Brockton IPA - Granville Island Brewery

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Brockton IPABrockton IPA

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 03-30-2009

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.
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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 45
Photo of beertunes
2.06/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into 10oz glass. In contrast to the Pale Ale from this brewery I had earlier, this beer poured with a lot of head (about 2 inches in a 5 inch glass). The bright, white foam had good retention and decent lacing. The beer itself was a deep yellow (not quite gold) color.

A musky hop aroma greeted the nose and it wasn't pleasant. Underneath the basement scent was malt sweetness, no noticeable hop aroma. The flavors followed too closely to the aroma, musty, musky, damp basement.

The body, although a little on the thin side, was typical for the style. Drinkability was as to be expected from a beer that smells and tastes like this. Overall, if you see it, try it. Just don't expect to be impressed.

Photo of chumba526
2.26/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Grandville beer though decent, is not in general particularly strong flavorful brews, makebe thats why this IPA didnt work for me. The color and foam were adverage for a IPA. smell was very slight, i could tell there were hops included but it did not have the amount of hops i would associate with the adverage westcoast IPA, it also lacked any vivid aftertastes. It tasted close to a english IPA, but did not have the richness, i like from english IPA's. It did taste clean but it failed to pack a punch and did not have as vivid of flavors as I would have liked.

Photo of noeldundas
2.72/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TerryW
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one didn't quite work for me. It has some oddly unpleasant flavours going on and those didn't mesh too well with the higher than normal alcohol.

Looks great - poured a great big creamy looking head that settles to about a quarter inch and gave up some good lace. Handsome amber colour.

Soft nose, some hops and woodeness. Unfortunately, that woody character didn't translate into anything worthwhile on the palate. Slightly unpleasant with a touch of sourness in the finish despite an initially over sweet character. This one just hit one wrong note after another for me. Poor job of making the alcohol content work as part of the beer. Not a particularlly well integrated brew. Disjointed and slightly jarring.

So far I'm not overly impressed by what GIB has on offer.

Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of donniecuffs
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this at Cactus Bar on a recent trip to Vancouver. Poured copper with very little head, and less than stellar retention. Not much of a nose to speak of, with only caramel and biscuit dominating. The taste revealed the same; copious amounts of caramel, and very little traces of herbal hops, leading up to a bitter dry finish. Expected more hop presence for an 'American' IPA. Very thin, but I guess this helps the sessionability. Not a fan. Sorry.

Photo of cswhitehorse
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The Brockton IPA poured a orange amber hue with minimal head activity or foam head. The was pretty subdued with aroma similar to a pale ale not an ipa. Where was the dry hopping? In the taste it was off balance and very low in IBU's. By taste would say this one has 40-50 ibu's. It was flat on the tongue and mouthfeel was very weak. Overall I would not drink this again as it does not resemble the style to me.

Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Not bad. Not great. More grassy than most IPAs.

Photo of McBastard
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip from a 341 ml bottle.

Pours a hazy, golden honey color with half a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Smells like floral hops, with a noticeable maltiness. Taste is quite malty, with a mild citric hoppiness, finishing with a bit of astringency. Medium bodied, with low carbonation. Seems off-style to me, almost like a cross between a APA and an ESB. Fairly balanced and easy to drink, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of Max8787
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very average IPA. There is better option.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rivers Reach in New Westminster.

A: 1/4" off-white head over light amber liquid with good clarity.

S: Citrus and floral hops and some sweet malt.

T: Citrus and floral hops which transition to a sweet corn taste reminiscent of Captain Crunch cereal.

M: Medium viscosity and low carbonation.

O: Easy drinking but very sweet middle of the road IPA. Nothing special.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

CANned beer from CANada, courtesy of BigBry, who hopefully got my return trade. Thanks, Bry!

I got a finger of tawny head with moderate retention off of my pour. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a moderate pine-like hoppy bite. Mouthfeel was medium with a somewhat medicinal taste from the hops. It was like sucking on a hops lozenge, not bad, but not great, either. Finish was pleasant, but still lacking in the intensity that I think that they were striving for. I felt it was closer to an English IPA than an American IPA. It did create some nice lacing as I drank through it. I am glad to have tried it, but it is not worth seeking out (unless Bry sends you some).

From the CAN: "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."

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of OskarL
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden color with a two fingerhead that has some big bubbles and okay retention. It leaves little lacing.

Smells of biscuty malt, floral and citric hops, fainter hops than I expected.

Taste of some citric, earthy hops backed by a sweet malty backbone with some minerals and some bitterness in the finish.

Quite refreshing and creamy with a medium body and quite some carbonation. A quite enjoyable beer but not as hopped as I thought. Maybe this is typical for the "Pacific Northcoast IPA"?

Photo of ElGordo
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Converge
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just under two fingers of bubbly, light-tan head. Great honey-amber hue to the beer. The head recedes, but retains well and just under half-a-finger. Some nice looking lacing here and there.

S - Caramel malt and fresh citric hops dominate. Strong undertone of lemongrass and leafy hops.

T - Upfront this beer doesn't boast a very strong flavor. Light malt, slightly piney, a touch of caramel malt. The finish and aftertaste bring forward a flavor of leafy hops and a bit of bitterness. Sort of herbal, slightly earthy. A little bland, but it's alright.

M - Low-to-medium carbonation with a medium bodied feel. Nothing exceptional.

D - You know, it's funny, not even five months ago this IPA was my introduction to the style, and I really didn't care for it. The bitter hop flavor was just too much for me, and now, just a few months later, I find it tame and a little boring. Still an enjoyable IPA, but there are better beers out there for sure.

Photo of mick303
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly small head. Colour is a medium auburn brown.

Smell is light on hops. Somewhat vegetal and grainy, with a sweet element.

Taste initially is of a quite light sessionable hop bitterness. A touch of dark sugar sweetness comes later with bread and light hop notes.

Mouthfeel is initially dominated by carbonation. Medium bodied, with a decent hop body to it. Texturally not a ton else interesting.

Its a nice drinkable IPA, certainly more lightly hopped than quite a few examples I've had. Otherwise not a ton else to distinguish it in its field.

Photo of TheHammer
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: That's awfully clear for an IPA and not a lot of head either as I barely got half a finger. It didn't stick around, it didn't lace and there isn't a lot of carbonation present in the body.

Smell: Let me stress that there isn't anything bad here, it's just run of the mill. Fairly simple grassy hops to a backing of malt. This pretty much smells like a mild run of the mill IPA, if not a strong pale ale.

Taste: Now this is the hop level I would like to see IPAs stay around. The caramel malt accented by grassy hops starts out this beer and then slowly adds more and more floral hop character that eventually ends after it has just barely subdued the malt entirely, but still allows that caramel taste to remain.

Mouthfeel: It falls flat fairly quickly, and the lack of head does not impress. However the excellent transitioning and the fact that the hop oil aftertaste doesn't seem to become noticeable until the end of the beer seem to make up for it. It has a pleasant flower and grass aftertaste.

Drinkability: I had not issues getting this down, but more then one or two would be too many as the hop oil does build near the end. Fairly light, and the low carbonation helps keep it mild and seems to aid the malt more then the hops, which I like.

Final Thoughts: After two mediocre brews from Granville in my Granville/Creemore mixpack (I'm still a little ticked that my English bay pale ale review seems to have vanished..oh well) I really was expecting just another hopped to high heaven IPA with no other elements to the drink. Well was surprised and this is probably the first IPA I can say that I would want to have again. That being said, hop heads are not going to enjoy it.

Photo of wordemupg
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass nov4 2009

A clear golden amber with a fast falling two finger head just like the other beers in my mixer

S not a whole lot here, malt before hops and some sweetness but not what I would expect from a "Pacific Northwest IPA" perhaps a English IPA

T again malt and hops with some caramel sweetness but just not enough hops for my liking

M decent carbonation makes it slightly creamy but nothing to brag about

D I was a little let down, but I'm not saying this was a bad beer just not what I was expecting

a bit of a let down for me, I don't understand what it was in my brain that was excited to see the Granville mixer on my recent trip to BC. I seem to remember Granville Island making better beer, perhaps I've just grown up a bit since my last visit to their brewery in 2005 oh well

Photo of tbeckett
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at a pub on Granville Island. From notes.

A - Poured dark gold with mild carbonation and one finger of soapy white head. Good rings of lace with a film of retention.

S - Caramel, piney hops, a little mild.

T - Piney with sweet malt, honey and floral notes.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a little bitterness.

O/D - Tame but nice and drinkable. Enough flavour to keep it interesting but not a superbly flavourful IPA.

Photo of decimator
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6%.

A - Poured a clear golden copper with a thick white head, head reduce to surface, decent lacing is produced.

S - Caramel, citrus (orange peel and lemon in particular) , some grass. I found the nose on the malty side.

T - Caramel sweetness, fruits (orange and a hint of pumpkin), bitter finish follows into the aftertaste. As it warms there's a slight metallic taste to it.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, sticky, mostly dry finish.

O - Certainly an approachable IPA but not a stand out for the style.

Photo of peensteen
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber-orange, one finger off white head, decent amount of lace. Smell is fruity and malty, some sweet bready malts, well hopped, a bit of earthy citrus. Taste is sweet and malty upfront that goes into a decent bitterness, some piney and earthy hops, sweetness in the finish, bready and fruity aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium body, pretty good feel. This is actually quite good, easily drinkable, not an American IPA though but would be a solid English IPA, something I probably liked more than the score will suggest.

Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Brockton IPA from Granville Island Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.