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Paradise Valley Grapefruit Ale - Whistler Brewing Company

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Paradise Valley Grapefruit AleParadise Valley Grapefruit Ale

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Whistler Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BDTyre on 06-04-2011)
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Reviews by rugbykimmie:
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rugbykimmie

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I first saw this in stores, I was intrigued. I've never been a fan of grapefruit anything, but I thought, what the heck.

First time I had it was in a bottle. Poured a hazy amber-yellow colour with a thin off-white head. Nice amount of carbonation, and smelled nice and citrusy...maybe even a little bready. The flavour surprised me though. I was expecting more grapefruit flavour, but honestly, I mostly got citrus and hops. I liked it though. Enough that I sought out a local pub that had it on tap.

On tap: Same hazy colour, but better carbonation. The aroma was much more prominent and the flavor was stronger. The same citrus and hops flavour was noticable, but this time, I could actually taste a hint of grapefruit. I'd say, if you were thinking about giving this beer a go, try it on tap first. It's far better.

Overall, an excellent summer beer. Whistler did a really good job with this one, I think.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 22:47:03 | More by rugbykimmie
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British Columbia (Canada)

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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

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Alberta (Canada)

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Eric_Standard

British Columbia (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium brown with a large and fluffy white head. Cloudy, with tiny bits of what looks to be grapefruit pulp floating about.

Smell: Smells of sweet grapefruit juice with some maltiness.

Taste: Rich malty ale flavours, surprising, I expected the ale to be a bit more downplayed with grapefruit. Sweet and fruity, the grapefruit flavour is immediately apparent, but asserts itself more prominently at the finish. Less tartness and bitterness than I would like from something made with grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, easy, but unremarkable.

Overall: Not bad, but remains pretty baseline. The 'fruit' and 'beer' aspects of this fruit beer are equally present, but much of the charm of grapefruit is lost in the ale aspect of the drink. This is interesting, but could be executed better.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 22:38:45 | More by Eric_Standard
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Washington

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

04-07-2014 00:44:20 | More by stript
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

03-03-2014 00:26:38 | More by CRObighit2
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

11-06-2013 15:21:09 | More by kelvarnsen
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-05-2013 22:20:23 | More by MJ63
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

10-30-2013 19:11:02 | More by bigox420
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

10-16-2013 01:51:38 | More by Cidius
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a deep, deep copper colour with 2 fingers of head which dissipates very quickly. No lacing is left behind. Some carbonation is visible through the haze.

Smell - Grapefruit citrus and sweet malts.

Taste - Way more malt than I've come to expect from fruit beers. The caramel malts come on first, followed by a good plash of grapefruit and coriander. Bitterness is low.

Mouthfeel - Not to light, not to heavy. Lot's of carbonation. Finish is dry and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:27:56 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from the LCBO, courtesy of the BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler. Fruit beers aren't exactly my preferred style, but grapefruit ales typically fare well with me. I like the sleek, upscale bottle on this one, too. Served well-chilled.

Pours a deep amber orange colour, opaque with haze and topped with a half-finger of soapy, white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is acidic, and at times almost metallic. Minimal grapefruit on the nose - in fact, minimal everything, as I can barely even pick out any individual aromas. Just some citrus, some generic sweet maltiness, and steel. Not a great way to start things off.

Not a bad-tasting ale, though I admit it took a few sips for my palate to make sense of this one as the flavour can be a bit muddled. Some bready, grainy malts and honey sweetness comes through at first, followed by lots of pink grapefruit pulp, in addition to a lemony orange citrus flavour. A little vegetal toward the finish, with a wisp of coriander and floral hops completing the profile. The grapefruit in this one is less pronounced/concentrated than in a lot of the radler-type beers I've tried previously, with more of a focus on malts and sweetness. On the light side of medium-bodied, with fairly strong carbonation and very fine bubbles that give this brew a somewhat spritzy mouthfeel; however, the brew also has a syrupy nature that conflicts with this. Easy enough to drink quickly, and I could see myself tossing back at least 2 of these outside on a hot patio before it became tiresome.

Final Grade: 3.23, a passable C+. Paradise Valley Grapefruit Ale is a serviceable fruit beer, but it's just not the sort of thing I can see myself drinking large quantities of - certainly not in early autumn, and probably not in the summer, either. I could see this being reasonably refreshing in hot weather, and to be totally fair, I respect the fact that this particular ale nicely balances its 'fruit' aspects and its ' beer' aspects. That being said, it just isn't doing it for me - this is too sweet and lacks the pleasant tart bitter flavour I love about this fruit. Needless to say, if I want some grapefruit in my beer, I'll probably reach for Stiegl Radler next time.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 12:13:31 | More by thehyperduck
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

09-25-2013 00:04:15 | More by Erik-P
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle, which was way overfilled right to a mm or two of the cap. Still had a good head on the pour, tannish and rocky, colour is a quite hazy orange, cloudy with a lot of visible carbonation. Lacing disappears fairly quickly. 3

S – a sort of very yeasty grapefruit on the nose, ruby citrus with a candied aspect, little bitterness present. But not juicy either, quite dry with bready aromas and fermentation yeasts. 3.5

T – sweet grapefruit juice! Its like cola consistency, sugary body, some grainy malts, and then just a sweet fruity end with a hint of malt. It tastes like some sort of cheap grapefruit soft drink. There is no bitterness of hops beside the cloyingly sweet grapefruit juiciness.

M – sweet and fizzy, too much carbonation, no body, it is watery and sugary.

This was a big disappointment for me, like a soft drink with no balance, way too much sweetness. Could be good as a patio downer when you don't really want to taste it, this had a lot of juicy citrus in the profile which took the driving seat for sure. It grew on me slightly, still nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:35:15 | More by mick303
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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Taiwan

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

08-28-2013 01:23:39 | More by ThinkAgain
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

08-22-2013 14:15:19 | More by cfalovo97
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

330 ml bottle from a BC craft beer sampler 6 pack.

A cloudy dark amber colour. At best there is a quarter inch head that quickly becomes a slick and then disappears totally. Fast streams of bubbles that do nothing to maintain a head. No lacing at all.

The aroma is quite weak. Biscuit with a whiff of steel.

There it is ... the flavours are all in the taste. Toffee and biscuit malt and sweetened overripe grapefruit. A slightly sour aftertaste.

A medium to light mouthfeel.

I expected bitter grapefruit and hop bitterness. I got a malty ale with ripe, sweet fruit. No bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 23:58:21 | More by ssmack
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Paradise Valley Grapefruit Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.