Big Rock McNally's Extra Ale - Big Rock Brewery

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-28-2002

Sweet and hoppy, caramel and dark fruity plum notes.
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by kindacold:
Photo of kindacold
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the tap, pours nice amber with rich, creamy head that lasts a bit.

Smell is neutral, a bit of grains, but mild.

Light, balanced flavor. Caramel, make presence, a bit of bitter hops, some alcohol burn on the finish, but only mildly.

Easy to drink, light and crisp, clean finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Deep orangish-brown body with a big head that went down cleanly.

Smell – Soft hop aroma with significant malt scents. This one smells very creamy.

Taste – And creamy it is. The traditional Irish flavors come out at the tongue. This is creamy, not like a cream ale, but close. The malt is big, buttery, and very smooth. The hops are very unique. This is not a sharp hop flavor. This is an easy, saturated, well-mixed blend that plays a complimenting second fiddle to the malt base. No sweetness.

The finish is nutty and big. This ale changes personalities at the end.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and exceptionally smooth and creamy.

Drinkability – Very creamy. I know that I’m repeating myself, but this ale is creamy like peanut butter. It’s actually kind of nutty to boot. Creamy.

Photo of EsoxLucius
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer from Big Rock and is surely one of their best beers.

McNally's Extra Ale has become this household's everyday beer that is always on hand for guests that appreciate a good irish ale with some kick.

1. Appearance is good, the nice penny-red color has very slight carbonation compared to some. this ale does not create a massive head when poured into a glass even improperly. the head that is there is about 1.5 cm and is fluffy at first, but disipates quickly. lacing is good holds up well. overall, quite nice.

2. it smells a bit strong, with its ABV of 7%, but not over powering by any means. it has a bit of a sweet aroma with a hint of honey for me anyway. it definately tastes better than it smells.

3. very good taste here, there is a very slight hint that your drinking a 7% ale just at the end. it's a smooth taste with hints of fruit and malt undertones. what dominates though is a caramel taste that i find just great!

4. almost excellent! you know you're drinking something here. love the substantial feel this beer has. it's a bit sticky for some, but i definately don't mind.

5. when everything is combined, this is a very drinkable beer, solid taste and feel with an appearance that's pleasing to the eye all adds to this being on of my favorite beers for the price!

it's a bit stronger beer with an actual body. i've served this to many guests and they absolutely love it, but you can't drink them too fast, the 7% ABV will catch up with you!

one of my favorite beers for the class it's in. definately worth a try, my only negative remark i have for this beer is Big Rock only has it in 6 packs where i live! =(

Photo of niangelo
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an interesting shade of orange-copper with red highlights. 1.5 cm creamy head dissapated in a couple minures, leaving arches of lacing that slipped of the glass wall in a few seconds.

Smells a touch metallic, I catch hops, caramel notes and smooth malt.

Taste - this one is meant to be served warmer. I pour it fairly cold and it almost seems metallic, but I drink it slow and let it warm and mellow - soon the character emerges in the form of a smooth caramel, ruddy malts, and a large bitter hop contrast at the end. Goes down well with the dark finish at the end, and tastes just like something called an "Extra strong" Irish Ale should. Nice little beer from Big Rock.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

About the strongest beer I've had from Big Rock. . . pours dark red, not much head or lace, possibly undercarbonated. Aroma of peat.

Taste, a little sticky, definitely hearty feel to the malt bill. No hops. Alcohol is warming. Pretty heavy woody feel on the palate intertwined with a high degree of sweetness, but very little bitterness.

Some nuttiness at times. A stronger version of a red ale, not my thing.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

McNally's was by far my favorite bottled offering from Big Rock back in the day. I recall it being a participant in the first time that I ever had beer for dinner - I arrived at an extended family gathering, too late for dinner, but just in time for dessert - so I proceeded to make cake and McNally's my sustenance that evening (and learned a valuable gastrointestinal lesson as a result).

I haven't heard of or seen this particular brew much lately, so what do I see now in the array of taps at my girlfriend's favorite university-area Stitch n' Bitch locale? My old friend, now available on draft, and only 5 bucks a pint, on a sunny street-side patio! What's not to love?

This beer pours a clear, medium orange brickish amber hue, with two slim fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet still creamy off-white head, which leaves some pleasantly random trailing lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of lightly buttery, bready caramel malt, a prominent oily nuttiness, mild earthy, floral hops, and a small whiff of metallic alcohol. The taste is caramel malt, with a hint of toffee, more underwhelming, but decent bar nuts, a bit of apple fruitiness, grassy, earthy hops, and a very slight, man-up sort of alcoholic awakening.

The carbonation is moderate, nothing too invasive, the body a pretty solid medium weight, and surprisingly quite smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the malt still the star here, the nuts bleeding off, and the booze kind of twiddling its thumbs.

A very easy to drink, amped-up Irish ale, which, as already mentioned, goes well with many sorts of 'food'. Maybe a bit too sweet, but the extra alcohol kind of makes that a moot point after bottle or round number 2, quite pleasingly so.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a clear copper with a short head, decent retention
S - very nutty malt and light roasty odour, some herbal and citrus hop notes balance it out
T - roasted nutty malts and coffee notes up front, the finish has a mix of nutmeg spice and citrus, very interesting mix
M - medium carbonation, tingly sensation fades to a full feeling of spices lingers on the tongue
D - didn't really know what to expect, pleasantly surprised by the mix of flavours and feels, the 7% ABV goes unnoticed, maybe not a sesson beer but a great brew

Photo of stagger
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big Rock's best regularly-brewed beer, IMO. Underrated locally, and zero profile outside Alberta. Deserves a little more kudos than it gets.

A - Clear and reddish. A bit thin-looking if anything, with a just-off-white head that leaves not a ton of lacing. An attractive label.

S - mild and balanced.

T - Sharp to start, with a bit of chewiness. Both malt and hops present in decent abundance. A solid, hearty ale.

M - A little thin, maybe. Bright and friendly.

D - This beer's defining characteristic. For a higher-ABV beer, it goes down easy; you could put back a case on a summer's night without thinking too hard about it.

Photo of Mandrake
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dark copper-red, with a very small beige head that dissipates very quickly and leaves very little lacing. Lots of carbonation, clinging to the sides of the glass and surfacing energetically, makes it look like a slightly dark ginger ale. Smell is very malty, and quite sweet. Caramel and fruitiness, with some biscuit-y notes and a mild herbal tone. Dry nuttiness as well. Taste is a bit acidic, entering with a sour note. Caramel again, to be sure, but over boiled and a bit metallic in nature. Spicy hops play a role, but only add to the sharp feeling in the taste profile. Finish is drier, with the nuts and a touch of apple showing up. Mouthfeel starts off with good body and nice carbonation, but fades near the end, and drinkability is pretty solid. Overall, the best beer I've yet had from Big Rock, which isn't saying a whole lot.

Photo of elricorico
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a clear copper colour with thin head that didn't stay around, but did leave a bit of lacing. Smell is quite sweet, raisin and caramel, maybe apple as well. A touch of alcohol also makes an appearance in the smell.

The taste has a hint of raisin with a long bitter finish. A good amount of carbonation gives the beer a decent mouthfeel. Easy enough to drink

As the beer warmed some, the bitter finish faded, and I started to enjoy the beer a bit more. All in all, not a bad beer, though a more complex taste would be needed for it to stand out.

Photo of Garin
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is an amazing beer.

It poured a very nearly clear rusty brown. A nice honey coloured head formed, then slowly reduced to a thick foam. No lacing was noticed throughout.

The aromas were of sweet malt, herbal hops, roasted barley, and some buttery toffee and honey undertones. It's so inviting to smell...

The flavour was equally wonderful. The malty, roasty rich barley, buttery toffee, and biscuity flavours are balanced by a nice tangy, somewhat resinous hop bite at the very end. Yow.

The mouth feel is creamy, rich and of medium carbonation.

This is one spectacularly drinkable beer. I fear the day that I find this on tap in a comfortable pub.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a deep, rich reddish amber ale that pours out with a thick creamy head that soon dissipates into a lacy ring around the glass. It possesses a sweet, buttery nose with a small presence of floral hops. The flavour and mouthfeel is very robust and well-rounded, with a complex concentration of malts, a caramel/toffee
aftertaste evened out by the hops. This is a very fine specimen of the Irish red style.

Let's not beat around the bush, I like this ale a lot. It's very smooth
for a 7% alcohol content, and will warm you up nicely any time of the year. What is considered by many as the flagship offering of
the Big Rock brewery, it is most definitely my favorite of their's
(especially after they discontinued their fantastic Magpie rye ale).
Something that must be tried at least once in a lifetime if you get the chance.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear dark amber color with a modest in size head that is frothy in texture and the color a light tan, as the head erodes, it leaves behind a fine sheet of lace to cover the glass. Nose is malt dominated, somewhat sweet, crisp and fresh with the start having a nice malt profile, top is a bit thin for me, but acceptable nonetheless. Finish is biting in its acidity, hops are apparent, but not overpowering, dry and lingering aftertaste, a fine drinking beer, which is nice as it does show up on the shelves here every so often.

Photo of manchester81
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice beer from Calgary’s Big Rock Brewery which has recently been made available in Nova Scotia. The beer pours an orange-red color with little head. The aroma is more sour than floral, but not unappealing. This beer has a very creamy mouth feel. Its taste is tart and sweet almost berry-like initially, becoming bitterer near the finish. Although this beer has seven percent alcohol by volume, the alcohol flavors are well masked. The alcoholic content is apparent however with a slight warming feeling. Overall, a good alternative to the beers to the run of the mill macro or even national “craft” beers.

Photo of BigBry
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Standard brown bottle.
Clear amber/copper colored liquid with tan creamy head that disappeared quickly, leaving little lacing. Aroma of malt and caramel with an added sweet, honey smell. The continued carbonation gave it a nice full mouthfeel. As the beer warmed up, it gave an even stronger and fuller flavor matching the aromas. I think it is one of the better Big Rock products.

Photo of Reidrover
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok my second ever Big Rock product.
Bought in the 11.5 oz brown long neck.
The appearance of this ale is pretty nice crystal clear light brown with a nice off white head..it goes fast but a ring lingers.
Smell was rather offputting for a start..sort of sour milk smell then it got better but its still average.
Taste however is alright very malty on the verge of a doppelbock, but some hops come to salvage the day, along with a smooth buttery taste
Average feel on the tongue , nothing good , nothing bad.
I found this beer not very drinkable..i could manage 2 maybe.

Photo of CrazyMike
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber appearance with moderate head. Smell is sweet and grainy, slightly herbal but overall nothing overpowering.

Taste is like very malty, almost tastes like coffee. Has a very good balance of hops with the malt. Has a light body, which is surprising for a beer this strong, with moderate carbonation. After taste is dry and spicy.

Overall this is an interesting beer, one of my favorites from Big Rock. It's easily drinkable with a good combination of flavors (watch out or you'll pound back a case). Would definitely recommend.

Photo of MicroBrewOrDie
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Mild and full-bodied Irish style Ale. Slight indication of Nugget Nops. Warm toffee and caramel aroma, slight notes of plum. Copperish-Dark Red coloration. Very smooth. Definitely the best Irish Style Ale I've tried in Canada. 4/5.

Photo of nighthawk
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341mL bottle with no apparent freshness date poured into mug.

Pours a clear, red-hued amber with a scant one-finger, bubbly head that dissipates quickly, leaving a tiny off-white ring around the glass.

Aroma consists of sweet grains and a hint of mildly citrus hops.

Very sweet malt taste up front, like bread drenched in honey and caramel. It's almost cloying, but there's a faint hop bitterness that's vaguely teaish and cuts the sweetness before the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium body with light carbonation, and a slick and chewy texture.

For the abv, it's quite drinkable. I'm not a huge fan of the initial sweetness, and find it masks any real flavour. Not a bad brew, and probably one of the better ones produced by Big Rock, but I can't really say I enjoyed this beer.

Photo of canadianbarman
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

--regular 341 ml brown bottle, no freshness date to be found.
--clear, almost thin brown in color. Nice head to begin with but really didn't last. Very minor carbonation
--Kind of a sweet, malty smell.

This beer was kind of disapointing. I am a fan of the style but have had far better versions. I am a fan of Big Rock's other beers but not so much in this one. I am glad I found it in the 'singles' bin and didn't buy a whole case.
Thx

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Cheap looking thin paper label which was half hanging off the 11.5 fl.oz. (341ml) bottle. The Big Rock crown cap has a big cock-erel on it. It looked like one of those ‘twist off’ affairs, but it wouldn’t budge, so it got prized off.

Appearance: Copper fused orange-brown body with an off-white head on the pour that fails to stay around and quickly goes South on me. Minimal carbonation after a little while. Looks sad and tired.

Nose: Sweet pale malts with some bready aromas. Smells a bit like Bass-Shandy that I drank in England when I was 10 years old.

Taste: Tastes like Bass-Shandy that I drank in England when I was 10 years old……..

Mouthfeel: Medium feel with an annoying cloying malt tickle at the back of the throat after the swallow. Has a very simple feel. A little flat on the tongue and lifeless at times.

Drinkability: I finished it, but more because I wanted to see if this one improved….sadly it remained “as is” throughout.

Overall: I never found the word "Extra" in the title on the bottle, and I most certainly didn't find it in the bottle. I hesitated to collect this one from the cooler and adopt it, but I’ll always try something once, especially as it was only $1.48, so I figured I would give it a whirl, and I did…..but I much preferred it if I had left this bastard orphan alone, I wouldn’t adopt this one and give it a home again. I wouldn’t loose any sleep if this “Irish Style Ale Traditionally Brewed in Canada” stayed there.

Photo of beerguy101
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium brown color. Small head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Medium bodied Irish style ale. Malty and buttery. Somewhat resiny hops, not very bitter. Fairly sweet tasting. Mild taste, kind of bland. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov26 2009

A clear copper with a fair bit of carbonation, not much for head or lace however

S pretty mild with mostly grainy malt with some sweetness to it

T as it smells but better, lots of malt and enough hops for a balance and a little sweetness

M highlight of this beer, a good bite with a heavy feel to it, thicker then I expected from the color

D it's very easy drinking and quite possibly Big Rock's best offering.

It had been a long time since I had one of these and it's restored some of my faith in Big Rock. now I don't think Big Rock makes awful beers, but this ones well above their average
I wish they would brew some new stuff other then the bandwagon lime lager and the decent but not great winter spice.

Photo of pootz
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Melissa's Missteak in Banff last week. First time I revisited this ale in some time and I must say I picked up some more subtleties of it that I like.

Tapped a clear dark amber with a smallish head. Aromas of nuts, caramel and flowery hops.

Started big and bold with lots of sweet bready malts laced with some berry tastes then the surprise a slight peat-smoked malt after taste.
A very nice medium bodied Irish ale for quaffing on the patios of Banff or in the back yard bar B-Qs of Ontario

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish amber color with a modest head and excellent lace. Smells literally like raisin bread, with rum notes in the back. The taste is very malty with raisin, apple and caramel flavors. Theres also a very present alcohol spiciness. Even for this malt exentuated style, I think this beer is weak in the hop department. Murphy's Irish red for example is much drier and balanced. Nice subtle carbonation makes a good mouthfeel. Theres a strange pixie sticks sweetness in the finish that ruins this beers drinkability. Its still by far the best of the Big Rock offerings I have tried.

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Big Rock McNally's Extra Ale from Big Rock Brewery
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