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Vancouver Island Brewing

Vancouver Island Brewing
Piper’s Pale Ale

Category: English Style Pale Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 4.6%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Vancouver Island Brewing
Piper’s Pale Ale

Category: English Style Pale Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 4.6%
Minutely hazy light medium amber color. Aromas of fresh brioche, fresh thyme, warm butter, and toffee candies with a round, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length tea biscuits, cucumber skins, fresh grated ginger, and honey finish. A spot on American take on the style that nimbly combines sessionability with astringency.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Crisp & Light, Malty & Bold & Bitter
Aroma Aroma: fresh brioche, fresh thyme, warm butter, and toffee candies
Taste Flavor: tea biscuits, cucumber skins, fresh grated ginger, and honey
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Souvlaki, Fish & Chips, Asiago
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spot on American take on the style that nimbly combines sessionability with astringency.

The Producer

Vancouver Island Brewing Co.

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

English Style Pale Ale

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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