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Paradise Valley Grapefruit Ale - Whistler Brewing Company

Paradise Valley Grapefruit AleParadise Valley Grapefruit Ale

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 06-04-2011)
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Smell - Breads/grains, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some grapefruit. There is also a bit of corn and grass.

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Paradise Valley Grapefruit Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
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