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Classic Pale Ale | Whistler Brewing Company

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Classic Pale AleClassic Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Whistler Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BDTyre on 08-02-2006

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Part of the Summer Brews pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 inch bone colored head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Nice foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat germ, and cereal grains. No other smells whatsoever, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Taste is horrendous with an acidic, astringent, solvent, metallic taste. Some malt pops up in the aftertaste but not enough to salvage this beer. A good level of carbonation with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this seemed like a promising beer from the look and smell but once I tasted it all bets were off. Drain pour on this one.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with a stingy finger of thin foamy off-white head, which fizzes away anon, leaving some spreading, actively dissipating lace around the glass. It smells of biscuity malt, some sour fruitiness, and musty grassy hops. The taste is bready, somewhat caramelized malt, a mild baker's yeastiness, and bitter earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, a zing or two, here and there, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the consistent malt pushed a bit more by some peppy grassy hops.

A good example of a more hoppy English pale ale, even if those hops seem haphazard and muddled. Oh well, the result is a decent enough quaff, the sort better consumed without the burden of analysis, from my humble experience.

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Photo of Derek
4.01/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Brewed exclusively with Whistler Glacier Water".

A: Bronze, fluffy white head, great retention & lace.

S: Earthy hops, grass, a little bready malt & caramel, some fruity esters.

T: Earthy bitterness up front, a little orange & slightly grassy. Plenty of bitterness & a well-rouned hop profile, but it could perhaps use a little more hop flavour. Bready/biscuity malt, toffee, detectable grain, cotton-candy fruity esters. Crisp finish.

M: Moderate body & carbonation. Slight acidity.

D: Very good.

I was pleasantly surprised by this quality brew. I recommend it, and I may even give the lager a try!

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Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass jan4 2010

A clear copper with a fast falling two finger head that left lace where it existed

S sweet malts with a little toffee and nuts

T a little nuttier with some very mild chocolate and some mellow hops

M lighter then I expected but good carbonation helps its cause

D well rounded beer not lacking in any areas but not excelling anywhere either

not a bad beer but I don't recommend you go looking for it but it's worth drinking if in front of you

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Monk’s, YVR.
Rich chestnut with creamy off white head. 3.75
Malty candy apple nose. 3.5
Toffee shell with a touch of autumn leaf and vague leafy hops. 3.25
Almost medium, clingy, round. 3.75

Even allowing that this might be an English pale ale, there’s not much going on here. Under strength in every sense and not even interesting enough to session. Lame. 3.5

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Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is showing up more and more as the Olympics gets closer. Turns out this is what OK Springs Pale Ale should have been. A mid dark gold beer with a fresh hoppy nose this is full flavoured and has enough complexity to make it interesting. there is still a softness to it which is an old BC trademark on pale ales but it has enough hops to make me want to buy it again.

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Photo of BigBry
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this on sale at the government liquor store on Vancouver. 6 pack of cans came with a small soft sided cooler. Label claims to be "Brewed exclusively with Whistler Glacier Water". No date code visible.
Clear, bronze/gold color, with 2 fingers of fluffy white foam. Decent retention thin string of lace. Smell of grassy hops, earthy rather than fruity,with slight caramel malt. Taste has good bitterness blended with biscuit malt. Chewy, grainy hop, with out the grapefruit and floweriness in other american pale ales. A decent british style ale. Medium body with good carbonation. Good, but I thought there was nothing to make it more than just average. (Maybe it was getting old, and that is why it was on sale)

Yep, that picture is of my can. They have since discontinued cans, but I was able to get one for my collection.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a transparent copper hue, foamy white head that slowly decends leaving some sticky lacing behind it.

Clean, sweet toffee malt on the nose, the hops really don't play through at all.

The malt becomes somewhat grainy in the flavour, almost a dry earthy note to it all by the middle. The hops do make an apprearance now, dry and grassy.

Mouthfeel is leaning towards the light side. However there is another curious phenomenon of it leaving this phantom clay-like, almost chalky texture in the mouth with the aftertaste.

Not a very memorable pale ale all things considered, it certainly has its set of kinks that could use some ironing out.

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Photo of chickenm
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with an average white head. The aroma is mostly malt with some smokiness to it. The taste is more malt with some bitter hops in the finish. Medium-light bodied with light carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. This beer is actually pretty good - although it could use a bit more hops. Still, its very drinkable and makes a nice session ale.

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Photo of bum732
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellowish brown, decent creamy head with ok retention and lacing. Smells of mellow fruity malt, pineapple, apple, pear, plums, some grassy and earthy hops, . Tastes of much the same, fruity malt with a mild earthy bitterness. Finishes fairly neutral with a touch of dryness.

An ok beer, i like the fruitiness of the malt, i wish there was a touch more hops to bring it together. The mouthfeel is fairly thin as well bringing down the score.

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Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy dark copper color with a very small head and no real lacing.

S: Aroma or malt, nuts and a bit of dark fruit.

T: Taste of roasted malt, bit of toffee and nuts. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, smooth but a bit short on flavor.

O: Fairly bland non-offensive English Pale Ale.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken in May.

Whistler Brewing Co. is closed...long live Whistler Brewing. Whistler Brewing, est. 1989 closed sometime ago but has now supposedly been revived by a BC businessman. For a time, WBC was owned by Big Rock, but was sold off to Bruce Dean in October 2005. The bottle lists a Whistler/Vancouver postal code (but no address or phone number) and the website is just a front page with non-working links and it suggests returning after May 15/06. (The site finally started working sometime in July!) Googling Whistler Brewing resulted in the prior information, plus the intersting tidbit that although the claim on the bottle of being brewed exclusively with Whistler glacier water is true, the beer itself is brewed in Kamloops (that’s about a six hour drive). This means that Dean and his associates are still using the facilities that Big Rock used for WBC before shutting down production, although a Whistler based brewery is in the works.

This beer pours like a pale ale should: a nice light copper with a thick, white head. Smells is predominantly British malts, with a bit of hops. Hints of nuts, fresh bread and toffee.

Taste is decent pale ale. Mostly malt, a bit of hops. Doughy, slightly acidic and sour but not bad. Nothing spectacular, but one of the better BC brews I’ve tried. A little bit fizzy on the mouth, but overall very drinkable. i should have spent the extra money and bought a six pack. I look forward to trying their Export Lager.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Whistler Classic Pale Ale in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a nut brown/bronze color and is clear. A moderate foamy whit head tops the brew, and leaves some dainty lace on the glass.

Smell is an earthy scent, with some moss and vinegar notes. It;s a little bit acerbic and sharp.

Taste is a malt flavor with a peat flavor, and an acidic bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. No cloying nature at all.

A drinkable beer, and very much in keeping with the English style pale ale. If you like the English style give this a try.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Whistler is apparently a beautiful place to visit and break your leg skiing, or so I've been led to believe. So I purchased a bottle of this supposedly pure distinctive ale [according to the label] which I will now drink, hopefully without breaking my leg.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: This is not a pale pale ale, it's more of a deep copper ale, which doesn't sound as catchy as 'pale ale' but is more befitting IMO. Also note; there is a thin white lacing on top.

S: Has a distinct Vegemite aroma, perhaps a means to get Aussie ex-pats into it. This aside there are notes of burnt caramel, rye, earthy hops and yeast. Not really pale ale stuff again, more like an English dark ale or a brown ale.

T: Amazingly bland compared to the aroma. Tastes like a soda-stream soft drink before you mix the flavour with the soda water, then it hits you with an additive flavour of burnt caramel, rye, earthy hops and yeast. Finishes as boring as it began with a tapered hop bitterness and a long dry taste. Not impressed by this at all.

M: Light bodied, watery with a hyperactive carbonation taking into consideration the last two items.

D: I hope you can see where I'm going with this review, a pale ale that isn't a pale ale, tastes like an awful soft drink, gassy and most importantly: lacking in coherent flavour. This beer is one reason not to go to Whistler, though my guess is that the Export Rule applies with this brew [the Export Rule being that countries always export their shitest beers , QED: Fosters for Australia] so I imagine their are some really good brews hiding over there. Damn you Export Rule!

Food match: Pour this beer down the sink and drink water with your meal, no joke.

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Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of froghop
2.92/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours semi-clear amber-orange with a thin beige head, and some lacing.

smell of of malt, nuts, and caramel.

taste is of malt, caramel, grain, a touch of corn, and some earth, ends just a little bitter.

overall just okay for a pale ale could have a better look and ending.

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Photo of Shadman
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bright copper brown. Decent head and lacing.

Toasted malts and a hint of floral hop. Nice balance.

Ditto on the taste. Tasted malts, hint of butter toffee, and enough hop bitterness to keep it from being a one trick pony. Touch watery, but all-in all a nice taste experieince.

Smooth, carbontion seems to fit for the flavours.

Their best beer out of the 3 or 4 I've tried hands down. A good take on the English style of Pale Ale.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.01/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Decent old-school bottle, cool 'Canadian' label. Clear bottle is a bit of a worry though - hope it lasted the trip over from Canada to Australia...

Appearance: Pours a clear copper orange, 2-finger tan head that fades to a light film on the top of the beer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Smell is of malt, wheat germ, and cereal grains. Pungent and somewhat unpleasant.

Taste:  Taste is horrendous, with an acidic, astringent metallic taste. Poured most of it out. I have the impression that it may have suffered from a bit of light strike on the journey over.

Aftertaste: Better, primarily because it diminished quickly. Some malt in the aftertaste, but not enough to salvage this awful beer.

Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel was reasonable - decent carbonation, but not soda-pop style.

Overall: Pretty nasty, funky malts. I will have to try this one again - I think it may have been affected by light strike on the way over from Canada. Not sure it would be worth AU$70 a case anyway.

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Photo of elricorico
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pale orange with just a slight haze. A thick white head on top. More lacing that almost any of the style that I've seen.

Earthy toffee sweetness and an herbal hop aroma hit the nose. Well balanced aroma.

Caramel and some bitterness are noted right away, and the finish is a mix of citrus and herbal hopping. All pleasant. Nothing overpowering.

Has just a hint of watery feeling, but otherwise the mouthfeel is alright. Sharp but not overdone carbonation.

This is a pub beer if I've ever had one. Easy sipping, lots of balance, and overall feels light.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a nice cloudy amber with a thick off white head with light lace. Smell of pale malts, a lite note of dark fruit and spice. Taste is lightly sweet, spicey with a cloying malt earthiness having moderate hops. Mouthfeel is light with a good spike of carbonation. Not all bad of a brew, just one I wouldn't reach for readily.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at The Keg, on a recent business trip to Vancouver. Poured copper with literally zero head into a pint glass. Possible soap residue issue? Well, maybe, but given the fact that my two buddies' pints of other beers both had nice heads (that lasted), it was not a good first impression. Literally no aroma aside from basic biscuit, but this was likely compounded by the lack of head. The taste was only modestly better, with only an additional hint of nuttiness to speak of. The texture was very thin, but obviously sessionable. Maybe I'll give this a second try on my next trip.

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Photo of shagal
2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of MAB
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best beer of the three in the 12 pack sampler; there are still better pale ales out there than this one. However...

Looked great, nice color and clarity.
Smelt pretty good- I like more hops, but this was true to the style and the aroma hops were muted.

Tasted great. Nice flavors and balance. A bit of hoppiness. All was well.

Maybe it's the style that gets me. As noted, I like my hops and other pale ales have more hops so I like them better. I'd pick an IPA over a pale ale any day, and most ESBs I've had aren't especially bitter (irony!) so I like a hoppy pale ale over an extra-special bitter.

Sigh. Drinking beer is such hard work!

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