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Granville Island Scottish AleGranville Island Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This full-bodied ale is as bold as the lochs, hills and coastline that inspired it. Chestnut brown in colour, it is definitively malt forward, with layers of big roasted and malted barley flavours.

20 IBU

Added by canucklehead on 03-25-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark colour wth dark lace. Fine smooth mouhfeel, medium bodied. A fine Scotch ale.Drinkable, with an assist to being well malted.Touch of tabacco, some chocolate malt. Understated carbonation.A little coffee and fruit. Mostly malt play, but not overly sweet, just little bitterness.

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Photo of Garin
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a lovely deep brown colour, and was quite clear. A thin creamy head formed and then reduced to a thin foam.

The aroma was a nutty malt, rich and sweet. Slightly buttery aromas blend in with the toasted smells.

Immediately, the flavours of buttery malt mixed with the caramel nuttiness. There was also an interesting chicory/minty sort of taste in the middle -- I'll chalk that up to some kind of interesting hops. A slight coffee bitterness finished it off, with an aftertaste and lingering aroma of a bit of hops. It's a beautiful balance.

It felt creamy but somewhat light in the mouth. The carbonation was light but present.

About the only criticism I can offer is that I really didn't get much of a head on this beer. The folks down on Granville Island are *really* getting these ales down extremely well. Between this and the ESB, I'm seriously impressed. It's quite sad to think about the huge difference between the true on-the-island-brewed limited beers and the mass-market Granville Island beers. Ah... If only they made this stuff all year...

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at the local liquor store.

Pours a cloudy brown/orange, red highlights in the edges, big fluffy light tan head forms, slowly drops leaving behind a lot of lace. Smell is sweet, caramel, grain, some chocolate, light roast, very earthy, smells pretty good. Taste is similar, sweet, chocolate, grains, earth, bit of wood, roast, grains, oats, bready, bit of citrus in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, smooth and drinkable. One of their best beers, pretty good Scottish ale.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 20/2/13

A brown liquid with a deep red glow when held to the light, enough clarity to almost see the other side of the glass under the two finger foam that falls rather quickly leaving one distinct ring followed by some random patches

S lots of malt with this one, sweet dark caramel and a little nutty, I get a old handful of pennies though, quite metallic and with a little fruity spice

T more of the same really but none of the old pennies I got on the nose, a little Christmas cake and its an improvement over the nose

M low medium body, slightly creamy, nutty, fruity caramel on the finish and a little slick after the fact

O pretty solid brew but a small step backwards from some of their recent Seasonals, I tend to prefer smokey versions but this one works

the new 2013 batch is 6.5% and I didn't see the need for a new listing. It's a little pricy at nearly 8$ so a second bottle might be a tough sell but I'm happy with my single

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one hasn't been reviewed in a while! Let's see how this year's batch tastes...

A: pours a clear, dark brown with a dark-tan, frothy 1 finger head that reduces to a thin layer of film and leaves a nice sticky lace.

S: roasted chocolate, espresso malts and a touch of spice

T: the coffee and chocolate flavours come out nicely first leaving a satisfying spicy, nutty aftertaste. There is also a touch of ripe fruitiness present in the background that sweetens the lingering finish slightly.

M: thick and chewy with a nicely pronounced carbonation kick and a very smooth, creamy finish.

D: This is a good adaptation of the scottish Ale style. Nicely pronounced flavours and provides a nice warming sensation. However, it's a meal in a glass and the sheer size of it makes me think that I couldn't drink more than 1 at a time! Nevertheless, a delicious ale brewed locally on Granville Island.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another triumph for the Proto Tap brewery on Granville Island. Unlike their more macro brews brewed in
the Okanagan springs plant these beers are seasonal and
hand crafted.

This beer was black with a fine head that stayed with the
duration of the sample. It was hoppy, malty and full of
treacly goodness that fully represented the Scotch ale
style. What struck me was the balancea and drinkability
of what in the wrong hands can be tough pint to swallow.
These beers are probably not available outside Vancouver
which is a shame because these guys are making some worldclass beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good ruby colour, like a dark Scottish ale or even like a Scotch ale.

A goody malty taste, a bit more flavourful than Belhaven's Scottish ale, but not quite as powerful than their Wee Heavy. Not nearly as woody or one-sided as McEwan's. A bit of smokiness to it, hints of peat. A slight sourness is noticeable, and this seems to go along with other Scottish/Scotch-type beers I've had. Nothing to really complain about.

Smooth mouthfeel makes it easy to drink, but bottle size and 6% abv probably makes this a one or two a night beer. However, this is something I've enjoyed in years past and look forward to every winter.

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Granville Island Scottish Ale from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 8 ratings