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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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BA SCORE
73
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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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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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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -11.1%

A: Pale, yup. Overly carbonated, head retention is poor.

S: Sweet malts, slight dry hoppy aroma, floral if anything.

T: Malts. No hop nose or middle body.

M: smooth on the palate but generally agreeable because it doesnt have much going on for it other than simplicity.

D: Very drinkable, but you dont sit and ponder.

07-03-2011 06:08:53 | More by BasementBer
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

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
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -11.7%

473 mL Can, in the hotel room, Toronto.
A - foamy head dissipates quickly, orange bronze color.
S - a little bit of malt sweetness
T - sweet, malty, a little watery, hits of pepper. sweetness not balanced by hops
M - a little watery, good fizz on the tongue.
O - Overall, I'm not impressed by the beer options here in Ontario. Drinkable compared to the fizzy yellow stuff, but nothing I would seek out.

05-12-2013 17:35:37 | More by greenengineer
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

11-09-2013 23:51:29 | More by Erik-P
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

09-17-2012 04:07:48 | More by WeissBoy
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

10-20-2012 18:25:06 | More by bigox420
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

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
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santa109

Quebec (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -13.3%

Served at 45 degrees. Received as part of CanBIF4 courtesy of seldomseen.

A: Poured an amberish copper into a pint with about a finger of creme colored head. The heads diminishes quickly to a thick ring around the glass. This beer seems to be all show and no go.

S: Nothing spectacular, very mild in all departments. A bit of malt but even then it's very faint. There's an underlying sweetness that I can't put a word on.

T: A little bit of biscuit malts, again, very faint. The same general feeling of sweetness is present and as much as I'd like to find some traces of hops in there, I just can't.

M: On the thin side, very smooth with only a small amount of carbonation which gives it a bit of a creamy mouthfeel despite the thinness.

D: Generally, bland beers have great drinkability due to their resemblance to water but the weird sweetness of this one annoys me at each sip.

Overall, reminds me more of a bland amber than an APA. This one was a little disappointing.

08-26-2008 01:48:28 | More by santa109
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

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
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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
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Brianhophead

Alberta (Canada)

2.69/5  rDev -14.6%

A - English Bay is deep copper in color with sort of ruddy highlights. Head is packes and cream colored with decent retention.

S - Aroma is malty up front with deep notes of brown sugar. Center has some barely discernable notes of fruit esters. There's just a tiny bit of fruit and leather. Sweet center fades into a finish that just drops into nowhere.

T - English Bay starts off sweetly malty, tasting more like brown sugar than caramel malts. The center gives more of the same brown sugar with hints of molasses. These flavors lead into a finish with barely any hop presence.

O - Overall English bay is straightforward in a way that goes beyond just being liniear. It's basic and doesn't really have a lot to offer.

10-08-2013 18:46:29 | More by Brianhophead
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

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
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

04-05-2013 01:20:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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sirsteve42

New York

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

02-05-2014 01:42:25 | More by sirsteve42
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thefullpython


2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-15-2012 20:29:37 | More by thefullpython
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

01-22-2012 00:55:57 | More by cbnz
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MikeH210

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-17-2012 23:51:52 | More by MikeH210
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twelveinches

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

02-08-2013 06:57:43 | More by twelveinches
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JG_McNaulty

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

08-28-2013 00:52:04 | More by JG_McNaulty
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -21.3%

Huge foamy pour, maple syrup colour beer. Beery and not hoppy aroma, but initial taste is hoppy grapefruit Then the malts take over. Moderate carbonation, and medium to light mouthfeel. Quaffable but not a good example of a pale. Thanks Mark for bringing back.

05-13-2005 21:37:54 | More by Sammy
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -21.3%

This began with a big, foamy, tan head that evidenced decent retention. The color was a medium amber. The nose was lightly sweet without much to remark on. The mouthfeel was thin with a mild sweetness on the tongue. The finish had a slight sourness, or as one of our group remarked, a kind of watery malt vinegar taste. I have had MUCH better from G'ville Island.

05-03-2008 03:53:10 | More by woodychandler
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

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
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

04-04-2013 00:19:25 | More by ThinkAgain
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prosper

Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

this stuff is ubiquitous throughout the lower mainlaind. I've had it before, and remember that I wasn't impressed, so haven't ordered it. I decided to try it again today, and again - not impressed. It's downright boring. An ale, designed to compete in a field characterized as 'boring,' to sell alongside the light lagers and such.

it's a penny-coloured ale, with a decent white head, and virtually no aroma. What is there reminds me of pool water - a slight chlorine-ish whiff, and some grainy grass. Flavour is not much different - clean and unexciting. Some caramel and slight raisin-y malt, but not too much. Very light bittering, and no hop flavour or aroma. Very light, spritzy body with a lot of carbonation.

I'll take a pass on this next time. Uninteresting, boring - take the opportunity to try whatever else is available.

09-18-2009 04:55:57 | More by prosper
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.