English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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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
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
2.73/5 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
3.18/5 rDev +1%
355ml can poured in mug.
Clear, copper-amber colour. Head 1/2 inch beige-orange. Head reduces quickly to a thin layer.
Aroma is sweet & a little fruity. Slightly malty with little hops in background.
Taste is sweet with roasted malts. Perhaps a little too sweet for a pale ale. Smooth. Has a mild bitter bite to the aftertaste that lingers for awhile.
Medium bodied mouthfeel that is well balanced.
This is easy drinking and mild in taste, but not what I usually expect from a pale ale. This isn't a bad beer, but it isn't great either. Another middle of the road beer for Granville Island.
06-22-2005 03:17:44 | More by Noxious26
3.16/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance: Half a finger of head, to lacing or retention, limited carbonation in the body. Clear brown caramel color.
Smell: Biscuity malt sweetness with caramel note and mineral undertones. Also touches of vanilla and even slight hazelnut. Warming helps it out quite a bit, but it's nothing to write home about.
Taste: A sweet caramel malt permeates the beer, it's almost a bit too much, it then turns to a slight acidic citrus note, and then takes another abrupt tone which is then accented by a touch of fairly generic hops.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation does help out the beer, and the malt aftertaste is nice, but in clings and comes across as sticky. The transitioning is a little awkward as well, and tastes like it has an identity crisis.
Drinkability: This beer isn't especially smooth to drink, but it does sit down well enough and I wouldn't say it's a struggle to get down. The problem is that it's all over the place.
Final Thoughts: This beer is far too sweet for a pale, ale and is lacking in hops. It's a little interesting, but it's all over the place, so I wouldn't want to drink it regularly. It's ok, but there are better offerings from Granville.
07-17-2013 03:54:24 | More by TheHammer
3.2/5 rDev +1.6%
355ml can sample poured into a pint glass.
Not a bad looking brew. Pours a coppery-red colour with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates quick. Mild carbonation. Smell is swwet, but not overly so. Very much an apple juice/apple cider type smell with a little pear and roasted malt for good measure. Not much in the way of a hop presence here I'm afraid, but still smells good.
Taste is inoffensive but a little bit boring in that respect. Not terrible though, the apple juice character remains, with a sugary caramel malt presence coming to the forefront, and a slight acidity on the tongue. Where oh where are the hops? This an incredibly easy-drinking ale, more fitting in the British style than the American, with a creamy, slightly watery mouthfeel. Really slides down like water. I usually prefer a heavier ale style, but I could easliy down pints of this on a night out.
09-23-2006 00:41:53 | More by trevorwideman
3.5/5 rDev +11.1%
Very nice looking dark amber with a thick white head.
Smells slightly nutty and malty, some caramel. Nothing really stands out here.
The taste is pretty much the same, nutty, caramel malts, nothing to really write home about.
More like a nut brown ale than a pale ale, needs more hops. Nonetheless not a bad beer, but not something I would buy again.
07-23-2011 23:30:52 | More by GodOfBeer
3.13/5 rDev -0.6%
Clear amber/copper appearance with thick white head that sticks around for a while. Smell is mostly of bread, hops and caramel.
Taste is mainly made up of bread and caramel malt, has a hint of grain and sweetness as well. Thin, but buttery, body with moderate carbonation. Strange combination. Aftertaste is bitter.
Overall, not a bad beer. It is drinkable and refreshing, but the body is to light. Kind of waters down the rest of the taste. Still, worth a try.
03-08-2011 04:25:10 | More by CrazyMike
2.8/5 rDev -11.1%
Pours a rusty amber tone with a definite brown tone. A sizeable, frothy tan head burns off quickly leaving no lace behind before settling as a thin film and collar.
Smells of nuts and fresh grains, with mild butter, alcohol and ripened fruit notes taking shape as it warms.
Tastes of buttery toffee before a solid nuttiness takes over. Very sweet in the finish with an odd, cloying metallic tinge to it.
Very thin and watery overall. Slightly yeasty, creamy feeling on the tongue comes from a light carbonation and long-lasting collar. Oddly sour sensation in the aftertaste.
A thoroughly unimpressive beer that meanders somewhere between a brown ale, an amber and an American pale ale. The metallic/sour finish and aftertaste are enough to keep me from buying it again.
08-22-2011 16:58:29 | More by bryehn
3.7/5 rDev +17.5%
Alright, I've had this beer a few times now, and it seems like every time I do, I'm getting something completely different. So, I figured now that I seem to have a better idea of what this beer really is, I should come back and do a proper review for it.
341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.
A - Rather aggressive pour yields a fizzy, light-tan head that's just under one finger and fizzles out fast. Darkish amber-orange in hue, and looks pretty good.
S - A wealth of different warm malt aromas upfront, with a slightly citrusy hops scent looming in the background. It's got a really nice caramel malt thing going on, with some bready and buttery malt complimenting it perfectly.
T - There are times when I've had this beer and it's tasted like a malty masterpiece, and others when it's had a delicious kick of hops in it. This time, it tastes like almost nothing. Is it just this well balanced? This has got to be one the most inconsistent beers I've tried in my lifetime, yet I seem to keep coming back for more. Although it doesn't taste like a lot this time around, there are times when it has an absolute barrage of tasty malt flavors. The warm, bread & butter malt is still present, as is the caramel malt, but it's not as well defined as it can be. As an extension of this, I detect almost zero hops in the finish, despite having a well-hopped bottle of this just last week...
M - Medium carbonation, with medium-to-light body. Nothing exceptional, but fitting. Really easy to drink. Sort of leaves a buttery feel in your mouth afterwards.
D - I really don't know what to make of this beer still. Although it seems to possess a really inconsistent quality from bottle-to-bottle, I still enjoy it every time. It really tastes incredibly simple, without much complexities at all, but something about the malty flavor just appeals to me so much.
08-13-2011 07:25:13 | More by Converge
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.