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
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11
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Photo of Converge
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just under two fingers of bubbly, light-tan head. Great honey-amber hue to the beer. The head recedes, but retains well and just under half-a-finger. Some nice looking lacing here and there.

S - Caramel malt and fresh citric hops dominate. Strong undertone of lemongrass and leafy hops.

T - Upfront this beer doesn't boast a very strong flavor. Light malt, slightly piney, a touch of caramel malt. The finish and aftertaste bring forward a flavor of leafy hops and a bit of bitterness. Sort of herbal, slightly earthy. A little bland, but it's alright.

M - Low-to-medium carbonation with a medium bodied feel. Nothing exceptional.

D - You know, it's funny, not even five months ago this IPA was my introduction to the style, and I really didn't care for it. The bitter hop flavor was just too much for me, and now, just a few months later, I find it tame and a little boring. Still an enjoyable IPA, but there are better beers out there for sure.

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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 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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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 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 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 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 joemcgrath27
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a clear golden bronze, one finger off white head retained okay with good lace up the glass
S - light herbal and leafy hops, somewhat grainy malt, with some resiny and metallic notes
T - leafy and herbal up front, some light citrus tartness with grainy notes, finishing with strong resiny and somewhat metallic flavour that are not the greatest
M - a fairly refreshing carbonation, moving to bitter and tart sensations, finishing somewhat dry
D - this is a decent enough brew, has just enough of the IPA elements buts doesn't quite stand out in any aspect, easy drinking enough to session but not my first choice, its straddles the line between common massed produced suds and a true style focused microbrew

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

Had this at Cactus Bar on a recent trip to Vancouver. Poured copper with very little head, and less than stellar retention. Not much of a nose to speak of, with only caramel and biscuit dominating. The taste revealed the same; copious amounts of caramel, and very little traces of herbal hops, leading up to a bitter dry finish. Expected more hop presence for an 'American' IPA. Very thin, but I guess this helps the sessionability. Not a fan. Sorry.

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

A clear golden color with a two fingerhead that has some big bubbles and okay retention. It leaves little lacing.

Smells of biscuty malt, floral and citric hops, fainter hops than I expected.

Taste of some citric, earthy hops backed by a sweet malty backbone with some minerals and some bitterness in the finish.

Quite refreshing and creamy with a medium body and quite some carbonation. A quite enjoyable beer but not as hopped as I thought. Maybe this is typical for the "Pacific Northcoast IPA"?

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Photo of noeldundas
2.72/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

colour is beautiful for an IPA. very clear, tarnished gold.

some phenols and mustiness in the nose. a hint of diacetyl.

there is a light hop flavour, more of an american pale palate with crisp malt and light hopping.

clean bitterness with some pine and malty notes in the finish.

the nose detracts from the drinkability.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of bubbly white head. Head is not in a big hurry to evaporate. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Traces of hops and malts in the nose.

Taste has some nice hops to it. Not enough for a hop bite, but enough to be apparent. Some mild malt flavors at the back, and a bit of earthiness at the end.

Overall very smooth and easy to drink. Very straightforward brew - not an overabundance of flavor, but something more mellow.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass nov4 2009

A clear golden amber with a fast falling two finger head just like the other beers in my mixer

S not a whole lot here, malt before hops and some sweetness but not what I would expect from a "Pacific Northwest IPA" perhaps a English IPA

T again malt and hops with some caramel sweetness but just not enough hops for my liking

M decent carbonation makes it slightly creamy but nothing to brag about

D I was a little let down, but I'm not saying this was a bad beer just not what I was expecting

a bit of a let down for me, I don't understand what it was in my brain that was excited to see the Granville mixer on my recent trip to BC. I seem to remember Granville Island making better beer, perhaps I've just grown up a bit since my last visit to their brewery in 2005 oh well

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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 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 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 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 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 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 chumba526
2.26/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Grandville beer though decent, is not in general particularly strong flavorful brews, makebe thats why this IPA didnt work for me. The color and foam were adverage for a IPA. smell was very slight, i could tell there were hops included but it did not have the amount of hops i would associate with the adverage westcoast IPA, it also lacked any vivid aftertastes. It tasted close to a english IPA, but did not have the richness, i like from english IPA's. It did taste clean but it failed to pack a punch and did not have as vivid of flavors as I would have liked.

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