Brockton IPA - Granville Island Brewery
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3.18/5 rDev -7%
Single bottle from a mixed pack alongside some Granville and Creemore brews.
Poured into a nonic glass. Light amber brew, clear, with a head of large bubbles that quickly recedes into a fine ring.
Sweet smelling, much more akin to an ESB or even an English Pale. Some hop bitterness, a touch of citrus.
Tastes fine, I'll grant you, but a far cry from a West Coast IPA. The hops just aren't there, and with that sweet malt character that more befits a cream ale than an IPA.
Thin bodied, decent carbonation.
A miss for me.
08-01-2012 17:45:55 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.43/5 rDev +0.3%
341ml bottle, named in honour of Brockton Point and Lighthouse, in Stanley Park.
This beer pours a clear, glistening medium golden copper hue, with two fingers of puffy and densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some low-lying broken cloud pattern lace around the glass as it evenly fades away.
It smells rather mildly of grassy, herbal, and softly citrusy hops, a twinge of musty yeast, and wan bready caramel malt. The taste is again, more herbal, leafy, and generic citrus hops, over a rather plain bready caramel malt, with a hint of hard water minerality, while some brewing yeast remnants muddle about.
The carbonation is on the soft and innocuous side, the body an adequate medium weight, fairly smooth, but a tad pithy, which strangely has little effect on its burgeoning creaminess. It finishes generally clean, and off-dry, the bitter herbal/citrus hops still at the forefront, and the grainy caramel malt starting to give in to the dark side.
I don't quite know about the American NW heritage worthiness of this IPA - it seems to me to possess more of that old country (read: English) sensibility that a lot of BC brewers tend to insist on retaining. Nonetheless, still tasty enough in its mangled hybrid nature, categorization be damned - as this one already is in its deal with the devil.
10-30-2010 23:08:23 | More by biboergosum
3.23/5 rDev -5.6%
Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass, as that's all that is available in this hotel room. Body is a golden-orange color topped by some wisps of creamy white head. Aroma of sweet malt (pale and some caramel), assertively fruity hops, and a touch of honey. Palate is well-balanced between lightly sweet malt and fruity hops with some tropical notes (pineapple, grapefruit). Finish is light, with any hop bitterness yielding to the sweet notes in the malt.
Body is a little thin, but nicely effervescent. This is a highly drinkable ale, but definitely lacks the punch of bitterness that is necessary in something calling itself a "west coast" IPA.
10-07-2010 06:03:00 | More by ElGordo
3.2/5 rDev -6.4%
A - a clear golden bronze, one finger off white head retained okay with good lace up the glass
S - light herbal and leafy hops, somewhat grainy malt, with some resiny and metallic notes
T - leafy and herbal up front, some light citrus tartness with grainy notes, finishing with strong resiny and somewhat metallic flavour that are not the greatest
M - a fairly refreshing carbonation, moving to bitter and tart sensations, finishing somewhat dry
D - this is a decent enough brew, has just enough of the IPA elements buts doesn't quite stand out in any aspect, easy drinking enough to session but not my first choice, its straddles the line between common massed produced suds and a true style focused microbrew
08-28-2010 04:13:26 | More by joemcgrath27
3.53/5 rDev +3.2%
A- This beer pours a chill hazed amber/orange color with minimal head, but what there is, retains well. The lacing is quite good, leaving behind soapy white wisps of foam. The carbonation appears to be average for this style, big and bubbly....nothing really outstanding about the looks of the brew
S- I smell a huge malt aroma, followed by the typical citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon, and the finish is primarily of leafy, herbal like bitterness. Overall, the aromas are modest at best...not real bitter, and not super potent, which is okay IMO.
T- There are some distinct, yet again, typical, citrus notes, of the same aforementioned varieties, and a lot more malt sweetness than I anticipated. There are notes of caramel/toffee along with brown sugar. These are offset somewhat in the finish, by a fresh tasting, yet mild bitter hop flavor.
M- Thirst quenching for sure, and the mouthfeel is light; not really carbonated in that palate scrubbing way, but it's there for sure. This is actually quite well balanced but the flavors and body are not really as powerful as I would have thought they would be.
O- As far as drinkability, this one is really easy to do so! I would put this more along the lines of an APA or even and American Amber....it's just so balanced, yet mild for what Granville was going for I think. Really nice to enjoy out on the patio on a very warm evening, like I did with this review!
06-29-2011 00:51:31 | More by ChrisCage
3.63/5 rDev +6.1%
Another beer sent to me by BigBry. Thanks Bryan!
The beer pours golden copper color, slightly veiled. The head is creamy looking and is formed of different size bubbles (big, small and medium). On the taste, I get caramel malts with a light bitter finish. Not much hops in the taste. The aroma is more like caramel butter to me... Nice but not a typical aroma for an IPA. More on the taste, I get faint notes of grapefruits. After finding these notes in the taste, I get some too in the aroma. I would say a good IPA for everyday, but not very tasty.
04-10-2010 23:06:41 | More by ZorPrime
3.44/5 rDev +0.6%
My parents brought this back from Vancouver, British Columbia for me.
Appearance- copper color, almost no head, decent lacing
Smell- hops, malt, more on the malty side
Taste- some hops, more on the malty side but still pretty well balanced
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought it was an ok IPA. I have definitely had way better but it was still ok.
07-29-2013 22:24:10 | More by jeffjeff1
2.75/5 rDev -19.6%
12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$
Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There a low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.
Smell - Malts, hops, caramel/toffee
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with toffee/caramel. There is also a rustiness and a bit of nutiness. It ends with a caramel/toffee sweet aftertaste.
Overall - It smelled fairly decent, but the taste is disappointing. There is a slight stale/rusty flavour that really ruins it. It also needs more carbonation to make it seem less watery. I wouldn't buy this beer again.
10-10-2012 00:46:06 | More by spinrsx
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev +14%
Granville Island Brewery finally have added a beer with a bit more 'oomph'
A very accessable IPA, and I feel it is in the Pacific Northwest Style rather than the British style. (As a Brit living in Canada!) Although not as highly hopped as some, this is a refreshing hoppy pale ale. The hop flavour is definately PNW as the hops used taste citrusy, a little bite and very refreshing, rather than the more floral style of English Hops.
I can drink this all summer day long, which is the point of an IPA, and it does what it is supposed to. This is not an extreme beer, but one you can just enjoy!
07-18-2009 01:55:57 | More by CaptainPascoe
4/5 rDev +17%
355 ml green can (matches the bottle label pictured), brought back from latest trip to Vancouver.
From the back label: "Brockton IPA is a celebration of our 25th anniversary. Brewed in the style of a Pacific Northwest India Pale Ale, this refreshing IPA is golden coloured and well hopped. It's destined to become a highlight of this great city, just like its namesake in Stanley Park."
Pours a copper color with a full white head. Good retention and thin layers of lacing. Lots of floral and citrus hops, much more than expected. Caramel malt sweetness is there in the taste and solid enough to stand up to the hop bitterness. Good body, full enough to be satisfying, but still refreshing.
A decent IPA, flavor-filled and enjoyable.
06-06-2009 05:23:02 | More by BigBry
3.48/5 rDev +1.8%
341 mL bottle from the LCBO (via Molson's hand-picked 6 sampler). I wasn't terribly impressed with Granville's pale ale, but as a major hophead, this one looks like it might be a bit more interesting.
Pours a clear, golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of dense, creamy, off-white coloured head that sticks around for a good long while. Like all good things, however, it eventually comes to an end, leaving behind a smooth cap and silky collar, as well as rings of lacing. The aroma is clean, with a modest splash of citrus, pine sap, floral hops and caramel. Not bad, but not particularly enticing for an IPA.
The taste is actually quite decent, but (as with the pale ale) it seems more English than American to me. While there isn't exactly a shortage of hop flavour, it tends toward a more earthy, floral dryness, with only some slight piney citrus notes. This is balanced with a backbone of bready malts, caramel and honey. The finish is on the dry side, and the aftertaste doesn't linger long. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and fairly mild carbonation. Leaves some stickiness on the palate, but not an especially persistent presence. Pretty drinkable as far as IPAs go.
This would actually make for a decent session brew, but it's not an especially interesting IPA, and I doubt most American-style IPA fans would be all that impressed with this. More of an EIPA or APA in terms of hop profile, but a decent brew regardless of the category, and probably the best Granville brew in this sampler.
Final Grade: 3.48, a B-. Granville Island's Brockton IPA won't leave any beer geeks astounded - it's a straightforward, balanced, relatively sessionable ale, with a mild hop bite that is unlikely to endear itself to many hopheads. I don't mean to be too critical - this is an enjoyable brew that I wouldn't mind trying again - but a repeat purchase is not a priority. A solid effort, and worth a try, but in the end it's nothing special.
08-20-2012 06:34:11 | More by thehyperduck
4/5 rDev +17%
Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - light copper colour with a thin layer of head with very good lacing, plenty of hops obviously contributing. Not a lot of visible carbonation.
Smell - nice solid malt aroma with a good whiff of the citrusy hop boquet.
Taste - very crisp flavour with a good bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - well-balanced and exciting hop activity.
Drinkability - easy-drinking IPA, definitely would recommend.
08-28-2011 01:06:09 | More by DoctorStrangiato
British Columbia (Canada)
2.73/5 rDev -20.2%
colour is beautiful for an IPA. very clear, tarnished gold.
some phenols and mustiness in the nose. a hint of diacetyl.
there is a light hop flavour, more of an american pale palate with crisp malt and light hopping.
clean bitterness with some pine and malty notes in the finish.
the nose detracts from the drinkability.
01-28-2010 23:31:43 | More by noeldundas
3.88/5 rDev +13.5%
Clear golden/copper appearance with moderate-thick head and decent lace. Smell is grainy and malty with some sweetness, nothing big though.
Taste is very malty with decent hops, picked up citrus, caramel and grain as well. Slightly earthy. Light-moderate body with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and malty.
Overall, this is a good take on IPA's. Good combination of tastes and drinkable. Not an amazing beer, but good enough. Would recommend.
03-08-2011 04:38:58 | More by CrazyMike
Brockton IPA from Granville Island Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.