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Classic Pale Ale | Whistler Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Whistler Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada | website

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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28
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35
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
18.9%
 
 
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Photo of Hornet2003
4.07/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was quite a surprise from a small brewery. This smells and drinks like an IPA to me. Perhaps it's just my hop sensitive PACNW palate, but this is a really hoppy pale ale. Pours just liek an IPA. Decent head, leavind rings on the glass as I drink it. The aroma is dominated by hops. Not so much malt like some APA's may have. Tastes delicious. Like a SLIGHTLY toned down IPA. Retains the hoppy bitterness, but is lower in alcohol so the associated maltiness is not necessary to balance out. Perfect carbonation leads to this being a light feeling beer. Small bubbles and no syrupiness means this is one pleasant Pale Ale. I could definately see myself buying this one again. A six pack could suffice while watching a hockey game. Great stuff.

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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 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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Classic Pale Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
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