1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Big Rock McNally's Extra Ale - Big Rock Brewery

Not Rated.
Big Rock McNally's Extra AleBig Rock McNally's Extra Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sweet and hoppy, caramel and dark fruity plum notes.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-28-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 40 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +10.5%

schnarr84, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of MylesMac
3/5  rDev -17.1%

MylesMac, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of ptarmigan98
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ptarmigan98, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Iggy12
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Iggy12, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
Photo of ScottWestmaas
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ScottWestmaas, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of SierraDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

SierraDrinker, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

You rated this beer. Add a review.

, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of cletetron
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

cletetron, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Converge
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Big frothy light tan head. The beer is a nice clean amber-red hue. Good head retention with some nice lacing.

S - Really nutty. Lots of peanuts and caramel malt. It's simple, but appealing. A nice hearty malty aroma.

T - Caramel malt and nutty character don't translate quite as well as I was hoping. A little metallic. Finishes with a slight hop astringency and alcohol warmth. A lot more nutty than expected, with a slight sweetness to it as well. Overall a nice malty profile, that's drinkable but not exceptional.

M - Light-to-medium carbonation, done fairly well. Body is about medium. Pretty smooth feel. Nice finish.

D - A nice easy drinking ale with a malty profile. Nothing exceptional, but it's something I could see myself trying again. Not too bad.

Converge, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +10.5%

EskimoDave, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of kjyost
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341 mL brown bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass around 45F

A: Deep copper with a solid white head that dropped a touch too quickly, though it was still leaving lacing from its small ring later in the session.
S: Sweet malts. Toffee. Oddly enough I got french fries too. Weird.
T: A light body for taste on a strong beer. Some sweetness with an earthy bitterness, though the body is much too thin and light.
M: Thin and watery. Light bitterness and sweetness linger on the palate.
O: An OK stab at it I guess, though it is not something a style I was normally going to go out and buy, so I will look for better options in the future.

kjyost, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of CrazyMike
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

CrazyMike, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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

joemcgrath27, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

wordemupg, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

nighthawk, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of stagger
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

stagger, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of EsoxLucius
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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! =(

EsoxLucius, Jan 27, 2009
Big Rock McNally's Extra Ale from Big Rock Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.