Whiskey Jack Ale | Whistler Brewing Company

Whiskey Jack  AleWhiskey Jack  Ale
BA SCORE
3.31/5
52 Ratings
Whiskey Jack  AleWhiskey Jack  Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Whistler Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
whistlerbeer.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This proprietary dark-amber recipe is dry-hopped with English Kent hops for a true craft beer experience. Warm, copper colour. A well-rounded mouthfeel with subtle bittering. A perfectly balanced session ale.

Added by canucklehead on 05-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,935
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
52
pDev:
13.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of dbl_delta
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can into 8-oz tumbler. Pours a clear, rather pretty deep amber color. Not much in the way of head, though. Initial impression is biscuit, bread, and thin hops. Mouthfeel is on the light side too. Finish is about the same. Not what I'd regard as a good example of an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of OneTuffPony
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of TerryW
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pretty much an ordinary brew in most ways, however, as it warms up it heads towards tasting like wet cardboard. Has an odd chemical character. Starts off okay with a sweet malty-toffee thing going on. Clear whiskey coloured brew under a short head, no lace or anything else going on. Not really for me.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 mL bottle, the last remaining from a Whistler Brewing mixed 12-pack sampler that I picked up at TBS about two weeks ago. Served well-chilled.

Pours a crystal clear reddish amber colour, with one finger of frothy off white-coloured foam floating atop. It dissipates steadily over the next two minutes or so, leaving a modest collar along with some soapy patches of froth on the surface; minimal lacing. A little too dark for an English pale - I reckon it's more of an American (Canadian) red ale, if anything. Nothing of real note to report on the nose... very subdued, with notes of bready grains, biscuit, caramel and mild, tea-leafy hop character. OK thus far.

The taste follows the aroma, both in terms of its comprising elements and the resultant lack of complexity. Fairly malt-forward, with caramelized sugar and toffee sweetness interacting with the bready, grainy malt backbone. Light orchard fruit sweetness, followed by more leafy, earthy hop bitterness of the sort you'd find in an English-style pub ale. Finishes with a hint of lingering malt sweetness. Light-bodied, with carbonation levels that are about right for an American amber, but a little too crisp, lively and biting for an English pale.

Final Grade: 3.2, a C+. Whistler Brewing's Whiskey Jack Ale is an uninspired, plain sort of red ale that borders upon mediocrity, if not managing to outright exemplify it. It lacks technical flaws, but the bland, somewhat saccharine flavour profile mostly just rubs me the wrong way. Though it might possibly work as an introductory craft beer, it's still a forgettable product and probably my least-favourite of the four different brews included in the sampler (the others being their Powder Mountain Lager, Bear Paw Honey Lager and Paradise Valley Grapefruit).

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Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thechaun
2.87/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nothing bad, nothing special, easy drinking & nice amber colour.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3-14-16 - From a bottle at La Cantina in Whistler Village. A fine pale ale to enjoy after a day skiing on Whistler Mountain. Basic ale that was very drinkable. Only had one to wash down my pulled pork burrito (awesome!). Nice beer to the WBC. I hope to try more later on.

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Photo of GrumD
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer but not a huge amount of aroma. Maintained its head and has a creamy feel to it. Taste is a little sweet with caramel notes but the lack of hop bite means it is a little under-par.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Sweet malt, caramel like with a slightly earthy hop aroma.

A: Copper color, that has a head that quickly dissipates to a thin-ish film.

T: Malt forward with a caramel, earthy quality, very slight hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: While billed as an English Pale, it’s basically an American Amber, using English hops. The beer has an aroma and flavor that is malt forward. Unfortunately, coupled with super earthy hops, the combination is less than fantastic.

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Photo of k3ve
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BCborn
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

with the name, expecting an Innes & gunn type of beer but,
it's a "red ale"

L : very nice looking beer, clear mahogany, tight small bubble head dissipates quickly
S : caramel, sweet malt, almost fruity
T: caramel malt sweetness, very light, nice light malty-hop after taste
M : crisp, light, fizzy carbonation, watery
O : easy drinking, (good gateway beer for "Coors lovers")

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Photo of Drknight
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HoppySeb
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like Whiskey Jacks, but I prefer to call them Canada Jays. I believe that this was billed as a "rye pale ale" at one time, but Whistler dropped the rye designation. Like the bird it is named after, it really doesn't matter what you call this beer. It's OK. There is a bit of caramel malt and some very faint hops. It's not overly memorable, but I would turn one down if it showed up in my hand.

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Photo of Phenyx
4.36/5  rDev +31.7%

Photo of brugsbeertje
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dcmchew
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of schnarr84
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BrickOneal
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of LoudRed
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of souvenirs
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of stript
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BigBry
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

New name, and a new can, from Whistler.
Pours dark amber, with small but dense light beige head. Rather thin in both aroma and flavor. Grainy smell with a touch of hops. Taste of some caramel malt, some graininess, and some bitterness at the end, but subdued.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Just Ok, not much going on here.

Tried on-tap, one of the only non-big-beer options.
As above, decent enough, but pretty subdued and mild in smell and taste.

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Photo of CRObighit2
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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Whiskey Jack Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 52 ratings
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