English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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2.78/5 rDev -11.7%
473 mL Can, in the hotel room, Toronto.
A - foamy head dissipates quickly, orange bronze color.
S - a little bit of malt sweetness
T - sweet, malty, a little watery, hits of pepper. sweetness not balanced by hops
M - a little watery, good fizz on the tongue.
O - Overall, I'm not impressed by the beer options here in Ontario. Drinkable compared to the fizzy yellow stuff, but nothing I would seek out.
05-12-2013 17:35:37 | More by greenengineer
2.8/5 rDev -11.1%
A: Pale, yup. Overly carbonated, head retention is poor.
S: Sweet malts, slight dry hoppy aroma, floral if anything.
T: Malts. No hop nose or middle body.
M: smooth on the palate but generally agreeable because it doesnt have much going on for it other than simplicity.
D: Very drinkable, but you dont sit and ponder.
07-03-2011 06:08:53 | More by BasementBer
2.8/5 rDev -11.1%
Pours a rusty amber tone with a definite brown tone. A sizeable, frothy tan head burns off quickly leaving no lace behind before settling as a thin film and collar.
Smells of nuts and fresh grains, with mild butter, alcohol and ripened fruit notes taking shape as it warms.
Tastes of buttery toffee before a solid nuttiness takes over. Very sweet in the finish with an odd, cloying metallic tinge to it.
Very thin and watery overall. Slightly yeasty, creamy feeling on the tongue comes from a light carbonation and long-lasting collar. Oddly sour sensation in the aftertaste.
A thoroughly unimpressive beer that meanders somewhere between a brown ale, an amber and an American pale ale. The metallic/sour finish and aftertaste are enough to keep me from buying it again.
08-22-2011 16:58:29 | More by bryehn
2.83/5 rDev -10.2%
On-tap inside Vancouver's International Airport, on to the beer:
Dark amber, patchy head retention, spotty lacing...ok, solid start. Iron and minerals to smell....uh, now I'm worried. It seems like GI is going for a maltier pael ale. The malts seem marzen-like, and probably explain the dark appearance for a pale ale. A little touch of diacetyl, a dash of fruit esters....damn, these BC pale ales have A LOT in common. Are they using the same yeast strain? Some of that overall flavor sticks in the palate into the aftertaste.
My day leaving Vancouver was not a good "beer tasting day", and GI Pale Ale played a part in that role. Maybe worth a try, but not worth a second try from me.
06-07-2010 04:06:31 | More by DoubleJ
2.83/5 rDev -10.2%
Drinkability is this beer's strong point. Nothing particularly off about this brew, but definitely light in all respects. Clear copper with medium head. Sweet, caramelly aromas and grainy flavour with notes of toastedness. Some hops there in flavour and bitterness along with noticeable alcohol. Light bodied, low in carbonation and low in flavour makes for a session-type brew.
09-01-2006 06:29:26 | More by allergictomacros
2.84/5 rDev -9.8%
Served out of a bottle at Niagara Food Fest. As mentioned by other users, an unremarkable Pale Ale. Too sweet and nothing that would generally bring me back. HOWEVER...this is one of the very few beers that you can find in Ontario bars and restaurants that's not a Molson or Labatt product. I'm continually frustrated by Ontario establishments who don't see the value in offering quality crafts. So whenever I see this beer, I buy it for myself and for anyone around me. I guess it's my attempt at spreading the craft word and trying to open Ontarians minds a bit. It's a long haul, but maybe eventually we'll see more selection. So don't over think this brew when you see it as the only "craft" available in an Ontario establishment. See it as a marginal step in the right direction.
09-07-2013 15:35:30 | More by harveystarr
2.85/5 rDev -9.5%
Had this at Joe Forte's Restaurant on a recent trip to Vancouver. Poured copper with two fingers of offwhite head and great lacing. Decent amount of biscuit and malt in the nose, but not much else. The taste revealed biscuit toast and walnut, but not much fruitiness or hoppiness. Not much of a finish either. Not much carbonation in the feel, but it was smooth, and the nice head retention added a subtle creaminess to it. Decent session beer, but definitely needs a more robust flavor profile.
07-13-2010 21:47:15 | More by donniecuffs
2.88/5 rDev -8.6%
Pours a mild amber color with a generous head into my glass. Looks a lot like an English IPA to me.
Sweet with a healthy dose of caramel malt. Not very hop-forward regardless.
Ditto with the taste. "Nutty" with an overabundance of caramel. Very little that resembles a proper example.
All of these flavors stick around at the back of the throat, albeit in an undesirable manner.
Would work better as a brown ale.
05-04-2014 03:13:22 | More by Brad007
2.88/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lovely clear amber color with little head (even after switching to a more aggressive pour, I ended up less than 1/4 inch of head) that had zero retention or lacing.
The aroma had a slightly sweet malt scent, otherwise was very neutral. I was pleasantly surprised by a nice hit of citrus hops, but that flavor faded quickly and I was left with residual malt sweetness. Otherwise, the flavors were like the aroma, bland and neutral.
Body was typical for the style. Drinkability was good, but with such a lack of personality, why have more than one? Overall, worth trying if you see it, but don't go out of your way to get it.
10-11-2009 19:54:32 | More by beertunes
2.9/5 rDev -7.9%
Thanks to my uncle who came to visit us from B.C. and brought me a couple of these. Had this with my supper last night, hamburgers & fries.
Poured from a 355ml. can.
Appearance: Pours a nice orange-amber body with a slight chilly haze and a decent 2-3 finger head that disappears a little too quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.
Smell: Some hops but the malt wins out in the aroma that is a bit faint. Has a dry touch to it.
Taste: At first nothing but a slight tinge of bitterness. Opens up a little with a bit of caramel. Has a grainy touch and a certain off flavor that i can't put my finger on. This is much more malt-driven than hops powered. Still, the taste does not last long and is a bit boring.
Mouthfeel: Marginally better if only because it has good carbonation. Otherwise, the body is weak & a tad watery for my taste.
Drinakbility: So-so. It's strictly average and it wouldn't be my go-to beer.
Overall: I'm slamming it a little on the taste because it advertises itself as a "classic West Coast pale ale" which it most definitely isn't. Not bad or offensive but certainly nothing memorable.
01-07-2010 13:24:52 | More by papat444
2.9/5 rDev -7.9%
Medium amber color. Small head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Medium to lighter bodied pale ale. More in the english style because its mild and malty and no very hoppy. Roasted malts, mild flavor, not very hoppy. Nice flavor. Slight malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is matly, slightly bitter.
08-19-2003 01:48:48 | More by beerguy101
2.93/5 rDev -7%
A - poured a clear copper, short head dissipated quickly, basically no lacing
S - a mix of sweet and bready malts, subtle earthy notes, but not much else
T - mostly buttery bread flavour mixed with a little sweetness, there is a slight touch of earthy hop bitterness, not bad but not what I expected going in
M - mostly full carbonation feel up front, but as that fades there's not much left, maybe a little dryness
D - a very average drink, seems to be a more all purpose offering in terms of light flavour and carbonation, goes down easy but not sure i would invest more time that one
08-05-2010 01:06:22 | More by joemcgrath27
Nova Scotia (Canada)
2.93/5 rDev -7%
Received a number of cans from Granville Island Brewery from a friend over the holidays. The is the last of the varieties I had to sample.
Pours a dark amber color, bordering on read, with plenty of head. Some head quickly evaporates, but it then settles to about a finger for a while. Minimal lacing left on the glass.
Slight malt scent, but that is about it.
Taste is fairly simple. Some mild caramel malts. Very light. Slightly watery.
Overall, it is drinkable and it does have some flavor, but overall it is fairly bland. Decent, but not something I would choose unless my options were limited.
01-01-2010 23:55:01 | More by Seanstoppable
2.94/5 rDev -6.7%
Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a nonic pint glass.
Appearance - Pours an redish brown colour. A white head that disappears quickly, leaving behind some light lacing.
Smell - Very sweet smelling. Some vanilla notes, combined with some caramel and toffee.
Taste - As expected from the nose, this brew is very sweet. Almost too sweet for my tastes. A big vanilla kick and more caramel. There may be some very light spiced - pepper maybe. Little to no hop bitterness, surprising for an english pale ale.
Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy body. The beer is almost 'sticky' - it sticks to the inside of my lips. So much sweetness. Carbonation is low - virtually non-existent. Unremarkable finish.
Overal - 3/5.
05-07-2013 04:09:31 | More by IdeaSpeeder
2.95/5 rDev -6.3%
Appearance - Clear amber/orange with a big white head that settles into a half finger head and no lacing.
Smell - Bready malt and some fresh hops.
Taste - Bread, some caramel malt, very mild citric hops, some metal and a bit watery.
Mouthfeel - Light body with qood carbonation.
03-28-2010 00:38:13 | More by OskarL
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
2.98/5 rDev -5.4%
Beer is a auburn brown in colour, with slight lacing.
Smell is of light malts, a light fruitiness.
This has a flavour of light caramelized malts, quite light on the palate, slightly watery. Refreshing flavour but could be more interesting, bit of fruitiness as well. Mouthfeel felt a bit lacking, flavour was alright and drinkable, but didn't really showcase itself as anything special.
07-24-2012 01:34:43 | More by mick303
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
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