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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
73
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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-17-2012 23:51:52 | More by MikeH210
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-15-2012 20:29:37 | More by thefullpython
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Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-06-2012 04:54:04 | More by 59rockabilly
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

06-11-2012 08:29:52 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-02-2012 21:59:18 | More by RedAleMan
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Gww1864

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-01-2012 18:19:12 | More by Gww1864
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color. Clear. No carbonation rising. Small white head that is creamy. Good lacing.

Aroma is sweet, malts, yeast.

Taste is crisp, light hops, bready and sweet. Somewhat bland.

Mouthfeel is light/medium. Smooth and creamy and cleansing.

Overall, a decent brew. Somewhat lacking in flavor, but very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2012 21:37:33 | More by atigerlife
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +19%

05-11-2012 07:13:54 | More by schnarr84
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-11-2012 02:03:22 | More by bumchilly25
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leannegreen


4/5  rDev +27%

05-08-2012 02:43:41 | More by leannegreen
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

04-24-2012 02:05:38 | More by schopenhauerale
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ScottWestmaas

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-18-2012 02:39:34 | More by ScottWestmaas
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle pulled from a six-pack bought at the LCBO. No packaging date apparent, but this hasn't been in the store very long - so even considering the shipping distance, I doubt it's past its prime.

Pours a translucent amber-copper colour, topped with nearly a finger of frothy, off-white head. Retention is weak; the head is gone before a minute has passed, leaving only an uneven, soapy cap behind on the surface. Decent aroma that leans toward the malty side; bready malts, toffee and nuts are dominant, with some fruity esters rounding out the nose. A little buttery.

So far this reminds me more of an English-style pale ale, and the taste seems to confirm it. Lightly toasted, bready malt backbone, with hints of caramel. A very mild, buttery, nutty flavour. The hops are not the center of attention here but they do come forward in the finish, providing flavours that range from an earthy, leafy bitterness to a slightly citrusy one. Malty, minerally, slightly dry aftertaste that doesn't linger long. On the heavier side of thin-bodied, with mild carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. A little watery, but enjoyable enough.

Final Grade: 3.23, about a C+. A decent Canadian interpretation of English pub fare. I'd drink this again if offered, but it's not something most beer geeks are going to want to seek out. Give this a try if it piques your interest, but if you're looking for a quality EPA you're better off trying something from across the pond. I'd be happy to re-review this if I ever find myself in BC, where it's more likely to be fresh.

Update: Retried this on 8/19/2012 (via Molson's hand-picked 6 sampler pack), and was a bit less impressed than last time so I lowered the score a bit. The aroma is a bit bland, and the mouthfeel is less creamy/more watery than I remember. Not planning to revisit this one unless I happen upon a tap somewhere; English or American, it's a pretty mediocre pale ale either way.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 22:56:03 | More by thehyperduck
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

03-12-2012 01:35:41 | More by chickenm
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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cletetron

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

02-16-2012 03:02:09 | More by cletetron
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Cat's Social House on Granville Island. From notes.

A - Poured amber with one finger of white head. No visible carbonation, no lace, film of retention.

S - Earthy, citrusy, caramel, minerallly.

T - Minerally again with earthy hops, caramel, and honey.

M - Gentle carbonation, medium body, honey in the finish.

O/D - Average. Interesting and OK for the style. Easty drinking, but not exciting. Better than I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 23:02:50 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

02-07-2012 12:03:58 | More by beerhunter13
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +27%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-16-2011 04:55:08 | More by fizzyted
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

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English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.