IPA | Granite Brewery & Restaurant

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Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Ontario, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An India Pale Ale, this golden colour, medium body ale packs a notable hop bitterness punch. Cask conditioned and dry hopped.

Added by stirgy on 01-11-2002

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of eberesford
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovers of American IPA’s will likely dismiss this as insufficiently hoppy. Not at all - but the hopping is grassy herbal, not citrusy, piney, grapefruity. All this over over a bready, toasty, caramelly malt base. The two held in balance. Of course, I would prefer a 19c recipe (OG ca 1070 - 1075. But then they have to sell their beer, and I have to drive home.

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Photo of heerboth
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

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1.32/5  rDev -61.3%

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3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Coronaeus
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of boszormeny
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewpub...

A: Pours a nice light golden with about one finger of puffy white head. The foam lingers for a bit but settles nicely. There is some lacing left in the glass as it drinks.

S: This beer smells of very floral, with notes of light malt and some citrus presence in the background. The floral qualities are really dominate.

T: The beer starts out with a mild sweetness right up front. The floral notes come on strong afterward and linger with the sweetness all the way through to the finish. There is a very slight citrus taste that mingles with the flowers at the very end.

M: Might bodied beer. It slides through the mouth and down the gullet without any hesitation. It's super drinkable and something I could enjoy more of than just a single pint.

O: This is a really solid English style IPA. It is a deliciously flavored, easy drinking beer that i would return to again the future.

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Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of cratez
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Gambrinus Bistro & Cafe. Pretty sure this is the first time the IPA has appeared at a bar outside of Toronto.

Taps a golden amber hue with one finger of bright white head and thick sheets of lacing on the pint glass.

Smell is orange peel, apricot, mango, marmalade, lemon, green tea, jujube candy, perfume, and floral aromas.

Taste closely follows the nose with Fuzzy Peach, mango, nectarine, a juicy orange-like sweetness, apricot, biscuity pale malts, and a resinous, lemony bitterness to end.

Mouthfeel is soft, light side of medium bodied, delicate citric spiciness on the palate with an off-dry finish and fleeting aftertaste.

Overall, this is a solid English IPA with inviting flavours and aromas that are more subtle than what you typically find in American renditions of the style. It's an easy-drinking and tasty quaff - nothing more, nothing less. Cheers to Milos for getting this one down to London!

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Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the brewpub, served in a pint glass.

Served a pale yellow with some hints of orange in the body. Typical cask head, soapy and big bubbles. Moderate retention. Nose has some English hops, and is quite bready for the most part. Taste is just as bready, if not more so. Good body, more English hops, some mild pine notes, light diacetyl. Good drinkability, decent body. Low cask carbonation, and a good lingering bitterness; likely more bitter than any of their other offerings. Decent overall.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears a clear medium golden apricot hue, with a small amount of fizzy, soapy white head, which leaves a small ring of lace as it recedes. It smells of light citrus - orange, mostly, and white biscuit grain. The taste is bitter orange pith, and mildly sweet biscuit malt. The carbonation is average, for a cask pour, so pretty light then, the body smooth and fairly full and round, and the finish is dry, earthy, with a little weedy hop edge.

Much more flavourful than I was expecting from an EIPA. Another decent 'Canadian' IPA.

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Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the kansas city location. i was told it was brewed on premises. very good draft ipa. med amber color. nice hop aroma. good taste with very balanced hop to malt flavor. good hop finish . carbonation was steady and the lacing was outstanding down the glass. certainly worth the trip.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow body with a wispy white head.

Smell: Faint aroma of pale malts and citric-smelling grapefruit.

Taste: Watered down pale malt taste with one to two drops of caramel sweetness. Light citrusy grapefruit taste. Medium bitterness. Watery, citric finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Mild carbonation. Spitefully watery.

Drinkability: I'm sorry, Granite, but I didn't care this brew one bit. Calling it a "simple" IPA would be the nicest thing you could say.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with a white head. Head is a touch small but well retaining.

S - Cheesy, floral and citrusy.

T - Maltiness is solid, followed by a mild metallic bite. Lemony hops and a light bitter aftertaste.

M - Lightly carbonated with a touch of astringency. Body is middling.

D - Pretty good drinkability but not terribly exciting. Could be a bit bolder with the flavours perhaps.

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Photo of bobsy
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Granite Brewery in Toronto. Golden colour with a huge frothy head. Citrus and grass in the aroma. Flavour is very fresh, with a good hop balance, and the mouthfeel is crisp. Seems to be missing a little something to make it special, but is still a decent brew.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very, very, faint aroma. Citrus, orange peel, tangerine.

Looks: Slight haze. Golden yellow. Small head, with good lace work.

Taste: Orange, tangerine. Herbal. The bitterness creeps up on you... you notice it more in the finish/after-taste.

Mouthfeel: Fine carbonation. A little spritzy at first, then settles down after a couple of seconds in your mouth.

Overall, this IPA is difficult for me to classify as either an American or English style IPA, but it's a good one either way.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this from a cask at the Granite in Halifax, NS.

Appearance: Poured a golden yellowish colour with a nice frothy white head that lsats the duration of the drink. Good lacing.

Aroma: Different from any IPA I've sampled. I detect a good helping of citrus and florals, but also some strange spices uncharacteristic of an IPA. Mandrake may be on the right track in his previous review, comparing it to a Belgian pale ale.

Taste: Caramel and butter with a spicy grapefruit bitterness . Very herbal indeed.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied.

Final Statement: A Strange IPA for sure, but definately a good brew. Woth a try if you're curious.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rather light yellow, just barely hazed, with a pure white head that builds to about one finger before subsiding, leaving just the barest trace of lacing and a surfacing pool of carbonation. Smell is... Belgian. Banana and cloves, very spicy noble hops... Yep, it's a Belgian pale. Taste is along the same lines. Light fruity esters, more spices, and rather mild hop character. Bit of soap, some diacetyl. Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and with decent body, and drinkability is good. Not bad, but unusual for an IPA. Not what I'd have expected from the Granite, and a bit disappointing. Not because it's bad, but because I expect more from them given their other excellent offerings. Middle of the road, but passable.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Toronto brewpub.

A: Clear, golden-bronze; very little retention; good lace.

S: Earthy, citrus hop aroma, bready.

T: Earthy-orange citrus; assertive, but not overwhelming bitterness. Quality pale malt. Very British.

M: Modest body & carbonation; dry finish.

D: Quite good.

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