Long Weekend India Pale Ale | Big Bay Brewing Co.

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Long Weekend India Pale AleLong Weekend India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Big Bay Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 10-05-2011

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 71
Photo of KarlHungus
2.19/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear light bronze color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is dominated by butterscotch. The taste is also all butterscotch, but stronger. There are absolutely no hops detectable in either the flavor or aroma of this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

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Photo of BeerIndustry22111
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A- Light Golden, slightly transparent,

S- Syrup, very little hop character, slight earth tones

T- Very little up front. Some caramel malt with a earth/citrus hop finish. Some lemon and possible grapefruit.

M- Lays loose on the palate. Any malt/hop character quickly fades.

O- There isn't much to say about this beer because there isn't much going on. What it does have going for it is that it is easy drinking; and the 5.5% ABV could qualify it as a sessionable IPA. However, all other sessionable IPA's I have had offer much more flavor. I think there could be a time and place for this beer, but it was rather disappointing. I could see drinking it on a lake or outdoors.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the second Big Bay offering I've tried. Poured this one into a pint glass, a hazy caramel amber with a quarter inch eggshell head that disperses quickly and leaves little cling. Moderate visible carbonation. Not much of an aroma: there's some caramel malt sweetness that's reminiscent of butterscotch, and just a very scant amount of herbal hop notes coming through. The taste leaves a lot to be desired: The sweetness of the malts is too strong up front, poorly balanced by what my mouth is registering as only hop oil bitterness. This bitter seems to last through the life of the taste on my tongue. I don't mind the bitter, but give me some good herbal or pine or citrus from the hops, as well. The feel of the beer is decent, with nice creaminess and a bit of acidic bite. Not as clean-finishing as I'd like, though--a bit syrupy.

While I'm happy to support Wisconsin breweries like Big Bay, I can't really get behind this particular IPA. It lacks the hop flavor and aroma that I love from this style. It drinks a lot like a Minhas IPA I recently tried, with too much sweetness and not enough attention to the hops.

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Photo of andrew8626
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thoroughly average IPA. Fine, but not remarkable by any measure. Very little hop characteristic on the nose; appearance is a nice golden, non-cloudy. Taste is hop forward, but I would guess no more than mid-40s on IBUs. Overall, fine at the low-mid price point, but nothing special.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 29 Oct 2011. Yet another bottle from the ever generous R&S, thank you! Served in the 0.4 L Herren Pils snifter.

Small off white head. Medium carbonation. Clear orange copper in color. Light aroma, sweetly malty, touch syrupy. Relatively bitter, some nuttiness. Light maltiness. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Finishes just a touch astringent/bitter.

A says kind of one note and lightly hopped for an IPA.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Moderately carbonated copper colored body. The head is stark white and starts out an inch tall and fades easily back to wrap the surface. Lacing is solid too.

S - Mild citrus and slightly sweet malt aromas.

T - Bitter hops with an undefined hop finish.

M - A coarse texture throughout on my tongue and the roof of my mouth. The finish is sticky on my lips and dry in the throat.

~ I like this beer. I know the flavor and the aroma isn't top notch but this is an easy drinking IPA. I feel like I could kick back with a sixer or a few pints and really enjoy the beer in a nice session.

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Photo of Florida9
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber in color. Forms a rather thin white head that quickly reduces down to a patchy surface coating. Some very minimal lacing.

S: Smell is faint. Light floral qualities with some mild citrus and some light caramel malts. Maybe a little tropical fruit.

T: Mild taste of caramel malts lends this beer a light sweetness. There are some citrus hops, primarily orange blossom and a slight herbaceousnecss. And not much else. Quick finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium with fairly heavy carbonation and a mild bitterness.

O: Yet another decent, drinkable IPA that fails to stand out from the rest of the other decent, drinkable IPAs.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Long Weekend IPA from Big Bay is a decent English style IPA...which is not my favorite style...but this beer was good. I will admit when I bought the bottle I was hoping for something similar to All Day IPA by Founders. Nevertheless, the beer poured a orangish clear with thin white head that is not leaving a lace. The scent and taste were bolstered by bittering hops....thinking East Kent. The mouthfeel is medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall its decent.

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Photo of dhannes
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A=Rich, dark gold color with three finger white colored head that lasted over a minute.

S=At first, nothing...then a sweet smell, with a hint of almonds.

T=Rather complex...first sip reminded me of a standard lager, with some hops...later sips presented a buttery creaminess, some sweetness, and biscuit. Nice balance of malt and hops.

M=A bit too heavy, perhaps, and modest carbonation...bite made it a bit hard to drink quickly.

O=Lower hops profile than most other IPA's and rather drinkable, all things considered. if I had to drink and IPA, this would be considered.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Hazy Orange Color. Head is around 2 fingers and width and leaves behind lots of lacing on the sides

Smell - Piney Hops, Yeasts, and Malts. Smells is nice and not too strong.

Taste - Piney Hops, Citrus Honey, Yeasts and Malts, with a dry resin aftertaste. Flavor is very light, but not in a watered down sort of sense; Just...light.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and the carbonation is also fairly light. It's easy to drink and a bit crispy.

Overall - This is what I would like to call a "IPA Yard Beer", it's easy going on flavor and you can have it on pretty much any occasion. However, if you're looking for a robust tasting IPA, then you should probably look elsewhere.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: deep, apricot amber, hazy, rich. White foam, but insubstantial
Smell: have to work hard to get a slight bit of mango and biscuit
Taste: pleasant, honey forward, a bit of burnt caramel, not much hops. Barely an IPA, more like a thick English Bitter.
Feel: a bit more fizz than anticipated given the haze. A little thin on the tongue.
Overall: Easy to drink, fruit and honey but not treacle. Not substantial but nice enough and would be good introduction to someone moving away from lagers.

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Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thin white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of mild floral notes, a hint of cracker.

The taste is of sweet honey-like malt, a touch of caramel, finishing with mild bitter hop touch.

The body is on the lighter end of the spectrum, but not fizzy or watery. It is smooth and has a rather refreshing quality to it.

Not a bad brew. Interesting mix of hops - East Kent Golding, Centennial and Tettnanger. They could have been showcased more, but added enough bitterness to keep it just into IPA land. Rated as a mild "English" IPA, as I assume that that is what they were going for.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Honey colored, very clear, with a thick two finger white head. Decent retention and light lacing.
S- The aroma has a touch of hoppy flair with some pine aroma and light honey. Well balanced with a leaning toward hop.
T- The taste seems well balanced with light honey cracker being overtaken by piney hop character. A bit too bitter and not enough hop flavor in the finish though.
M- Light-medium body. The carbonation is prickly. Course on the tongue.
O- It's an ok IPA but nothing much above average.

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Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed toasted gold with a tight bone-colored froth that fades with some haste, but laces well.
Sourdough and caramel nougat aroma backed with lime leaves, lilacs, ferns, and whisper of pineapple.
It enters the mouth with a blanket of breadiness, then gathers a bit toastier. It sweetens considerable midway with caramel, pears, and fleshy melons. Hops bring a congruent tart-bitter, lime-herb-and-evergreen medley, with late nods towards mint and fresh flowers.
Medium-light bodied with a low yet steady carbonation.
My sole gripe is that there's not a whole lotta "India" in this Pale Ale. As a Pale, it's got a good deal of charm packed within its refreshing and drinkable structure (if considered as such, I'd add .5 to my overall score). I like it and will return here, but it just lacks the oomph to carry it over the IPA threshold.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'm starting to lose my surprised feeling concerning the random popping-up of random breweries to our area here. Never heard of Big Bay, but I've got their three flagships here, starting with the IPA. It pours a clear gold-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light lemon rind, sweet caramel, and a vague sense of orange juice. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, light orange zest, pine sap, mild caramel, light toffee, and a splash of earthy greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, not a bad IPA, really, just not one to write home about. For once, a random IPA showing up isn't a sad little experience for my tongue. I'd drink it again...

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Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 12 oz bottle

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a fresh white i finger head that recedes quickly very little lacing

S- was malty and bready with just a hint of tropical hops

T- was better still starts with caramel and biscuit malts, but i get fruitfull hops of mango and papaya citrus floral hops but they were not strong as i like in an ipa

M- medium carbonation with a slick malt coating with hops in the background

O- an average malt forward ipa, it was very fresh tasting, it just did not have enough hops still ok thou

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Photo of JackieTH
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured light orange with a creamy foam head that persisted and left fits of lacing. Smell was slightly citric hop with buscuit malt and a wee bit of sour apple. Taste was lightly bitter with citric and resins and a good dose of malt. Some twangy yeast elements. Lively on the tongue with a medium-light body. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Strix
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange, big initial head, nice lacing.

Fresh bread, floral hops, caramel, lilac?

Malty and bready, with hints of light fruits. Floral, piney finish.

Medium-thin mouthfeel.

Very solid offering here, I've definitely been impressed with Big Bay so far.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Big Bay stange.
No date or info.

A - Absolutely superb in appearance, Long Weekend IPA is a vibrant golden honey color tarnished by an ever-so-slight haze. The never-ending head of dense off-white foam shrouds the tall glass in sheets of lace.

S - Long Weekend's smooth, more subtle aroma is representative of the English style, furthered by a splash of citrus and earthy tones of the hops. Grainy biscuit malt and just a touch of pale follows up this floral and slightly herbal aroma nicely.

T - A touch of lemon citrus greets the palate while earthy grass clippings notes and an herbal blend poke through the caramel notes of sweetness draped over the biscuit malt finish.

M - Mild bitterness finishes out this drinkable and medium-light bodied IPA. Smooth and soft is the name of the game for Long Weekend, a perfect combination for a sessionable IPA.

O - Drinkable through a long weekend, Big Bay's IPA showcases English hops through subtlety and smoothness with just a touch of bitterness on the finish for a thirst-quenching and quaffable brew.

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Photo of 1DAC3
4.62/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a drinkable IPA that doesn't overwhelm you with bitterness, hops and AC. This is a well rounded IPA and is bound to be a big hit in the Chicago Market. Long weekend, a name that everyone can relate as well as the beer. Looking forward to having many long weekends this summer.

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Photo of ChefFelipe11
4.71/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A drinkable IPA that you can drink 5 of and not feel like I just chewed on a bunch of hops! Also my stomach doesnt look like Im 4 months prego.

Its very well balanced IPA, medium body, great taste!

One that is not a fan of a Long Weekend is beyond me. Everyone loves a Long Weekend!! :)

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Photo of MrPhield
4.85/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Bay Long Weekend.

This is more of a English style with the malt balance and the types of hops they use.
A= great looking IPA, beautiful apricot kinda orange color
S= Spicy floral hop aroma dominates most of the smell, malt presence is detectable thou
T=Strong hop flavors in the front of the taste, but then it is balanced out with the biscuity/nutty malt flavors, the hops come back a little in the finish, not too much thou
M= medium body in the mouth, I've had English style IPAs that had the mouth feel like ESBs, and this one it thinner, but not in a bad way. I read on their website that they use the same yeast in this as they did in Wavehopper (Kolsch) so I would expect the mouthfeel to be a little lighter.

O= over all a great beer, I have and will continue to drink this beer when ever I see it in the taverns or bars. I'm really excited to see what else this new Wisconsin brewery is going to do next.

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Long Weekend India Pale Ale from Big Bay Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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