Big Rock McNally’s Extra
Reviewed by Brady White on November 12, 2013 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Big Rock Brewery
- Origin: Calgary, AB
- Rated On: June 20, 2013
- Best Before: November 16, 2013
- ABV: 7.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Irish Red Ale
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 341ml bottle pours a clear, medium orange brickish amber hue, with two slim fingers puffy, loosely foamy, and yet still creamy off-white head, which leaves some pleasantly random trailing lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves. Inviting as all get-out, this one is.
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 tad on the sweet side, but the extra alcohol and subtle noble hops balance that out nicely. It’s not difficult to see why this is one of the longer-lived products in Big Rock’s line of ales.