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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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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +4.8%

Pale amber colour, one finger of off white head, light lace. Smell is malty and biscuity, grain and caramel with a little bit of earthy/floral hop character. Taste is malty, light caramel sweetness, some floral hop and earthy flavours, mild bitterness throughout, finishes clean. Medium carbonation, medium body, OK mouthfeel. Quite the average beer, while its not bad I find myself very indifferent to this, I could drink this again if it was offered to me though.

08-09-2012 13:06:25 | More by peensteen
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-30-2012 19:04:17 | More by shagal
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prisdefer

New York

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-27-2012 18:04:45 | More by prisdefer
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

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
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-22-2012 15:53:20 | More by Coastal_Brew
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MikeH210

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-17-2012 23:51:52 | More by MikeH210
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thefullpython


2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-15-2012 20:29:37 | More by thefullpython
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59rockabilly

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%

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.

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%

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.

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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BrewCaveDweller

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -4.8%

03-10-2012 03:00:16 | More by BrewCaveDweller
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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%

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.

02-14-2012 23:02:50 | More by tbeckett
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

02-07-2012 12:03:58 | More by beerhunter13
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-02-2012 00:10:15 | More by Rlombardi75
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galluch

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +27%

01-30-2012 02:40:21 | More by galluch
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.