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Cypress Honey Lager - Granville Island Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in small batches, our Cypress Honey Lager is lightly hopped, mild and bright, and given a hint of sweetness with pure Fraser Valley honey. It’s like a refreshing blast of Cypress Mountain air.

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 06-30-2003)
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Reviews by BasementBer:
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2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: light color, no head retention, overly carbonated.

S: honey for sure, sweet malts, grain husk.

T: cloyingly sweet. slight hop flavor in the finish but thats it. brown sugar.

M: a bit dryer than the english pale ale surprisingly.

D: wouldnt go back to back with this as it exhaustes the palate an the throat.

BasementBer, Jul 03, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

andrewdanks, Jun 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

chickenm, Dec 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, on a pleasant patio in downtown Kelowna, in advance of the Canada Day fireworks show. I remember this as being pretty good, way back before GIB's beers were yanked from Alberta liquor store shelves.

This beer appears a clear medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of volcanic erosion lace around the glass as things settle out.

It smells of mildly bready, but mostly grainy pale malt, soft hints of musty field honey, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is a semi-sweet, somewhat bready graininess, a hint of bland biscuit, a slight twinge of muddled honey sweetness, and fairly tame earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, but frothy all the same, the body a waning medium-light weight, and a bit too tacky in its smoothness. It finishes mostly clean and a bit off-dry, the lingering malt and loitering honey sweetness still perceptible.

Inoffensive, in that underwhelming Canadian honey lager pantheon way, and easy enough to drink, when hearts and minds are focused elsewhere - across the table, or perhaps down the street.

biboergosum, Jul 03, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev +12.5%

joeyjoey104, Aug 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

CWVegas, Jul 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

DavidGross, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

joemcgrath27, Aug 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

cletetron, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of souvenirs
2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at BC liquor store on Commercial Drive.

Very drinkable, but nothing complex. This beer is refreshing but bland with almost no aftertaste. Despite the name, I'm not really tasting any honey. I wouldn't buy it again (Whistler's Bear Paw Honey Lager is much better), but I'm having no problem getting through the six-pack I bought.

souvenirs, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of elricorico
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured aggressively, this beer is an orange gold colour with lots of bubbles. The off white head started large, but lasted less than a minute and ended up as a thin ring.

The smell is grainy and grassy with a dull sweetness overtop. I would say it is more of a malt sweetness than a honey one.

Honey sweetness subtley reveals itself first in the taste, followed by a maltier sweet taste that is reminiscent of the Island Lager. I find this lager to be better balanced as it actually has a bit of a grainy hop finish. Nothing fantastic, but above average in the taste department.

The mouthfeel seems almost identical to that of the Island Lager, not thin and not overly carbonated.

In the end I would say that this is better than a macro, but certainly not an outstanding lager. I don't think it would be hard to get macro drinkers into this beer though, so it may serve as a nice gateway beer.

elricorico, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft: Poured a golden/amber color lager with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of light malt presence with light sweet notes form honey. Taste is also dominated by light caramel notes with sweet honey finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. This is almost closer to a Vienna then a straight lager but refreshing nonetheless with limited amount of complexity.

Phyl21ca, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An average offering from the Granville Island Brewery, but at least they are consistent in offering average beers. It's a clear golden colour, decent white head upon pour, but it disappears quickly and leaves a minimal amount of lacing. Aroma is crisp, predominantly floral hops, and the smallest bit of sweet malt. This possesses a pretty good mouthfeel, it's very satisfying, but the flavour department isn't really home right now, it's crisp, but the taste seems to be muted. It's actually quite refreshing, just a tad bland.

IronDjinn, Jun 30, 2003
Photo of atigerlife
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden with light carbonation rising. Small white head that dissipates quickly.

Not much aroma coming out of this one.

Taste has honey, bread, sweetness, and apples.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little flat.

Overall, pretty nice and very drinkable. Low ABV makes it a good session beer.

atigerlife, May 14, 2011
Photo of ChuckGnarly
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

ChuckGnarly, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25%

LampertLand, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of CrazyMike
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber yellow appearance with a small amount of head that slowly settles down leaving some lacing. Smell consists of honey, grain and some malt, very light though and hard to pick up.

Taste consists of honey, bread, sweetness, some hops and malt. Very light overall, but refreshing. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is a dry honey taste.

Overall, this is a simple honey lager. It's refreshing and inoffensive, but also lacks any outstanding features. If you want an easy six pack to drink, I'd recommend.

CrazyMike, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of terryeckmeier
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a friend of mine pick this up for me while she was out west and I've heard a lot about Granville Island but I'm a little underwhelmed. Its a very basic clean lager with a hint of honey sweetness in it. I would have liked it to have a little more bitter on the end. Taste a lot like other honeys lagers I've had in the past certainly on of the better ones but not all that impressed. I am looking forward to the Pale Ale that I also have. All in all decent don't think I would buy it for my self but wouldn't turn it down if it was free.

terryeckmeier, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.9/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

CAN you dig it? I went to BC, CANada to score this beer!

It began with a nice, solid finger's worth of bone-white head before reducing to mere wisps. The nose, however, was pure honey. It was leaning into a beehive and taking a deep breath, albeit without the angry, stinging bees. Very pleasant. The color was a slightly hazy golden (honey) color. The mouthfeel was medium with a great honey sweetness on the palate. The finish lingered with the honey taste that had been so prevalent throughout. Now for a couple of caveats re. my review and the marks. I am generally not a sweet (malty) beer fan, but this was a very different type of sweet, not cloying and very true to its origin. Also, I like honey as an alternative to sugar as a sweetener. I feel like I really blew it by not buying more of this one when I had the choice. Traders?

woodychandler, May 03, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
Photo of berley31
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured with a moderate-small, fizzy white head that dissipates to a thin film. Body is dark yellow, with good clarity.

S: Slightly sweet malt aroma, with hints of sulfur and DMS. After a bit of warming, something very unpleasant comes through that I can't put my finger on... it's a little similar to B.O., to be honest.

T: Just a hint of honey in the flavor, and barely that. Touch of DMS, with a medium malt sweetness. Kind of refreshing.

M: Light-medium bodied, with high carbonation.

D: I'm not a fan of the aroma, and it was turning me off quite a bit the more I drank. Otherwise, it's a good example of the style.

berley31, Sep 30, 2010
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

IrishFrenchman, Mar 10, 2014
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Cypress Honey Lager from Granville Island Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.