English Bay Pale Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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3.43/5 rDev +8.9%
On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo. Brought in to Ontario through Creemore (Molson). Remember having this ages back at the brewery - I wonder how well it's held up.
Poured into a Fullers conical glass, which was amusing considering that when all was said and done I felt this tasted much more like an English pale. Deep amber-copper, clear, nice head, sheets of lacing. Good looking brew.
Nose is caramel malt, bit of chemical, nothing fantastic.
A safe pale ale, malt heavy, a bit of earthy hops to the finish. Mild chemical/metal taste as well. Can't see the APA.
Creamy, good carb, decent feel.
Decent pale ale, probably tastes better on site - but then again, what wouldn't?
07-18-2011 19:25:58 | More by JohnnyBarman
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
3.41/5 rDev +8.3%
On tap at the brewery. Pours clear amber with foamy, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, maple and ripe fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of caramel malt, ripe fruit and earthy hops. Finish is medium lasting and semi-dry. Average Pale ale.
09-03-2013 18:51:57 | More by mikeg67
2.13/5 rDev -32.4%
A - Pours samber-golden, bit of head, which dissipates fast. Loaded with carbonation.
S - Amber malts, caramel, and honey. Good for a Pale Ale, but almost resembles an amber or a lager minus the amber malts.
T - Honey and caramel, lots of earthy hops (relative of saaz I'd guess).
M - Awful. Bitter and too sweet.
D - Couldn't finish. Taste and mouthfeel leave more to be desired.
06-28-2008 03:52:33 | More by MisterClean
3.61/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
05-04-2013 03:47:03 | More by leaddog
3.46/5 rDev +9.8%
Had a pint on tap at a Calgary pub in the NE. Arrived a nice reddish bronze color with around an inch and a half of off-white head. Subtle aroma was decidedly fruity with a little malt, MacIntosh apple and pear along with a little caramel. Aroma intensity did improve as the beer warmed up. Palate was also on the subdued and mellow side, with some brown bread, brown sugar, and again a lot of apple and pear fruit. Nil citrus that I could discern and the malts were there but decidedly downplayed, the English malt complexity crucial to this style is present but you have to go looking for it. Finish quite crisp and dry, with appropriate earthy hop bitterness and just a little lingering treacle sweetness. Insufficient body. A workmanlike effort that comes off as unfinished or insufficiently conditioned due to all the apple/pear esters trumping the malts on the palate. Decided devoid of all the "west coast character" promised on the label and instead tastes like a "small beer" from across the Atlantic. Granville Island is a lot like Big Rock here in Alberta ... They rarely produce terrible offerings but they do not typically blow anyone's mind either. There's probably a certain comfort in just barely clearing the mediocrity bar.
11-25-2013 01:54:11 | More by CalgaryFMC
2.85/5 rDev -9.5%
Had this at Joe Forte's Restaurant on a recent trip to Vancouver. Poured copper with two fingers of offwhite head and great lacing. Decent amount of biscuit and malt in the nose, but not much else. The taste revealed biscuit toast and walnut, but not much fruitiness or hoppiness. Not much of a finish either. Not much carbonation in the feel, but it was smooth, and the nice head retention added a subtle creaminess to it. Decent session beer, but definitely needs a more robust flavor profile.
07-13-2010 21:47:15 | More by donniecuffs
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
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.