Brockton IPA - Granville Island Brewery
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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
3.18/5 rDev -7%
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."
04-11-2010 20:06:06 | More by woodychandler
3.5/5 rDev +2.3%
Was able to try this beer courtesy of Beertunes. Many thanks sir.
The beer pours a copper amber color with OK head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt and a hint of citrus. On the palate, this beer is on the sweet side, but with just enough hoppy bitterness to keep it from becoming heavy or tiring on the palate. Still, it's easy to drink and enjoyable, and the beer finishes well on the palate. I guess I'd describe the mouthfeel as light to medium bodied, and drinkability is pretty good.
Nothing extraordinairy going on here. This is just a pleasant, easy to enjoy and understand IPA made in an open, easy going style. No off flavors whatsoever, and I'd say this is worth trying.
10-26-2009 13:15:39 | More by John_M
2.05/5 rDev -40.1%
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.
10-11-2009 20:47:32 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
3.58/5 rDev +4.7%
A: Gold with a white head, some retention & lacing.
S: Not much of a hop nose for an IPA, just a little rind.
T: Solid bitterness, but the hop flavour is lacking by Pacific Northwest standards (nothing compared to last years special release IPA). Some pale malt flavour, a little citrus & rind, slight earthy mineral.
M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp, dry finish.
D: A good drinker.
08-03-2009 01:46:34 | More by Derek
3.4/5 rDev -0.6%
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
11-05-2009 06:17:01 | More by wordemupg
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
3.54/5 rDev +3.5%
A deep golden, caramel colored ale topped with a rather thin ivory head. Aroma is weak with some caramel and semi-dank, piney Pacific northwest hops. Tastes are balanced with plenty of caramel and bready malt coupled with pine and pungent grapefruit rind. Mouth is medium and creamy with lingering bitterness. Overall, not a palate punisher, but I did appreciate its balanced flavors.
08-11-2013 21:06:14 | More by barnzy78
3.4/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
02-14-2012 23:06:31 | More by tbeckett
British Columbia (Canada)
3.6/5 rDev +5.3%
Well, GI finally decided to add an IPA to their lineup and I am a little let down. This beer is just missing enough hops to put it up there with Tree Hopehead and Phillips. The beer has a great malt base and the hops that are there are pleasing to the nose and mouth but the beer lacks the killer punch. Now if this was a replacement for the anemic pale ale then I would rate it better but the bottle promises a hoppy PNW IPA.
03-30-2009 23:36:30 | More by canucklehead
3.78/5 rDev +10.5%
A - Pours a crystal clear copper, finger of soapy white head, mild retention, decent carbonation noticeable on the body leaving some fine sporatic lacing.
S - Grassy hops, sour lemon and bready caramel malts on the finish.
T - Bitter hops dominate the palette, very citrusy with some wooden cedar bark off the top. Mild caramel and buttered bread malts linger on the finish.
M - Perfect carbonation, not too watery, but very dry on the finish. Leaves your teeth sticking to your lips.
D - Overall the flavours are nicely balanced, but the mouthfeel was a bit of a turnoff to me. I quite liked the hops on it, and the buttery bread malts were very complementary. Decent offering from GIB and a welcome addition to the Alberta liquor market.
10-02-2010 20:33:35 | More by andrenaline
3.63/5 rDev +6.1%
New IPA out of Granville Island to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Copper coloured body with a fluffy white head that exhibits good retention and lays down some nice lacing. The aroma mixes floral and citrus notes with caramel malts. Decent floral, citrus hop nose balances well with caramel sweetness. Toasted malt dominates the flavour, which is also decently bitter in an English IPA kinda way, with more of an emphasis on the floral as opposed to the citrus hops in the nose. Body is about par for the style, but could perhaps be a bit fuller. Nonetheless its a good thirst quencher on a hot day.
Its certainly not an equal to its west coast counterparts, but it struck me as a bit of a different beast, erring more to the British interpretation of an IPA rather than the Pac North-West one. The weather was hot outside and I enjoyed it, but I doubt it would become a regular purchase if it was more readily available. Thanks Bryan for the can!
04-27-2009 15:13:22 | More by bobsy
3.4/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
07-18-2012 19:45:50 | More by peensteen
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
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
3.23/5 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
Brockton IPA from Granville Island Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.