English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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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
3.85/5 rDev +22.2%
Appearance — Pours very syrupy; appears fairly carbonated; thin ring of head retention; medium lacing; very nice colour: somewhere between pumpkin and leather.
Smell — Toasty, almost woodsy; can’t decide if this smells smoky or just very very toasty and woodsy.
Taste — Overwhelming blast of pretty much what was in the nose, with some additional malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel — Very, very smooth, almost creamy, consistency on the tongue is very pleasant; don’t really feel the carbonation or the alcohol.
Overall — Not sure what an ‘English Bay pale ale’ is supposed to be, but this is a nice, very toasty, slightly sweet pale ale.
01-17-2014 01:51:55 | More by AnHeroicHippo
3.4/5 rDev +7.9%
341 ml bottle was poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, a little fruity, and mild hop aroma. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Taste: Chewy toasted malts, some sweet caramel and pale malts, a little fruitiness, and mild hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, chewy, light, tasty, low to medium carbonation, and very drinkable.
Overall: Pretty standard and enjoyable pale ale. Very impressed with this beer based on how average it is.
12-18-2013 02:47:02 | More by Flounder57
3.46/5 rDev +9.8%
Had a pint on tap at a Calgary pub in the NE. Arrived a nice reddish bronze color with around an inch and a half of off-white head. Subtle aroma was decidedly fruity with a little malt, MacIntosh apple and pear along with a little caramel. Aroma intensity did improve as the beer warmed up. Palate was also on the subdued and mellow side, with some brown bread, brown sugar, and again a lot of apple and pear fruit. Nil citrus that I could discern and the malts were there but decidedly downplayed, the English malt complexity crucial to this style is present but you have to go looking for it. Finish quite crisp and dry, with appropriate earthy hop bitterness and just a little lingering treacle sweetness. Insufficient body. A workmanlike effort that comes off as unfinished or insufficiently conditioned due to all the apple/pear esters trumping the malts on the palate. Decided devoid of all the "west coast character" promised on the label and instead tastes like a "small beer" from across the Atlantic. Granville Island is a lot like Big Rock here in Alberta ... They rarely produce terrible offerings but they do not typically blow anyone's mind either. There's probably a certain comfort in just barely clearing the mediocrity bar.
11-25-2013 01:54:11 | More by CalgaryFMC
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.