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Big Rock McNally's Extra AleBig Rock McNally's Extra Ale
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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
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42
Ratings:
83
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
15.17%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 83
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark crimson color, short, soon-gone beige head.

Aroma: all malt at first, with dry, herbal tones, nuts, soft fruitiness, so far, the very picture of the Irish Red style.

Taste: smooth entry on the palate, ful malt, nice flavor. Light to medium bodied, soft, drying finish, with further flavors edging themselves into the taste,some cherry and apple.

Nice ale, here, with good drinkability.

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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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 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 tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark amber and recieves a white frothy head about a finger high and faded within a minute leaving no lace. Smell is soft with caramel malt and a hint of hop. Taste is sweet malt of caramel flavor then procedes into the balancing hop of faintly dry bite. Its mostly malty with a few nice things going for it as far as balance and body. Feel is strongly medium bodied and bold, slightly silky/buttery smooth and sweet with a nice light drying finish from hops. This is very drinkable, smooth, bold, and well balanced.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Deep orangish-brown body with a big head that went down cleanly.

Smell – Soft hop aroma with significant malt scents. This one smells very creamy.

Taste – And creamy it is. The traditional Irish flavors come out at the tongue. This is creamy, not like a cream ale, but close. The malt is big, buttery, and very smooth. The hops are very unique. This is not a sharp hop flavor. This is an easy, saturated, well-mixed blend that plays a complimenting second fiddle to the malt base. No sweetness.

The finish is nutty and big. This ale changes personalities at the end.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and exceptionally smooth and creamy.

Drinkability – Very creamy. I know that I’m repeating myself, but this ale is creamy like peanut butter. It’s actually kind of nutty to boot. Creamy.

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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 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 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 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 joemcgrath27
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
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

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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 IronDjinn
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a deep, rich reddish amber ale that pours out with a thick creamy head that soon dissipates into a lacy ring around the glass. It possesses a sweet, buttery nose with a small presence of floral hops. The flavour and mouthfeel is very robust and well-rounded, with a complex concentration of malts, a caramel/toffee
aftertaste evened out by the hops. This is a very fine specimen of the Irish red style.

Let's not beat around the bush, I like this ale a lot. It's very smooth
for a 7% alcohol content, and will warm you up nicely any time of the year. What is considered by many as the flagship offering of
the Big Rock brewery, it is most definitely my favorite of their's
(especially after they discontinued their fantastic Magpie rye ale).
Something that must be tried at least once in a lifetime if you get the chance.

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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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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 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 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 CalgaryFMC
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%

330 ml bottle poured into an English pint glass. Dark orange amber in hue with minimal white head, just a smattering rimming the edges of the glass. Aroma is sweet caramel malts with a little toast ... dried fruit, butterscotch chips, walnut, with some earthy tea-like hops. Indeed, hoppier than expected, with some heavier grass and resin notes accompanied by lighter citrus. Dried plum and caramel as advertized, with some brown bread. Alcohol faintly detectable. Moderately full bodied and carbonation on the low end, rather buttery and smooth yet tannic in the finish. Does suffer from a little of the classic Big Rock caramel malt overdose syndrome but all in all a well-executed and satisfying Irish red.

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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 Morris729
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a creamy white head that fades into a good amount of lace that sticks all over the glass. Nose is sweet malt and caramel with a hint of fruity alcohol. Medium in body and smooth and creamy in texture. Taste picks up right where the aroma left off with notes of sweet caramelized malts and buttery toffee followed by a touch of fruit and some drying alcohol. A nice brew that does a fairly good job of hiding the 7% abv. Thanks to lipschitz for the sample!

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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 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 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 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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