Whistler Pineapple Express

Reviewed by on July 19, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Whistler Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whistler, BC, CA

  • Rated On: July 19, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Nothing says West Coast BC, and specifically Whistler, like a pop culture pothead reference.  Or summertime like a pineapple-flavoured wheat beer.

This 650ml bottle pours a deeply cloudy, medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, and somewhat rocky Swiss cheese head, which leaves some randomly chunky island group lace around the glass as things duly settle.

It smells of grainy wheat malt, a pile of attendant spices – clove, and white pepper, mostly – musty canned pineapple, and indistinct drying leafy hops. The taste is much more fruity right up front, the pineapple rendering as a bit more fresh and zingy now, the wheaty malt holding steady, with a slight sour tang, a touch of earthy yeast, and some clove and ginger rounding out the requisite (here, at least) spiciness.  The bubbles are present, in low doses, harshing no buzz here, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, generally smooth, with slight hints of an ethereal creaminess.  It finishes fairly off-dry, as the inherent sweetness of the wheat malt still presides, bolstered still by the lingering pineapple fruitiness.

This particular Pineapple Express is not too shabby a fruit beer, by a long stretch, the pineapple deftly applied – I was initially fearing a sugar-bomb, but no such thing materialized.  The guest fruit is actually more complex than expected, especially as things progress – memories of a past trip to Honolulu are readily evoked.

Brady White



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