Whiskey Jack Ale | Whistler Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
13
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. My mind, when hearing the word 'whiskey', in reference to beer, jumps by default to the barrel treatment sort. No such luck here, as apparently the marketing, and perhaps other, folks at Whistler prefer their bird-watching instead.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy ecru head, which settles quickly and steadily, leaving a bit of sudsy mitochondrial lace in places around the glass.

It smells of mildly biscuity caramel malt, a bit of dry wheat cracker, a soft orchard fruitiness, and earthy, somewhat musty hops. The taste is semi-sweet, blandly fruity caramel malt, some further wet cracker notes, a touch of wan citrus pith, a slight metallic edge, and more weakly bitter earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is average overall, if a bit frizzante here and there, the body an anemic medium weight, and a tad too pithy to proclaim as outright smooth. It finishes fairly off-dry, the caramel malt still large and in charge, though tempered by an edgy, flinty nature, as opposed to the proclaimed bitter hop suspects.

Not a bad Canadian amber ale, but just a bit too sweet and subsequently unbalanced to seriously be considered as an APA - the hops, if they were indeed there to begin with, seem to have just up and flew away, in the manner of the titular 'winged friends'.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of wordemupg
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 21/10/11

A dark amber with bubbles popping up from everywhere but little for head or lace

S faint but it smells like some English hops with a little citrus twist, some butterscotch and bread crust

T what I smell but toned down a bit and and pretty malty

M thick enough but it goes a little flat in your mouth

O not all that close to an APA, needs more hops and I`d be surprised if they were American

pretty average stuff, no problems drinking a few of them but I doubt I`d bother again

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Photo of Rutager
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of bumchilly25
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a cool mixed 12 pack from Whistler Brewing, looks like a retro suitcase complete with period stickers. The Whiskey Jack ale is most likely the rebranded pale ale. The colour is on the darker side with a huge head. Nose is slightly malty but with hops coming through after it warms up. Solid mouthfeel with a malt presence but enough hops to make it interesting. More complex than say GI or OK Springs Pale Ale and bigger on the finish. I think this has a bigger mouthfeel than the original pale ale . good stuff

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Photo of Drknight
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZachT
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.76/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - clear cedar red-brown, average head dissipated to a random covering with some lacing
S - odour is very mild, caramel and bready malts, not much detectable
T - biscuity and light caramel maltiness, some light grassy and metallic notes, a bit of a syrupy artificial sweetness on the finish
M - medium to thin body, not much hop characteristic here, lingering sweetness
O - more like a brown ale than a pale, easy drinking enough but just not representative of the style, disappointed

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
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 BigBry
3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
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 TerryW
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
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 Electros
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schnarr84
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of HoppySeb
3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
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 jrohrbacher
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of LoudRed
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of BCborn
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Phil-Fresh
3.28/5  rDev 0%
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 dbl_delta
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Whiskey Jack Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
3.28 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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