English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
3.25/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This pale pours out of it's 341ml brown bottle with an okay off-white head, but that soon fades, leaving some slight lacing. This almost looks like cider at a quick glance. The aroma at first was quite enticing, sweet caramel, a bit of toasted malt, not quite what I was looking for in a pale. Yet going back shortly after I couldn't pick up anything at all. Flavour is quite bland, doesn't follow through with the caramel in the nose, and the hops are not very apparent either. Lack of taste aside it is quite drinkable, goes down nicely, and in that sense is a step up from a macro in my opinion. Not a big step up, mind you, but it'll do for now.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2003 16:13:09 | More by IronDjinn
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3.85/5 rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance — Pours very syrupy; appears fairly carbonated; thin ring of head retention; medium lacing; very nice colour: somewhere between pumpkin and leather.
Smell — Toasty, almost woodsy; can’t decide if this smells smoky or just very very toasty and woodsy.
Taste — Overwhelming blast of pretty much what was in the nose, with some additional malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel — Very, very smooth, almost creamy, consistency on the tongue is very pleasant; don’t really feel the carbonation or the alcohol.
Overall — Not sure what an ‘English Bay pale ale’ is supposed to be, but this is a nice, very toasty, slightly sweet pale ale.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2014 01:51:55 | More by AnHeroicHippo
3.4/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
341 ml bottle was poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, a little fruity, and mild hop aroma. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Taste: Chewy toasted malts, some sweet caramel and pale malts, a little fruitiness, and mild hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, chewy, light, tasty, low to medium carbonation, and very drinkable.
Overall: Pretty standard and enjoyable pale ale. Very impressed with this beer based on how average it is.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2013 02:47:02 | More by Flounder57
3.46/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had a pint on tap at a Calgary pub in the NE. Arrived a nice reddish bronze color with around an inch and a half of off-white head. Subtle aroma was decidedly fruity with a little malt, MacIntosh apple and pear along with a little caramel. Aroma intensity did improve as the beer warmed up. Palate was also on the subdued and mellow side, with some brown bread, brown sugar, and again a lot of apple and pear fruit. Nil citrus that I could discern and the malts were there but decidedly downplayed, the English malt complexity crucial to this style is present but you have to go looking for it. Finish quite crisp and dry, with appropriate earthy hop bitterness and just a little lingering treacle sweetness. Insufficient body. A workmanlike effort that comes off as unfinished or insufficiently conditioned due to all the apple/pear esters trumping the malts on the palate. Decided devoid of all the "west coast character" promised on the label and instead tastes like a "small beer" from across the Atlantic. Granville Island is a lot like Big Rock here in Alberta ... They rarely produce terrible offerings but they do not typically blow anyone's mind either. There's probably a certain comfort in just barely clearing the mediocrity bar.
Serving type: on-tap
11-25-2013 01:54:11 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.31/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
473 ml can from LCBO purchased for $2.85 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.
Appearance - Clear, copper/red color, 2.5 fingers of creamy white head with big time retention. Tons of bubbles present as well. Prominent lacing streaks on the glass.
Smell - Bready, with light grassy and grainy aromas mixed in as well. Everything is mild and subdues. Also detected the faintest whiff of fall fruits such as apple and pear.
Taste - Mild, light sprinkling of aforementioned apple and pear as well as grains. Low hop presence and malts aren't really noticeable either. A little bit of sweetness up front and a very mild and understated aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - High carbonation makes it a bit gassy, but feel and flavor as well as thick feel for 5% ABV. Not watery and not chewy or thick but good amount of fullness, i.e. you know you're drinking a beer with some substance.
Overall - Not a bad beer, definitely drinkable and enjoyable would not turn it down if offered, however for the price better beers in the style are usually available. Overall a little better than expected and good drinkability.
Serving type: can
10-27-2013 03:22:11 | More by DenisKolkin
2.69/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
A - English Bay is deep copper in color with sort of ruddy highlights. Head is packes and cream colored with decent retention.
S - Aroma is malty up front with deep notes of brown sugar. Center has some barely discernable notes of fruit esters. There's just a tiny bit of fruit and leather. Sweet center fades into a finish that just drops into nowhere.
T - English Bay starts off sweetly malty, tasting more like brown sugar than caramel malts. The center gives more of the same brown sugar with hints of molasses. These flavors lead into a finish with barely any hop presence.
O - Overall English bay is straightforward in a way that goes beyond just being liniear. It's basic and doesn't really have a lot to offer.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2013 18:46:29 | More by Brianhophead
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
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