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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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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This review was done from a bottle so take it loosely.

A: Can't really say since I had it straight from the bottle but judging from online photos it seems to be a deep copper color.

S: I get caramel like malts and a nice biscuity quality as well. No hops present really.

T: Almost similar to a very malty amber ale. I really get almost no hops except for a very slight floral presence. Caramel and more biscuit malt than I would have expected. Bitterness is underwhelming. Rather nutty as well.

M: A touch too carbonated for my tastes. A bit of a thin body as well.

O: Not a bad beer but definitely not what I would call a pale ale. More like a ESB with hops and balance removed. Could be a good intro beer.

Haydn-Juby, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of peensteen
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale amber colour, one finger of off white head, light lace. Smell is malty and biscuity, grain and caramel with a little bit of earthy/floral hop character. Taste is malty, light caramel sweetness, some floral hop and earthy flavours, mild bitterness throughout, finishes clean. Medium carbonation, medium body, OK mouthfeel. Quite the average beer, while its not bad I find myself very indifferent to this, I could drink this again if it was offered to me though.

peensteen, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this for the first time a few weeks ago (First of any Granville beer). I found it on tap at a local bar and was pleasantly surprised. Poured nice with a copper color, with a sweet cirtusy taste. Well balanced. The bartender said they were trying hard to get some other Granville products in as this one was being well recieved by those who tried it

cfalovo97, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange amber color with OK head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, with a nice blend of sweet malt and light hoppy bitterness. This beer really does remind me somewhat of an English style pale ale. Flavors in this beer replicate the nose for the most part, though they're a bit lighter then I expected. Nothing is off in this beer, there just isn't much here. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery, but with the decent carbonation giving this beer a pleasant prickly on the tongue sensation. Drinkability is pretty good, but there's just not enough flavor to make me want to drink a lot of this.

Certainly not a drain pour, but in the world of craft beer these days, I doubt I'd ever want to try this again.

John_M, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of astout
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This used to be one of my go to beers before getting more heavily in to the craft scene. I had one for the first time in awhile last night that a buddy left at my house and remembered why i used to get it so often.

There's nothing really bad about this beer just relatively uninteresting, lightly hopped and decent dark malt make it easy to drink and inoffensive. More along the lines of an english pale i suppose than the APAs I've gotten used too but I can see where for someone going from BMC to this it would be a real notch up in the flavour and hop department.

I used to and can see myself again drinking this a fair amount, also it is pretty much everywhere in Vancouver so it's a virtual guarantee to be on tap next time I go to the bar to watch a Canucks game.

astout, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of bulldogops
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%

bulldogops, Aug 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of frontalot
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

frontalot, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale pours out of it's 341ml brown bottle with an okay off-white head, but that soon fades, leaving some slight lacing. This almost looks like cider at a quick glance. The aroma at first was quite enticing, sweet caramel, a bit of toasted malt, not quite what I was looking for in a pale. Yet going back shortly after I couldn't pick up anything at all. Flavour is quite bland, doesn't follow through with the caramel in the nose, and the hops are not very apparent either. Lack of taste aside it is quite drinkable, goes down nicely, and in that sense is a step up from a macro in my opinion. Not a big step up, mind you, but it'll do for now.

IronDjinn, Jun 28, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

RedAleMan, Jun 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

krome, Aug 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

napetry, Jun 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.