Lions Winter Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Dark amber in colour, a bit of a caramel hue. A very small off-white head disappears almost instantly.
The nose is filled with vanilla, almost overwhelming. Behaind that, caramel malt, cocoa, hazelnut. Smells very sweet, candy like. The vanilla smells like it is probably extract or artificial- does not seem like actual vanilla bean.
The vanilla is also prominent in the taste, which is no surprise. Coupled with caramel and hazelnut, as well as some spices. Quite sweet. Finish is a bit metallic, artificial.
Beer is quite thin, strongly carbonated. Rather insubstantial, particularly for the flavours.
Overall, decent, but not something I would want often. I am a big vanilla fan, which probably helped, but I don't think it is done particularly well in this beer.
Serving type: can
04-20-2012 00:40:06 | More by jrenihan
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Bottle shared by Steve, 341ml into a tulip.
Golden brown in colour, offwhite head - only a ring of retention persists, no lacing. Nose is full of vanilla, perhaps slightly artificial in tone. Some cocoa, brown sugar and nuts as well. Taste is lightly nutty, more breadiness, caramel, cocoa and vanilla. Carbonation is a bit higher than I'd like, but a few swirls of the glass took it down to a manageable level. Fairly thin however, and perhaps a little too sweet in the finish. Nose is quite nice, but palate doesn't live up to it. I thought this could've been a lot better with some more body and mouthfeel.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2012 15:44:04 | More by liamt07
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass. It was a year ago yesterday that I did my first review here on BA, so to commemorate that I've decided to re-review my first beer on here.
A - Pours with a decent sized head of light-tan bubbles atop a deep amber brew. The head reduces to a thin skiff of foam that leaves some small patches of lacing.
S - Not at all what I remember. Tons of sweet malty goodness upfront, with strong vanilla, maple, toffee, and nut notes. Quite woody, maybe oak, with some smokey tones as well. I just can't get over how sweet and rich this smells. Almost reminds me of Rogues Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but with some of the nutty aromas replaced with vanilla and toffee.
T - A malt bomb for sure. Piles of caramel malt, vanilla sweetness and toffee notes dominate upfront. The woody character is subdued but still detectable, coming through along with the nuttiness and smokey/light roastiness. Finishes with a touch of holiday spices and more lingering vanilla extract sweetness. Very well put together if you don't mind sweet, malty beer.
M - Feels a touch on the lighter side, but the fine carbonation that thoroughly fills the body gives it a nice feel overall.
D - Pretty good stuff, and certainly a better brew than my memory had me believe. Really easy to drink, with a sweet and malty profile making it perfect for the chilly holiday season.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2012 00:05:35 | More by Converge
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pint at Cat's Social House on Granville Island. From notes.
A - Amber pour with a one finger white head. Bright. Light carbonation, spotty lace and a film of retention.
S - Sweet spice, lot's of caramel and toffee.
T - Nice toffee and caramel, hops, sweet spice.
M - Nice carbonation, medium body, some hops and spice in the finish.
O/D - Very nice spice which was subtle but mixed well with other elements. Rich malt and nice hops in a winter beer. Good stuff.
Serving type: on-tap
02-14-2012 23:09:30 | More by tbeckett
Lions Winter Ale from Granville Island Brewery
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