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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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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +15.2%

A mid-range English styled Pale Ale from one of the region's top selling craft brewer. Widely available in traditional 341ml (12oz) bottles and on draught. The English Bay Pale Ale is mild tasting, features a light golden color, and gives off a moderate amount of aroma after pouring. Head is pretty consistent as is the lacing of the glass afterward.

Extremely easy on the palette with both a smooth and mellow flavor with hints of carmel behind a draping of malt and limited hopiness.

While it lacks the real character that I'm searching for when tackling a Pale Ale, it works particularly well as a general ale for parties with friends and family.

12-27-2002 20:24:37 | More by 49degrees
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

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
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Gtheroux

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +14.3%

Pour was great with it's copper look and nice head, but little lacing..

I've drank alot of Granville island beers and they use a certain malt or hop that give a sweet smell and taste... There are caramel or toffee flavors?? ... It's really present in there winter ale... Love the sweetness.

Taste is one of a kind, therefore it's gets above aveage rating here... Sweet malts that I can't taste anywhere else outside of granville.. With little to no hop flavor for a pale ale... I can't help but sometimes just crave the sweetness this beer has to offer.

To much carbonation for a sweet beer..

Easy to drink when reading beer reviews, a book, playing xbox, ect... There is no need to sit down and search for complexitys.. Great easy to drink beer

01-09-2011 21:23:03 | More by Gtheroux
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niangelo

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +13.7%

Poured from a bottle with pretty Vancouver artwork. Poured a slighty cloudy orangesque coloured haze with a fluffy white top. Smells of malt, dryness.

A definite caramel flavour here - not usual for a pale ale, and an enjoyable surprise. This drink dries out at the finish and a touch of bitter, but an overall malt feel that's a bit much for a pale. Not too bad overall though.

03-14-2006 14:51:58 | More by niangelo
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TheLiterati

California

3.58/5  rDev +13.7%

Nice, deep coppery amber color, fluffy white head. Aroma was pleasant, though a bit light for this style, with essences of caramel and fruit.

Cool, smooth mouthfeel – taste was almost “buttery” – sweet and smooth, with a bubbly, almost sparkling texture, which was refreshing on the unseasonably warm day I visited.

Overall, a pleasant enough pale ale, though not the best I’ve had. Still, I’d say the consistency of this composition is a positive attribute that works in its favor.

10-17-2004 20:11:38 | More by TheLiterati
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured from the bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Light toffee brown body, and dark caramel color. Clear. Thin head of aboout two fingers and tan in color. Not much retention.

Sticky malts and light toffee smells. A hint of cinnamon also.

Palate comes with matching nose, cinnamon sweet and sticky caramel flavors. Slightly dry, with a simple malt backbone. Some decent carbonation and thickness. There's not much hop character to this though.

Overall a rather simple and decent brew, but not much going on either.

09-29-2012 20:38:38 | More by smakawhat
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +12.7%

I'm happy to report that English Bay Pale Ale isn't actually all that pale after all. It is a deep copper-brown that even to the light, where it becomes illuminated and its clarity is properly showcased and its bubbles are put on prominent display, does it maintain its tenebrous and heavy-set complexion. Its surface adorns but a thin string of white lace; too bad, more head would definitely have completed the picture.

A clean and relatively unexciting malt bill allows the house-character of this brewery's yeast to really come through. As with their Gastown Amber, I note a light fruity tinge as well as generous hints of caramel. But don't mistake unexciting for unsatisfactory; this aroma is plenty pleasing with its toasty, sweet and generous imprints of malt.

English Bay has that real biscuity, doughie, almost cookie-like taste that I love about pale ales. Unlike most products on the shelves this clearly has no adjuncts - how else could such a clean and authentically malty flavour survive? It does indeed taste like cookies, ones infused with toffee and maybe a pinch of cinnamon. It's got me eying the bag of oatmeal-raisin clusters that just so happened to be on my desk...

And what a good thing they were! Not that this beer needed any food to accompany it, it would make a most wonderful session ale to be sure, but it does confirm two things: this beer can be paired with food, sweets in specific; and, it is mighty refreshing. The carbonation is set a little low which not only gives it a more traditional, certified English character but also further enables you to make very short work of it.

So much so that this bottle had nearly all but disappeared before I could even finish writing the review. Yep, I'll tell you, my encounter with the English Bay Pale Ale was not by any means a long-drawn out affair. Between that fact, and the one that says I badly wish I had another bottle, you have yourself the signs of a really well made pale ale. So, if it is one you have at your disposal, I recommend trying it - and be sure to buy more than just one.

07-25-2009 18:38:35 | More by biegaman
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-13-2013 06:43:06 | More by cam477
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-26-2013 00:16:07 | More by MJ63
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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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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-29-2012 00:05:52 | More by sansho
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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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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

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
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chadmbogo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-02-2013 13:55:56 | More by chadmbogo
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Jediknight362

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-11-2013 04:10:00 | More by Jediknight362
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DbbC

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-16-2013 01:59:42 | More by DbbC
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-22-2012 15:53:20 | More by Coastal_Brew
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307x

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-16-2013 16:37:22 | More by 307x
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-11-2013 21:19:10 | More by yancot
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pharmerdoc

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-18-2014 03:50:48 | More by pharmerdoc
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Pint at Cat's Social House on Granville Island. From notes.

A - Poured amber with one finger of white head. No visible carbonation, no lace, film of retention.

S - Earthy, citrusy, caramel, minerallly.

T - Minerally again with earthy hops, caramel, and honey.

M - Gentle carbonation, medium body, honey in the finish.

O/D - Average. Interesting and OK for the style. Easty drinking, but not exciting. Better than I expected.

02-14-2012 23:02:50 | More by tbeckett
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mickeymac

California

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
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phys1028

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-05-2014 04:07:00 | More by phys1028
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-29-2012 02:16:38 | More by KalanM
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59rockabilly

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-06-2012 04:54:04 | More by 59rockabilly
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.