouth. The finish is sticky on my lips and dry in the throat.

~ I like this beer. I know the flavor and the aroma isn't top notch but this is an easy drinking IPA. I feel like I could kick back with a sixer or a few pints and really enjoy the beer in a nice session.

cdkrenz, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of stealth
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

stealth, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of JackieTH
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured light orange with a creamy foam head that persisted and left fits of lacing. Smell was slightly citric hop with buscuit malt and a wee bit of sour apple. Taste was lightly bitter with citric and resins and a good dose of malt. Some twangy yeast elements. Lively on the tongue with a medium-light body. Enjoyable beer.

JackieTH, Feb 29, 2012
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Long Weekend India Pale Ale from Big Bay Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.