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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
okay

174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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astout

British Columbia (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 21:32:23 | More by astout
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-18-2014 18:01:38 | More by Griffith
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frontalot

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-16-2014 07:12:17 | More by frontalot
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 16:13:09 | More by IronDjinn
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-02-2012 21:59:18 | More by RedAleMan
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DreamDeath

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-18-2014 06:24:41 | More by DreamDeath
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-29-2014 02:10:13 | More by drdiesel9483
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krome

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-05-2013 13:48:59 | More by krome
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napetry

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-17-2013 01:19:05 | More by napetry
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-02-2012 00:10:15 | More by Rlombardi75
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nygannon

California

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

10-05-2013 04:57:14 | More by nygannon
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prisdefer

New York

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-27-2012 18:04:45 | More by prisdefer
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SpongeRuiner

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-30-2013 17:46:48 | More by SpongeRuiner
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-09-2013 11:34:40 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Cycle69

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-15-2014 04:56:53 | More by Cycle69
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Gww1864

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-01-2012 18:19:12 | More by Gww1864
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Wingshotpigs

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-28-2014 04:30:02 | More by Wingshotpigs
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ScottWestmaas

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-18-2012 02:39:34 | More by ScottWestmaas
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-13-2012 00:42:09 | More by Vyronian
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stevergca

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-12-2014 20:35:00 | More by stevergca
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scameron

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-20-2014 05:33:29 | More by scameron
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-09-2012 03:04:02 | More by 4ster
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-29-2013 01:51:10 | More by GoHabsGo
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle pulled from a six-pack bought at the LCBO. No packaging date apparent, but this hasn't been in the store very long - so even considering the shipping distance, I doubt it's past its prime.

Pours a translucent amber-copper colour, topped with nearly a finger of frothy, off-white head. Retention is weak; the head is gone before a minute has passed, leaving only an uneven, soapy cap behind on the surface. Decent aroma that leans toward the malty side; bready malts, toffee and nuts are dominant, with some fruity esters rounding out the nose. A little buttery.

So far this reminds me more of an English-style pale ale, and the taste seems to confirm it. Lightly toasted, bready malt backbone, with hints of caramel. A very mild, buttery, nutty flavour. The hops are not the center of attention here but they do come forward in the finish, providing flavours that range from an earthy, leafy bitterness to a slightly citrusy one. Malty, minerally, slightly dry aftertaste that doesn't linger long. On the heavier side of thin-bodied, with mild carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. A little watery, but enjoyable enough.

Final Grade: 3.23, about a C+. A decent Canadian interpretation of English pub fare. I'd drink this again if offered, but it's not something most beer geeks are going to want to seek out. Give this a try if it piques your interest, but if you're looking for a quality EPA you're better off trying something from across the pond. I'd be happy to re-review this if I ever find myself in BC, where it's more likely to be fresh.

Update: Retried this on 8/19/2012 (via Molson's hand-picked 6 sampler pack), and was a bit less impressed than last time so I lowered the score a bit. The aroma is a bit bland, and the mouthfeel is less creamy/more watery than I remember. Not planning to revisit this one unless I happen upon a tap somewhere; English or American, it's a pretty mediocre pale ale either way.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 22:56:03 | More by thehyperduck
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass nov4 2009

A clear copper with a fast falling thumbs width of head that leaves no lace

S not a whole lot, some toffee and malt

T slightly more then the smell, with a little biscuit and the sweetness is a little more pronounced

M turns to air in my mouth a little too much carbonation

D not a bad beer but I'm just not sold on it

I'm thinking Granville Island has taken a bit of a dive in recent years, this mixer pack didn't live up to my expectations

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 08:21:11 | More by wordemupg
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.