Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Emily | Granville Island Brewery

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
-
no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by 49degrees on 02-08-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1
Ratings:
1
Avg:
2.51
pDev:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 1
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

  None found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of 49degrees
2.51/5  rDev n/a
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 ]

 2,281 characters

Emily from Granville Island Brewery
- out of 100 based on 1 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe