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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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73
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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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Ratings: 177 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-30-2013 04:45:24 | More by jrohrbacher
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Pmicdee

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

01-02-2014 23:35:30 | More by Pmicdee
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Lare453

Florida

3/5  rDev -4.8%

06-09-2014 12:20:53 | More by Lare453
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

11-21-2011 03:12:55 | More by EskimoDave
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

03-01-2013 01:05:41 | More by Cramshawbar
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-30-2012 19:04:17 | More by shagal
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-19-2013 17:21:46 | More by Exeter
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BrewCaveDweller

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -4.8%

03-10-2012 03:00:16 | More by BrewCaveDweller
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

01-20-2013 21:47:22 | More by kjyost
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BeerClubNiagara

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

01-26-2013 01:12:59 | More by BeerClubNiagara
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spiderwebb70

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

08-20-2012 01:38:18 | More by spiderwebb70
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billab914

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-25-2013 03:45:02 | More by billab914
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-22-2013 13:50:03 | More by KStark
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

02-14-2013 12:33:04 | More by DaPan
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

04-24-2012 02:05:38 | More by schopenhauerale
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eulerthegrape

California

3/5  rDev -4.8%

09-30-2013 22:43:26 | More by eulerthegrape
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

06-11-2012 08:29:52 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funny that I never reviewed this beer as it is a staple in BC and is often the beer beer pf choice at restaurants and bars with a crappy selection( it is often this or a Molson product). Well this is a beer that represents the past. There was a time when using lots of hops was pretty unknown in BC and this beer is safe and easy drinking with no challenge to a macro drinker. I suppose when it first came out it was a step up from macro beers but I also remember how good Shaftebury was and this beer is a shadow of the Shaftebury ESB from the 90's. I won't refuse this beer if offered but there are so many better PA's in BC that is a reminder of the bad old days.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 22:17:31 | More by canucklehead
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came to the table with an amber color and a one plus finger white head. The aroma is more malt forward than I would have expected, and there is hop bitterness, but it does not stand out.

The taste is just like the aroma. A little too sweet and malt forward for an APA.

Medium bodied, average carbonation, has decent drinkability, but no outstanding characteristics. I am glad I tried this while in Vancouver. Now back to more Red Racer IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 22:25:30 | More by hardy008
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patre_tim

China

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper, medium fine bubble carbonation, 2 fingers of slight beige creamy foamy head, clear filtered. Nice lacing.

S: Bananas, cream, stinky feet, malt. Slight apricot.

T: Apricot tea, peach tea, malt. Slightly acidic, but mostly watery. Very little bitterness near the end.

M: Light slightly bready body, medium low low carbonation.

O: A real disappointing watery beer. Sort of like it, love the can and the fact its from Canada, but it is watery, tea like, and not flavourful.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 13:18:21 | More by patre_tim
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Vancer

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

New brewery for me, courtesy of my son on a trip back from Seattle. Pours a clear oaken amber in the Corsendonk tulip glass. Tidbits of ivory lace line the glass on the way down.

The label states this is west coast style, but it seems all English to me with the woody and caramel notes dominating the scene, but not standing out or making any lasting impression on me. Body is very light, not a big load of malt to start, seems to be a "cheaper" version of a better beer wantabe. Not a bad beer, more of a cross-over type brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 19:05:22 | More by Vancer
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber/copper appearance with thick white head that sticks around for a while. Smell is mostly of bread, hops and caramel.

Taste is mainly made up of bread and caramel malt, has a hint of grain and sweetness as well. Thin, but buttery, body with moderate carbonation. Strange combination. Aftertaste is bitter.

Overall, not a bad beer. It is drinkable and refreshing, but the body is to light. Kind of waters down the rest of the taste. Still, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 04:25:10 | More by CrazyMike
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.16/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Half a finger of head, to lacing or retention, limited carbonation in the body. Clear brown caramel color.

Smell: Biscuity malt sweetness with caramel note and mineral undertones. Also touches of vanilla and even slight hazelnut. Warming helps it out quite a bit, but it's nothing to write home about.

Taste: A sweet caramel malt permeates the beer, it's almost a bit too much, it then turns to a slight acidic citrus note, and then takes another abrupt tone which is then accented by a touch of fairly generic hops.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation does help out the beer, and the malt aftertaste is nice, but in clings and comes across as sticky. The transitioning is a little awkward as well, and tastes like it has an identity crisis.

Drinkability: This beer isn't especially smooth to drink, but it does sit down well enough and I wouldn't say it's a struggle to get down. The problem is that it's all over the place.

Final Thoughts: This beer is far too sweet for a pale, ale and is lacking in hops. It's a little interesting, but it's all over the place, so I wouldn't want to drink it regularly. It's ok, but there are better offerings from Granville.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 03:54:24 | More by TheHammer
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured in mug.

Clear, copper-amber colour. Head 1/2 inch beige-orange. Head reduces quickly to a thin layer.

Aroma is sweet & a little fruity. Slightly malty with little hops in background.

Taste is sweet with roasted malts. Perhaps a little too sweet for a pale ale. Smooth. Has a mild bitter bite to the aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

Medium bodied mouthfeel that is well balanced.

This is easy drinking and mild in taste, but not what I usually expect from a pale ale. This isn't a bad beer, but it isn't great either. Another middle of the road beer for Granville Island.

Serving type: can

06-22-2005 03:17:44 | More by Noxious26
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-Amber red colour....light head that doesn't last that long.

s-very slight bready notes....faint malt....very subdued.

t-very faint spicey hoppiness..very much an english pale style beer.

m-about average for the abv.

o-Overall this beer was decent. I would grab it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 03:09:45 | More by Mit
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.