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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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BA SCORE
74
okay

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of Trillium
1.1/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 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.

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2/5  rDev -36.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DreamDeath
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of stevergca
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of KeeganRohovich
2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of Brad007
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of VbolieuV
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Wingshotpigs
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tabhill
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of scameron
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of AnHeroicHippo
3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance — Pours very syrupy; appears fairly carbonated; thin ring of head retention; medium lacing; very nice colour: somewhere between pumpkin and leather.

Smell — Toasty, almost woodsy; can’t decide if this smells smoky or just very very toasty and woodsy.

Taste — Overwhelming blast of pretty much what was in the nose, with some additional malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel — Very, very smooth, almost creamy, consistency on the tongue is very pleasant; don’t really feel the carbonation or the alcohol.

Overall — Not sure what an ‘English Bay pale ale’ is supposed to be, but this is a nice, very toasty, slightly sweet pale ale.

Photo of baylz
3.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Flounder57
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

341 ml bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, a little fruity, and mild hop aroma. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste: Chewy toasted malts, some sweet caramel and pale malts, a little fruitiness, and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, chewy, light, tasty, low to medium carbonation, and very drinkable.

Overall: Pretty standard and enjoyable pale ale. Very impressed with this beer based on how average it is.

Photo of DamageCase76
3/5  rDev -4.8%

English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.