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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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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

SpongeRuiner, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

jrempel, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of BierStein711
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%

You don't need to have this beer.

What you have here is a silly attempt at an APA, but there is not enough hop.

Amber in color, off white head that lasts for a minute.

Smells of carmel malt

Tastes like stale biscuits.

Not a beer worth your time as it is very watery.

Overall, don't seek out this beer. Have Rickyard's Blonde

BierStein711, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Seanstoppable
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.

Seanstoppable, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Jotora, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of decimator
3.46/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

decimator, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Cwrw
3.43/5  rDev +8.9%

English Bay Pale Ale is actually not that pale, but coppery, with slight browns and reds. The head was quite minimal, leaving only a small ring. For an English-based pale ale, the small head is not wholly surprising(after all, many of the ales in Britain are not meant to have massive frothy heads). The appearance, however, is simply average; nothing exciting to note. The aroma is worth savouring, although basic in its elements: sweet caramel and malt, with various, dried fruit smells, and perceptible hop, WHEN the beer is a bit warmer, not extremely cold. A very decent aroma for a pale ale, indeed. The taste is quite good, better than average, with strong malt flavour and subtle hop finish, but it is by far a malty offering, not a bitter one. Medium bodied. The mouthfeel could improve somewhat, in that it could be more full, but all considered the drinkability of this craft-brewed British Columbia beer is a touch above the rest. A healthy beer from a respected craft-brewer on the Canadian west coast.

Cwrw, Jan 30, 2004
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

shagal, Jul 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

WeissBoy, Sep 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Mit
3.18/5  rDev +1%

a-Amber red colour....light head that doesn't last that long.

s-very slight bready notes....faint malt....very subdued.

t-very faint spicey hoppiness..very much an english pale style beer.

m-about average for the abv.

o-Overall this beer was decent. I would grab it again.

Mit, Sep 11, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

BigGruntyThirst, Feb 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Vyronian, Aug 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

59rockabilly, Jul 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

napetry, Jun 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Mr_Hoptimistic, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of vanrassel
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.

vanrassel, Mar 19, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $ 3.00 as usual for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg c an a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a good white head. Not much head left after 2mins

S- WOW this is a good beer. Throw a wack of malt and whoop here it is!!

T- See above

M- Malty good and you call it an IPA???

O- An IPA really? This one is a malt bomb LOL

Food Pairing

I didn't have a chance to eat with this beer sorry


DaveBar, Jul 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Cycle69, Mar 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

pharmerdoc, Aug 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Cramshawbar, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of JanM
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.

JanM, Aug 25, 2007
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.