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Lions Winter Ale - Granville Island Brewery

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83
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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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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Mama-Kail


1/5  rDev -72.9%

12-24-2012 02:33:19 | More by Mama-Kail
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Justindouglas7


1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

04-02-2014 23:57:06 | More by Justindouglas7
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DavidGross

Ohio

2/5  rDev -45.8%

02-26-2012 17:18:16 | More by DavidGross
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papawu76

British Columbia (Canada)

2/5  rDev -45.8%

12-02-2011 21:42:55 | More by papawu76
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a reddish brown with almost nothing for head despite an aggressive pour. Something about it is not very appetizing.

Smells a bit like vanilla, with a cut grass, peed on clothing smell mixed in. Again, not entirely appetizing... Things aren't looking too good for this one.

Taste is right up front vanilla. Tastes like the filling of an oreo cookie. Finishes up bitter and leaves a cloying flavour in the mouth.

I have nothing good to say about this beer. I've had a couple of bottles before, and tend to like it less each time.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2004 03:11:17 | More by elricorico
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RefillMyglass

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

03-12-2013 01:39:27 | More by RefillMyglass
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Ianleesrivette

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

10-30-2013 06:19:53 | More by Ianleesrivette
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mjacquard

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

01-20-2013 01:18:29 | More by mjacquard
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lions Winter Ale is a blood red beer. Vanilla dominates the nose with a milk chocolateliness to it. This carries over to the taste of the beer. Toffee is subtly present in the background through out. The low carbonation leads to an incredible smooth beer with a solid medium body. There is a residual cloying sweetness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 22:53:21 | More by EskimoDave
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of four selections in the Graville Island Winter Mingler 12 pack.
Orange amber color, with an off white-orangish head. Foam quickly disappeared leaving a thin ring around the glass. By the end, there was no carbonation left. First smell is sharp with some kind of spice, later on the aroma is quite strong vanilla. At first taste it is smooth, with some light vanilla, a little bitter finish leaving a tingle on the tongue. However, the more you drink of this the sweeter it becomes. Half way through I thought I was drinking a cherry cream soda. Very sweet and heavy feeling, could only drink 1 at a time.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 14:44:21 | More by BigBry
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a flat brown auburn color with a small head of foam that quickly dissipates. No lace. Low carbonation. Aromas of raisins, grainy caramel and roasted malts. Taste was a bit bland, but notes of grains, malt, and mild dark fruits were noted. Mouthfeel was far too flat and boring. Drinkability is not up to par. Thanks to Derek for the 12 oz. sample.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 01:02:47 | More by Frozensoul327
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.7%

04-30-2013 00:41:01 | More by beerhunter13
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DuffMan32

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.7%

10-18-2013 01:37:23 | More by DuffMan32
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-05-2013 13:24:58 | More by cfalovo97
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Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 341ml bottle can into a tulip glass. It pours red with a quickly vanishing white head.

S - vanilla, toffee/tootsie roll,root beer, nuts and breakfast cereal

T - spicy malt with pop (vanilla cola and root beer) undertones and a strange tangy/vanilla finish

M - medium carbonation, medium body and a sticky finish

D - the flavors seem very artificial and remind me of name brand snacks/pop. The finish has a chemical taste and mouthfeel like cola.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 11:18:22 | More by Grunewald
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Pmicdee

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-02-2014 02:12:23 | More by Pmicdee
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-04-2014 04:51:06 | More by jmkoscie
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Duggyb

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-01-2014 18:30:23 | More by Duggyb
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beerayrton

British Columbia (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I`ve had this beer multiple times, and thought it would be a good beer for my first review.

Appearance - Pleasant, not much head at all, less than a finger. Minimal to no lacing.

Smell - Vanilla with a hint of nuttiness. Not too bad, but for some reason I`ve had better pours.

Taste - Maple notes up front, desolving into vanilla notes the deeper you get into it. There`s a bitter note there as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium amounts of carbonation, and a crisp and clear, slightly bitter feel.

Overall - Very drinkable. The vanilla is really the key here, it is what makes it as palatable as it is. I most likely will order again next time I am at the pub that offers this beer, seeing as it`s the best one on tap. I will order it soon, especially if I am having a dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 06:43:52 | More by beerayrton
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Balanced but single-minded. Pours clear root beer brown. Overpowering sugared scent leaves room for little else. Candied infusion of vanilla overpowers without overwhelming; but prevents whatever faint notes of dark chocolate and malts/hops to that exist to develop with any meaning. Flavour quickly disappears with no after-taste. Novelty ale with little enduring seasonal value.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 01:29:42 | More by HATS4BATS
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one's not retired. It's a seasonal, that's available again!

A: Copper-orange/amber, very clear. Nice off-white head, zero retention, no lace.

S: Caramel, grainy and a little astringent.

T: Bready malt, caramel, a litte nutty, good bittersweet balance.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Good. Should appeal to the general public, if they're feeling a little aventurous!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 01:26:04 | More by Derek
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anthony81212

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

02-27-2014 22:27:07 | More by anthony81212
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

01-07-2014 18:17:07 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

12-10-2012 12:22:54 | More by CurtisD
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

12-10-2013 15:41:37 | More by rogerdandy
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Lions Winter Ale from Granville Island Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.