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Piper's Pale Ale | Vancouver Island Brewery

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Piper's Pale AlePiper's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Vancouver Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Piper’s Pale Ale was named in honour of Canadian war hero Piper James C. Richardson who was lost during the battle of the Somme during WWI. Awarded a Victoria Cross for his acts of bravery, we were inspired by his dedication and sacrifice to our country. Piper Richardson braved the trenches and began to play his bagpipes, inspiring the troops into battle with fury and determination. After assisting a wounded comrade back to safety and escorting enemy prisoners, he realized he had left his pipes behind and was lost in action while attempting to retrieve them. In Piper’s memory, we salute his bravery and toast in his honour!

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-18-2003

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Reviews by Fabric8r:
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4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great ale. I had this on tap at a restaurant lear Victoria on Vancouver Island. We just finished walking the Bouchart (sp?)Gardens and this beer tasted so great! I visited the brewery, but was disappointed, but still bought a couple of 6-packs.

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Photo of BCborn
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dirtylou
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz draft at an establishment in beautiful Victoria, BC

appearance: presentation is a clear amber body with no head, standard based on expectations

smell: more malty than hoppy...toasty and caramel driven, hop feel is light and in the background

taste: caramel-malt, nutty, lightly hopped...unsettling skunk characteristic that becomes noticeable in the aftertaste that is usually reserved for cheap imported green beer

mouthfeel: medium

drinkability: average

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Photo of souvenirs
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pint served in a mug at some fish and chips joint in Victoria. To be honest, I'm not really a fan of pale ales, but it was the only thing they had on tap, and the bottle selection consisted of four different macro lagers.

A: honey, light skim of head
S: sweet, pale malts, very mild
T: pale malt sweetness, corn, not much hop presence
F: a bit lighter than medium-bodied. might have been better with more carbonation.

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Photo of Boozecamel
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of LampertLand
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Braz
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of GregBeer
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcCraft710
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of WynnO
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of papawu76
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is a golden ale with a fluffy white head, that leaves a little lace.

S: Fresh hops and bready malt.

T: Well balanced, some citrous hop flavour, slightly cidery, crisp (bitter) finish.

M: Light to moderate body, slightly creamy, moderate carbonation.

D: Good. Should certainly appeal to the masses.

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Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Mack
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stizz19
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of IllNate
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Brilliantly clear light copper. Finger of fizzy white head, poor retention.

S - Indistinct hop aroma with bready malt. Corn.

T - Hop flavor is still indistinct but citrus in nature. Bready malt and corn again.

M - Fizzy and over carbonated. Crisp finish though.

D - OK.

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Photo of saskguy
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Started with a good head. Light copper in colour.
Not enough hop flavour. On the bland side. A slight bitter aftertaste.

Needs to be umphed up to make a quality micro beer. While it is better than the general commercial fare, it just does not have "IT".

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Photo of wordemupg
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

431ml bottle poured into pint glass 28/1/12

A clear copper with a shitload of bubbles that don't just retain the head but increase it for a while, only leaves a few patches of lace but it looks great

S leafy hops with some caramel and a faint fruity aspect

T tastes a little metalic on top of what I smell with some candied core

M a little bite too it with a fairly clean aftertaste, from what I saw in the glass I expected it too turn to foam but things are good in this department

O not a bad glass of liquid but I'm not blown away by anything other then how it looks

another decent beer in my mixed pack, not worth searching for but I'm not upset I have two more

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +17%

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Piper's Pale Ale from Vancouver Island Brewery
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