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Lions Winter Ale - Granville Island Brewery

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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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5/5  rDev +36.2%

mattguterres, Dec 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

bunruh, Feb 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

BradnerBoy, Dec 01, 2011
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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)

indysamra, Dec 05, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Vyronian, Dec 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

boszormeny, Dec 09, 2013
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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

Doppelmax, Jan 25, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

cletetron, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Telestic, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

I eagerly await the arrival of this ale in Ontario every year. This is exactly what it says. A Winter Ale. This is not a patio beer.
They make some other very good beers, but none excites me quite like this one.
This is easily in the top 5, probably top 3, beers I have ever had.
Every beer has it's proper place. This one is in my mouth.

wolf6656, Oct 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

rudiker81, Jun 02, 2013
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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.

slitherySOB, Mar 29, 2013
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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!


timtwoface, Nov 26, 2011
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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.

dougfredell, Nov 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

logicpositive, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Surprisingly delicious.

iGi, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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Molson2000, Jun 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Larz_73, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

stevergca, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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Lions Winter Ale from Granville Island Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.