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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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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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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
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-09-2014 02:26:45 | More by boszormeny
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

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
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev +9.8%

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a clear copper with a thin off-white head, head reduced to surface bubbles, minimal lacing.

S - Caramel, biscuit, some vanilla, earthy.

T - Light caramel sweetness, hint of butter, hint of spice, mild bitterness. Balance is on the malty side.

M - Medium-light carbonation, medium body, some creaminess, clean finish.

O - The mouthfeel really helps carry this beer. The flavour is light but I found nothing offensive about this one.

07-09-2013 02:24:07 | More by decimator
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +9.5%

It poured a lovely clear coppery brown color with a thin but creamy and lasting head.

Obvious malty nose with a good dose of caramel and a light hops. Maybe a bit low on the hops aroma. It loses some score for the style, strictly speaking.

The flavour is a light caramel malt up front with a definite (but not overbearing) hop bitterness in the end. The middle is a tad light and somewhat hollow. A light citrusy overall character builds over time.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, easy drinking. Just what I'd expect.

It's a bit more malty and less hoppy than I'd expect from a pale ale. I'm noticing that Granville Island does that with quite a few of its ales. I think that might be one reason I really like GI...

08-25-2003 05:56:48 | More by Garin
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GClarkage

California

3.45/5  rDev +9.5%

03/02/06- Purchased at Ric's Grill in Kelowna, B.C.

Presentation- Served in a pils like glass. 18oz I believe. From the tap.

Appearance- Light copper colored pour. Creamy looking bright white head about 2 fingers. Very light lacing if any at all. Color looks as if it will be a tad watery.

Smell- Heavy mid range malted scent. Mild hops as well. Smells a tad mass produced. Nothing special.

Taste- First sip is fairly watery, but afterwards the carbonation kicks in. Good sweet malt background. Nice caramel flavor. Hops are there, but fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel- As said before, light carbonation as first (almost cask like), but soon perks up to be a middle of the road bubbled brew.

Drinkability- Tastes pretty decent and is pretty easy to drink. About what I expected though. Middle of the road.

03-03-2006 17:36:22 | More by GClarkage
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.