English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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1.1/5 rDev -65.1%
Got this on tap at a local bar. The aroma has very over powering caramel smell. I could not detect any malt or hops through the caramel. The taste has the same overpowering taste of caramel. Aftertaste lingered forever and I found it very unpleasant. This is not a Pale Ale. After a couple a sips, I could not drink anymore. One of the worst beers I have every tried.
07-21-2014 03:08:52 | More by Trillium
British Columbia (Canada)
2.08/5 rDev -34%
Also came in the 12 pk variety,otherwise i would'nt of tryed it.
Pours a copper-amber color with a small tan bubbly head with little retention and minimal lacing.
The nose is of malts,lite toffee,mild coffee with a sweetness in the air in there somwhere.
Taste is a little sweet with molasses coming thru and the malts and some stale something in there that lingers with you all the way thru this beer.
Got a creamy mouth which is medium to full body but at the same time kinda watery.
Not really my kind,and that stale taste really hits hard once it warms...not to my liking.
09-23-2007 18:59:19 | More by GrimmReaper
2.08/5 rDev -34%
Thanks to woodychandler for the tasting.
Poured a semi-dark amber color, with little head. Smelled a wee bit malty, but with another aroma that I just couldn't place. Several days later, I can still smell it, but still cannot describe it. Thin in the mouth, with a taste matching the unknown aroma. Seemed watery, with little flavor other than the mystery one. I wish I had more to say about this beer, but the fact is, I can't describe it, and I really didn't like it.
09-13-2007 01:06:45 | More by imasickboy
2.1/5 rDev -33.3%
Pours clear dark amber red with next to no head, just a ring to show. Unremarkable.
Don't like the smell. Comes across as an industrial brew, nothing inviting about it. Taste is pretty much absent. Mouth feel is slightly spritzy and metallic. Unpleasant tinny, bitter finish.
Not much pale ale about this at all. A poor effort. Macro-style.
08-14-2012 00:06:39 | More by TerryW
2.13/5 rDev -32.4%
A - Pours samber-golden, bit of head, which dissipates fast. Loaded with carbonation.
S - Amber malts, caramel, and honey. Good for a Pale Ale, but almost resembles an amber or a lager minus the amber malts.
T - Honey and caramel, lots of earthy hops (relative of saaz I'd guess).
M - Awful. Bitter and too sweet.
D - Couldn't finish. Taste and mouthfeel leave more to be desired.
06-28-2008 03:52:33 | More by MisterClean
2.25/5 rDev -28.6%
this stuff is ubiquitous throughout the lower mainlaind. I've had it before, and remember that I wasn't impressed, so haven't ordered it. I decided to try it again today, and again - not impressed. It's downright boring. An ale, designed to compete in a field characterized as 'boring,' to sell alongside the light lagers and such.
it's a penny-coloured ale, with a decent white head, and virtually no aroma. What is there reminds me of pool water - a slight chlorine-ish whiff, and some grainy grass. Flavour is not much different - clean and unexciting. Some caramel and slight raisin-y malt, but not too much. Very light bittering, and no hop flavour or aroma. Very light, spritzy body with a lot of carbonation.
I'll take a pass on this next time. Uninteresting, boring - take the opportunity to try whatever else is available.
09-18-2009 04:55:57 | More by prosper
2.48/5 rDev -21.3%
Huge foamy pour, maple syrup colour beer. Beery and not hoppy aroma, but initial taste is hoppy grapefruit Then the malts take over. Moderate carbonation, and medium to light mouthfeel. Quaffable but not a good example of a pale. Thanks Mark for bringing back.
05-13-2005 21:37:54 | More by Sammy
2.48/5 rDev -21.3%
This began with a big, foamy, tan head that evidenced decent retention. The color was a medium amber. The nose was lightly sweet without much to remark on. The mouthfeel was thin with a mild sweetness on the tongue. The finish had a slight sourness, or as one of our group remarked, a kind of watery malt vinegar taste. I have had MUCH better from G'ville Island.
05-03-2008 03:53:10 | More by woodychandler
2.48/5 rDev -21.3%
Had this at the hotyel bar on a recent business trip to Vancouver.
A-Dark amber, clear. Thick foamy head with very good retention and great lace. A very attractive glass of beer
S-Caramel malt biascuit malt, no hops to speak of on the nose. very mild aroma overall.
T-Carmel malt, biscuit malt, toffee, a hint of coffee. Very malty character. This part was not bad. However, the floral and earthy hop that follow have an odd funky off taste along with them. This off taste continues to linger for quite a long time. There is not the tradition mild hop bite and bitterness expected with an APA.
M-medium body. Smooth but prickly carbonation another dicotomy.
D-I couldn't drink another.
07-28-2007 16:52:38 | More by jackorain
2.68/5 rDev -14.9%
Pours a rich clear caramel amber topped by a lively head that laces well.
The aroma is caramel and a tinge of halitosis.
The taste is mostly minerally carbonation with light caramel malt. Not overly pleasant peaty, earthy yeastiness in the finish
Light body. Like it's watered down. Meh.
This is a beer that just is. There isn't a single way in which it stands out.
07-14-2011 01:22:47 | More by MeisterBurger
2.69/5 rDev -14.6%
A - English Bay is deep copper in color with sort of ruddy highlights. Head is packes and cream colored with decent retention.
S - Aroma is malty up front with deep notes of brown sugar. Center has some barely discernable notes of fruit esters. There's just a tiny bit of fruit and leather. Sweet center fades into a finish that just drops into nowhere.
T - English Bay starts off sweetly malty, tasting more like brown sugar than caramel malts. The center gives more of the same brown sugar with hints of molasses. These flavors lead into a finish with barely any hop presence.
O - Overall English bay is straightforward in a way that goes beyond just being liniear. It's basic and doesn't really have a lot to offer.
10-08-2013 18:46:29 | More by Brianhophead
2.7/5 rDev -14.3%
12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$
Appearance - Clear copper colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.
Smell - Malts, caramel, grass
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste light hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some dark fruit notes and a bit of a grassiness. It ends with a caramel malt aftertaste.
Overall - American PA it is not... It's more along the lines of a ESB, and not a very good one at that. The taste is boring and it's a little too thin/watery. I wouldn't pick this one up again.
08-15-2012 23:48:19 | More by spinrsx
2.73/5 rDev -13.3%
Granville Island Brewery - English Bay Pale Ale, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.
Look - Pours a clear deep copper amber with a nice small foamy head that doesn't retain well and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.
Smell - Aroma is interesting, the malt is only faintly sweet or musty, the hops are a little subdued but fruity. Not like any other pale ale of any sub-category I've wanted to try. A bit off-putting but the makings are there.
Taste - Taste is flat and muted, everything is keyed way down, even the malt (which is a new one haha). Hops are virtually non-existent.
Mouthfeel - Rests like an apple cider, what the hell? Clingy and cloying. Easy to drink but not much of a pleasure.
Overall - This is probably the worst English style pale ale I have ever had. "West Coast Inspired" ummmm not in the least!
09-12-2013 15:07:55 | More by JMScowcroft
2.73/5 rDev -13.3%
Served at 45 degrees. Received as part of CanBIF4 courtesy of seldomseen.
A: Poured an amberish copper into a pint with about a finger of creme colored head. The heads diminishes quickly to a thick ring around the glass. This beer seems to be all show and no go.
S: Nothing spectacular, very mild in all departments. A bit of malt but even then it's very faint. There's an underlying sweetness that I can't put a word on.
T: A little bit of biscuit malts, again, very faint. The same general feeling of sweetness is present and as much as I'd like to find some traces of hops in there, I just can't.
M: On the thin side, very smooth with only a small amount of carbonation which gives it a bit of a creamy mouthfeel despite the thinness.
D: Generally, bland beers have great drinkability due to their resemblance to water but the weird sweetness of this one annoys me at each sip.
Overall, reminds me more of a bland amber than an APA. This one was a little disappointing.
08-26-2008 01:48:28 | More by santa109
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
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.