Whistler Unique Brew SMaSH

Reviewed by on June 24, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Whistler Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whistler, BC, CA

  • Rated On: June 24, 2016

  • Best Before: October 2016

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Here we have another instance of Whistler Brewing’s Unique Brews series – this time it’s a SMaSH pale ale (Single Malt and Single Hop – and they don’t specify what either is).

This 946ml stubbie quart bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with tons of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some splotchy snow rime lace in places around the glass as it lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of fairly saccharine tropical fruit, bready and pastry-friendly doughy caramel malt, some domestic candied citrus, and more leafy, floral, and grassy hop, er, ‘bitters’. The taste is more bready and doughy pale malt, further biscuity toffee notes, a hint of hard water chalkiness, muddled citrus and otherwise exotic (pineapple and passionfruit) tropicals, and a late-blooming grassy, herbal, and floral green hoppiness.  The bubbles are nice and laid-back in their unassuming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of hoppy intransigence stumbling clumsily through the tulip garden here. It finishes off-dry, the sugary nature of both malt and hop ensuring no other fate.

Well, I gotta say that the singular ingredients employed here have resulted in a full-flavoured, and generally enjoyable New World pale ale. I’m not up to nailing down malt types beyond the patently obvious, but I’ll say that it sure seems that Galaxy hops were used here – the heady tropical fruitiness steering me in that direction, I suppose.

Brady White



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