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Lions Winter Ale - Granville Island Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
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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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-06-2014 05:08:36 | More by IanSpindler
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18%

02-01-2014 18:30:23 | More by Duggyb
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-23-2014 01:58:18 | More by HarveyBerger
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18%

01-04-2014 04:51:06 | More by jmkoscie
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-28-2013 23:40:14 | More by WillAndSarah
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-27-2013 23:40:24 | More by GoHabsGo
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-22-2013 07:13:41 | More by schnarr84
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-10-2013 15:41:37 | More by rogerdandy
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-02-2013 02:39:42 | More by phamda
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%

A: auburn and clear, two fingers or so of tan head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving lacing across the top
S: caramel, vanilla, cocoa
T: not overly sweet, but sweet flavours - milk chocolate, caramel
F: smooth, creamy
O: I'm not sure I like this quite as much as I did last year when I was first drinking it, but I suppose the good beer becomes separated from the truly great beer the more beer you try!

11-30-2013 00:54:43 | More by souvenirs
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

Purchased a 473 ml can from the LCBO for $2.90 CDN. While I've enjoyed the winter warmers thus far I haven't been truly impressed by anyone. Hoping that this beer changes that. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark red color, 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. tons of effervescent bubbles. Overall great color with good head retention and even some lacing. So far so good.

Smell - Big molasses nose, some fruitcake and other Christmas baked goods. Milk chcoloate is also rather prominent.

Taste- Heavy on the malts and the spices, caramel, molasses and mixed chocolates (milk and white) as well as a nice blend of spices. Probably the tastiest of the style I've had yet.

Mouthfeel - A bit strange in that one sip feels very smooth and rich and yet another will be on thin side. Medium carbonation and a nice warming effect with a moderately dry finish.

Overall - Very good winter warmer, probably my favorite I've had this season. Can realistically see my self picking up another can or two of this during the holiday season.

11-29-2013 21:53:29 | More by DenisKolkin
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

Had on tap at a Calgary pub in the NE, same place I have sampled a few other Granville Island offerings. This rather sweet brew looks the part of a winter beer, a pleasing dark red amber to brown with around an inch of tan head. Looks like a classic English porter. Does not taste like a classic English porter. Smells like milk chocolate and vanilla, a candy bar in a pint glass. Tastes much the same, milk chocolate, vanilla, carob, caramel, and a nutty flavor a bit like pecans. I get some red fruit and raisin or plum notes as well. I often enjoy this sort of "dessert beer" but unfortunately this one became cloying and unpleasant about halfway through a pint. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy but the body is a little too light and crisp for what should be a sipper. Has the body of a session ale but tastes a lot darker and sweeter than any such beer. There are some flaws, including an unpleasant saccharine sweetness that does not taste natural (despite the fact that all-natural ingredients are used), what seems like oxidation manifesting as wet cardboard, and an odd melding of leafy aromatic flavors with the dark malts to produce a mint chocolate chip vibe that became way too dominant on the palate; it was all I could taste after a while. Not sure what the fix would be ... Perhaps less emphasis on the spice/flavoring component so that the malts can do the work of making things rich and chocolatey without the need for so many sweet tooth histrionics.

11-25-2013 02:17:11 | More by CalgaryFMC
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

11-09-2013 23:52:54 | More by Erik-P
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Lions Winter Ale from Granville Island Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.