Granville Island Campground Common

Reviewed by on June 1, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Granville Island Brewery

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: June 1, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: California Common

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A BC-friendly offering that was produced with some sort of connection to this year’s upcoming Pemberton Music Festival.  3 wan devil fingers in the air, amirite?

This 650ml bottle pours a glassy, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some splattered bug windshield lace around the glass as it quickly exits the gates.

It smells of grainy and gritty pale malt, further biscuity cereal notes, white and black pepper spice, some muddled light orchard fruitiness, and gentle earthy, leafy, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a twinge of biscuity caramel, strange (but not for this style, apparently) yeasty esters, faint generic citrus fruit flesh, and more unheralded leafy, weedy, and floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is active in that sort of annoying, maybe just get a real job frothy sense, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really manifesting here to cause any trouble otherwise. It finishes off-dry, the cereal-forward malt hanging tough, while the purported hops are stuck waiting in line for the toilets, or something.

Overall, not a bad rendition of the style, in that my appreciation of it is not an oft practiced one, so I can only go by my other dulled senses, I suppose. A generally good-tasting brew, which is enough to recommend this as a salve to any music festival woes – after the fact, of course, because, y’know, glass containers, and all.

Brady White



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