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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
Brewed by:
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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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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 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 Alberta_Beer_Guy
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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 49degrees
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This first bottle from a case of specialties consisting of 2 bottles of the top 6 brews from Calgary, Alberta, Canada's Big Rock Brewery. This is a very enjoyable brew modeled after the great Irish Red Ales.

Pours a deep amber color with a quickly disappating white frothy head. After a few minutes the head is completely gone with just the faintest remnants of a collar surrounding the top of the brew. No lacing on the glass during consumption.

Aroma wise this Extra Ale is rich in caramel and a very smooth blend of hops and malt. A very nice, robust brew that presents considering welcoming factor for the drinker even before the very first sip.

Taste wise, it lives up to its billing. A complex buttery texture that does down very well. Complex collection of malts with just a slight hint of hops succeed very well. Weaker contentders should study this beer closely to try to capitalize on a good malt structure. This one is definitely malty, but not weak and uninspiring like so many other malty beers.

Although this one is a Canadian microbrew, its from a large enough company that gets some reasonably wide exposure in the US. Looking for something a little different? Don't miss this one.

(Other Big Rock notables include Grasshopper Ale and Warthog Cream Ale.)

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 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 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 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 ZachT
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 rogerdandy
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a creamy white head that fades into a good amount of lace that sticks all over the glass. Nose is sweet malt and caramel with a hint of fruity alcohol. Medium in body and smooth and creamy in texture. Taste picks up right where the aroma left off with notes of sweet caramelized malts and buttery toffee followed by a touch of fruit and some drying alcohol. A nice brew that does a fairly good job of hiding the 7% abv. Thanks to lipschitz for the sample!

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark amber and recieves a white frothy head about a finger high and faded within a minute leaving no lace. Smell is soft with caramel malt and a hint of hop. Taste is sweet malt of caramel flavor then procedes into the balancing hop of faintly dry bite. Its mostly malty with a few nice things going for it as far as balance and body. Feel is strongly medium bodied and bold, slightly silky/buttery smooth and sweet with a nice light drying finish from hops. This is very drinkable, smooth, bold, and well balanced.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark crimson color, short, soon-gone beige head.

Aroma: all malt at first, with dry, herbal tones, nuts, soft fruitiness, so far, the very picture of the Irish Red style.

Taste: smooth entry on the palate, ful malt, nice flavor. Light to medium bodied, soft, drying finish, with further flavors edging themselves into the taste,some cherry and apple.

Nice ale, here, with good drinkability.

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

I've had this one before, but never reviewed it. From a Christmas Big Rock Taste Pack.

A lovely coppery-reddish brew, head is a weak froth that lasts about 30 seconds and ends up a bit flat looking. Slight Lace. Smell is sweet and hoppy, caramel and dark fruity plum notes.

I like the taste of this one. It's probably one of my favorite Big Rock brews. Dense and fruity, malty. Good hop taste, a bit alcoholic, but not overpoweringly so. Nice bite on the tongue, surprisingly, since the beer appears a bit flat, good and warm going down. This is a very drinkable beer, especially on a cold winter night.

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Big Rock McNally's Extra Ale from Big Rock Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.