English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev +11.1%
Pint at Cat's Social House on Granville Island. From notes.
A - Poured amber with one finger of white head. No visible carbonation, no lace, film of retention.
S - Earthy, citrusy, caramel, minerallly.
T - Minerally again with earthy hops, caramel, and honey.
M - Gentle carbonation, medium body, honey in the finish.
O/D - Average. Interesting and OK for the style. Easty drinking, but not exciting. Better than I expected.
02-14-2012 23:02:50 | More by tbeckett
3.5/5 rDev +11.1%
This seems to be the beer of choice at many restaurants and bars in Vancouver. I tried it on tap at several and found it to be a solid but unexciting selection. It has a slightly fruity taste with enough hops to keep things interesting: a middle of the road pale ale to be sure. On this bright side, it would probably make a good crossover beer for friends looking to move into better beers from macros.
08-08-2004 06:32:10 | More by mickeymac
3.46/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
11-25-2013 01:54:11 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.46/5 rDev +9.8%
341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.
A - Poured a clear copper with a thin off-white head, head reduced to surface bubbles, minimal lacing.
S - Caramel, biscuit, some vanilla, earthy.
T - Light caramel sweetness, hint of butter, hint of spice, mild bitterness. Balance is on the malty side.
M - Medium-light carbonation, medium body, some creaminess, clean finish.
O - The mouthfeel really helps carry this beer. The flavour is light but I found nothing offensive about this one.
07-09-2013 02:24:07 | More by decimator
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
3.45/5 rDev +9.5%
03/02/06- Purchased at Ric's Grill in Kelowna, B.C.
Presentation- Served in a pils like glass. 18oz I believe. From the tap.
Appearance- Light copper colored pour. Creamy looking bright white head about 2 fingers. Very light lacing if any at all. Color looks as if it will be a tad watery.
Smell- Heavy mid range malted scent. Mild hops as well. Smells a tad mass produced. Nothing special.
Taste- First sip is fairly watery, but afterwards the carbonation kicks in. Good sweet malt background. Nice caramel flavor. Hops are there, but fairly subdued.
Mouthfeel- As said before, light carbonation as first (almost cask like), but soon perks up to be a middle of the road bubbled brew.
Drinkability- Tastes pretty decent and is pretty easy to drink. About what I expected though. Middle of the road.
03-03-2006 17:36:22 | More by GClarkage
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
3.43/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours an amber color. Clear. No carbonation rising. Small white head that is creamy. Good lacing.
Aroma is sweet, malts, yeast.
Taste is crisp, light hops, bready and sweet. Somewhat bland.
Mouthfeel is light/medium. Smooth and creamy and cleansing.
Overall, a decent brew. Somewhat lacking in flavor, but very sessionable.
05-27-2012 21:37:33 | More by atigerlife
3.43/5 rDev +8.9%
English Bay Pale Ale is actually not that pale, but coppery, with slight browns and reds. The head was quite minimal, leaving only a small ring. For an English-based pale ale, the small head is not wholly surprising(after all, many of the ales in Britain are not meant to have massive frothy heads). The appearance, however, is simply average; nothing exciting to note. The aroma is worth savouring, although basic in its elements: sweet caramel and malt, with various, dried fruit smells, and perceptible hop, WHEN the beer is a bit warmer, not extremely cold. A very decent aroma for a pale ale, indeed. The taste is quite good, better than average, with strong malt flavour and subtle hop finish, but it is by far a malty offering, not a bitter one. Medium bodied. The mouthfeel could improve somewhat, in that it could be more full, but all considered the drinkability of this craft-brewed British Columbia beer is a touch above the rest. A healthy beer from a respected craft-brewer on the Canadian west coast.
01-30-2004 10:35:01 | More by Cwrw
3.41/5 rDev +8.3%
On tap at the brewery. Pours clear amber with foamy, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, maple and ripe fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of caramel malt, ripe fruit and earthy hops. Finish is medium lasting and semi-dry. Average Pale ale.
09-03-2013 18:51:57 | More by mikeg67
3.4/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
12-18-2013 02:47:02 | More by Flounder57
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
3.31/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
10-27-2013 03:22:11 | More by DenisKolkin
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.31/5 rDev +5.1%
appearance: pours somewhat foamy, and a deeper orange than i expected for the style,
being an ale i expected some color but this was a little deeper than i figured for.
smell: had a smooth malty smell. big notes of toasted grain. not overpowering. nice nose.
taste: crisp, and not hoppy really at all, almost zero dryness factor, an ale by definition
i was impressed by this beer. goes down nicely , reminded me of labatt blue but with double the malt and less corn. tasted like an ale should taste, but didnt linger around
which makes drinking more of it easy. the food pairings for this (as stated on the box) are grilled meat (which is pretty vague). but it mentions a carmel flavour, which i failed to find as anything worth mention. that charectaristic would be subtle, at best.
not sharp at all, still somewhat carbbed, compared to a more classic ale style.
but sort of slick and smooth , with a small zip of the malt and the grain mixing.
i didnt know what to expect, and having bought a 6pack, i was hoping it was decent.
this doesnt exactly seem to be a PALE ale as they state ..it seems more to me like a slightly creamy amber..but without the typical hops of most ambers.
and heavy on the malts and grains. i was initially impressed by this beer, but the more i drank of it the more it became just a slightly above average craft beer .
I dont have anything really bad to say, because it is good. but it leaves a little bit to the imagination, but that can make for an awesome session brew.
if ale is your thing, and you like it west coast local. give it a shot.
not something id buy frequently, but i can see a specific type of beer fan loving it.
05-03-2013 22:54:55 | More by ghisty
3.31/5 rDev +5.1%
This review was done from a bottle so take it loosely.
A: Can't really say since I had it straight from the bottle but judging from online photos it seems to be a deep copper color.
S: I get caramel like malts and a nice biscuity quality as well. No hops present really.
T: Almost similar to a very malty amber ale. I really get almost no hops except for a very slight floral presence. Caramel and more biscuit malt than I would have expected. Bitterness is underwhelming. Rather nutty as well.
M: A touch too carbonated for my tastes. A bit of a thin body as well.
O: Not a bad beer but definitely not what I would call a pale ale. More like a ESB with hops and balance removed. Could be a good intro beer.
07-24-2014 23:29:30 | More by Haydn-Juby
3.3/5 rDev +4.8%
Pale amber colour, one finger of off white head, light lace. Smell is malty and biscuity, grain and caramel with a little bit of earthy/floral hop character. Taste is malty, light caramel sweetness, some floral hop and earthy flavours, mild bitterness throughout, finishes clean. Medium carbonation, medium body, OK mouthfeel. Quite the average beer, while its not bad I find myself very indifferent to this, I could drink this again if it was offered to me though.
08-09-2012 13:06:25 | More by peensteen
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.