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
3.23/5 rDev +2.5%
341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass nov4 2009
A clear copper with a fast falling thumbs width of head that leaves no lace
S not a whole lot, some toffee and malt
T slightly more then the smell, with a little biscuit and the sweetness is a little more pronounced
M turns to air in my mouth a little too much carbonation
D not a bad beer but I'm just not sold on it
I'm thinking Granville Island has taken a bit of a dive in recent years, this mixer pack didn't live up to my expectations
11-05-2009 08:21:11 | More by wordemupg
3.85/5 rDev +22.2%
Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel, maybe a hint of toffee. Taste is good, caramel and hops, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a fine quality brew.
07-14-2010 22:08:14 | More by tone77
2.7/5 rDev -14.3%
12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$
Appearance - Clear copper colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.
Smell - Malts, caramel, grass
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste light hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some dark fruit notes and a bit of a grassiness. It ends with a caramel malt aftertaste.
Overall - American PA it is not... It's more along the lines of a ESB, and not a very good one at that. The taste is boring and it's a little too thin/watery. I wouldn't pick this one up again.
08-15-2012 23:48:19 | More by spinrsx
3.5/5 rDev +11.1%
Pint at Cat's Social House on Granville Island. From notes.
A - Poured amber with one finger of white head. No visible carbonation, no lace, film of retention.
S - Earthy, citrusy, caramel, minerallly.
T - Minerally again with earthy hops, caramel, and honey.
M - Gentle carbonation, medium body, honey in the finish.
O/D - Average. Interesting and OK for the style. Easty drinking, but not exciting. Better than I expected.
02-14-2012 23:02:50 | More by tbeckett
British Columbia (Canada)
3.03/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-22-2009 22:17:31 | More by canucklehead
3.08/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
12-27-2009 19:05:22 | More by Vancer
3.5/5 rDev +11.1%
A - This one pours a nice copper brown colour, with a thin layer of head which quickly dissipates leaving nothing behind, no lacing, and no real visible carbonation.
S - This one is rather bready, however, there is some nice sweet caramel malts also noticeable. Some sweet citrus hops are also detectable on this one, making for a nice balance.
T - Tastes much like a brown ale, very bready and malty, but it finishes with a nice bitter hop finish, making for a delicious balance.
M - I'm not sure if this bottle was defunct or not, but the lack of carbonation made it feel much like a stout. The only real drawback to this beer, as it was otherwise quite nice. It was still quite smooth, and the finish was not overly dry, still making the experience pleasureable. A little more carbonation on the tongue would've bumped it up into 'good' range.
D - The flavours on this one were quite nice, perfectly balanced, creating a tasty experience. I've yet to be disappointed on any Granville Islands offerings, and apart from the slight turn-off on carbonation, this one was very delicious.
08-04-2010 23:53:03 | More by andrenaline
2.9/5 rDev -7.9%
Medium amber color. Small head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Medium to lighter bodied pale ale. More in the english style because its mild and malty and no very hoppy. Roasted malts, mild flavor, not very hoppy. Nice flavor. Slight malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is matly, slightly bitter.
08-19-2003 01:48:48 | More by beerguy101
3.25/5 rDev +3.2%
This pale pours out of it's 341ml brown bottle with an okay off-white head, but that soon fades, leaving some slight lacing. This almost looks like cider at a quick glance. The aroma at first was quite enticing, sweet caramel, a bit of toasted malt, not quite what I was looking for in a pale. Yet going back shortly after I couldn't pick up anything at all. Flavour is quite bland, doesn't follow through with the caramel in the nose, and the hops are not very apparent either. Lack of taste aside it is quite drinkable, goes down nicely, and in that sense is a step up from a macro in my opinion. Not a big step up, mind you, but it'll do for now.
06-28-2003 16:13:09 | More by IronDjinn
3.28/5 rDev +4.1%
Had this for the first time a few weeks ago (First of any Granville beer). I found it on tap at a local bar and was pleasantly surprised. Poured nice with a copper color, with a sweet cirtusy taste. Well balanced. The bartender said they were trying hard to get some other Granville products in as this one was being well recieved by those who tried it
11-23-2012 01:24:11 | More by cfalovo97
3.3/5 rDev +4.8%
Pale amber colour, one finger of off white head, light lace. Smell is malty and biscuity, grain and caramel with a little bit of earthy/floral hop character. Taste is malty, light caramel sweetness, some floral hop and earthy flavours, mild bitterness throughout, finishes clean. Medium carbonation, medium body, OK mouthfeel. Quite the average beer, while its not bad I find myself very indifferent to this, I could drink this again if it was offered to me though.
08-09-2012 13:06:25 | More by peensteen
2.93/5 rDev -7%
A - poured a clear copper, short head dissipated quickly, basically no lacing
S - a mix of sweet and bready malts, subtle earthy notes, but not much else
T - mostly buttery bread flavour mixed with a little sweetness, there is a slight touch of earthy hop bitterness, not bad but not what I expected going in
M - mostly full carbonation feel up front, but as that fades there's not much left, maybe a little dryness
D - a very average drink, seems to be a more all purpose offering in terms of light flavour and carbonation, goes down easy but not sure i would invest more time that one
08-05-2010 01:06:22 | More by joemcgrath27
3/5 rDev -4.8%
One of four selections in the Granville Winter Mingler 12 pack.
Light brown to amber color, off white tan head. Not much foam, quickly disappears, leaving just a thin ring. Very light aroma of malt caramel and some hop bitterness - too light, was expecting more. Taste is similar with light malt and some bitterness to finish. Average, and kind of unexciting, and left an almost metallic aftertaste.
01-19-2005 05:29:49 | More by BigBry
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
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