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Big Rock McNally's Extra Ale | Big Rock Brewery

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Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada | website

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by Todd on 05-28-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
83
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
21.07%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 83
Photo of PowerValve
1/5  rDev -71.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Worst tasting swill I have ever put in my mouth, forced down one bottle and then gave the rest to my roommate who also struggled with the taste. The best way to simulate the taste is to brush your teeth and then immediately drink a Colt 45 with a handful of fermented plums.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.67/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Snappy two-finger head rises from a brown/red brew. Nothing overly noteworthy, no lacing.

Caramel, mild spice, zero presence of hops... Pretty mild.

Very hot, not much blending happened here... Boozy, boozy, boozy. Loads of cinnamon, glazed caramel, ginger, spicy... Way wet, super dry, harshly drinkable, carbonation is too much for me.

Errr... This is CraftBeer, Canada, eh? Can a guy get a better beer next time he visits a foreign country? This is a boozy, hot, caramel/spiced mess. I had very high hopes for this one, but it falls short. It's ok and not nearly a drainpour, but could certainly be improved, IMO. Seems like something massed produced...

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Photo of Shadman
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sticking close to home with this selection.

Dark copper in color with small fizzy head and almost nil for lacing.

Smell is sweet and floral/fruit..almost that Big Rock ale smell..apple juice??

Tastes faily smooth, but again that Big Rock flavor, too sweet in their hop/malt balance? is evident here. A dry finish which one would expect with this type. Not bad, but there seems to be a sameness with this brewer's ales. Has anyone else noticed this??

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Photo of beerguy101
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
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 TheLongBeachBum
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Cheap looking thin paper label which was half hanging off the 11.5 fl.oz. (341ml) bottle. The Big Rock crown cap has a big cock-erel on it. It looked like one of those ‘twist off’ affairs, but it wouldn’t budge, so it got prized off.

Appearance: Copper fused orange-brown body with an off-white head on the pour that fails to stay around and quickly goes South on me. Minimal carbonation after a little while. Looks sad and tired.

Nose: Sweet pale malts with some bready aromas. Smells a bit like Bass-Shandy that I drank in England when I was 10 years old.

Taste: Tastes like Bass-Shandy that I drank in England when I was 10 years old……..

Mouthfeel: Medium feel with an annoying cloying malt tickle at the back of the throat after the swallow. Has a very simple feel. A little flat on the tongue and lifeless at times.

Drinkability: I finished it, but more because I wanted to see if this one improved….sadly it remained “as is” throughout.

Overall: I never found the word "Extra" in the title on the bottle, and I most certainly didn't find it in the bottle. I hesitated to collect this one from the cooler and adopt it, but I’ll always try something once, especially as it was only $1.48, so I figured I would give it a whirl, and I did…..but I much preferred it if I had left this bastard orphan alone, I wouldn’t adopt this one and give it a home again. I wouldn’t loose any sleep if this “Irish Style Ale Traditionally Brewed in Canada” stayed there.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of Tommo
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is pretty gross by my standards. Very malty, not much hop charecter on the aroma nor palate, and has almost a christmas or holiday feel to it given its spice/flavor profile

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Photo of fisherman34
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A brownish copper brew, with a pleasing malty aroma. Somewhat low carbonation. The head was quite small and disappeared fairly quickly. Quite smooth going down, with a fair amount of hop and alcohol bite. Some bready, oaky, and mineral hints as well. Not really my style, but still somewhat enjoyable.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
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 stagger
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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 kjyost
3.31/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

--regular 341 ml brown bottle, no freshness date to be found.
--clear, almost thin brown in color. Nice head to begin with but really didn't last. Very minor carbonation
--Kind of a sweet, malty smell.

This beer was kind of disapointing. I am a fan of the style but have had far better versions. I am a fan of Big Rock's other beers but not so much in this one. I am glad I found it in the 'singles' bin and didn't buy a whole case.
Thx

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Photo of BDTyre
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sort of like an overdone Smithwick's. Cooper coloured with a decent white head. Smells sweet and malty, with hints of caramel.

The taste is malts and caramel, with a little trace of hops. I can taste red ale in here, but again, it seems to be overdone. There is almost a burnt taste to this.

Drinkability is okay. A bit too thick for my liking, but otherwise fine. The slightly above average abv limits the drinkabilty.

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Photo of elricorico
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
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 canucklehead
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Back in then day this was the beer that writers such as Michael Jackson raved about. Now it stands as a decent beer but still one of Big Rock's best (shouldn't this brewery have moved up to better beers rather than down?) The beer is caramel coloured, malty on the nose and big in the body. The drinkability is suspect at times with weird notes showing up on the finish. However I like this beer as it is complex for the style and well put together

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Photo of Beersignal
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Mandrake
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dark copper-red, with a very small beige head that dissipates very quickly and leaves very little lacing. Lots of carbonation, clinging to the sides of the glass and surfacing energetically, makes it look like a slightly dark ginger ale. Smell is very malty, and quite sweet. Caramel and fruitiness, with some biscuit-y notes and a mild herbal tone. Dry nuttiness as well. Taste is a bit acidic, entering with a sour note. Caramel again, to be sure, but over boiled and a bit metallic in nature. Spicy hops play a role, but only add to the sharp feeling in the taste profile. Finish is drier, with the nuts and a touch of apple showing up. Mouthfeel starts off with good body and nice carbonation, but fades near the end, and drinkability is pretty solid. Overall, the best beer I've yet had from Big Rock, which isn't saying a whole lot.

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Photo of BigBry
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Standard brown bottle.
Clear amber/copper colored liquid with tan creamy head that disappeared quickly, leaving little lacing. Aroma of malt and caramel with an added sweet, honey smell. The continued carbonation gave it a nice full mouthfeel. As the beer warmed up, it gave an even stronger and fuller flavor matching the aromas. I think it is one of the better Big Rock products.

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Photo of kindacold
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the tap, pours nice amber with rich, creamy head that lasts a bit.

Smell is neutral, a bit of grains, but mild.

Light, balanced flavor. Caramel, make presence, a bit of bitter hops, some alcohol burn on the finish, but only mildly.

Easy to drink, light and crisp, clean finish.

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Photo of manchester81
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +3.1%
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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