Big Mouth Tap Room Pale Ale from Hop City Brewing Company in Brampton, Ontario pours a slightly hazy golden-amber colour with a relatively small, soapy white head that settles as a thin collar and film, leaving little lace behind. This American pale ale has a floral, soapy aroma with notes of lemon zest, grains, light chocolate and caramel malts.
The taste of Big Mouth Tap Room Pale Ale is a bit mild overall, with well-balanced caramel malt, floral and citrus flavours and a subtle bitter bite. This is a very easy going, creamy feeling ale with a fairly thin body and mild carbonation. Hints of red berry and alcohol come through in the finish and the aftertaste has soft bitter and oily characteristics.
Big Mouth Tap Room Pale Ale comes in a grey can and has a logo that evokes an old neighbourhood restaurant or bar sign. You will find a faux definition of “Big Mouth” on the side of the can and coded freshness dating stamped on the bottom.
This beer was introduced, and is still available on tap at licensees under the name Happy Hour Pale Ale. The Big Mouth brand was adopted for retail packaging and distribution to conform to AGCO naming rules.
The aroma of Big Mouth Tap Room Pale Ale is the highlight for me and though it’s listed as an APA, the ale leans towards the English style; the Golding hops are unmistakable. It would make a great choice for times when you want a beer with some flavour, but don’t want to be punched in the face by it. Pair this one with wings, fries, nachos, burgers and sports.
Big Mouth Tap Room Pale Ale is listed at nearly 100 LCBO stores. Hop City’s flagship beer Barking Squirrel Lager is distributed throughout Canada and to parts of the USA, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this beer follow a similar distribution pattern in the future.
Type: American Pale Ale
Region: Ontario, Brampton
Brewery: Hop City Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%