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Whistling Pig Red Ale | Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse, Dining Room & Microbrewery (The Norwich Inn)

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Whistling Pig Red AleWhistling Pig Red Ale

Brewed by:
Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse, Dining Room & Microbrewery (The Norwich Inn)
Vermont, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by an Irish classic. Garnet-red in color with a rounded malty flavor and a lingering hop aftertaste.

Added by Jason on 03-20-2003

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 20
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaxOhle
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dull brown with amber red tint and an off white skim of a head.

S: Smells kind of dull and has the twang of a lager.

T: Actually very good. A significant caramel is present amongst subdued and smooth classic red ale flavors. Some super mild christmas like spices seem to be present. Light on the hops, basically not there.

M: Smooth, low carbonation, light. Very enjoyable.

O: Excellent middle of the road beer. I'm a bock nut, and I can get down on this with ease

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Norwich Inn
Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and thinnish off white head that says goodbye after the first sip. Smells of toffee and caramel with some earthy bitterness that barely cuts through the sweetness. Slightly fruity esters add a touch of complexity to the aroma. Taste is sweet and malty with toffee and caramel mixed with a hint of mineral water and earthy hops. Surprisingly dry finish for the medium bodied ale. Moderate carbonation level with a sweet sticky mouthfeel. Of the 4 I had at the Norwich this was probably my least favorite. It's an ok English style ale but not really to my liking.

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3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Norwich Inn.

A: Pours a very hazy amber color with a small white foam head that quickly dissipates. There is no lacing.

S: As it warms up a bit, the bread, caramel and citrus hops become more apparent, but there is not a lot going on.

T: A very sweet tasting beer. The malt flavoring, mostly biscuit, bread, caramel and vanilla is prevalent throughout the tasting but the bitter citrus hops are tasted toward the back end.

M: Slightly slick yet bitter taste on the palate. I think a little more carbonation might do this beer some good.

D: This is a very nice Irish Red. There is enough hop character present that takes away some of the sweet malt character nicely. This is a very worthy Irish Red...glad I got to try it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle isn't getting any fresher sitting in the cellar, best get to drinkin'. 22 oz...er, '1 pint 6 Fluid Ounces Liquid Measure' per the label. This one arrived courtesy of Pamola a couple months back. Brewed and bottled at The Norwich Inn (Norwich, VT).

Of note: Left side of the label has spots for notching the 'Bottled' date (none are used, however). The typical Jan-Dec ones are there, but the Year options are 96-00(!). Time for a label update, guys???

A: Good-looking ruddy auburn, nearly clear but for the finest-of-fine misty sediment. Head crests just shy of 2-fingers, a fizzy khaki cream that settles in a couple minutes to a thin sheet. Not much carbonation, only a handful of random bubbles. Lace in long, thin trails.

S: Modest grain, lightly roasted. Hops are there, seeming a bit muted, but retain a notably 'green' herbalness.

T: Good toasted malt and a kick of spicy hops. Nuts and traces of citrus fruit ebb and flow, covered by those spicy/dry hops.

M: Crisp feel then ebbing to a milder tingle. Lasting spice hangs around for many minutes, leading to a slightly tongue-curling dryness. Medium body, but seems to weaken over time.

D: Good ale, borderline better. Without a verifiable date on the bottle, it's tough to know just how fresh this one is, but it has been 'sleeping' in a dark, cool cellar for at least 3-4 months. A treat from a brewery I'd never see in these parts, one I'd probably have again. Thanks, Kyle.

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3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on draft at the brewery outlet, the Norwich Inn, in Norwich, VT.

A- Poured a cloudy copper-red, not much of a head

S- Some sweet malt, a little hops, nothing special

T- I thought the beer was a bit thin, not overly hopped, but a little sweet

M- Again it was thin, not as good as expected

D- Nothing special here, but no terrible either, just an average beer

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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I notice is the undercarbonation of the beer, as you would find in England. The color is a beautiful copper red. Very flavourful, caramel, cereal grains, and mellow maltiness, some hop bitterness. A bite initially, but finishes crisp with lots of off flavours. A creamy mouthfeel, with very little carbonation making every mouthful a pleasant experience. The touch of bitterness really completes the beer.

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3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant garnet red color just as described but little to no head and no lacing. Appealing aroma of general beer-ness. Full bodied, toasted malts, starts a little sweet but ends a touch bitter. Great mouthful and again displays the Norwich trademark smoothness. Consequently, you could drink any of their beers all night and not feel too heavy but this one is a weekend favorite. Still needs more flavor to really make it noteworthy.

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Photo of scottg
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint.

Pours a clear garnet reddish brown color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Aromas of sweet malt, flowers, and fruity apricot. Up front flavors of sweet malt and chocolate lead to a fruity dark cherry flavor with a dry lemony/tea like hop finish. Medium body, light carbonation, has a chalky mouthfeel. Good drinkablity, the depth of flavors make you want another.

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Photo of Bobzilla
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at J.Murdock's 3/21/08

A: Red! red-brown, nice white/cream head that settles down to a nice lacy ring on their English style pints.

S: Rich sweetness. Toasty? Almost a hint of stout smell in this beer, but in a nice way. Not alot of hops standing out.

T: The hop character is subtle in this one. The mixture of "what was available" seems to work on this one. That same full, rich sweetness in the smell continues in this beer. Nice bready, biscuit flavor. (From the dry yeast?)

M: Like their other beers, this one seems to be carbonated at just the right amount. It makes the beer smooth, and doesn't have a fizzyness that can get in the way of the malt.

D: Very drinkable beer. I used to love red ales, but they all began getting washed out in flavor. (Like a macro brew with red food coloring.) This is a nice solid beer, with character that makes me want to start searching for this style once again.

-Was very good with their house cheddar-burger and Pot Stickers.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

App: Poured a dark amber with a thick vanilla head that dissipates slowly and stayed around for the long hall. It's kinda darker than I thought it would be, but still looks pretty good.

Smell: Deeply malty with very noticeable yeast. I can't pick out any particular hops, but there's an underlying hop essence (I think) that adds nicely to the fruity grainy smell.

Taste: Very grainy and fresh with a nice roasted character. It tastes very much like homebrew with good crystal and bready malts, especially on the aftertaste. I also pick up a hint of rubbing alcohol that is a bit of a turnoff.

Mouthfeel: A little watery and a little overly bitter with out any taste of what should make it bitter.

Drinkability: I wasn't totally enthused to drink the whole bomber, but it's a nice change up from my west coast beers. I probably wouldn't buy it if I saw it in the store, but I know a lot of other people who would like it.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. On tap 12/8 at the pub served by Patrick.

A: Pours a clear dark ruby color with a slight head that dissipates rather quickly. Fizzy at first but then looks like flat soda.
S: Grassy hop notes with a good level of malt backbone.
T/M: Doesn't taste flat even though it looks the part. Also tastes better than the smell. Dry right off the bat. Bitterness continues into the finish. Grassy hop notes with slight caramel malt notes, but quite subdued. Citrus fruit notes also. Fizzyness of the carbonation gives this beer a nice kick. Sweetness in the aftertaste.
D: Session like beer. Tasty and refreshing. Good one on tap. Try it if it's available.

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Whistling Pig Red Ale from Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse, Dining Room & Microbrewery (The Norwich Inn)
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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