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Brockton IPA - Granville Island Brewery

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Brockton IPABrockton IPA

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 12.57%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Zach136, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of TheHammer
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

TheHammer, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

WeissBoy, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of brandon911
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

brandon911, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

thehyperduck, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

beerhunter13, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of mick303
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

mick303, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of artemh
3/5  rDev -12.3%

artemh, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of shagal
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

shagal, Jul 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

prisdefer, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

peensteen, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of thefullpython
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

thefullpython, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of TerryW
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

TerryW, Jul 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

59rockabilly, Jul 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17%

schnarr84, May 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

jbowes, May 05, 2012
Photo of ScottWestmaas
3/5  rDev -12.3%

ScottWestmaas, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -5%

chickenm, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of BrewCaveDweller
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

BrewCaveDweller, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of wesbray
3/5  rDev -12.3%

wesbray, Feb 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

LampertLand, Feb 17, 2012
Brockton IPA from Granville Island Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.