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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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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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krome

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-05-2013 13:48:59 | More by krome
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-30-2013 04:45:24 | More by jrohrbacher
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BRYeleJR

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +19%

07-29-2013 02:19:56 | More by BRYeleJR
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-29-2013 01:51:10 | More by GoHabsGo
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billab914

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-25-2013 03:45:02 | More by billab914
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-23-2013 23:39:20 | More by SebD
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.16/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Half a finger of head, to lacing or retention, limited carbonation in the body. Clear brown caramel color.

Smell: Biscuity malt sweetness with caramel note and mineral undertones. Also touches of vanilla and even slight hazelnut. Warming helps it out quite a bit, but it's nothing to write home about.

Taste: A sweet caramel malt permeates the beer, it's almost a bit too much, it then turns to a slight acidic citrus note, and then takes another abrupt tone which is then accented by a touch of fairly generic hops.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation does help out the beer, and the malt aftertaste is nice, but in clings and comes across as sticky. The transitioning is a little awkward as well, and tastes like it has an identity crisis.

Drinkability: This beer isn't especially smooth to drink, but it does sit down well enough and I wouldn't say it's a struggle to get down. The problem is that it's all over the place.

Final Thoughts: This beer is far too sweet for a pale, ale and is lacking in hops. It's a little interesting, but it's all over the place, so I wouldn't want to drink it regularly. It's ok, but there are better offerings from Granville.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 03:54:24 | More by TheHammer
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Jediknight362

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-11-2013 04:10:00 | More by Jediknight362
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a clear copper with a thin off-white head, head reduced to surface bubbles, minimal lacing.

S - Caramel, biscuit, some vanilla, earthy.

T - Light caramel sweetness, hint of butter, hint of spice, mild bitterness. Balance is on the malty side.

M - Medium-light carbonation, medium body, some creaminess, clean finish.

O - The mouthfeel really helps carry this beer. The flavour is light but I found nothing offensive about this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 02:24:07 | More by decimator
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SpongeRuiner

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-30-2013 17:46:48 | More by SpongeRuiner
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napetry

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-17-2013 01:19:05 | More by napetry
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307x

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-16-2013 16:37:22 | More by 307x
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DbbC

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-16-2013 01:59:42 | More by DbbC
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MidwestBA

Illinois

3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-25-2013 19:47:17 | More by MidwestBA
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howie10

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +19%

05-25-2013 02:36:27 | More by howie10
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-22-2013 13:50:03 | More by KStark
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: can

05-12-2013 17:35:37 | More by greenengineer
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

2.94/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

05-07-2013 04:09:31 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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patre_tim

China

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper, medium fine bubble carbonation, 2 fingers of slight beige creamy foamy head, clear filtered. Nice lacing.

S: Bananas, cream, stinky feet, malt. Slight apricot.

T: Apricot tea, peach tea, malt. Slightly acidic, but mostly watery. Very little bitterness near the end.

M: Light slightly bready body, medium low low carbonation.

O: A real disappointing watery beer. Sort of like it, love the can and the fact its from Canada, but it is watery, tea like, and not flavourful.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 13:18:21 | More by patre_tim
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a light copper brown with a 1/4 finger of bubbly head.

Smell- Caramalts, hint of vanilla, light earthy hops.

Taste- Caramalts, light earthy hops, and a touch of butteriness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Pleasant smoothness to the body.

Overall- A fairly tasty pale ale by Granville with a good caramalt backbone. This brew has some characteristics that lean towards the EPA classification rather than an APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 03:47:03 | More by leaddog
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ghisty

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

appearance: pours somewhat foamy, and a deeper orange than i expected for the style,
being an ale i expected some color but this was a little deeper than i figured for.

smell: had a smooth malty smell. big notes of toasted grain. not overpowering. nice nose.

taste: crisp, and not hoppy really at all, almost zero dryness factor, an ale by definition
i was impressed by this beer. goes down nicely , reminded me of labatt blue but with double the malt and less corn. tasted like an ale should taste, but didnt linger around
which makes drinking more of it easy. the food pairings for this (as stated on the box) are grilled meat (which is pretty vague). but it mentions a carmel flavour, which i failed to find as anything worth mention. that charectaristic would be subtle, at best.

mouthfeel:
not sharp at all, still somewhat carbbed, compared to a more classic ale style.
but sort of slick and smooth , with a small zip of the malt and the grain mixing.

overall:
i didnt know what to expect, and having bought a 6pack, i was hoping it was decent.
this doesnt exactly seem to be a PALE ale as they state ..it seems more to me like a slightly creamy amber..but without the typical hops of most ambers.
and heavy on the malts and grains. i was initially impressed by this beer, but the more i drank of it the more it became just a slightly above average craft beer .
I dont have anything really bad to say, because it is good. but it leaves a little bit to the imagination, but that can make for an awesome session brew.
if ale is your thing, and you like it west coast local. give it a shot.
not something id buy frequently, but i can see a specific type of beer fan loving it.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 22:54:55 | More by ghisty
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chadmbogo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-02-2013 13:55:56 | More by chadmbogo
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

04-05-2013 01:20:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

04-04-2013 00:19:25 | More by ThinkAgain
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Probably the weakest beer in their mix pack, this pale ale has no hops whatsoever. Pours a clear caramel colour with one fingers worth of head that barely lasts. Smells of sweet malts, biscuits, and cinnamon. Tastes more biscuit than the smell. Medium body mouthfeel and kind of dry in the finish. A beer I will not be seeking a sixer of, but if they served it at the bar, I'd drink it.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 19:15:50 | More by slitherySOB
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.