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Island Lager - Granville Island Brewery

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76
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: 49degrees on 01-04-2003)
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Gumbytracks

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +22%

07-06-2013 01:22:51 | More by Gumbytracks
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that produced a marginal amount of lace. The body is and expected Lager gold that boasts fairly steady carbonation. Nothing remarkable, but nothing wrong.

Smell: A sweet corn smell with a touch of earthy hops. There's almost this odd fish oil smell in the background, but it's is incredibly subdued. Warming doesn't help it either way on this one.

Taste: Starts with a sweet bread malt and a touch of oily texture that reigns in the start of the beer, but gives it an odd texture. The sweetness builds up as a sweet corn taste takes over and then hits a fairly inert, mild hop wall with a calm thud.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is a mixture of sweet bread malt and corn which doesn't linger very long. The carbonation is ok and tends to help the crescendo more then anything. Transitioning isn't bad either. That oily texture is still a little odd.

Drinkability: Very refreshing although it medium bodied and a bit heavier then I'd expect. There is a smoothness to the beer that makes it very easy to drink. It sits down well and is easily something you could drink all night.

Final Thoughts: All in all, just a well done Lager, and certainly something that is a welcome change to adjuct lager, and a lot better then their pale ale. Give it a shot, but don't expect something epic.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 20:10:47 | More by TheHammer
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napetry

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-17-2013 01:10:03 | More by napetry
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent session lager, this is what I would consider to be a stepping stone for swill drinkers who want to get into craft beer. Pours a pale fizzy yellow with one finger of head that dissipates, but leaves good lacing on the glass. Smells of sweet grains, barley and a bit of hops. Tastes like it smells, with a bit of honey. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. I can see this being a great session lager during the hot summer months. Which is odd, considering it came in a winter mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 17:52:59 | More by slitherySOB
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

03-18-2013 02:00:49 | More by cfalovo97
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timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

03-14-2013 04:07:37 | More by timiskin
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Beerman1977

Austria

3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-29-2012 19:21:48 | More by Beerman1977
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jrempel

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

11-10-2012 21:02:29 | More by jrempel
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ChuckGnarly

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-13-2012 02:56:20 | More by ChuckGnarly
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

08-06-2012 00:46:19 | More by schopenhauerale
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-30-2012 19:03:52 | More by shagal
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +22%

07-22-2012 15:52:44 | More by Coastal_Brew
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59rockabilly

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

07-06-2012 04:52:20 | More by 59rockabilly
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

06-11-2012 08:29:14 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

05-25-2012 05:45:40 | More by joefinnigan15
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

05-11-2012 07:13:24 | More by schnarr84
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

05-11-2012 02:06:20 | More by bumchilly25
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DavidGross

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

02-26-2012 17:17:16 | More by DavidGross
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cletetron

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

02-16-2012 03:00:54 | More by cletetron
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-16-2011 04:54:28 | More by fizzyted
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +22%

11-21-2011 03:13:29 | More by EskimoDave
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Fizzy but thick two-and-a-half finger head of bone-white foam. Effervescent golden-yellow liquid. Respectable head retention.

S - Sweet grains, corn, cereal, grass. Mild but pleasing.

T - Nice sweet grains, barley, and mild hops. A generous hint of honey also comes through. Heck, I can't taste more honey in this than the Cypress Honey Lager... Overall, simple but enjoyable.

M - Crisp carbonation, light body. Decent enough.

D - Easily one of the better lagers I've come across. Definitely wouldn't be my first choice from Granville, but it's still fairly good.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 04:14:58 | More by Converge
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lespaulrocker

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, golden yellow with a small white head. No retention or lacing.

S: Hoppy, a little sweetness. Not bad.

T: Hoppy, a little sweet, bready. Nothing to write home about but nothing terrible either.

M: Light carbonation, light body, crisp.

Average lager. Nothing great, nothing terrible, just a solid beer.

Serving type: can

06-20-2011 17:33:20 | More by lespaulrocker
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden yellow appearance with moderate head that disappears quickly. Smell is sweet with honey and a hint of bread.

Taste is sweet with bread hops, but mostly made up of honey. Small hint of malt and toffee, but overall the taste is light. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is almost non existent, picked up some sweetness though.

Overall, really mediocre beer, but it is refreshing and easy to drink. There are better beers from Granville Island though.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 06:20:00 | More by CrazyMike
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste is of malts, some grains and a hint of hops. Good but not overly flavorful. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer.

Serving type: can

07-10-2010 14:46:49 | More by tone77
Island Lager from Granville Island Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.