Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale | Hop City Brewing Co.

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Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale AleHappy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hop City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
hopcity.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Happy Hour/Big Mouth is a medium bodied pale ale with a rich golden colour. Its unique blend of US Cascade hops and UK Kent Golding hops brings out a flowery, citrus aroma and pleasant hop bitterness. Caramel malts balance this brew’s bitterness, making for a refreshing, well-balanced ale.

48 IBU

Added by biegaman on 04-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
14.41%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +44.1%

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Photo of Mholyome
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way back when, I tried the original brew of this brand, and I felt it wasn't too far off of the Barking Squirrel Lager that I enjoy so much. After some recipe changes, the Happy Hour brand has really come into its own. The dark rich colour, and heavy bitterness (48 IBU's) makes this a real mouth full. Like the brand says "it's happy hour somewhere".

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Photo of RQuigley
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This tasting was opened as my Day 7th of beer in my Beer Advent Calendar for 2015. This is the 2nd year my wife has made me one of these and it is a great to open a beer every day.
473ml can - 5% - 48IBU
Big Mouth Tap Room Pale Ale from Hop City Brewing is a great tasting ale in the American Pale Ale style (APA). I could go back to this beer over and over. . rq @RorQuig

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Boo-urns
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -steve-
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Plain looking tall boy can reminiscent of the neon signs of Las Vegas. Pours a golden colour loaded with head. The citrus and hops aroma is great. Some underlying malt sweetness can be detected in the smell. Big hops taste with dryness. Tastes great and goes down well. No strong
after tastes. Easy to see why this was a Gold Medal winner in Brussels 2011.

If only they could design a better label for this pleasing beer.

Surprised by the low reviews received for this beer. I quite enjoyed this award winner. Guess people were expecting a zinger of a beer but didn't get that.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange colour, decent white head with some lace. Smell is of citrus and hops, grapefruit, good malting, some tangerine and orange. Taste is bitter and malty, good balance, citrus, tangerine, lots of pine and some grapefruit in the finish. Medium carbonation, medium body, good feel, light hop oils come through. This was actually really nice, highly drinkable APA, on par with some of the better APA's available in Ontario.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice amber colour with a thin foamy head without much retention & just a touch of lacing. As described by others, this is really a little brother to Hop City's Hopbot. The taste & aroma of the hops present (Cascade & Golding) are nice but there just isn't much of it. It's like an IPA light, which just isn't for me, but might be appreciated by some who want a nice tasting craft beer but aren't into the real hoppy stuff. It calls itself a Pale Ale rather than An APA or IPA, which I would say is honest and likely it's doing what it's trying to do as a beer; no adjunct / off or over-bitter tastes at all & a decently smooth mouthfeel. I would compare this beer favourably to other Canadian Pale Ales, although I won't likely seek it out again since I'm one who prefers a fuller hop taste.

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3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at Hardrock 42 in Sudbury.

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of orange and citrusy hops with some bready and grainy malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice clean citrusy hop taste with a bit of pine and a nice grainy/bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth and clean drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Simple but tasty.

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Photo of Archy
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking pale ale. It reminds me of a toned down session IPA. The hops are there but not super overpowering. Great for the day or if you are looking for something that is easy drinking and doesn't lack character. Dry with citrus on the nose and a lingering west coast-lite hop finish.

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3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Deep Golden and clear. Fizzy white head that works down fast. Minimal Lacing.

S- Citrus with a bit of tropical fruit mixed in.

T- Same as smell. Great hop flavours but soft and smooth. No strong notes. Reminds me of a Session IPA.

M- Medium body and Medium-Low Carbonation.

O- Good sessionable Pale Ale. Not a great beer if you're looking for a hop bomb but good otherwise.

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3.88/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO. I haven't had a lot of time for beer reviews over the last month or so, but when I saw this stuff on the shelves last week I grabbed a few cans on a whim, figuring I'd find the time to write a review eventually. This isn't my first sampling of Big Mouth, so while I already basically know how I feel about it, we'll see if I notice anything else this time around.

Pours a clear, attractive light golden-orange colour, topped with two fingers of foamy, puffy white head that gradually recedes over a period of minutes, leaving behind a bumpy, frothy cap and some decent smears of lacing along the sides. A good-looking pale ale, in my opinion - and it doesn't smell half bad either. The aroma is relatively hoppy, with hints of tangerine and lemon citrus, as well as leafy, English-style hops and an underlying caramel malt backbone.

Balanced, approachable flavour, with enough bitterness to allow this to drink like a genuine APA, but never approaching levels that are likely to turn off the hop-uninitiated. Their bitterness is a constant presence throughout the sip, ranging from light citrusy, lemon zest (surely caused by the Cascade hops) through to leafy, tea-like dryness (no doubt from the Kent Golding). A little metallic at times, but not in an entirely off-putting way. Beneath these more prominent hop flavours lies the subtle, constant caramel malt backing, its sweetness providing a nice contrast to the bitter flavours. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that give it a pleasantly prickly feel on the palate. Extremely drinkable - the last can of this I had was down my gullet in 10 minutes, and if I didn't need to stop to write this review, this serving would probably be gone already.

Final Grade: 3.81, a respectable B+. When I tried this last week, I spent a long time trying to pinpoint exactly which beer it reminded me of. The only thing I managed to come up with was 'Wells IPA', and while there are definitely some similarities, the hop profile of this one is more varied (due to the use of both English and American-style hop strains) and more enjoyable in general. Combine that with Keith's Cascade Hop Ale and you get the idea. I doubt this would make a great gateway beer, as I presume the 40+ IBUs will be enough to turn off most macro fanatics. That being said, Big Mouth Pale Ale is still an extraordinarily quaffable little brew that makes for a great session option. Not a world-beater by any means, but still well worth a try.

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3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ghisty
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance-
pours nice and gold.levels orangey. thin whispy head. nice color.

smell-
zesty. lemon peel. hops are in there under some grain,.
wheat and citrus, fresh hops, and a bit of malt.
nice nose, has a good balance.nothing is overpowering and its all enjoyable.

taste-
drank this just maybe slightly too warm for the type of beer it is.
although it wouldve been better suited a bit colder, its got a nice taste,
and if anything having a it bit warm proves that well. I had expected it
to be more bitter and sharp, as the barking squirrel, but this is obviously
aimed more to the session.

mouthfeel-
short, nice carb, with some crispy zest on the entry, goes down well,
and isnt foamy or slick, no after taste of metal, which is impressive.
i expected some form of mineral metallic finish typical of this style..

overall-
I regularly drink barking squirrel, but I've noted that it is often a bit too heavy,
this offering from hopcity is a bit more quaffable, something I could drink a few of and not feel bloated or overwhelmed by piles of dark malt and smokey notes,
which are great, in barking squirrel, but its nice to have something with similar qualities, that is just abit easier to put back. I will be buying this again , without doubt, may even be into the list of go to's.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BillT916
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Happy Hour / Big Mouth Pale Ale from Hop City Brewing Co.
3.47 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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