Whiskey Jack Ale - Whistler Brewing Company

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 40
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: n/a
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Whistler Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 05-18-2011

This proprietary dark-amber recipe is dry-hopped with English Kent hops for a true craft beer experience. Warm, copper colour. A well-rounded mouthfeel with subtle bittering. A perfectly balanced session ale.
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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 40
Photo of biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. My mind, when hearing the word 'whiskey', in reference to beer, jumps by default to the barrel treatment sort. No such luck here, as apparently the marketing, and perhaps other, folks at Whistler prefer their bird-watching instead.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy ecru head, which settles quickly and steadily, leaving a bit of sudsy mitochondrial lace in places around the glass.

It smells of mildly biscuity caramel malt, a bit of dry wheat cracker, a soft orchard fruitiness, and earthy, somewhat musty hops. The taste is semi-sweet, blandly fruity caramel malt, some further wet cracker notes, a touch of wan citrus pith, a slight metallic edge, and more weakly bitter earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is average overall, if a bit frizzante here and there, the body an anemic medium weight, and a tad too pithy to proclaim as outright smooth. It finishes fairly off-dry, the caramel malt still large and in charge, though tempered by an edgy, flinty nature, as opposed to the proclaimed bitter hop suspects.

Not a bad Canadian amber ale, but just a bit too sweet and subsequently unbalanced to seriously be considered as an APA - the hops, if they were indeed there to begin with, seem to have just up and flew away, in the manner of the titular 'winged friends'. (1,369 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.12/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 21/10/11

A dark amber with bubbles popping up from everywhere but little for head or lace

S faint but it smells like some English hops with a little citrus twist, some butterscotch and bread crust

T what I smell but toned down a bit and and pretty malty

M thick enough but it goes a little flat in your mouth

O not all that close to an APA, needs more hops and I`d be surprised if they were American

pretty average stuff, no problems drinking a few of them but I doubt I`d bother again (532 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a cool mixed 12 pack from Whistler Brewing, looks like a retro suitcase complete with period stickers. The Whiskey Jack ale is most likely the rebranded pale ale. The colour is on the darker side with a huge head. Nose is slightly malty but with hops coming through after it warms up. Solid mouthfeel with a malt presence but enough hops to make it interesting. More complex than say GI or OK Springs Pale Ale and bigger on the finish. I think this has a bigger mouthfeel than the original pale ale . good stuff (526 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.34/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

New name, and a new can, from Whistler.
Pours dark amber, with small but dense light beige head. Rather thin in both aroma and flavor. Grainy smell with a touch of hops. Taste of some caramel malt, some graininess, and some bitterness at the end, but subdued.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Just Ok, not much going on here.

Tried on-tap, one of the only non-big-beer options.
As above, decent enough, but pretty subdued and mild in smell and taste. (453 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.76/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - clear cedar red-brown, average head dissipated to a random covering with some lacing
S - odour is very mild, caramel and bready malts, not much detectable
T - biscuity and light caramel maltiness, some light grassy and metallic notes, a bit of a syrupy artificial sweetness on the finish
M - medium to thin body, not much hop characteristic here, lingering sweetness
O - more like a brown ale than a pale, easy drinking enough but just not representative of the style, disappointed (485 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.42/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like Whiskey Jacks, but I prefer to call them Canada Jays. I believe that this was billed as a "rye pale ale" at one time, but Whistler dropped the rye designation. Like the bird it is named after, it really doesn't matter what you call this beer. It's OK. There is a bit of caramel malt and some very faint hops. It's not overly memorable, but I would turn one down if it showed up in my hand. (396 characters)

Photo of Hoopster4hire
2.81/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a chilled pint glass

Appearance: dark amber color. Minimal lacing on pour, head dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: lacking. Esther notes, slightly pine. Pick up more on the bready notes

Taste: notes of corn, almond, and toast sourdough. Minimal hop flavor, slight citrus notes of unripe peach.

Mouthfeel: crisp, slight stickiness. Minimal alcohol backing, no noticeable burn

Overall: disappointing. Lacking an identity. While just a pale ale, it missed the mark on the style with very minimal hop flavor. Very easy to drink though (545 characters)

Photo of KingHeroical
2.52/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear and bright; a sort of redish brown. 2-3 fingers of head - didn't last very long.

Certainly tends toward the darker side of pale ales.

Right out of the gate I smelled burnt sugar, or roasted marshmallows, and that impression carried through to the taste. The bottle says "A perfectly ballanced brew.", but the malt really dominated this beer. Sort of cloying.

I can't even recommend it for people who really like malty beers, due to its...oddness. Burned sugar.

I'd never buy it again. (501 characters)

Whiskey Jack Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
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