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English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery

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English Bay Pale AleEnglish Bay Pale Ale

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our English Bay Pale Ale has a smooth, mild flavour brimming with West Coast character and a caramel malt aroma. A true pale ale, it gets its perfect balance from natural carbonation and careful maturing under the watchful eye of our brewmaster.

(Beer added by: 49degrees on 12-27-2002)
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Brad007

Vermont

2.88/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours a mild amber color with a generous head into my glass. Looks a lot like an English IPA to me.

Sweet with a healthy dose of caramel malt. Not very hop-forward regardless.

Ditto with the taste. "Nutty" with an overabundance of caramel. Very little that resembles a proper example.

All of these flavors stick around at the back of the throat, albeit in an undesirable manner.

Would work better as a brown ale.

05-04-2014 03:13:22 | More by Brad007
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beertunes

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lovely clear amber color with little head (even after switching to a more aggressive pour, I ended up less than 1/4 inch of head) that had zero retention or lacing.

The aroma had a slightly sweet malt scent, otherwise was very neutral. I was pleasantly surprised by a nice hit of citrus hops, but that flavor faded quickly and I was left with residual malt sweetness. Otherwise, the flavors were like the aroma, bland and neutral.

Body was typical for the style. Drinkability was good, but with such a lack of personality, why have more than one? Overall, worth trying if you see it, but don't go out of your way to get it.

10-11-2009 19:54:32 | More by beertunes
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -7.9%

Thanks to my uncle who came to visit us from B.C. and brought me a couple of these. Had this with my supper last night, hamburgers & fries.

Poured from a 355ml. can.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange-amber body with a slight chilly haze and a decent 2-3 finger head that disappears a little too quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: Some hops but the malt wins out in the aroma that is a bit faint. Has a dry touch to it.

Taste: At first nothing but a slight tinge of bitterness. Opens up a little with a bit of caramel. Has a grainy touch and a certain off flavor that i can't put my finger on. This is much more malt-driven than hops powered. Still, the taste does not last long and is a bit boring.

Mouthfeel: Marginally better if only because it has good carbonation. Otherwise, the body is weak & a tad watery for my taste.

Drinakbility: So-so. It's strictly average and it wouldn't be my go-to beer.

Overall: I'm slamming it a little on the taste because it advertises itself as a "classic West Coast pale ale" which it most definitely isn't. Not bad or offensive but certainly nothing memorable.

01-07-2010 13:24:52 | More by papat444
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beerguy101

California

2.9/5  rDev -7.9%

Medium amber color. Small head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Medium to lighter bodied pale ale. More in the english style because its mild and malty and no very hoppy. Roasted malts, mild flavor, not very hoppy. Nice flavor. Slight malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is matly, slightly bitter.

08-19-2003 01:48:48 | More by beerguy101
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -7%

Received a number of cans from Granville Island Brewery from a friend over the holidays. The is the last of the varieties I had to sample.

Pours a dark amber color, bordering on read, with plenty of head. Some head quickly evaporates, but it then settles to about a finger for a while. Minimal lacing left on the glass.

Slight malt scent, but that is about it.

Taste is fairly simple. Some mild caramel malts. Very light. Slightly watery.

Overall, it is drinkable and it does have some flavor, but overall it is fairly bland. Decent, but not something I would choose unless my options were limited.

01-01-2010 23:55:01 | More by Seanstoppable
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

2.94/5  rDev -6.7%

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance - Pours an redish brown colour. A white head that disappears quickly, leaving behind some light lacing.

Smell - Very sweet smelling. Some vanilla notes, combined with some caramel and toffee.

Taste - As expected from the nose, this brew is very sweet. Almost too sweet for my tastes. A big vanilla kick and more caramel. There may be some very light spiced - pepper maybe. Little to no hop bitterness, surprising for an english pale ale.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy body. The beer is almost 'sticky' - it sticks to the inside of my lips. So much sweetness. Carbonation is low - virtually non-existent. Unremarkable finish.

Overal - 3/5.

05-07-2013 04:09:31 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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OskarL

Sweden

2.95/5  rDev -6.3%

Appearance - Clear amber/orange with a big white head that settles into a half finger head and no lacing.

Smell - Bready malt and some fresh hops.

Taste - Bread, some caramel malt, very mild citric hops, some metal and a bit watery.

Mouthfeel - Light body with qood carbonation.

03-28-2010 00:38:13 | More by OskarL
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BierStein711

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -5.4%

You don't need to have this beer.

What you have here is a silly attempt at an APA, but there is not enough hop.

Amber in color, off white head that lasts for a minute.

Smells of carmel malt

Tastes like stale biscuits.

Not a beer worth your time as it is very watery.

Overall, don't seek out this beer. Have Rickyard's Blonde

09-09-2012 05:55:48 | More by BierStein711
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -5.4%

Beer is a auburn brown in colour, with slight lacing.

Smell is of light malts, a light fruitiness.

This has a flavour of light caramelized malts, quite light on the palate, slightly watery. Refreshing flavour but could be more interesting, bit of fruitiness as well. Mouthfeel felt a bit lacking, flavour was alright and drinkable, but didn't really showcase itself as anything special.

07-24-2012 01:34:43 | More by mick303
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

02-07-2012 12:03:58 | More by beerhunter13
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

03-12-2012 01:35:41 | More by chickenm
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cletetron

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

02-16-2012 03:02:09 | More by cletetron
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MidwestBA

Illinois

3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-25-2013 19:47:17 | More by MidwestBA
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tabhill

New York

3/5  rDev -4.8%

03-26-2014 01:14:19 | More by tabhill
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-15-2013 05:08:39 | More by DamageCase76
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-23-2013 23:39:20 | More by SebD
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ChuckGnarly

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

10-13-2012 02:56:12 | More by ChuckGnarly
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

One of four selections in the Granville Winter Mingler 12 pack.
Light brown to amber color, off white tan head. Not much foam, quickly disappears, leaving just a thin ring. Very light aroma of malt caramel and some hop bitterness - too light, was expecting more. Taste is similar with light malt and some bitterness to finish. Average, and kind of unexciting, and left an almost metallic aftertaste.

01-19-2005 05:29:49 | More by BigBry
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terryeckmeier

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

Not what I was expecting at all little to no bitterness from what I can tell. Looks pretty but I was a little let down with this guy. I was all pumped for this big hoppy beer from the west coast and was a little let down. Maybe its one of those things where you get really excited and it just doesn't live up to the expectation you've built up in your head.

03-09-2009 21:44:53 | More by terryeckmeier
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-11-2012 02:03:22 | More by bumchilly25
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papawu76

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-02-2011 21:42:37 | More by papawu76
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Jotora

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

08-10-2014 16:46:24 | More by Jotora
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-16-2011 04:55:08 | More by fizzyted
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3/5  rDev -4.8%

09-20-2013 17:48:28 | More by Kopfschuss
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.