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Brockton IPA - Granville Island Brewery

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Brockton IPABrockton IPA

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78
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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 03-30-2009)
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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of wordemupg
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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

wordemupg, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

John_M, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of beertunes
2.05/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

beertunes, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Derek
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Derek, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of CaptainPascoe
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

CaptainPascoe, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BigBry, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of lumikuuro
4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can.

Appearance: Rich, amber/bronze colour with one finger white head when poured into goblet with some ferocity, in order to get the head to develop. Head recedes quickly and leaves no ring and no lacing. Disappointing from that point of view, but the colour of the beer is glorious.

Aroma: Floral hops, some wood, maybe a hint of citrus. Some malt as well.

Taste: Much better than expected. When I first saw that Granville Island had released a mass produced IPA in cans and bottles, I expected their typical caramel sweetness and a rather lacklustre appeal-to-the-masses IPA. However, there are a lot of hops in here - floral and slightly woody with very little citrus, and a good, tasty malt backbone that makes this a very well balanced IPA which is more than just entry level. Surprisingly long bitter finish, more like the quality you would expect from some of their seasonal brews. What it does lack, however, is the sheer assault of many IPAs in this area of the world, and as it is marketed as "a well hopped northwest IPA", some drinkers may expect more hops. But there are plenty in here, and making a tasty IPA is not just about piling in as many hops as possible. Had they not brewed this with a malty backbone, this would have been only nice.

Mouthfeel: Reasonable carbonation, medium bodied, functional.

Drinkability: Pretty good actually. This IPA has a nice, balanced flavour, but if you want a massive hop assault and/or the satisfaction of head retention and lacing, then look elsewhere. What this IPA does offer that many others in the pacific northwest don't is plenty of malty flavour as well as lots of hops.

A lot better than expected. Tasty beer.

lumikuuro, May 15, 2009
Photo of chumba526
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

chumba526, May 01, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

bobsy, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

canucklehead, Mar 31, 2009
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Brockton IPA from Granville Island Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.