English Bay Pale Ale | Granville Island Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
English Bay Pale AleEnglish Bay Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.21/5
Okay
287 Ratings
English Bay Pale AleEnglish Bay Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by 49degrees on 12-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,277
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
287
pDev:
14.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
60
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 287 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of ghisty
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

appearance: pours somewhat foamy, and a deeper orange than i expected for the style,
being an ale i expected some color but this was a little deeper than i figured for.

smell: had a smooth malty smell. big notes of toasted grain. not overpowering. nice nose.

taste: crisp, and not hoppy really at all, almost zero dryness factor, an ale by definition
i was impressed by this beer. goes down nicely , reminded me of labatt blue but with double the malt and less corn. tasted like an ale should taste, but didnt linger around
which makes drinking more of it easy. the food pairings for this (as stated on the box) are grilled meat (which is pretty vague). but it mentions a carmel flavour, which i failed to find as anything worth mention. that charectaristic would be subtle, at best.

mouthfeel:
not sharp at all, still somewhat carbbed, compared to a more classic ale style.
but sort of slick and smooth , with a small zip of the malt and the grain mixing.

overall:
i didnt know what to expect, and having bought a 6pack, i was hoping it was decent.
this doesnt exactly seem to be a PALE ale as they state ..it seems more to me like a slightly creamy amber..but without the typical hops of most ambers.
and heavy on the malts and grains. i was initially impressed by this beer, but the more i drank of it the more it became just a slightly above average craft beer .
I dont have anything really bad to say, because it is good. but it leaves a little bit to the imagination, but that can make for an awesome session brew.
if ale is your thing, and you like it west coast local. give it a shot.
not something id buy frequently, but i can see a specific type of beer fan loving it.

 1,682 characters

Photo of chadmbogo
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of ThinkAgain
2.25/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of slitherySOB
2.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Probably the weakest beer in their mix pack, this pale ale has no hops whatsoever. Pours a clear caramel colour with one fingers worth of head that barely lasts. Smells of sweet malts, biscuits, and cinnamon. Tastes more biscuit than the smell. Medium body mouthfeel and kind of dry in the finish. A beer I will not be seeking a sixer of, but if they served it at the bar, I'd drink it.

 386 characters

Photo of RefillMyglass
4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of sbarre
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DaPan
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of twelveinches
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of BeerClubNiagara
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kjyost
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of logicpositive
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of 4ster
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of cfalovo97
3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this for the first time a few weeks ago (First of any Granville beer). I found it on tap at a local bar and was pleasantly surprised. Poured nice with a copper color, with a sweet cirtusy taste. Well balanced. The bartender said they were trying hard to get some other Granville products in as this one was being well recieved by those who tried it

 352 characters

Photo of bigox420
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of jrempel
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of ChuckGnarly
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of imbibehour
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Light toffee brown body, and dark caramel color. Clear. Thin head of aboout two fingers and tan in color. Not much retention.

Sticky malts and light toffee smells. A hint of cinnamon also.

Palate comes with matching nose, cinnamon sweet and sticky caramel flavors. Slightly dry, with a simple malt backbone. Some decent carbonation and thickness. There's not much hop character to this though.

Overall a rather simple and decent brew, but not much going on either.

 524 characters

Photo of WeissBoy
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of BierStein711
3.07/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

You don't need to have this beer.

What you have here is a silly attempt at an APA, but there is not enough hop.

Amber in color, off white head that lasts for a minute.

Smells of carmel malt

Tastes like stale biscuits.

Not a beer worth your time as it is very watery.

Overall, don't seek out this beer. Have Rickyard's Blonde

 330 characters

English Bay Pale Ale from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 287 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.