Brewhouse Big Wolf Bitter
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Brewed by Whistler Brewhouse/High Mountain
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Whistler, Canada
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
A robust best bitter for the hop lovers. A generous helping of chinook hops makes this breezy brew a draft to remember.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Notes from August í07 with Dave Woodward as brewmaster...canít remember if thatís the same as before. Bright dark copper. Brown sugar malts on the nose with rich woody, grapefruity hops. On the palate, more toast comes through along with a slightly pithy grapefruit bitterness. Clean, tasty. In time the brewerís intent is to get an IPA into the regular lineup and recraft this brew in a more English style. But for now itís pretty good.

Notes from Jan í06 with the same brewer as last August: Golden-amber colour. Toasty-earthy English hop aroma. A bit thin. Astringent roast background hints at mashing/sparging issue. Unpleasant. Ar 7 Ap 3 Fl 4 P 2 O 6 = 2.2

Notes from August í05 with the new brewmaster. Slightly hazy dark brown. Earthy, spicy aroma with crystal malt and light foresty hop. Light bitterness. A little bit of stale hop character and punchy dark malts. Itís not huge, but itís got character. Itís also very similar to the brews at Howe Sound - is that where they got their new brewmaster? Iíll have to find out. Ar 7, Ap 3, Fl 7, P 3, O 14 = 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Sampled some of this in Whistler at the brewpub - the best of tasting: Unfiltered, great hop presence, fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
Caramel, toffee and toasty malts in the nose with some floral hop character and fruity esters. Hazy burnished copper coloured body is topped by a dense, fine bubbled, off white head that coats the glass. Caramel malts are well balanced by floral and citrus hops that provide a moderate level of bitterness. Medium light body with subdued but entirely appropriate soft bubbled carbonation. Sampled on cash at Dix (Caskival 2007).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2008
Hand pumped cask at the brewpub in Whistler. Hazy orange, dense orange-tinted tan head. Caramel and earthy hop aroma. The palate delivers the same, along with a subtle apricot fruitiness and a moderately bitter finish. Low carbonation. A terrific ESB-- took home a growler!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2008
Draught at the brewpub, 30 IBU
Hazy amber color; creamy head. The aroma shows some English style hops and yeast, and subtle fruity hops. It has a very good flavor of caramel, toffee, hops; sweetish and quite fruity too. Balanced, Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
Light amber in color with a sweet malty honeyish aroma. Some sweet malty honeyish flavours accompanied by some hoppyness and a bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
2nd annual Vancouver Caskival. Thin suspended yeasty chunks in a nice copper coloured beer with a thin white head. Aroma is a bit spicy, a touch of berry fruitiness and light caramel malt. Well-balanced flavour, light malt along with earthy and woody hops. Light spiciness as well. A bit of lingering bitterness. Very earthy finish. Nice bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bsii99 (13) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2002
This really hit the spot after a day on Whistler. Went great with my meal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2010
On tap. Fairly dark cola-brown with thick 1cm head that dissipates to a ring. Mild citric hop aroma and roasty malts. Leaves lots of lace. Served close to room temp, so it was quite warm. Taste is medium bodied roasty malts balanced with moderately bitter hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
Pint on tap at Whistler Brewhouse 03/20/2011. Colour: mid to dark brown with light head. Nose: very malty and surprisingly void of huge hop influence. Some brown sugar, chamomile tea, and grass round things out. Taste: Light sweet, medium bitter, light sour. The bitterness doesnít punch like expected. Again a malty dominance although the hops do poke around mid to late. Some burnt caramel and smokey wood lay claim too. Not bad but not the English Bitter I expected, and for that the rating takes a bit of a dive.

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