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Brockton IPA | Granville Island Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
gib.ca

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brockton IPA is a celebration of our 25th anniversary. Brewed in the style of a Pacific Northwest India Pale Ale, this refreshing IPA is golden coloured and well hopped. It’s destined to become a highlight of this great city, just like its namesake in Stanley Park.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,779
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
126
pDev:
12.65%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
Trade:
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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a chill hazed amber/orange color with minimal head, but what there is, retains well. The lacing is quite good, leaving behind soapy white wisps of foam. The carbonation appears to be average for this style, big and bubbly....nothing really outstanding about the looks of the brew

S- I smell a huge malt aroma, followed by the typical citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon, and the finish is primarily of leafy, herbal like bitterness. Overall, the aromas are modest at best...not real bitter, and not super potent, which is okay IMO.

T- There are some distinct, yet again, typical, citrus notes, of the same aforementioned varieties, and a lot more malt sweetness than I anticipated. There are notes of caramel/toffee along with brown sugar. These are offset somewhat in the finish, by a fresh tasting, yet mild bitter hop flavor.

M- Thirst quenching for sure, and the mouthfeel is light; not really carbonated in that palate scrubbing way, but it's there for sure. This is actually quite well balanced but the flavors and body are not really as powerful as I would have thought they would be.

O- As far as drinkability, this one is really easy to do so! I would put this more along the lines of an APA or even and American Amber....it's just so balanced, yet mild for what Granville was going for I think. Really nice to enjoy out on the patio on a very warm evening, like I did with this review!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, GI finally decided to add an IPA to their lineup and I am a little let down. This beer is just missing enough hops to put it up there with Tree Hopehead and Phillips. The beer has a great malt base and the hops that are there are pleasing to the nose and mouth but the beer lacks the killer punch. Now if this was a replacement for the anemic pale ale then I would rate it better but the bottle promises a hoppy PNW IPA.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass, as that's all that is available in this hotel room. Body is a golden-orange color topped by some wisps of creamy white head. Aroma of sweet malt (pale and some caramel), assertively fruity hops, and a touch of honey. Palate is well-balanced between lightly sweet malt and fruity hops with some tropical notes (pineapple, grapefruit). Finish is light, with any hop bitterness yielding to the sweet notes in the malt.
Body is a little thin, but nicely effervescent. This is a highly drinkable ale, but definitely lacks the punch of bitterness that is necessary in something calling itself a "west coast" IPA.

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Photo of TerryW
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one didn't quite work for me. It has some oddly unpleasant flavours going on and those didn't mesh too well with the higher than normal alcohol.

Looks great - poured a great big creamy looking head that settles to about a quarter inch and gave up some good lace. Handsome amber colour.

Soft nose, some hops and woodeness. Unfortunately, that woody character didn't translate into anything worthwhile on the palate. Slightly unpleasant with a touch of sourness in the finish despite an initially over sweet character. This one just hit one wrong note after another for me. Poor job of making the alcohol content work as part of the beer. Not a particularlly well integrated brew. Disjointed and slightly jarring.

So far I'm not overly impressed by what GIB has on offer.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was able to try this beer courtesy of Beertunes. Many thanks sir.

The beer pours a copper amber color with OK head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt and a hint of citrus. On the palate, this beer is on the sweet side, but with just enough hoppy bitterness to keep it from becoming heavy or tiring on the palate. Still, it's easy to drink and enjoyable, and the beer finishes well on the palate. I guess I'd describe the mouthfeel as light to medium bodied, and drinkability is pretty good.

Nothing extraordinairy going on here. This is just a pleasant, easy to enjoy and understand IPA made in an open, easy going style. No off flavors whatsoever, and I'd say this is worth trying.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

CANned beer from CANada, courtesy of BigBry, who hopefully got my return trade. Thanks, Bry!

I got a finger of tawny head with moderate retention off of my pour. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a moderate pine-like hoppy bite. Mouthfeel was medium with a somewhat medicinal taste from the hops. It was like sucking on a hops lozenge, not bad, but not great, either. Finish was pleasant, but still lacking in the intensity that I think that they were striving for. I felt it was closer to an English IPA than an American IPA. It did create some nice lacing as I drank through it. I am glad to have tried it, but it is not worth seeking out (unless Bry sends you some).

From the CAN: "Brockton IPA is a celebration of our 25th anniversary. Brewed in the style of a Pacific Northwest India Pale Ale, this refreshing IPA is golden coloured and well hopped. It's destined to become a highlight of this great city, just like its namesake in Stanley Park."

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml green can (matches the bottle label pictured), brought back from latest trip to Vancouver.
From the back label: "Brockton IPA is a celebration of our 25th anniversary. Brewed in the style of a Pacific Northwest India Pale Ale, this refreshing IPA is golden coloured and well hopped. It's destined to become a highlight of this great city, just like its namesake in Stanley Park."
Pours a copper color with a full white head. Good retention and thin layers of lacing. Lots of floral and citrus hops, much more than expected. Caramel malt sweetness is there in the taste and solid enough to stand up to the hop bitterness. Good body, full enough to be satisfying, but still refreshing.
A decent IPA, flavor-filled and enjoyable.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden/copper appearance with moderate-thick head and decent lace. Smell is grainy and malty with some sweetness, nothing big though.

Taste is very malty with decent hops, picked up citrus, caramel and grain as well. Slightly earthy. Light-moderate body with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and malty.

Overall, this is a good take on IPA's. Good combination of tastes and drinkable. Not an amazing beer, but good enough. Would recommend.

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Photo of Derek
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gold with a white head, some retention & lacing.

S: Not much of a hop nose for an IPA, just a little rind.

T: Solid bitterness, but the hop flavour is lacking by Pacific Northwest standards (nothing compared to last years special release IPA). Some pale malt flavour, a little citrus & rind, slight earthy mineral.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp, dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle from the LCBO (via Molson's hand-picked 6 sampler). I wasn't terribly impressed with Granville's pale ale, but as a major hophead, this one looks like it might be a bit more interesting.

Pours a clear, golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of dense, creamy, off-white coloured head that sticks around for a good long while. Like all good things, however, it eventually comes to an end, leaving behind a smooth cap and silky collar, as well as rings of lacing. The aroma is clean, with a modest splash of citrus, pine sap, floral hops and caramel. Not bad, but not particularly enticing for an IPA.

The taste is actually quite decent, but (as with the pale ale) it seems more English than American to me. While there isn't exactly a shortage of hop flavour, it tends toward a more earthy, floral dryness, with only some slight piney citrus notes. This is balanced with a backbone of bready malts, caramel and honey. The finish is on the dry side, and the aftertaste doesn't linger long. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and fairly mild carbonation. Leaves some stickiness on the palate, but not an especially persistent presence. Pretty drinkable as far as IPAs go.

This would actually make for a decent session brew, but it's not an especially interesting IPA, and I doubt most American-style IPA fans would be all that impressed with this. More of an EIPA or APA in terms of hop profile, but a decent brew regardless of the category, and probably the best Granville brew in this sampler.

Final Grade: 3.46, a B-. Granville Island's Brockton IPA won't leave any beer geeks astounded - it's a straightforward, balanced, relatively sessionable ale, with a mild hop bite that is unlikely to endear itself to many hopheads. I don't mean to be too critical - this is an enjoyable brew that I wouldn't mind trying again - but a repeat purchase is not a priority. A solid effort, and worth a try, but in the end it's nothing special.

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Photo of Shadman
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of ledjip
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of cswhitehorse
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The Brockton IPA poured a orange amber hue with minimal head activity or foam head. The was pretty subdued with aroma similar to a pale ale not an ipa. Where was the dry hopping? In the taste it was off balance and very low in IBU's. By taste would say this one has 40-50 ibu's. It was flat on the tongue and mouthfeel was very weak. Overall I would not drink this again as it does not resemble the style to me.

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Photo of beertunes
2.06/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into 10oz glass. In contrast to the Pale Ale from this brewery I had earlier, this beer poured with a lot of head (about 2 inches in a 5 inch glass). The bright, white foam had good retention and decent lacing. The beer itself was a deep yellow (not quite gold) color.

A musky hop aroma greeted the nose and it wasn't pleasant. Underneath the basement scent was malt sweetness, no noticeable hop aroma. The flavors followed too closely to the aroma, musty, musky, damp basement.

The body, although a little on the thin side, was typical for the style. Drinkability was as to be expected from a beer that smells and tastes like this. Overall, if you see it, try it. Just don't expect to be impressed.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, named in honour of Brockton Point and Lighthouse, in Stanley Park.

This beer pours a clear, glistening medium golden copper hue, with two fingers of puffy and densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some low-lying broken cloud pattern lace around the glass as it evenly fades away.

It smells rather mildly of grassy, herbal, and softly citrusy hops, a twinge of musty yeast, and wan bready caramel malt. The taste is again, more herbal, leafy, and generic citrus hops, over a rather plain bready caramel malt, with a hint of hard water minerality, while some brewing yeast remnants muddle about.

The carbonation is on the soft and innocuous side, the body an adequate medium weight, fairly smooth, but a tad pithy, which strangely has little effect on its burgeoning creaminess. It finishes generally clean, and off-dry, the bitter herbal/citrus hops still at the forefront, and the grainy caramel malt starting to give in to the dark side.

I don't quite know about the American NW heritage worthiness of this IPA - it seems to me to possess more of that old country (read: English) sensibility that a lot of BC brewers tend to insist on retaining. Nonetheless, still tasty enough in its mangled hybrid nature, categorization be damned - as this one already is in its deal with the devil.

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Photo of bobsy
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New IPA out of Granville Island to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Copper coloured body with a fluffy white head that exhibits good retention and lays down some nice lacing. The aroma mixes floral and citrus notes with caramel malts. Decent floral, citrus hop nose balances well with caramel sweetness. Toasted malt dominates the flavour, which is also decently bitter in an English IPA kinda way, with more of an emphasis on the floral as opposed to the citrus hops in the nose. Body is about par for the style, but could perhaps be a bit fuller. Nonetheless its a good thirst quencher on a hot day.

Its certainly not an equal to its west coast counterparts, but it struck me as a bit of a different beast, erring more to the British interpretation of an IPA rather than the Pac North-West one. The weather was hot outside and I enjoyed it, but I doubt it would become a regular purchase if it was more readily available. Thanks Bryan for the can!

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Photo of CPAles
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mmcnaughton
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of kjyost
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer sent to me by BigBry. Thanks Bryan!

The beer pours golden copper color, slightly veiled. The head is creamy looking and is formed of different size bubbles (big, small and medium). On the taste, I get caramel malts with a light bitter finish. Not much hops in the taste. The aroma is more like caramel butter to me... Nice but not a typical aroma for an IPA. More on the taste, I get faint notes of grapefruits. After finding these notes in the taste, I get some too in the aroma. I would say a good IPA for everyday, but not very tasty.

Cheers Bryan!

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Photo of ChuckGnarly
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep golden, caramel colored ale topped with a rather thin ivory head. Aroma is weak with some caramel and semi-dank, piney Pacific northwest hops. Tastes are balanced with plenty of caramel and bready malt coupled with pine and pungent grapefruit rind. Mouth is medium and creamy with lingering bitterness. Overall, not a palate punisher, but I did appreciate its balanced flavors.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.36/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass, poured a thin looking light golden color with a three finger head that quickley faded to a thin lacing across the top. the smell is light with some floral hops but not a strong sent. the body of this beer is light and a tuch sweet up front the middle is a tuch waterey but then the hops take over thay taste like thay are wet hoped and are overall flowery with a nice hint of pine at the very last second then ther is a strong after tast of aolchal. great all around ipa. realy loved this one

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Photo of CaptainPascoe
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Granville Island Brewery finally have added a beer with a bit more 'oomph'
A very accessable IPA, and I feel it is in the Pacific Northwest Style rather than the British style. (As a Brit living in Canada!) Although not as highly hopped as some, this is a refreshing hoppy pale ale. The hop flavour is definately PNW as the hops used taste citrusy, a little bite and very refreshing, rather than the more floral style of English Hops.

I can drink this all summer day long, which is the point of an IPA, and it does what it is supposed to. This is not an extreme beer, but one you can just enjoy!

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Brockton IPA from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 126 ratings