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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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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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ghisty

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.31/5  rDev +5.1%

appearance: pours somewhat foamy, and a deeper orange than i expected for the style,
being an ale i expected some color but this was a little deeper than i figured for.

smell: had a smooth malty smell. big notes of toasted grain. not overpowering. nice nose.

taste: crisp, and not hoppy really at all, almost zero dryness factor, an ale by definition
i was impressed by this beer. goes down nicely , reminded me of labatt blue but with double the malt and less corn. tasted like an ale should taste, but didnt linger around
which makes drinking more of it easy. the food pairings for this (as stated on the box) are grilled meat (which is pretty vague). but it mentions a carmel flavour, which i failed to find as anything worth mention. that charectaristic would be subtle, at best.

mouthfeel:
not sharp at all, still somewhat carbbed, compared to a more classic ale style.
but sort of slick and smooth , with a small zip of the malt and the grain mixing.

overall:
i didnt know what to expect, and having bought a 6pack, i was hoping it was decent.
this doesnt exactly seem to be a PALE ale as they state ..it seems more to me like a slightly creamy amber..but without the typical hops of most ambers.
and heavy on the malts and grains. i was initially impressed by this beer, but the more i drank of it the more it became just a slightly above average craft beer .
I dont have anything really bad to say, because it is good. but it leaves a little bit to the imagination, but that can make for an awesome session brew.
if ale is your thing, and you like it west coast local. give it a shot.
not something id buy frequently, but i can see a specific type of beer fan loving it.

05-03-2013 22:54:55 | More by ghisty
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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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +27%

03-12-2013 01:37:53 | More by RefillMyglass
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sbarre

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +19%

03-05-2013 11:45:36 | More by sbarre
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

03-01-2013 01:05:41 | More by Cramshawbar
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-14-2013 19:03:36 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

02-14-2013 12:33:04 | More by DaPan
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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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twelveinches

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

01-26-2013 01:12:59 | More by BeerClubNiagara
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

01-20-2013 21:47:22 | More by kjyost
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logicpositive

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +19%

01-05-2013 04:04:02 | More by logicpositive
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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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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-09-2012 03:04:02 | More by 4ster
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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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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +4.1%

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

11-23-2012 01:24:11 | More by cfalovo97
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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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jrempel

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +19%

10-14-2012 00:54:26 | More by jrempel
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ChuckGnarly

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

10-13-2012 02:56:12 | More by ChuckGnarly
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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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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

09-17-2012 04:07:48 | More by WeissBoy
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BierStein711

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -5.4%

You don't need to have this beer.

What you have here is a silly attempt at an APA, but there is not enough hop.

Amber in color, off white head that lasts for a minute.

Smells of carmel malt

Tastes like stale biscuits.

Not a beer worth your time as it is very watery.

Overall, don't seek out this beer. Have Rickyard's Blonde

09-09-2012 05:55:48 | More by BierStein711
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.