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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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182 Ratings
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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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Vancer

Illinois

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
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

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
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beerguy101

California

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
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-12-2012 19:58:47 | More by Rutager
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

04-24-2012 02:05:38 | More by schopenhauerale
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

02-14-2013 12:33:04 | More by DaPan
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-11-2012 02:03:22 | More by bumchilly25
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

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
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

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
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -36.5%

07-20-2014 15:56:40 | More by Howlader
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3/5  rDev -4.8%

09-20-2013 17:48:28 | More by Kopfschuss
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krome

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-05-2013 13:48:59 | More by krome
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

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
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +19%

05-11-2012 07:13:54 | More by schnarr84
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -3.8%

Came to the table with an amber color and a one plus finger white head. The aroma is more malt forward than I would have expected, and there is hop bitterness, but it does not stand out.

The taste is just like the aroma. A little too sweet and malt forward for an APA.

Medium bodied, average carbonation, has decent drinkability, but no outstanding characteristics. I am glad I tried this while in Vancouver. Now back to more Red Racer IPA.

06-28-2011 22:25:30 | More by hardy008
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -7.9%

Thanks to my uncle who came to visit us from B.C. and brought me a couple of these. Had this with my supper last night, hamburgers & fries.

Poured from a 355ml. can.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange-amber body with a slight chilly haze and a decent 2-3 finger head that disappears a little too quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: Some hops but the malt wins out in the aroma that is a bit faint. Has a dry touch to it.

Taste: At first nothing but a slight tinge of bitterness. Opens up a little with a bit of caramel. Has a grainy touch and a certain off flavor that i can't put my finger on. This is much more malt-driven than hops powered. Still, the taste does not last long and is a bit boring.

Mouthfeel: Marginally better if only because it has good carbonation. Otherwise, the body is weak & a tad watery for my taste.

Drinakbility: So-so. It's strictly average and it wouldn't be my go-to beer.

Overall: I'm slamming it a little on the taste because it advertises itself as a "classic West Coast pale ale" which it most definitely isn't. Not bad or offensive but certainly nothing memorable.

01-07-2010 13:24:52 | More by papat444
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -10.2%

Drinkability is this beer's strong point. Nothing particularly off about this brew, but definitely light in all respects. Clear copper with medium head. Sweet, caramelly aromas and grainy flavour with notes of toastedness. Some hops there in flavour and bitterness along with noticeable alcohol. Light bodied, low in carbonation and low in flavour makes for a session-type brew.

09-01-2006 06:29:26 | More by allergictomacros
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

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
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-30-2013 04:45:24 | More by jrohrbacher
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-23-2013 23:39:20 | More by SebD
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-09-2013 11:34:40 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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patre_tim

China

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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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

03-12-2012 01:35:41 | More by chickenm
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.