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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: 184
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-02-2012 00:10:15 | More by Rlombardi75
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

3.31/5  rDev +5.1%

This review was done from a bottle so take it loosely.

A: Can't really say since I had it straight from the bottle but judging from online photos it seems to be a deep copper color.

S: I get caramel like malts and a nice biscuity quality as well. No hops present really.

T: Almost similar to a very malty amber ale. I really get almost no hops except for a very slight floral presence. Caramel and more biscuit malt than I would have expected. Bitterness is underwhelming. Rather nutty as well.

M: A touch too carbonated for my tastes. A bit of a thin body as well.

O: Not a bad beer but definitely not what I would call a pale ale. More like a ESB with hops and balance removed. Could be a good intro beer.

07-24-2014 23:29:30 | More by Haydn-Juby
Photo of KeeganRohovich

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2/5  rDev -36.5%

05-09-2014 01:37:25 | More by KeeganRohovich
Photo of Pmicdee

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

01-02-2014 23:35:30 | More by Pmicdee
Photo of Cycle69

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-15-2014 04:56:53 | More by Cycle69
Photo of CRObighit2

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-28-2014 01:39:22 | More by CRObighit2
Photo of prosper

Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

this stuff is ubiquitous throughout the lower mainlaind. I've had it before, and remember that I wasn't impressed, so haven't ordered it. I decided to try it again today, and again - not impressed. It's downright boring. An ale, designed to compete in a field characterized as 'boring,' to sell alongside the light lagers and such.

it's a penny-coloured ale, with a decent white head, and virtually no aroma. What is there reminds me of pool water - a slight chlorine-ish whiff, and some grainy grass. Flavour is not much different - clean and unexciting. Some caramel and slight raisin-y malt, but not too much. Very light bittering, and no hop flavour or aroma. Very light, spritzy body with a lot of carbonation.

I'll take a pass on this next time. Uninteresting, boring - take the opportunity to try whatever else is available.

09-18-2009 04:55:57 | More by prosper
Photo of Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +9.5%

It poured a lovely clear coppery brown color with a thin but creamy and lasting head.

Obvious malty nose with a good dose of caramel and a light hops. Maybe a bit low on the hops aroma. It loses some score for the style, strictly speaking.

The flavour is a light caramel malt up front with a definite (but not overbearing) hop bitterness in the end. The middle is a tad light and somewhat hollow. A light citrusy overall character builds over time.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, easy drinking. Just what I'd expect.

It's a bit more malty and less hoppy than I'd expect from a pale ale. I'm noticing that Granville Island does that with quite a few of its ales. I think that might be one reason I really like GI...

08-25-2003 05:56:48 | More by Garin
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-16-2014 07:12:17 | More by frontalot
Photo of GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -34%

Also came in the 12 pk variety,otherwise i would'nt of tryed it.
Pours a copper-amber color with a small tan bubbly head with little retention and minimal lacing.
The nose is of malts,lite toffee,mild coffee with a sweetness in the air in there somwhere.
Taste is a little sweet with molasses coming thru and the malts and some stale something in there that lingers with you all the way thru this beer.
Got a creamy mouth which is medium to full body but at the same time kinda watery.
Not really my kind,and that stale taste really hits hard once it warms...not to my liking.

09-23-2007 18:59:19 | More by GrimmReaper
Photo of TheLiterati


3.58/5  rDev +13.7%

Nice, deep coppery amber color, fluffy white head. Aroma was pleasant, though a bit light for this style, with essences of caramel and fruit.

Cool, smooth mouthfeel – taste was almost “buttery” – sweet and smooth, with a bubbly, almost sparkling texture, which was refreshing on the unseasonably warm day I visited.

Overall, a pleasant enough pale ale, though not the best I’ve had. Still, I’d say the consistency of this composition is a positive attribute that works in its favor.

10-17-2004 20:11:38 | More by TheLiterati
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-15-2012 20:29:37 | More by thefullpython
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2.95/5  rDev -6.3%

Appearance - Clear amber/orange with a big white head that settles into a half finger head and no lacing.

Smell - Bready malt and some fresh hops.

Taste - Bread, some caramel malt, very mild citric hops, some metal and a bit watery.

Mouthfeel - Light body with qood carbonation.

03-28-2010 00:38:13 | More by OskarL
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +19%

03-05-2013 11:45:36 | More by sbarre
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-02-2011 21:42:37 | More by papawu76
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Manitoba (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -11.1%

A: Pale, yup. Overly carbonated, head retention is poor.

S: Sweet malts, slight dry hoppy aroma, floral if anything.

T: Malts. No hop nose or middle body.

M: smooth on the palate but generally agreeable because it doesnt have much going on for it other than simplicity.

D: Very drinkable, but you dont sit and ponder.

07-03-2011 06:08:53 | More by BasementBer
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Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +4.1%

08-25-2014 05:19:33 | More by bulldogops
Photo of ChuckGnarly

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

10-13-2012 02:56:12 | More by ChuckGnarly
Photo of IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

2.94/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

05-07-2013 04:09:31 | More by IdeaSpeeder
Photo of 49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +15.2%

A mid-range English styled Pale Ale from one of the region's top selling craft brewer. Widely available in traditional 341ml (12oz) bottles and on draught. The English Bay Pale Ale is mild tasting, features a light golden color, and gives off a moderate amount of aroma after pouring. Head is pretty consistent as is the lacing of the glass afterward.

Extremely easy on the palette with both a smooth and mellow flavor with hints of carmel behind a draping of malt and limited hopiness.

While it lacks the real character that I'm searching for when tackling a Pale Ale, it works particularly well as a general ale for parties with friends and family.

12-27-2002 20:24:37 | More by 49degrees
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +27%

01-30-2012 02:40:21 | More by galluch
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

08-09-2014 13:12:28 | More by AmeriCanadian
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.8%

02-16-2012 03:02:09 | More by cletetron
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-17-2012 23:51:52 | More by MikeH210
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-12-2014 20:35:00 | More by stevergca
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
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