Granville Island False Creek Raspberry Ale

Reviewed by on August 14, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Granville Island Brewery

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 13, 2014

  • Best Before: Packaged May 2014

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Beer

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Granville Island Brewing is part of Molson’s Six Pints craft brewing initiative, and still concoct offerings at their original brewpub in Vancouver.  Their summer seasonal (named after False Creek, the small inlet of water separating Granville Island from downtown) is a raspberry-infused light ale, made at their Vernon production facility.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, medium salmon-tinged amber hue, with one finger of weakly foamy, and thinly creamy pink-tinged white head, which leaves a wall of inconsistently broken painted lace around the glass as things quickly settle.

It smells of bready, slightly crackery cereals, a hint of caramel malt, less than sweet raspberry puree, dry honey, and somewhat astringent leafy, earthy, and herbal hops. The taste opens with more slightly tart, but still neutered raspberry fruitiness, followed up anon by a biscuity, semi-sweet graininess, a hint of gritty wheat, and soft leafy, vegetal, and dead grassy hops. The carbonation is fairly low, just a meek frizziness throughout, the body on the light side, weight-wise, and rather plain Jane in its workaday smoothness. It finishes generally restrained on the raspberry front, the wan malt poking through, but not enough to make an issue of it.

A so-so raspberry ale, one that seems a bit too scared of letting its fruit flag fly.  Overall, though, this is a simple, kind of enjoyable, and mostly balanced berry-adjacent summer patio sipper; however, I am certain that one could do better for the next round, fruit beer or not.

Brady White

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