English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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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
3.08/5 rDev -2.2%
New brewery for me, courtesy of my son on a trip back from Seattle. Pours a clear oaken amber in the Corsendonk tulip glass. Tidbits of ivory lace line the glass on the way down.
The label states this is west coast style, but it seems all English to me with the woody and caramel notes dominating the scene, but not standing out or making any lasting impression on me. Body is very light, not a big load of malt to start, seems to be a "cheaper" version of a better beer wantabe. Not a bad beer, more of a cross-over type brew.
12-27-2009 19:05:22 | More by Vancer
3.28/5 rDev +4.1%
The beer pours an orange amber color with OK head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, with a nice blend of sweet malt and light hoppy bitterness. This beer really does remind me somewhat of an English style pale ale. Flavors in this beer replicate the nose for the most part, though they're a bit lighter then I expected. Nothing is off in this beer, there just isn't much here. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery, but with the decent carbonation giving this beer a pleasant prickly on the tongue sensation. Drinkability is pretty good, but there's just not enough flavor to make me want to drink a lot of this.
Certainly not a drain pour, but in the world of craft beer these days, I doubt I'd ever want to try this again.
11-19-2009 16:44:15 | More by John_M
3.23/5 rDev +2.5%
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
11-05-2009 08:21:11 | More by wordemupg
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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.28/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
09-24-2009 21:32:23 | More by astout
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
3.2/5 rDev +1.6%
An English pint, amid a "selection" of BMC crap at a Calgary International airport restaurant during layover hell, this was somewhat welcome as the house beer promotion. I haven't seen Granville Island in mine own province in a while now. Gee, I wonder why.
This beer arrives at the table appearing a clear medium brickish copper colour, with one fat-ass finger of puffy, densely foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of archipelago island lace around the glass as it quick abates.
It smells of mildly acerbic orchard fruit, a lightly bready caramel malt, a touch of zippy black pepper, and further plain-ass earthy noble hops. The taste is somewhat complex, yet still quite mild in its sweet grainy caramel maltiness, and hardly more upbeat with the unsurprisingly tame earthy, weedy hops.
The carbonation is about average, and weakly frothy at best, the body a benign medium-light weight, and generally smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the hops trailing off, and the drupe-heavy, fruity malt acting as such when presented with the concept of absent playmates.
A fairly bland, if disagreeably decent choice when you are held hostage via poor options, but, sometimes them's the breaks, and you just have to dream of those better beer destinations only a plane flight away.
08-01-2009 00:46:52 | More by biboergosum
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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.03/5 rDev -3.8%
Funny that I never reviewed this beer as it is a staple in BC and is often the beer beer pf choice at restaurants and bars with a crappy selection( it is often this or a Molson product). Well this is a beer that represents the past. There was a time when using lots of hops was pretty unknown in BC and this beer is safe and easy drinking with no challenge to a macro drinker. I suppose when it first came out it was a step up from macro beers but I also remember how good Shaftebury was and this beer is a shadow of the Shaftebury ESB from the 90's. I won't refuse this beer if offered but there are so many better PA's in BC that is a reminder of the bad old days.
05-22-2009 22:17:31 | More by canucklehead
3/5 rDev -4.8%
Not what I was expecting at all little to no bitterness from what I can tell. Looks pretty but I was a little let down with this guy. I was all pumped for this big hoppy beer from the west coast and was a little let down. Maybe its one of those things where you get really excited and it just doesn't live up to the expectation you've built up in your head.
03-09-2009 21:44:53 | More by terryeckmeier
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
2.13/5 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
2.48/5 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
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
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
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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.2/5 rDev +1.6%
This is a clean, crisp tasting beer. Slight caramel aroma. Not too much hops to speak of. Being a pale ale I would have expected more. There is a slight hop flavor in the taste, but very little compared to your average american craft pale ale. Moderate carbonation and light mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer. Nothing really special, but I guess it makes a good hockey game beer. I prefer their seasonal beers over the year round ones but it's tought o find much wrong with this beer.
02-08-2007 01:24:49 | More by Hornet2003
3.2/5 rDev +1.6%
355ml can sample poured into a pint glass.
Not a bad looking brew. Pours a coppery-red colour with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates quick. Mild carbonation. Smell is swwet, but not overly so. Very much an apple juice/apple cider type smell with a little pear and roasted malt for good measure. Not much in the way of a hop presence here I'm afraid, but still smells good.
Taste is inoffensive but a little bit boring in that respect. Not terrible though, the apple juice character remains, with a sugary caramel malt presence coming to the forefront, and a slight acidity on the tongue. Where oh where are the hops? This an incredibly easy-drinking ale, more fitting in the British style than the American, with a creamy, slightly watery mouthfeel. Really slides down like water. I usually prefer a heavier ale style, but I could easliy down pints of this on a night out.
09-23-2006 00:41:53 | More by trevorwideman
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
3.38/5 rDev +7.3%
Highly drinkable, though unremarkable offering from Granville Island.
It looked decent coming out of the bottle, pouring a dark copper with a foamy head that quickly reduced to a ring and left some sticky lace on my glass. The smell was subdued, despite what seemed to be a few different things contributing to it: biscuity malt, some nice fruity esters I picked up apple and pear, but who knows? and faint hops.
My first impressions of the taste were uncharitable: that this is a pretty nondescript beer. Given more time to sample and think about it, I'd say "well-balanced" would be a more diplomatic way of putting it.
There are some real pluses to this beer: a nice lively mouthfeel and clean finish, but in this case I think "well-balanced" is a drawback: as someone else mentioned, this beer is a little malty for the style I would have preferred more of a hoppy bite. That, in turn, would have won me over.
03-19-2006 18:44:04 | More by vanrassel
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
3.45/5 rDev +9.5%
03/02/06- Purchased at Ric's Grill in Kelowna, B.C.
Presentation- Served in a pils like glass. 18oz I believe. From the tap.
Appearance- Light copper colored pour. Creamy looking bright white head about 2 fingers. Very light lacing if any at all. Color looks as if it will be a tad watery.
Smell- Heavy mid range malted scent. Mild hops as well. Smells a tad mass produced. Nothing special.
Taste- First sip is fairly watery, but afterwards the carbonation kicks in. Good sweet malt background. Nice caramel flavor. Hops are there, but fairly subdued.
Mouthfeel- As said before, light carbonation as first (almost cask like), but soon perks up to be a middle of the road bubbled brew.
Drinkability- Tastes pretty decent and is pretty easy to drink. About what I expected though. Middle of the road.
03-03-2006 17:36:22 | More by GClarkage
3.18/5 rDev +1%
355ml can poured in mug.
Clear, copper-amber colour. Head 1/2 inch beige-orange. Head reduces quickly to a thin layer.
Aroma is sweet & a little fruity. Slightly malty with little hops in background.
Taste is sweet with roasted malts. Perhaps a little too sweet for a pale ale. Smooth. Has a mild bitter bite to the aftertaste that lingers for awhile.
Medium bodied mouthfeel that is well balanced.
This is easy drinking and mild in taste, but not what I usually expect from a pale ale. This isn't a bad beer, but it isn't great either. Another middle of the road beer for Granville Island.
06-22-2005 03:17:44 | More by Noxious26
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.