Brockton IPA | Granville Island Brewery

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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.

Added by canucklehead on 03-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
126
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
12.65%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Photo of pudoo
5/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of lumikuuro
4.42/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can.

Appearance: Rich, amber/bronze colour with one finger white head when poured into goblet with some ferocity, in order to get the head to develop. Head recedes quickly and leaves no ring and no lacing. Disappointing from that point of view, but the colour of the beer is glorious.

Aroma: Floral hops, some wood, maybe a hint of citrus. Some malt as well.

Taste: Much better than expected. When I first saw that Granville Island had released a mass produced IPA in cans and bottles, I expected their typical caramel sweetness and a rather lacklustre appeal-to-the-masses IPA. However, there are a lot of hops in here - floral and slightly woody with very little citrus, and a good, tasty malt backbone that makes this a very well balanced IPA which is more than just entry level. Surprisingly long bitter finish, more like the quality you would expect from some of their seasonal brews. What it does lack, however, is the sheer assault of many IPAs in this area of the world, and as it is marketed as "a well hopped northwest IPA", some drinkers may expect more hops. But there are plenty in here, and making a tasty IPA is not just about piling in as many hops as possible. Had they not brewed this with a malty backbone, this would have been only nice.

Mouthfeel: Reasonable carbonation, medium bodied, functional.

Drinkability: Pretty good actually. This IPA has a nice, balanced flavour, but if you want a massive hop assault and/or the satisfaction of head retention and lacing, then look elsewhere. What this IPA does offer that many others in the pacific northwest don't is plenty of malty flavour as well as lots of hops.

A lot better than expected. Tasty beer.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Tommo
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am shocked that this is rated so low. On draft in Banff. Exploding with hop aroma and flavor, this is a very good low malt pale ale. Side by side with other canadian pale ales, this was amazing. Very new american style

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Photo of ZachT
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 DoctorStrangiato
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - light copper colour with a thin layer of head with very good lacing, plenty of hops obviously contributing. Not a lot of visible carbonation.

Smell - nice solid malt aroma with a good whiff of the citrusy hop boquet.

Taste - very crisp flavour with a good bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - well-balanced and exciting hop activity.

Drinkability - easy-drinking IPA, definitely would recommend.

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Photo of papawu76
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Shadman
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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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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 dbl_delta
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Pinnacle Harbourfront in Vancouver. Pours a nice amber color with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is a mild malt base and a decent dose of citrus and pine hops. Not a bomb by any means, but fairly well-balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My store had one last 6 pack of Brockton IPA in cans that nobody has been wanting to buy, so I thought fuck it and bought it just to make shelf space.

I grabbed my Heineken glass to pour it into. It pours a beautiful orange colour, pretty much as orange as it can be without being brown. Nice head with a great aroma. It smells of summer fruits like apricot and some nice hoppy notes. The taste is not as hoppy as some of the craftier IPAs out there (as I would expect from Granville Island Brewery), but is still very pleasant. The taste is very light for the style but still has some sweet malt notes and again, fruit, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I love this beer, and it must be my favourite of the GIB bunch, even in cans. This is flavourful enough to introduce to someone as a nice, inexpensive craft beer, and yet is mild enough that it leaves a lot of room for introduction to more intense beers like impIPAs and some of the heavier porters out there. As it stands, I`ll certainly buy this again.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear copper, finger of soapy white head, mild retention, decent carbonation noticeable on the body leaving some fine sporatic lacing.

S - Grassy hops, sour lemon and bready caramel malts on the finish.

T - Bitter hops dominate the palette, very citrusy with some wooden cedar bark off the top. Mild caramel and buttered bread malts linger on the finish.

M - Perfect carbonation, not too watery, but very dry on the finish. Leaves your teeth sticking to your lips.

D - Overall the flavours are nicely balanced, but the mouthfeel was a bit of a turnoff to me. I quite liked the hops on it, and the buttery bread malts were very complementary. Decent offering from GIB and a welcome addition to the Alberta liquor market.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of theDuck
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gumbytracks
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of shagal
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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Brockton IPA from Granville Island Brewery
3.4 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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