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Island Lager - Granville Island Brewery

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Island LagerIsland Lager

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 49degrees on 01-04-2003

Island Lager is brewed to our original recipe, which combines all-natural ingredients to produce its distinct hop flavour. The same clean, refreshing taste that put us on the map in ’84 still makes this one a local favourite.
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Single bottle sampled at a neighborhood pub. Fairly pale straw color with a quick-breaking soapy white head. Aroma of apples, grape candy, doughy pale malts and some floral hops. Rather standard fare much like what one encounters with most or all adjunct lagers, perhaps a hair more assertive. Ditto on the palate. More sweet white bread malts, apple pomace, a citric note vaguely reminiscent of lemons, perhaps less sweet than many mainstream lagers with a more pronounced malt flavor. The dryish finish is probably this brew's greatest asset, I am actually getting some gooseberry-like hop notes. All in all, decidedly "meh" and inoffensive. Sort of a textbook example of the pseudo-style "American premium lager". Perhaps one could gently suggest that a pub mate who insists on getting the least interesting lager in the joint every time you go out broaden his horizons, with this as a tentative foray into the scary world of "different".

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look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Granville Island lager is golden amber, sort of straw colored. Head is fluffy white with only not bad retention.

S - The aroma has an up front breadiness, bordering on grainy. Bready leads into a center with only a hint of malt. Nothing really builds here in the center. Hinted at malts move directly into a spicy, hop finish.

T - My first sip shows a pretty standard light bodied lager. The flavor starts out with subtle pilsner malts, mixed in with something bordering on bready and grainy. Centers offers more pilsner malts. Finish is dry and lingering.

O - I will say that Island Lager's malt flavors do make it stand out from other mainstream lagers a little bit. However, the malt doesn't really rise to the occasion in any way. It's just there, trying to keep from becoming outright grainy.

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Island Lager from Granville Island Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.