Cypress Honey Lager - Granville Island Brewery
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4.9/5 rDev +53.1%
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?
05-03-2008 03:42:17 | More by woodychandler
4.22/5 rDev +31.9%
From the brewery, thanks neighbors!!
A - Golden in color, no head, light carbonation.
S - Amber malts plus grains.
T - Citrus, amber malt, and caramel.
M - Excellently balanced for a lager. Not a big lager fan.
D - Definitely a good beer for the summer.
06-13-2008 05:33:23 | More by MisterClean
4.22/5 rDev +31.9%
Hmmmm... I enjoyed a LAGER?
The appearance was a nice golden colour with slightly more head than I expect from a lager, but it was clear and alive... and generally looked like your average lager.
The smell was NOT that of your average lager; it was replete with a mellow honey nose, and quite enticing. Luckily the taste was not overtly honey! In fact it was crisp and refreshing with a full lager finish. I'm almost loathed to say that it was true to his lager style, simply because I liked it so much. Alas, it was very much a lager.
The mouthfeel was light without too much carbonation.
The drinkability was high because in spite of trying several local breweries, this was what I bought the most of at the stores later.
Its unique with its sweet smell, but not 'girly'. I really appreciate that.
09-26-2007 00:01:18 | More by 1759Girl
3.55/5 rDev +10.9%
Cypress Honey Lager looks a lot like honey in the glass; it's a pallid orange-ish colour that is striped with glistening, silken strokes of bright gold. It is perfectly clear but seems as though it's being viewed through a blurring filter. The body appears void of carbonation and the surface entirely flat - yet more similarities to the food of the bees.
In brewing a beer that looks like honey Granville Island has succeeded immensely; in brewing one that smells and tastes like it, the results are more mixed. In both aspects, there is a hint of honey but nothing more. While it lends the beer an ounce of much needed character in both respective categories, the base beer is so bland that a mere drop of honey can also do so much. Wait, maybe it does more than I'm giving credit for...
The aroma itself is negligible, to be sure, but the distinct impression of honey-coated nuts and oats compliments the biscuity underlay of pale malt. There is a similar phenomena in the taste; a sort of honey-nut breakfast cereal or honey-laced dessert pastry flavour that makes the beer untypically quaffable for the style. I'd take this over a run-of-the-mill lager any day. That Fraser Valley Honey must be good stuff!
The honey also seems to add a little body to the beer. A malt bill consisting of (it would seem) only pale and maybe a little biscuit malt would make a rather thin, lifeless lager. But with the addition of honey there seems a more full, almost gooey texture that accompanies the (very) pleasant trace of sweetness. Plus, it drinks so clean! This beer may not be overly tasty nor anything incredibly exciting but it sure is well made.
A fear of hops and an unsubstantiated fondness for honey seem to be the unifying factors amongst all Canadian micro brewers. I like honey and I like lagers (and I love mead but that's another thing) yet curiously I rarely care for honey lagers. In the case of Granville Island's, however, I'm as much enjoying this bottle as I am yearning for another one.
07-18-2009 19:45:15 | More by biegaman
3.4/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
07-03-2010 05:28:58 | More by biboergosum
3.38/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
02-17-2012 23:13:16 | More by CrazyMike
3.33/5 rDev +4.1%
A - Pours a nice golden orange colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.
S - Bready biscuit malts with a sweet honey finish. Fairly mild.
T - The bready biscuit malts dominate the palette, followed by sweet honey and burnt sugar on the finish. A pale toasted bread malt lingers. The honey definitely takes a back seat on this one.
M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.
D - Overall a tasty offering, but nothing all that memorable. Easily drinkable, and non-offensive, but lacking any bold flavours.
01-29-2011 18:35:54 | More by andrenaline
British Columbia (Canada)
3.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Slightly better than average macro lager. Bright golden yellow with a sweet, syrupy smell. Sweet, honey-like taste, lacking in skunkiness and corn-mash I usually find in macro lagers. Seemed a bit too cold and carbonated, but fairly drinkable. Maybe it was the way they served it at The Commodore, but this is far better on-tap than in the bottle.
Bottled version lacks the sweetness and is much more skunky and industrial than the draught version.
11-26-2006 04:32:08 | More by BDTyre
3.29/5 rDev +2.8%
341ml bottle poured into pint glass 17/6/13
A clear light copper with bubbles of all sizes feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves just a single random patch of lace
S faint honey, sweet grains and some floral notes, pretty basic
T more of the same really, no real complexity but unoffensive, it is what it claims I suppose
M light bodied just a little foamy and sticky, not much on the finish just some sweet grains
O a little boring but easy enough to drink, needs much more honey, everything's just a little faint
I wouldn't look for seconds of this but I wouldn't turn one down if passed to me, just another basic brew
06-17-2013 23:49:58 | More by wordemupg
3.28/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
06-28-2006 13:02:13 | More by elricorico
Cypress Honey Lager from Granville Island Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.