English Bay Pale Ale
Granville Island Brewery

English Bay Pale AleEnglish Bay Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #445
ABV:
5%
Score:
75
Ranked #48,826
Avg:
3.24 | pDev: 14.51%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
306
From:
Granville Island Brewery
 
British Columbia, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  65
SCORE
75
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English Bay Pale AleEnglish Bay Pale Ale
Notes: Easygoing—like the sunny shores of English Bay itself. Out of the bottle you’ll notice the rich, coppery colour and caramel malt flavour up front, balanced with a dry roasted finish that’s sure to put a smile on your face. Just grill up some burgers, kebabs or tenderloin—and chill
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Tmyhre802 from Vermont

3.04/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Jun 28, 2015
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JanM from Sweden

3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in an amber nuance with a peculiar but not unpleasant smell. Not much foam in the pint. The taste was sweet and caramel with strong bread/biscuit notes kicking in after a while. Notes of green apple too. Although the taste is rather different from a mainstream pale ale, it is not bad and gives the brew a personality.

Aug 25, 2007
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Damacdon from Canada (AB)

3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 27, 2015
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GClarkage from California

3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

03/02/06- Purchased at Ric's Grill in Kelowna, B.C.

Presentation- Served in a pils like glass. 18oz I believe. From the tap.

Appearance- Light copper colored pour. Creamy looking bright white head about 2 fingers. Very light lacing if any at all. Color looks as if it will be a tad watery.

Smell- Heavy mid range malted scent. Mild hops as well. Smells a tad mass produced. Nothing special.

Taste- First sip is fairly watery, but afterwards the carbonation kicks in. Good sweet malt background. Nice caramel flavor. Hops are there, but fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel- As said before, light carbonation as first (almost cask like), but soon perks up to be a middle of the road bubbled brew.

Drinkability- Tastes pretty decent and is pretty easy to drink. About what I expected though. Middle of the road.

Mar 03, 2006
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Trimmers from Missouri

4.64/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nov 23, 2015
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trevorwideman from Canada (MB)

3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355ml can sample poured into a pint glass.

Not a bad looking brew. Pours a coppery-red colour with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates quick. Mild carbonation. Smell is swwet, but not overly so. Very much an apple juice/apple cider type smell with a little pear and roasted malt for good measure. Not much in the way of a hop presence here I'm afraid, but still smells good.

Taste is inoffensive but a little bit boring in that respect. Not terrible though, the apple juice character remains, with a sugary caramel malt presence coming to the forefront, and a slight acidity on the tongue. Where oh where are the hops? This an incredibly easy-drinking ale, more fitting in the British style than the American, with a creamy, slightly watery mouthfeel. Really slides down like water. I usually prefer a heavier ale style, but I could easliy down pints of this on a night out.

Sep 23, 2006
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GeoWitt from Canada (NS)

2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Served lightly chilled in a bottle at Toronto Pearson Airport. Very inoffensive, sweet, malty, a little bitter, which I guess is true to type. About right for the setting.

Jan 22, 2019
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of four selections in the Granville Winter Mingler 12 pack. 341 ml standard brown bottle.
Light brown to amber color, off white tan head. Not much foam, quickly disappears, leaving just a thin ring. Very light aroma of malt caramel and some hop bitterness - too light, was expecting more. Taste is similar with light malt and some bitterness to finish. Average, and kind of unexciting, and left an almost metallic aftertaste.

Jan 19, 2005
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Mousel from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 13, 2016
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Vancer from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

New brewery for me, courtesy of my son on a trip back from Seattle. Pours a clear oaken amber in the Corsendonk tulip glass. Tidbits of ivory lace line the glass on the way down.

The label states this is west coast style, but it seems all English to me with the woody and caramel notes dominating the scene, but not standing out or making any lasting impression on me. Body is very light, not a big load of malt to start, seems to be a "cheaper" version of a better beer wantabe. Not a bad beer, more of a cross-over type brew.

Dec 27, 2009
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Harry_C_Peters from Canada (MB)

3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feb 27, 2019
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CrazyMike from Canada (AB)

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber/copper appearance with thick white head that sticks around for a while. Smell is mostly of bread, hops and caramel.

Taste is mainly made up of bread and caramel malt, has a hint of grain and sweetness as well. Thin, but buttery, body with moderate carbonation. Strange combination. Aftertaste is bitter.

Overall, not a bad beer. It is drinkable and refreshing, but the body is to light. Kind of waters down the rest of the taste. Still, worth a try.

Mar 08, 2011
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.54/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with nice cream but it dissipates quickly. Malt IPA with a very smooth (like honey) with light bitter finish. Nothing that leaves you overwhelmed but really nice beer worth purchasing. To a novice like me learning as I go, I enjoyed it.

Sep 26, 2016
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allergictomacros from Canada (ON)

2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drinkability is this beer's strong point. Nothing particularly off about this brew, but definitely light in all respects. Clear copper with medium head. Sweet, caramelly aromas and grainy flavour with notes of toastedness. Some hops there in flavour and bitterness along with noticeable alcohol. Light bodied, low in carbonation and low in flavour makes for a session-type brew.

Sep 01, 2006
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fortyfield from Canada (ON)

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 25, 2016
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Other reviews here hit the nail on the head: this is a decent enough beer that's just utterly uninteresting. Colour is translucent brown topped by a finger of head that fades to a couple millimetres but persists. Nothing but some mild caramel malt aroma and caramel/molasses/brown sugar flavour--no real sense of balance, no "pop," not enough hop presence of any kind to justify the "West Coast style" designation. Just a caramel-y, fairly bland malty beer. Reminds me a fair bit of Newcastle.

Jul 09, 2015
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bryanzk from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 11, 2016
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Noxious26 from Canada (SK)

3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured in mug.

Clear, copper-amber colour. Head 1/2 inch beige-orange. Head reduces quickly to a thin layer.

Aroma is sweet & a little fruity. Slightly malty with little hops in background.

Taste is sweet with roasted malts. Perhaps a little too sweet for a pale ale. Smooth. Has a mild bitter bite to the aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

Medium bodied mouthfeel that is well balanced.

This is easy drinking and mild in taste, but not what I usually expect from a pale ale. This isn't a bad beer, but it isn't great either. Another middle of the road beer for Granville Island.

Jun 22, 2005
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Asianadian from Canada (NB)

3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 15, 2016
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psweendogg from Connecticut

3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sep 25, 2015
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.07/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Jun 21, 2016
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niangelo from Canada (AB)

3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Mar 14, 2006
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theDuck from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 26, 2015
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atigerlife from Hawaii

3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color. Clear. No carbonation rising. Small white head that is creamy. Good lacing.

Aroma is sweet, malts, yeast.

Taste is crisp, light hops, bready and sweet. Somewhat bland.

Mouthfeel is light/medium. Smooth and creamy and cleansing.

Overall, a decent brew. Somewhat lacking in flavor, but very sessionable.

May 27, 2012
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APP from Canada (MB)

2.91/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 25, 2016
English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
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