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English Bay Pale Ale | Granville Island Brewery

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English Bay Pale AleEnglish Bay Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our English Bay Pale Ale has a smooth, mild flavour brimming with West Coast character and a caramel malt aroma. A true pale ale, it gets its perfect balance from natural carbonation and careful maturing under the watchful eye of our brewmaster.

Added by 49degrees on 12-27-2002

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of niangelo
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with pretty Vancouver artwork. Poured a slighty cloudy orangesque coloured haze with a fluffy white top. Smells of malt, dryness.

A definite caramel flavour here - not usual for a pale ale, and an enjoyable surprise. This drink dries out at the finish and a touch of bitter, but an overall malt feel that's a bit much for a pale. Not too bad overall though.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo. Brought in to Ontario through Creemore (Molson). Remember having this ages back at the brewery - I wonder how well it's held up.

Poured into a Fullers conical glass, which was amusing considering that when all was said and done I felt this tasted much more like an English pale. Deep amber-copper, clear, nice head, sheets of lacing. Good looking brew.

Nose is caramel malt, bit of chemical, nothing fantastic.

A safe pale ale, malt heavy, a bit of earthy hops to the finish. Mild chemical/metal taste as well. Can't see the APA.

Creamy, good carb, decent feel.

Decent pale ale, probably tastes better on site - but then again, what wouldn't?

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Photo of BCborn
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of takusan1000
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Good standard pale ale that hits the marks in all areas but mouthfeel, which is very drying. Nice color.

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3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can on the shore of Keji National Seaside Park (Nova Scotia).

Tea colored with exceptional clarity, visible carbonation and a fine head.
Mild flavor that's only a bit more hoppy than malty.
Clean and well balanced but mild like a session pale ale.
Medium body and carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An English pint, amid a "selection" of BMC crap at a Calgary International airport restaurant during layover hell, this was somewhat welcome as the house beer promotion. I haven't seen Granville Island in mine own province in a while now. Gee, I wonder why.

This beer arrives at the table appearing a clear medium brickish copper colour, with one fat-ass finger of puffy, densely foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of archipelago island lace around the glass as it quick abates.

It smells of mildly acerbic orchard fruit, a lightly bready caramel malt, a touch of zippy black pepper, and further plain-ass earthy noble hops. The taste is somewhat complex, yet still quite mild in its sweet grainy caramel maltiness, and hardly more upbeat with the unsurprisingly tame earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is about average, and weakly frothy at best, the body a benign medium-light weight, and generally smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the hops trailing off, and the drupe-heavy, fruity malt acting as such when presented with the concept of absent playmates.

A fairly bland, if disagreeably decent choice when you are held hostage via poor options, but, sometimes them's the breaks, and you just have to dream of those better beer destinations only a plane flight away.

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Photo of smirks
4.25/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught purchased at a restaurant poured into a regular pint glass.

Look: Beautiful caramel color. Clear. No head at all because the server didn't know how to pour beer. A little bit of fine carbonation visible, distributed evenly. I'm not sure whose idea it was to call this a pale ale, cause it ain't pale.

Smell: Caramel and bready grains and brown sugar. Malty and light. Not what a pale ale should smell like, definitely no citrusy, astringent hops at all on the nose, but so, so nice.

Taste: Exactly like the smell. Caramel, bready grains, and brown sugar. Not even the faintest hint of bitterness, though, and no corn syrup sweetness either. It's not the most complex taste, but it's a very nice, light, malty beer. I think I might even call it well balanced.

Feel: Slightly thinner than an English Pale Ale. Less carbonation than an IPA. Very easy on the tongue and very drinkable.

Overall: This will be disappointing if you want an IPA. This will be disappointing if you want an English Pale Ale. This will be excellent if you want a malty beer with no bitter or sour or cloyingly sweet notes that is extremely drinkable. I have no idea what I would call this style. It tastes like it looks.

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2.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Sammy
2.47/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Huge foamy pour, maple syrup colour beer. Beery and not hoppy aroma, but initial taste is hoppy grapefruit Then the malts take over. Moderate carbonation, and medium to light mouthfeel. Quaffable but not a good example of a pale. Thanks Mark for bringing back.

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Photo of Trimmers
4.64/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bryanzk
3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured a clear copper, short head dissipated quickly, basically no lacing
S - a mix of sweet and bready malts, subtle earthy notes, but not much else
T - mostly buttery bread flavour mixed with a little sweetness, there is a slight touch of earthy hop bitterness, not bad but not what I expected going in
M - mostly full carbonation feel up front, but as that fades there's not much left, maybe a little dryness
D - a very average drink, seems to be a more all purpose offering in terms of light flavour and carbonation, goes down easy but not sure i would invest more time that one

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MGibbons
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vanrassel
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highly drinkable, though unremarkable offering from Granville Island.

It looked decent coming out of the bottle, pouring a dark copper with a foamy head that quickly reduced to a ring and left some sticky lace on my glass. The smell was subdued, despite what seemed to be a few different things contributing to it: biscuity malt, some nice fruity esters — I picked up apple and pear, but who knows? — and faint hops.

My first impressions of the taste were uncharitable: that this is a pretty nondescript beer. Given more time to sample and think about it, I'd say "well-balanced" would be a more diplomatic way of putting it.

There are some real pluses to this beer: a nice lively mouthfeel and clean finish, but in this case I think "well-balanced" is a drawback: as someone else mentioned, this beer is a little malty for the style — I would have preferred more of a hoppy bite. That, in turn, would have won me over.

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2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GrimmReaper
2.08/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Also came in the 12 pk variety,otherwise i would'nt of tryed it.
Pours a copper-amber color with a small tan bubbly head with little retention and minimal lacing.
The nose is of malts,lite toffee,mild coffee with a sweetness in the air in there somwhere.
Taste is a little sweet with molasses coming thru and the malts and some stale something in there that lingers with you all the way thru this beer.
Got a creamy mouth which is medium to full body but at the same time kinda watery.
Not really my kind,and that stale taste really hits hard once it warms...not to my liking.

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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