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Vancouver Island Brewing

Vancouver Island Brewing
Piper’s Pale Ale

Category: English Style Pale Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 4.8%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Vancouver Island Brewing
Piper’s Pale Ale

Category: English Style Pale Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 4.8%
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Herbal aromas and flavors of hard bread sticks and pretzels, grilled corn with salted butter, and butter pecan ice cream with a supple, racy, fizzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, brisk finish revealing shades of bitter greens, charred nuts, and baking chocolate finish. A fine English Style Pale Ale with a nice dry finish.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Smooth & Mild
Aroma Aroma: hard bread sticks and pretzels, grilled corn with salted butter, and butter pecan ice cream
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of bitter greens, charred nuts, and baking chocolate
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Chili, Grilled Pork, Asiago
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fine English Style Pale Ale with a nice dry finish.

The Producer

Vancouver Island Brewing Co.

The Producer
2330 Government St.
Victoria, BC V8T 5G5
Canada
1 250-361-0007

Their Portfolio

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English Style Pale Ale

Beer Glass Nonic Pint Amber.jpg
Serve in a Nonic Pint Glass
English-style pale ales are pale gold to amber in color and range in alcohol from 4-6%. These beers are characterized by the flavors and aromas of nutty and biscuity English malts, floral and earthy English hops and the notes of fruitiness and faint butterscotch of English yeast. Water also plays a key role in the overall character of these beers. Great examples of this style are brewed with harder water resembling that of Burton-Upon-Trent, lending these beers an impression of dryness in the finish and rounded hop bitterness.

Pale ales originated in England over 300 years ago with the advent of new technology making pale barely malt a possibility. In the 19th century, ales that were pale in color were often referred to as pale ale or bitter interchangeably. Today, there is a distinction between these styles, albeit a very fine distinction with some arguing that “bitter” refers to the style dispensed as draft and “pale ale” to the style when bottled. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Fuller’s London Pride Pale Ale, Sam Smith’s Organic Pale Ale and Marston’s Pedigree English Pale Ale.

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English Style Pale Ale