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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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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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Photo of harveystarr

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

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
Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

08-28-2013 00:52:04 | More by Mr_Hoptimistic
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

08-27-2013 02:55:12 | More by ZachT
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-09-2013 11:34:40 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-05-2013 13:48:59 | More by krome
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-30-2013 04:45:24 | More by jrohrbacher
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

07-29-2013 02:19:56 | More by BRYeleJR
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-29-2013 01:51:10 | More by GoHabsGo
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-25-2013 03:45:02 | More by billab914
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-23-2013 23:39:20 | More by SebD
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Ontario (Canada)

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
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-11-2013 04:10:00 | More by Jediknight362
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

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
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-30-2013 17:46:48 | More by SpongeRuiner
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-17-2013 01:19:05 | More by napetry
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-16-2013 16:37:22 | More by 307x
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-16-2013 01:59:42 | More by DbbC
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-25-2013 19:47:17 | More by MidwestBA
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +19%

05-25-2013 02:36:27 | More by howie10
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-22-2013 13:50:03 | More by KStark
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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
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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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3.08/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

05-04-2013 13:18:21 | More by patre_tim
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Alberta (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev +14.6%

Appearance- Pours a light copper brown with a 1/4 finger of bubbly head.

Smell- Caramalts, hint of vanilla, light earthy hops.

Taste- Caramalts, light earthy hops, and a touch of butteriness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Pleasant smoothness to the body.

Overall- A fairly tasty pale ale by Granville with a good caramalt backbone. This brew has some characteristics that lean towards the EPA classification rather than an APA.

05-04-2013 03:47:03 | More by leaddog
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.