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Big Rock McNally's Extra Ale - Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock McNally's Extra AleBig Rock McNally's Extra Ale

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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 79
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | 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 Beersignal
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An attractive crystal amber toffee colour in the glass covered by a generous cream tinged head of foam. Medium staying power and lack of lacing detracted from the visual appearance.

The aromas were of solid malt and caramel up front with mild ripe fruit flavours in tow. A touch of hops mixed in with hints of grain and honey rounded out the aromas.

Through a very active bead, I took my first sip to find malt and notes of wood along with candied citrus fruits wrapped in a rounded and silky mouthfeel. The finish, though somewhat bitter, was permeated by a mild residual sugar reminescent of honey. Seems to be an older sample.

A pleasant surprise... hope to experience a fresh one sometime.

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Photo of elricorico
3.39/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a brown 12 oz bottle, it pours amber with a medium off-white head. The smell is a bit of caramel with a trace of metallic smell in the background. The taste also has notes of caramel and the metallic smell carries over into the taste. Hops are on the light side, even for a purportedly Irish style ale. It's not particularly interesting but not offensive either. Two was about the limit on this one.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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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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.

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Photo of pootz
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of Garin
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of 49degrees
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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.)

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Big Rock McNally's Extra Ale from Big Rock Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.