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Lions Winter Ale - Granville Island Brewery

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83
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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Lions Winter Ale combines premium malt with aromatic specialty hops. The vanilla-like finish of this robust ale is a great excuse to get out of the cold and enjoy BC’s favourite winter beer made from the finest natural ingredients.

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 10-11-2004)
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mattguterres

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +36.2%

12-03-2012 03:15:31 | More by mattguterres
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bunruh

Saskatchewan (Canada)

5/5  rDev +36.2%

02-26-2014 16:16:15 | More by bunruh
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BradnerBoy

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +36.2%

12-01-2011 21:03:19 | More by BradnerBoy
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indysamra

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A smooth dark Ale, its name serves it well. On a cold evening, theres nothing quite like a Granville Island Lions Winter Ale. It warms you nicely, and your first taste leaves your mind wandering as to what ingredients make up this aromatic ale. Although, it's flavored with vanilla, I'm led to believe that its actually made up of something a little more nutty.

Nutmeg like. This is the one thing I miss most about winters in Vancouver.

To experience this ale to its full capacity, i really would suggest visiting the Granville Island Brewery, on a winters day, taking up a window seat, and admiring the snow fall as you kick your feet back, and just enjoy that holiday aroma as the smooth ale does exactly what its supposed to.

If you prefer darker ales: Guiness, Newcastle Brown, and most winter ales, you'll love this one.

Indy :o)

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2005 05:34:46 | More by indysamra
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-23-2012 02:46:39 | More by Vyronian
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-09-2013 03:35:18 | More by boszormeny
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Doppelmax

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I liked this beer so much I just had 3 pints. Usually Canadian micros leave me a bit wanting. Not so for this brew. It was served at Snowshoe Sam's at Big White ski area and drawn from a tap that was labeled "Granville Island Winter Ale"
A wonderful reddish copper color but the head faded quickly. The malt aroma was predominant really no hops were noticed. I found the flavour very surprising, the malt just jumped out and grabbed my palate. The hops were so far in the background I didn't detect them at first. All in all a very caramel taste that just seemed right for my liking. After the first pint I had a few plates of various flavoured chicken wings but the malt just kept right up with the various types of wings. A dense body best describes the mouthfeel. I could have certainly had a few more if my much better half said it was time to head back to our condo. I'll certainly try this beer again and again

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2007 02:55:48 | More by Doppelmax
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cletetron

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

02-16-2012 03:03:14 | More by cletetron
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Telestic

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

01-26-2012 11:32:55 | More by Telestic
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rudiker81

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-02-2013 04:32:33 | More by rudiker81
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one pleasant ale that reminds me of Christmas. Deep brownish red with a thick, creamy, two finger head, this beer is a beauty to behold. Smells of banana bread, malts, caramel, vanilla and winter fruits. Tastes delicious. Big bold malts, bready character, strong hint of vanilla, some banana and plums... Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Too bad I'm having this during the spring.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 23:16:13 | More by slitherySOB
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, a Christmas classic in the Vancouver area. This was my first winter warmer and still among my favourites. When I was first of age, as far as beer is concerned, this beer defined what Christmas was supposed to taste like. The really striking aspect of this beer is the vanilla flavours that go all the way through, from the initial smell to the lingering aftertaste. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that appreciates beer with that sweet vanilla taste; it's so very drinkable.

Another similar one to this in BC is Tree Brewing's Vertical Winter Ale; I think it's even better, though GI's Lions Winter Ale is still excellent. Try 'em both and support your BC breweries this Christmas!

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 17:27:46 | More by timtwoface
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dougfredell

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. As far as I'm concerned it is the best tasting local beer in Vancouver. It reminds me of Unibroue beers from Quebec, which is high praise. Awesome beer!

I guess it was slightly foggy - but I don't care about that at all - so long as there's no actual chunks in it.

Presumably it tastes better because it's more fresh. It's only available in the fall, so theoretically it's been brewed more recently.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 18:37:50 | More by dougfredell
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

01-09-2014 17:40:36 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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logicpositive

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

01-05-2013 04:03:26 | More by logicpositive
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

01-03-2013 01:38:35 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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CRObighit2

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

03-03-2014 00:10:49 | More by CRObighit2
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Bren-Dunn

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

09-13-2013 22:17:05 | More by Bren-Dunn
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-20-2013 22:01:18 | More by Molson2000
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Larz_73

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-04-2014 05:07:45 | More by Larz_73
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-29-2012 02:18:25 | More by KalanM
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stevergca

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-12-2014 20:36:14 | More by stevergca
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Josievan

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-03-2014 21:08:27 | More by Josievan
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Despite rating it good on three of five points, I actually think it is better than good. Just not outstanding.

The main thing you notice, both in aroma and in taste is vanilla. This isn't like a vanilla soft drink since, although there is an underlying sweetness, it isn't overly sweet. There's some nice balance going on here. The color is a nice light amber and the head is not too thin. The first few sips are a taste experience and then you get used to it and appreciate the subtle hoppiness and flavor. Well worth a look for, but I'm not sure if you can get it in a six pack on its own. I got mine in a Xmas sampler pack with three bottles each of the Winter Ale, Lager, Pale Ale, and Amber Ale.
Nothing wrong with any of the other brews either. A worthy purchase.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 17:11:21 | More by MAB
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- I poured this fairly aggressively and was greeted with a modest looking white head that settled very quickly into nothingness. The color of the brew is a clear looking, maybe slightly chill hazed brown flat out, not super dark, not real light....just brown. There appears to be an average amount of carbonation, and there isn't really any lacing to speak of....kind of disappointing to look at to be honest!

S- Lots going on here, and most of it is sweet aromas! I'm picking up vanilla, macintosh toffee, milk chocolate and pancake syrup all rolled into one. It really smells like dessert or fresh baking....delicious aromas for sure!

T- Whoa, the flavors are just as variant as the smells! Overall, it mimics the aromas closely, just with more earthiness and some nut qualities mixed in as well. The finsih is dry and slightly spiced. Overall, it's really tasty, just not as prominent as the previous category!

M- I was kind of disappointed again in this category....I find the body to be thin like a cream soda pop, which is what I really can liken this to! The carbonation is actually quite smooth allowing this to not make me feel bloated on the other hand, so I'm torn but wanted this to be a full bodied brew....oh well!

O- A very tasty beer, that while considered a winter warmer, I'm finding quite enjoyable on a summer evening! The alcohol isn't super strong to begin with, but it is very well hidden behind all the sweetness. I'd have no problem having several of these in an evening/afternoon! I do recommend this one and will pick this up again when in season! I'm in the same boat as the previous review....had this one maturing for some time...my wife picked it up for me....I thought I knew what I'd be getting but I'm quite happy with the surprise I ended up with!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 02:28:01 | More by ChrisCage
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Lions Winter Ale from Granville Island Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.