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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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BA SCORE
73
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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of DuffMan32
4.75/5  rDev +50.3%

DuffMan32, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Brianhophead
2.69/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - English Bay is deep copper in color with sort of ruddy highlights. Head is packes and cream colored with decent retention.

S - Aroma is malty up front with deep notes of brown sugar. Center has some barely discernable notes of fruit esters. There's just a tiny bit of fruit and leather. Sweet center fades into a finish that just drops into nowhere.

T - English Bay starts off sweetly malty, tasting more like brown sugar than caramel malts. The center gives more of the same brown sugar with hints of molasses. These flavors lead into a finish with barely any hop presence.

O - Overall English bay is straightforward in a way that goes beyond just being liniear. It's basic and doesn't really have a lot to offer.

Brianhophead, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of nygannon
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

nygannon, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of eulerthegrape
3/5  rDev -5.1%

eulerthegrape, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Kopfschuss, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

cam477, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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!

JMScowcroft, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of harveystarr
2.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

harveystarr, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of mikeg67
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

mikeg67, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Mr_Hoptimistic, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of ZachT
4.25/5  rDev +34.5%

ZachT, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

krome, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of jrohrbacher
3/5  rDev -5.1%

jrohrbacher, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of BRYeleJR
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

BRYeleJR, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of GoHabsGo
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

GoHabsGo, Jul 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

billab914, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of SebD
3/5  rDev -5.1%

SebD, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of TheHammer
3.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

TheHammer, Jul 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Jediknight362, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of decimator
3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

decimator, Jul 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

SpongeRuiner, Jun 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

napetry, Jun 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

307x, Jun 16, 2013
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.