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

Brewed by:
Hop City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

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

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Photo of bryehn
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy golden-amber colour with a soapy white head that settles as a thin collar and film without leaving much lacing.

Floral, soapy aroma. Lemon zest, grains, malts, light chocolate and caramel..

Caramel malts, floral & citrus hops. Mild taste overall, well balanced with a subtle bitter bite. Really tastes like an English pale ale. Red berries and a hint of alcohol in the finish

Very easy-going. Fairly thin body, mild carbonation. Aftertaste has a bitterness and soft oiliness to it.

The aroma is the highlight for me. Very inoffensive ale that goes down easy. Though it’s listed as an APA, it really leans towards the English style; the Golding hops are unmistakable. Great for times when you want a beer with flavour, but don’t want to be punched in the face by it. Pair with wings, fries, burgers and sports.

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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 NV9
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jack Astor's Dundas Square.

Very nice looking beer, good head that stays with it for some time, light orange in colour, I'm impressed.

Definite orange/citrus smell over the top of fairly evident hops.

Tastes a lot like it smells, the citrus is evident, as are the hops, it's a bit bitter but overall balanced flavour.

Not an overly heavy beer with moderate carbonation, pretty drinkable, in my opinion.

Would definitely go for this again but haven't seen it in this neck of the woods so far.

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Photo of SebD
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 peensteen
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 biegaman
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 99 Sudbury, in Toronto.

Happy Hour looks aptly named: not only does a bright, sunny disposition tempt thoughts of skipping over to the patio for a quick after-work tipple, but its bubbles hurry out the gate faster than rush-hour subway commuters, and its head sits idly, budging little and seemingly forever immobile just like those stuck bumper-to-bumper in rush-hour traffic.

Although its tempered, easy-going nature suggests this recipe was conceived of the English tradition of mild, sessionable pale ales, the blatant use of Cascade hops (used for dry-hopping as well, so I was told) gives it the distinguished citrusy and overtly floral bouquet of most American ales. Of course, there's a lot of grainy maltiness detected too.

The first sip is no epiphany. Then again, pale ales rarely are. It reveals an average, but perfectly acceptable, maltiness that is simultaneously bready and grainy, with a spattering of imposingly floral hops. There's not a trace of adjunct; the flavour is wholesome and the hoppiness firm. It'd be next to impossible to really say anything disagreeable about it.

The idea of the pale ale, at least one interpretation of it, is to offer the same kind of mindless, easy-going quaffability as a lager but with a bit more body and slightly more robust flavours. That sums up Happy Hour: it's a clean, widely agreeable, medium-bodied ale with a slightly stronger taste and double the standard bitterness (a reported 40 IBU).

Like all Hop City offerings, Happy Hour has enough character to please more discerning palates, but not too much so as to intimidate the average one. This mild but flavourful ale is indeed perfectly suited to taking a load off with friends after work, or watching the game, or relaxing at the cottage, or pretty much any other occasion you care to name.

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