English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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2.73/5 rDev -13.3%
Granville Island Brewery - English Bay Pale Ale, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.
Look - Pours a clear deep copper amber with a nice small foamy head that doesn't retain well and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.
Smell - Aroma is interesting, the malt is only faintly sweet or musty, the hops are a little subdued but fruity. Not like any other pale ale of any sub-category I've wanted to try. A bit off-putting but the makings are there.
Taste - Taste is flat and muted, everything is keyed way down, even the malt (which is a new one haha). Hops are virtually non-existent.
Mouthfeel - Rests like an apple cider, what the hell? Clingy and cloying. Easy to drink but not much of a pleasure.
Overall - This is probably the worst English style pale ale I have ever had. "West Coast Inspired" ummmm not in the least!
09-12-2013 15:07:55 | More by JMScowcroft
2.84/5 rDev -9.8%
Served out of a bottle at Niagara Food Fest. As mentioned by other users, an unremarkable Pale Ale. Too sweet and nothing that would generally bring me back. HOWEVER...this is one of the very few beers that you can find in Ontario bars and restaurants that's not a Molson or Labatt product. I'm continually frustrated by Ontario establishments who don't see the value in offering quality crafts. So whenever I see this beer, I buy it for myself and for anyone around me. I guess it's my attempt at spreading the craft word and trying to open Ontarians minds a bit. It's a long haul, but maybe eventually we'll see more selection. So don't over think this brew when you see it as the only "craft" available in an Ontario establishment. See it as a marginal step in the right direction.
09-07-2013 15:35:30 | More by harveystarr
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
3.16/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-17-2013 03:54:24 | More by TheHammer
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
2.78/5 rDev -11.7%
473 mL Can, in the hotel room, Toronto.
A - foamy head dissipates quickly, orange bronze color.
S - a little bit of malt sweetness
T - sweet, malty, a little watery, hits of pepper. sweetness not balanced by hops
M - a little watery, good fizz on the tongue.
O - Overall, I'm not impressed by the beer options here in Ontario. Drinkable compared to the fizzy yellow stuff, but nothing I would seek out.
05-12-2013 17:35:37 | More by greenengineer
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
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.