English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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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
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
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
3.58/5 rDev +13.7%
Poured from a bottle with pretty Vancouver artwork. Poured a slighty cloudy orangesque coloured haze with a fluffy white top. Smells of malt, dryness.
A definite caramel flavour here - not usual for a pale ale, and an enjoyable surprise. This drink dries out at the finish and a touch of bitter, but an overall malt feel that's a bit much for a pale. Not too bad overall though.
03-14-2006 14:51:58 | More by niangelo
3.58/5 rDev +13.7%
Nice, deep coppery amber color, fluffy white head. Aroma was pleasant, though a bit light for this style, with essences of caramel and fruit.
Cool, smooth mouthfeel taste was almost buttery sweet and smooth, with a bubbly, almost sparkling texture, which was refreshing on the unseasonably warm day I visited.
Overall, a pleasant enough pale ale, though not the best Ive had. Still, Id say the consistency of this composition is a positive attribute that works in its favor.
10-17-2004 20:11:38 | More by TheLiterati
3.6/5 rDev +14.3%
Pour was great with it's copper look and nice head, but little lacing..
I've drank alot of Granville island beers and they use a certain malt or hop that give a sweet smell and taste... There are caramel or toffee flavors?? ... It's really present in there winter ale... Love the sweetness.
Taste is one of a kind, therefore it's gets above aveage rating here... Sweet malts that I can't taste anywhere else outside of granville.. With little to no hop flavor for a pale ale... I can't help but sometimes just crave the sweetness this beer has to offer.
To much carbonation for a sweet beer..
Easy to drink when reading beer reviews, a book, playing xbox, ect... There is no need to sit down and search for complexitys.. Great easy to drink beer
01-09-2011 21:23:03 | More by Gtheroux
3.61/5 rDev +14.6%
Appearance- Pours a light copper brown with a 1/4 finger of bubbly head.
Smell- Caramalts, hint of vanilla, light earthy hops.
Taste- Caramalts, light earthy hops, and a touch of butteriness.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Pleasant smoothness to the body.
Overall- A fairly tasty pale ale by Granville with a good caramalt backbone. This brew has some characteristics that lean towards the EPA classification rather than an APA.
05-04-2013 03:47:03 | More by leaddog
British Columbia (Canada)
3.63/5 rDev +15.2%
A mid-range English styled Pale Ale from one of the region's top selling craft brewer. Widely available in traditional 341ml (12oz) bottles and on draught. The English Bay Pale Ale is mild tasting, features a light golden color, and gives off a moderate amount of aroma after pouring. Head is pretty consistent as is the lacing of the glass afterward.
Extremely easy on the palette with both a smooth and mellow flavor with hints of carmel behind a draping of malt and limited hopiness.
While it lacks the real character that I'm searching for when tackling a Pale Ale, it works particularly well as a general ale for parties with friends and family.
12-27-2002 20:24:37 | More by 49degrees
3.65/5 rDev +15.9%
Poured in an amber nuance with a peculiar but not unpleasant smell. Not much foam in the pint. The taste was sweet and caramel with strong bread/biscuit notes kicking in after a while. Notes of green apple too. Although the taste is rather different from a mainstream pale ale, it is not bad and gives the brew a personality.
08-25-2007 10:07:56 | More by JanM
3.7/5 rDev +17.5%
Alright, I've had this beer a few times now, and it seems like every time I do, I'm getting something completely different. So, I figured now that I seem to have a better idea of what this beer really is, I should come back and do a proper review for it.
341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.
A - Rather aggressive pour yields a fizzy, light-tan head that's just under one finger and fizzles out fast. Darkish amber-orange in hue, and looks pretty good.
S - A wealth of different warm malt aromas upfront, with a slightly citrusy hops scent looming in the background. It's got a really nice caramel malt thing going on, with some bready and buttery malt complimenting it perfectly.
T - There are times when I've had this beer and it's tasted like a malty masterpiece, and others when it's had a delicious kick of hops in it. This time, it tastes like almost nothing. Is it just this well balanced? This has got to be one the most inconsistent beers I've tried in my lifetime, yet I seem to keep coming back for more. Although it doesn't taste like a lot this time around, there are times when it has an absolute barrage of tasty malt flavors. The warm, bread & butter malt is still present, as is the caramel malt, but it's not as well defined as it can be. As an extension of this, I detect almost zero hops in the finish, despite having a well-hopped bottle of this just last week...
M - Medium carbonation, with medium-to-light body. Nothing exceptional, but fitting. Really easy to drink. Sort of leaves a buttery feel in your mouth afterwards.
D - I really don't know what to make of this beer still. Although it seems to possess a really inconsistent quality from bottle-to-bottle, I still enjoy it every time. It really tastes incredibly simple, without much complexities at all, but something about the malty flavor just appeals to me so much.
08-13-2011 07:25:13 | More by Converge
3.75/5 rDev +19%
Purchased at the LCBO for just under $ 3.00 as usual for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg c an a draught glass
A- Opens well and pours a good white head. Not much head left after 2mins
S- WOW this is a good beer. Throw a wack of malt and whoop here it is!!
T- See above
M- Malty good and you call it an IPA???
O- An IPA really? This one is a malt bomb LOL
I didn't have a chance to eat with this beer sorry
07-26-2014 22:35:41 | More by DaveBar
3.83/5 rDev +21.6%
Served on tap in a GP pint glass has a nice copper color with two fingers of head.
Smooth Light tasting with good flavor with a hint of Carmel during the smell test.
Carmel malts and hops on my first taste with a roasted after taste.
Tasted perfect along side my burger and overall a very nice drinking experience.
12-19-2011 16:34:48 | More by Seanont
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.