English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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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
3.61/5 rDev +14.6%
Appearance- Pours a light copper brown with a 1/4 finger of bubbly head.
Smell- Caramalts, hint of vanilla, light earthy hops.
Taste- Caramalts, light earthy hops, and a touch of butteriness.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Pleasant smoothness to the body.
Overall- A fairly tasty pale ale by Granville with a good caramalt backbone. This brew has some characteristics that lean towards the EPA classification rather than an APA.
05-04-2013 03:47:03 | More by leaddog
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
2.85/5 rDev -9.5%
Had this at Joe Forte's Restaurant on a recent trip to Vancouver. Poured copper with two fingers of offwhite head and great lacing. Decent amount of biscuit and malt in the nose, but not much else. The taste revealed biscuit toast and walnut, but not much fruitiness or hoppiness. Not much of a finish either. Not much carbonation in the feel, but it was smooth, and the nice head retention added a subtle creaminess to it. Decent session beer, but definitely needs a more robust flavor profile.
07-13-2010 21:47:15 | More by donniecuffs
3.43/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours an amber color. Clear. No carbonation rising. Small white head that is creamy. Good lacing.
Aroma is sweet, malts, yeast.
Taste is crisp, light hops, bready and sweet. Somewhat bland.
Mouthfeel is light/medium. Smooth and creamy and cleansing.
Overall, a decent brew. Somewhat lacking in flavor, but very sessionable.
05-27-2012 21:37:33 | More by atigerlife
3.31/5 rDev +5.1%
473 ml can from LCBO purchased for $2.85 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.
Appearance - Clear, copper/red color, 2.5 fingers of creamy white head with big time retention. Tons of bubbles present as well. Prominent lacing streaks on the glass.
Smell - Bready, with light grassy and grainy aromas mixed in as well. Everything is mild and subdues. Also detected the faintest whiff of fall fruits such as apple and pear.
Taste - Mild, light sprinkling of aforementioned apple and pear as well as grains. Low hop presence and malts aren't really noticeable either. A little bit of sweetness up front and a very mild and understated aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - High carbonation makes it a bit gassy, but feel and flavor as well as thick feel for 5% ABV. Not watery and not chewy or thick but good amount of fullness, i.e. you know you're drinking a beer with some substance.
Overall - Not a bad beer, definitely drinkable and enjoyable would not turn it down if offered, however for the price better beers in the style are usually available. Overall a little better than expected and good drinkability.
10-27-2013 03:22:11 | More by DenisKolkin
2.68/5 rDev -14.9%
Pours a rich clear caramel amber topped by a lively head that laces well.
The aroma is caramel and a tinge of halitosis.
The taste is mostly minerally carbonation with light caramel malt. Not overly pleasant peaty, earthy yeastiness in the finish
Light body. Like it's watered down. Meh.
This is a beer that just is. There isn't a single way in which it stands out.
07-14-2011 01:22:47 | More by MeisterBurger
2.73/5 rDev -13.3%
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!
09-12-2013 15:07:55 | More by JMScowcroft
2.73/5 rDev -13.3%
Probably the weakest beer in their mix pack, this pale ale has no hops whatsoever. Pours a clear caramel colour with one fingers worth of head that barely lasts. Smells of sweet malts, biscuits, and cinnamon. Tastes more biscuit than the smell. Medium body mouthfeel and kind of dry in the finish. A beer I will not be seeking a sixer of, but if they served it at the bar, I'd drink it.
03-31-2013 19:15:50 | More by slitherySOB
3.5/5 rDev +11.1%
This seems to be the beer of choice at many restaurants and bars in Vancouver. I tried it on tap at several and found it to be a solid but unexciting selection. It has a slightly fruity taste with enough hops to keep things interesting: a middle of the road pale ale to be sure. On this bright side, it would probably make a good crossover beer for friends looking to move into better beers from macros.
08-08-2004 06:32:10 | More by mickeymac
2.48/5 rDev -21.3%
Had this at the hotyel bar on a recent business trip to Vancouver.
A-Dark amber, clear. Thick foamy head with very good retention and great lace. A very attractive glass of beer
S-Caramel malt biascuit malt, no hops to speak of on the nose. very mild aroma overall.
T-Carmel malt, biscuit malt, toffee, a hint of coffee. Very malty character. This part was not bad. However, the floral and earthy hop that follow have an odd funky off taste along with them. This off taste continues to linger for quite a long time. There is not the tradition mild hop bite and bitterness expected with an APA.
M-medium body. Smooth but prickly carbonation another dicotomy.
D-I couldn't drink another.
07-28-2007 16:52:38 | More by jackorain
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.