Gastown Amber Ale | Granville Island Brewery

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Gastown Amber AleGastown Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lipschitz on 07-14-2003

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of mjyoung
1.96/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Split with bbb099

A: Pours a nice amber hue, very little head (1/2 finger, and dissipated quickly) and no lacing to speak of.

S: The smell is a little paradoxical as the sweet and bitter notes hit at the same time, but it smells a bit shallow, no real depth to the flavor.

T: Very weak. Not a whole lot of flavor at all, but you do get a hint of malt and something which I expect was at one point hops.

M: It's very thin and flat. It's much more reminiscent of a soda than a beer.

D: If I could stomach the taste it would go down quite smoothly and dangerously on a summer day.

All in all I was quite disappointed by this beer. I bought it after being told it was a solid American Amber, but perhaps I've been spoiled by the excellent local microbrews.

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Photo of bbb099
2.31/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Split with mjyoung.

Appearance - Copper brown coloration, typical of Amber ale. Head was present right after pouring but dissipated quickly.

Smell - Not much except for the subtle smell of malt and some sourness aroma that reminds me of ginger.

Taste - Light malt flavor, somewhat flat. Sour and relatively unpleasant aftertaste. No hint of hops whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - Not bad. Maybe slightly on the flat side.

Drinkability - Smooth, not much problem except for the aftertaste.

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Photo of petermethot
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of atigerlife
2.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber/red. Small, slightly off-white head that dissipates quickly. Little carbonation rising.

Aroma is musty, medicinal. Malts. Not enticing.

Taste is honey, oak, wet grass and malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, this is OK, but nothing to be sought out. Not particularly drinkable or desirable.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This seemed to have the makings of a nice amber, but it falls short, appearing to be a diluted version of a good recipe. Colour is an okay looking amber, but it appears a little watery, and the head was pretty non-existent. Nose contains sweetish toasted malt and a whisper of hops. Flavour is buttery malt, and the hops are absent. Mouthfeel is watery, not much body to it.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of rogerdandy
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Gww1864
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of BigBry
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of four selections in the Granville Winter Mingler 12 pack.
Amber - was expecting more red than brown color. No foam whatsoever, limited carbonation throughout. Basic sweet malt smell, nothing special. Taste has a strong (relative to smell) malty flavor with a bit of sweet caramel near the end - would like more hop/bitterness to balance. Fairly flat body, leaves it feeling quite thin. All around, pretty plain.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, clear copper with good head and lacing, but a bit lacking in aroma - didn't really smell much of anything. Solid hop bitterness backed up with a creamy, smooth body and malty backbone, and some toasty notes. Overall a decent, easy drinking brew.

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Photo of niangelo
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I visited this brewery a long time ago, before I was old enough to buy beer, and decided to pick this up when a friend lamented my hoppy brews and wanted something "malty."

The beer pours a thick red/amber with hints of teak. The head is minimal. Smell is akin to fat maltiness, bread a cherries, and a definite hop punch. Mouthfeel is snappy and viscuous, good active carbonation.

Taste is a little hoppier than most ambers - a nice dry finish tops the beer, but there isn't a whole lot of the fat malt I was hoping for. The body really lacks, leaving me wishing for a filling malt character that this beer lacks.

An average brew, respectable but nothing groundbreaking.

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Photo of frontalot
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of derdtheterd
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of scameron
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cognac colour, soapy aroma. Balanced bitter and malty through and through, with some mid-barley taste. Some hops at end. Understated carbonation. Sugar, carrmel, hint of orange spice. Thanks MarkB. Quite drinkable, medium mouthfeel. All purpose beer.

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Photo of imfinished
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UnionMade
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to my neighbo(u)r Sabrina for bringing this beer back for me.
The beer pours a bright, clear, tawny amber, topped with a thin misting of whitish head. Good head retention, keeping a modest collar throughout the entire beer. Scattered bits of lace cling haphazardly to the interior of the glass.
The aroma is rather malty. Grainy caramel sweetness, tinged with the slightest bit of buttery diacetyl. English feeling, with a vague earthy, herbal hop profile. I'm guessing there's some fuggles in here. Very soft pear fruitiness.
The flavor opens with a light, grain-tinted caramel maltiness. The grain comes in with a cereal breadiness. Some biscuity flavor into the middle, with a buttery, honey tinged smoothness into the finish. Mild hop flavor, an indistinct herbal and earthy flavor toning down the caramel sweetness. A dryish finish, leaving a lingering biscuity maltiness on the tongue. Light bodied, with a bit too much carbonation for my tastes. I think the beer would sit a little better on the tongue with milder bubbles. Smooth drinking. Nicely balanced, if a bit sleepy-eyed.
There seems to be a certain flavor profile to this brewery's beer. I've gotten it from other canadian micros, and I'm assuming it's the malt. It must be different from american varieties. A vague graininess, not unpleasant, just different. It serves up this dry feel in the finish, so the sweetness is always disarmed. A nice enough beer. It seems to have some lagery tendencies, mostly the dryness in the finish and lack of ale-like fruitiness. I could put back a couple in a sitting and not get sick of it. Cool.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium Amber color, medium head. Medium bodied ale. Robust flavor. Nicely malty, with a very definite malt sweetness. Nice taste, complex flavor. Good balance of hops and malts. Mouthfeel is full and round. Smooth. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Durandal_777
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of OskarL
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear deep amber/copper color with a off white head that has some retention and leaves little lacing.

Smells a bit of roasted malt, caramel and little fruity. Smell is quite faint but nice.

Tastes roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, toffee with a bit sour bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel with quite some carbonation and a light body.

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Photo of LazyL
3.54/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good dark amber with a thin cream coloured head.
The nose it the best quality on this beer. Malty, brown sugar, cotton candy, honey and some mild citrus hops.
Some nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel with alot of roasted malt and brown sugar flavour. Easy to drink making this a good beer. Not great, but not at all a bad beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark amber hue, with one finger of soapy light tan head, which leaves some random webbed layers of lace around the glass. It smells of mild caramel malt, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is sweet caramel and biscuit malt, a bit of dark sugar, and more leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body decently weighty and smooth, and it finishes with a raisiny malt flourish, tempered somewhat by some weedy hops.

A fairly solid amber ale - with a decent hop offset. It's nice to be able to try Granville Island's beers in typical publican joints.

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Gastown Amber Ale from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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