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Lions Winter Ale - Granville Island Brewery

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

boszormeny, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

phamda, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of souvenirs
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

souvenirs, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

DenisKolkin, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CalgaryFMC, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Erik-P, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

LDuke, Nov 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Ianleesrivette, Oct 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

irishkyle21, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Exeter, Oct 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

DuffMan32, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

YamagamiTravis, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

krankyjoe, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Bren-Dunn, Sep 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

ZachT, Aug 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

1stOffender, Jul 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Molson2000, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

307x, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Kmat10, Jun 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

rudiker81, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Actually a fairly interesting brew built around a very nice malt backbone. Very sweet, but not overpowering, nicely balanced off by hop bitterness. Interesting flavours of vanilla, caramel, cocoa, dark fruit work together well.

Clear coppery-amber brew under a short head that settles to a steady cap and gives up lots of lace. A pretty beer.

Nose is full of vanilla, caramel, very pleasant malt character.

I like this simply because it comes off as fun to drink. Lots of simple, interesting things happening in the glass. On one hand almost comes off as caramel sundae topping, but is quickly brought around by malt and spice.

Reminds me off a lighter, poor man's Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. Nicely done.

TerryW, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

MrTinnedPEach, May 12, 2013
Lions Winter Ale from Granville Island Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.