English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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3.58/5 rDev +13.7%
Poured from a bottle with pretty Vancouver artwork. Poured a slighty cloudy orangesque coloured haze with a fluffy white top. Smells of malt, dryness.
A definite caramel flavour here - not usual for a pale ale, and an enjoyable surprise. This drink dries out at the finish and a touch of bitter, but an overall malt feel that's a bit much for a pale. Not too bad overall though.
03-14-2006 14:51:58 | More by niangelo
3.43/5 rDev +8.9%
On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo. Brought in to Ontario through Creemore (Molson). Remember having this ages back at the brewery - I wonder how well it's held up.
Poured into a Fullers conical glass, which was amusing considering that when all was said and done I felt this tasted much more like an English pale. Deep amber-copper, clear, nice head, sheets of lacing. Good looking brew.
Nose is caramel malt, bit of chemical, nothing fantastic.
A safe pale ale, malt heavy, a bit of earthy hops to the finish. Mild chemical/metal taste as well. Can't see the APA.
Creamy, good carb, decent feel.
Decent pale ale, probably tastes better on site - but then again, what wouldn't?
07-18-2011 19:25:58 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.2/5 rDev +1.6%
An English pint, amid a "selection" of BMC crap at a Calgary International airport restaurant during layover hell, this was somewhat welcome as the house beer promotion. I haven't seen Granville Island in mine own province in a while now. Gee, I wonder why.
This beer arrives at the table appearing a clear medium brickish copper colour, with one fat-ass finger of puffy, densely foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of archipelago island lace around the glass as it quick abates.
It smells of mildly acerbic orchard fruit, a lightly bready caramel malt, a touch of zippy black pepper, and further plain-ass earthy noble hops. The taste is somewhat complex, yet still quite mild in its sweet grainy caramel maltiness, and hardly more upbeat with the unsurprisingly tame earthy, weedy hops.
The carbonation is about average, and weakly frothy at best, the body a benign medium-light weight, and generally smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the hops trailing off, and the drupe-heavy, fruity malt acting as such when presented with the concept of absent playmates.
A fairly bland, if disagreeably decent choice when you are held hostage via poor options, but, sometimes them's the breaks, and you just have to dream of those better beer destinations only a plane flight away.
08-01-2009 00:46:52 | More by biboergosum
2.48/5 rDev -21.3%
Huge foamy pour, maple syrup colour beer. Beery and not hoppy aroma, but initial taste is hoppy grapefruit Then the malts take over. Moderate carbonation, and medium to light mouthfeel. Quaffable but not a good example of a pale. Thanks Mark for bringing back.
05-13-2005 21:37:54 | More by Sammy
2.93/5 rDev -7%
A - poured a clear copper, short head dissipated quickly, basically no lacing
S - a mix of sweet and bready malts, subtle earthy notes, but not much else
T - mostly buttery bread flavour mixed with a little sweetness, there is a slight touch of earthy hop bitterness, not bad but not what I expected going in
M - mostly full carbonation feel up front, but as that fades there's not much left, maybe a little dryness
D - a very average drink, seems to be a more all purpose offering in terms of light flavour and carbonation, goes down easy but not sure i would invest more time that one
08-05-2010 01:06:22 | More by joemcgrath27
3.38/5 rDev +7.3%
Highly drinkable, though unremarkable offering from Granville Island.
It looked decent coming out of the bottle, pouring a dark copper with a foamy head that quickly reduced to a ring and left some sticky lace on my glass. The smell was subdued, despite what seemed to be a few different things contributing to it: biscuity malt, some nice fruity esters I picked up apple and pear, but who knows? and faint hops.
My first impressions of the taste were uncharitable: that this is a pretty nondescript beer. Given more time to sample and think about it, I'd say "well-balanced" would be a more diplomatic way of putting it.
There are some real pluses to this beer: a nice lively mouthfeel and clean finish, but in this case I think "well-balanced" is a drawback: as someone else mentioned, this beer is a little malty for the style I would have preferred more of a hoppy bite. That, in turn, would have won me over.
03-19-2006 18:44:04 | More by vanrassel
British Columbia (Canada)
2.08/5 rDev -34%
Also came in the 12 pk variety,otherwise i would'nt of tryed it.
Pours a copper-amber color with a small tan bubbly head with little retention and minimal lacing.
The nose is of malts,lite toffee,mild coffee with a sweetness in the air in there somwhere.
Taste is a little sweet with molasses coming thru and the malts and some stale something in there that lingers with you all the way thru this beer.
Got a creamy mouth which is medium to full body but at the same time kinda watery.
Not really my kind,and that stale taste really hits hard once it warms...not to my liking.
09-23-2007 18:59:19 | More by GrimmReaper
3.75/5 rDev +19%
Purchased at the LCBO for just under $ 3.00 as usual for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg c an a draught glass
A- Opens well and pours a good white head. Not much head left after 2mins
S- WOW this is a good beer. Throw a wack of malt and whoop here it is!!
T- See above
M- Malty good and you call it an IPA???
O- An IPA really? This one is a malt bomb LOL
I didn't have a chance to eat with this beer sorry
07-26-2014 22:35:41 | More by DaveBar
3.85/5 rDev +22.2%
Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel, maybe a hint of toffee. Taste is good, caramel and hops, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a fine quality brew.
07-14-2010 22:08:14 | More by tone77
3.55/5 rDev +12.7%
Poured from the bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.
Light toffee brown body, and dark caramel color. Clear. Thin head of aboout two fingers and tan in color. Not much retention.
Sticky malts and light toffee smells. A hint of cinnamon also.
Palate comes with matching nose, cinnamon sweet and sticky caramel flavors. Slightly dry, with a simple malt backbone. Some decent carbonation and thickness. There's not much hop character to this though.
Overall a rather simple and decent brew, but not much going on either.
09-29-2012 20:38:38 | More by smakawhat
3.45/5 rDev +9.5%
It poured a lovely clear coppery brown color with a thin but creamy and lasting head.
Obvious malty nose with a good dose of caramel and a light hops. Maybe a bit low on the hops aroma. It loses some score for the style, strictly speaking.
The flavour is a light caramel malt up front with a definite (but not overbearing) hop bitterness in the end. The middle is a tad light and somewhat hollow. A light citrusy overall character builds over time.
The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, easy drinking. Just what I'd expect.
It's a bit more malty and less hoppy than I'd expect from a pale ale. I'm noticing that Granville Island does that with quite a few of its ales. I think that might be one reason I really like GI...
08-25-2003 05:56:48 | More by Garin
3.83/5 rDev +21.6%
Served on tap in a GP pint glass has a nice copper color with two fingers of head.
Smooth Light tasting with good flavor with a hint of Carmel during the smell test.
Carmel malts and hops on my first taste with a roasted after taste.
Tasted perfect along side my burger and overall a very nice drinking experience.
12-19-2011 16:34:48 | More by Seanont
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
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