Emily | Granville Island Brewery

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Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by 49degrees on 02-08-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This limited edition release debuted in 2000 from the Granville Island Brewing Company of Vancouver, Canada. It's so named to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of The Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design which was named after one of Canada's most celebrated landscape artists Emily Carr (1871-1945). Demand from this first brewing has subsequently resulted in two followup brewings, one in 2001 and again in 2002 which debuted in April of that year. My review is based on the 2002 edition which was recently acquired in early 2003.

Unfortuantely, this beer does not live up to the expectations that one has for it considering it carries the name of one of Canada's most distinguished artists who is respected the world over. Based on the traditional Dusseldorf influenced Alt Beer style, this one sadly comes closer to its Pale Ale cousin rather than the most appropriate English Bitter style.

Pours a rather pale copper color with a reasonable size head that fizzles away to result in little more than surface foam, a good size collar and decent glass lacing.

Taste and aroma wise, the malts in this brew really over power it, almost blowing away any hop effect. This is especially true following the uncapping of the bottle. On first woft of aroma, the hops used in the brew come through quite pleasingly, but disappear too quick and are almost non-existant one you pour it into the glass.

There is a some subtle fruity hints the aroma and taste but they tend to float closer to a sour note rather than a ripe passionate kick. Again, the malts here really make this one flat. Expectations are not even close to being met with this one, which is really sad because of the high regarded name that it carries.

Having said all that, I would recommend this as a cross-over beer for new Craft Beer drinkers. Those who have never truly enjoying something more than "Big Name Crap" should enjoy this one. It's relatively smooth, but does have an unwelcomed crusty hit in the aftertaste, and its an extremely easy to drink beer with little bitterness to scare off newbies.

But with that "safe mode" brewing technique, this one fails to hit the mark that true beer fans would expect.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 650 ml bottle / ABV: 4.7% / PRICE: $4.75 CAD ~ $ 3.12 USD ]

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Emily from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 2.51 out of 5 with 1 ratings