English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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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
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
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
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
3.08/5 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
2.1/5 rDev -33.3%
Pours clear dark amber red with next to no head, just a ring to show. Unremarkable.
Don't like the smell. Comes across as an industrial brew, nothing inviting about it. Taste is pretty much absent. Mouth feel is slightly spritzy and metallic. Unpleasant tinny, bitter finish.
Not much pale ale about this at all. A poor effort. Macro-style.
08-14-2012 00:06:39 | More by TerryW
2.98/5 rDev -5.4%
Beer is a auburn brown in colour, with slight lacing.
Smell is of light malts, a light fruitiness.
This has a flavour of light caramelized malts, quite light on the palate, slightly watery. Refreshing flavour but could be more interesting, bit of fruitiness as well. Mouthfeel felt a bit lacking, flavour was alright and drinkable, but didn't really showcase itself as anything special.
07-24-2012 01:34:43 | More by mick303
3.43/5 rDev +8.9%
On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo. Brought in to Ontario through Creemore (Molson). Remember having this ages back at the brewery - I wonder how well it's held up.
Poured into a Fullers conical glass, which was amusing considering that when all was said and done I felt this tasted much more like an English pale. Deep amber-copper, clear, nice head, sheets of lacing. Good looking brew.
Nose is caramel malt, bit of chemical, nothing fantastic.
A safe pale ale, malt heavy, a bit of earthy hops to the finish. Mild chemical/metal taste as well. Can't see the APA.
Creamy, good carb, decent feel.
Decent pale ale, probably tastes better on site - but then again, what wouldn't?
07-18-2011 19:25:58 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.23/5 rDev +2.5%
341 mL bottle pulled from a six-pack bought at the LCBO. No packaging date apparent, but this hasn't been in the store very long - so even considering the shipping distance, I doubt it's past its prime.
Pours a translucent amber-copper colour, topped with nearly a finger of frothy, off-white head. Retention is weak; the head is gone before a minute has passed, leaving only an uneven, soapy cap behind on the surface. Decent aroma that leans toward the malty side; bready malts, toffee and nuts are dominant, with some fruity esters rounding out the nose. A little buttery.
So far this reminds me more of an English-style pale ale, and the taste seems to confirm it. Lightly toasted, bready malt backbone, with hints of caramel. A very mild, buttery, nutty flavour. The hops are not the center of attention here but they do come forward in the finish, providing flavours that range from an earthy, leafy bitterness to a slightly citrusy one. Malty, minerally, slightly dry aftertaste that doesn't linger long. On the heavier side of thin-bodied, with mild carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. A little watery, but enjoyable enough.
Final Grade: 3.23, about a C+. A decent Canadian interpretation of English pub fare. I'd drink this again if offered, but it's not something most beer geeks are going to want to seek out. Give this a try if it piques your interest, but if you're looking for a quality EPA you're better off trying something from across the pond. I'd be happy to re-review this if I ever find myself in BC, where it's more likely to be fresh.
Update: Retried this on 8/19/2012 (via Molson's hand-picked 6 sampler pack), and was a bit less impressed than last time so I lowered the score a bit. The aroma is a bit bland, and the mouthfeel is less creamy/more watery than I remember. Not planning to revisit this one unless I happen upon a tap somewhere; English or American, it's a pretty mediocre pale ale either way.
03-17-2012 22:56:03 | More by thehyperduck
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
2.13/5 rDev -32.4%
A - Pours samber-golden, bit of head, which dissipates fast. Loaded with carbonation.
S - Amber malts, caramel, and honey. Good for a Pale Ale, but almost resembles an amber or a lager minus the amber malts.
T - Honey and caramel, lots of earthy hops (relative of saaz I'd guess).
M - Awful. Bitter and too sweet.
D - Couldn't finish. Taste and mouthfeel leave more to be desired.
06-28-2008 03:52:33 | More by MisterClean
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
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