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Piper's Pale Ale - Vancouver Island Brewery

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79
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Vancouver Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

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!

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-18-2003)
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Fabric8r:
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Fabric8r

Montana

4.4/5  rDev +28.7%

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.

02-18-2003 11:33:18 | More by Fabric8r
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5%

05-12-2012 01:52:09 | More by chickenm
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Nevada

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-31-2013 05:26:30 | More by CWVegas
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dirtylou

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -4.1%

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

07-08-2006 19:11:56 | More by dirtylou
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -7%

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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British Columbia (Canada)

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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev +17%

12-02-2011 21:47:11 | More by papawu76
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%

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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4/5  rDev +17%

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British Columbia (Canada)

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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

03-04-2011 00:37:59 | More by IllNate
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saskguy

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%

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

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12-03-2003 22:41:44 | More by saskguy
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

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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

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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +17%

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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.3%

This pale ale pours a crystal clear, light colour with a 1 finger frothy, bubbly just off-white head that doesn't last long and leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of bready caramel malts and a touches of citrus and pine from the hops.

Taste is predominantly of bread and grain with light caramel notes and, again, mostly bready on the finish. The hopping is light, yet gives this beer a bitter back bone throughout. Its got a bit of that corn-y sweetness, however, which I am not too fond of.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with an almost clean, slightly oily finish.

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Can returned for me from Victoria. Turns out to be a surprisingly decent beer! Pours with a suddy head, clear (light) golden body. Not much aroma, no many hops. Tastes like a "rookie" pale ale. I enjoyed it enough, a fair bit actually, seemed to embody all thsoe stupid words they use in macro commericals... "smooth, clean and crisp." Certainly nothing too far from the ordinary, fairly average pale ale, that would need alot of work to be anything all that noticeable. Not too shabby at all though...

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Piper's Pale Ale from Vancouver Island Brewery
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