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Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale - Granville Island Brewery

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Kitsilano Maple Cream AleKitsilano Maple Cream Ale

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed using a hint of pure Canadian maple syrup, Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale is a smooth reminder of Vancouver’s laid-back lifestyle. Enjoy the bold taste of this bronze-coloured ale and toast all that Vancouver has to offer.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2003)
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Reviews by mickeymac:
Photo of mickeymac
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on-tap at the GI Brewery, it's brownish-red with a smallish head. The maple makes its presence known in the smell but is not overwhelming. Hops are barely detectable in the smell. Unfortunately, the maple becomes a bit too sweet in the taste, especially as the beer warms a bit. It seems a bit thin for a cream ale. The sweetness detracts from the drinkability. It's worthy of a try but don't expect anything spectacular.

More User Reviews:
Photo of FadetoBock
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of chickenm
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LDuke
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a 1/2 pint sampling glass)

A-light brown with a red tint, very clear body with a thin tan head.

S- light hint of maple at the beginning with a bit of floral hops at the end

T- a little biscuit malt flavor with a hint of tart fruit and a little baby food taste from corn. A complimentary hop bitterness and dry finish pulled this beer together nicely

M- slight creamy noticed in the mouthfeel with strong carbonation that follows

D-very smooth maple hinted beer that is very thirst quenching. Tetnanger hops (stated on the bottle) gave it more depth than a typical cream ale.

Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20oz pint at Original Joe's in downtown west Edmonton - it's been a few years since Granville Island six-packs were a common sight on the shelves of liquor stores around here.

This beer appears a clear, bright brassy amber colour, with a thin cap of fizzy, soapy head, which weirdly takes its sweet time wafting off, leaving some breaking iceberg lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of pale and caramel malts, the suggestion of crystallized toffee, a touch of store-brand brown sugar, understated overripe apples, and a weak woody maple essence. The taste is more gritty caramel malt, with a slightly integrated, and yet still dry woody maple 'character', a strange metallic stoniness, a bit of dry pithy nuttiness, and some rather underwhelming herbal, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a minor frothiness persisting throughout, the body medium-light in weight, weakly smooth, and more than a bit clammy. It finishes off-dry, the lingering caramel malt faced with an unfortunately persistent wet woody, stale vegetal edge, one particularly bereft of maple.

I don't know what happened to the overtly sweet, but generally balanced maple-flavoured beer that I used to enjoy back in the mid-oughts (try saying that without sounding like Grandpa Simpson). It's strange to say, but this recently revived beer needs to actually be sweeter, and the eponymous flavour needs to at least put in more than a mere cameo. However, I'm hardly surprised at the current overall direction of this brewery's offerings.

Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of CWVegas
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz draft, served in a mug at the Brewery on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC

appearance: clear cedar-amber with a strong tan head that dissipates within a minute or two...you could say that it has a maple tint, but that would be cliche

smell: very light aromas, sweet caramel, faint cedar woodiness that is a nice touch, maple not detected

taste: a faint maple candy flavour does come through with more of the light and sweet woody nature the aroma indicated...caramel and nutty

mouthfeel: medium, average carbonation

drinkability: quaffable

Photo of jcubz
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of ozmodium
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty looking beer, pours a small light tan head, nice lacing. As for smell, mostly malt with the maple creeping in there, nothing to write home about though. Taste is quite smooth...creamy, yes. Malts, maple is very evident, not much hops though. A little sweet, but in a good way. Carbonation is near perfect for this beer, it feels quite nice in your mouth. It's actually pretty good, something different from the average pub fare around Vancouver, and it's cheap around here. Nothing too challenging or rewarding here though. A nice winter beer, goes well with a nice steak. I'll drink it again.

Photo of Aaronvanderleek
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear deep amber, short head dissipated quickly to a very thin covering a lace
S - bready and sweet molasses malt complimented by light maple, some leafy green hops and light cedar
T - the bready and molasses malt up front, with the maple syrup decently featured and lingering, light but well utilized leafy hop flavour, and just a little woody hint
M - more carbonation than I expected, a smooth sticky cream ale feel, somewhat heavy, moving to slightly dry and tingly finish
D - the maple is there but I could have used a little more, the flavour is malt weighted, feel generally matches the style although it sits a little heavy despite the good carbonation, but all in all a good attempt at mixing two Canadian stereotypes

Photo of cletetron
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of vanrassel
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although this beer manages not be as sickly-sweet as many of the various honey offerings out there, it's still not quite my thing.

It poured into my pint glass a copper colour with a small head that reduced to a creamy ring. Its aroma was subtle, bordering on undwhelming: sweet malt that reminded me more of caramel than maple. I thought I picked up some floral hops, but I can't say for sure.

This beer had more of a hop profile — though not assertive by any means — than I was anticipating, and started nicely bitter. The malt kicked in and turned things sweet after that. The maple taste was a little more evident, but not overdone. The mouthfeel was a little watery, and not as creamy as it could have been. Nevertheless, one could easily knock a few of these back if it's to your liking.

Photo of souvenirs
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of elricorico
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown with some redness to it. Had a finger of tan head, but that faded rather quickly, leaving a couple of pools on top and a thin ring around the edge.

The smell is a mix of sugary and malty. I can't say that I would have been able to tell that it has a maple sugar quality if I didn't know the name, but digging really deep I can find that aroma. Mixed in with the maple is an aroma that reminds me of an English Pale Ale I've had, but I can't really pin it down.

The taste is relatively simple, sweet but not overly so, with flavour coming as a mix of the maple and the malt. Not much there for hop bitterness, but there is a hint of lingering crispness.

Mouthfeel is alright for this one. The body is good but the carbonation I find a bit too sharp and prickly. Overall it balances out to be about average, but with a more natural feel to the carbonation it could be quite good.

This one gives the impression that it is meant to be a straightforward and easy to drink beer, and in the end it succeeds at it. Worth a try but not likely to rock anyone's world.

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a tan head that holds decent and little lacing.
Smells of light maple and a hint of vanilla and malts and nutty.
Goes down creamy smooth with the maple comming through and lite bitternes a touch of molasses and faint nuts.
Medium body with some carbs and mild sweetness in the middle.
Not a bad beer but 1 maybe 2 is enough....no more...definately worth a try.

Photo of frontalot
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ChrisCage
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A nice foamy off white head forms during the pour, and covers the bronzed/orange hued liquid underneath, before settling down to a patchy dense layer. Carbonation appears to be bold, as there are lots of big bubbles clinging to the glass as well as rising to the top. Lacing is not really present, but there is a residue of sticky looking liquid staying behind on the glass. Overall a decent looking brew.

S- Well the aroma of maple syrup is there, and resembles what maple taffy should smell like...not too sweet but distinct. There is also a sweet brown sugar like malt aroma and just a hint of dry hoppy bitterness on the finish.

T- This is really nicely flavored beer! I find it to be really well balanced between the sweet malt, rich, albeit mild maple and the modestly bitter finish. This is where the taffy aroma kicks into flavor, as, like the bottle says and the style should be, it is creamy like the candy.

M- As just noted, this is a creamy, but perhaps just slightly over carbonated beer. It's got enough flavor to feel like you baked with maple syrup as an ingredient but it wont overpower the palate. Body wise, I'd put this on the lite end of the spectrum

D- Yeah, I think I will pick up a sixer from time to time of this beer. It's good enough to warrant 2 or 3 before moving on, as I could see my palate tiring of the maple flavor but it is refreshing nonetheless as it finishes dry and without a real lingering aftertaste. Good job!

Photo of Rutager
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a clear deep amber with half a finger of thick head.

Smell. Toasty grains and a little sugary maple.

Taste. Toasted grains and a bit of grassy hops. Faint maple is there but everything is very light and a little more
faint than I would like

Mouthfeel. Thin and a little watery with medium, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Not bad if it's cold and you're thirsty. Not offensive in any way, just a little watery for me.

Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. From notes.

A very dark amber body, some chestnut brown, with a very small head of about two fingers tan in color that dissipates quite quickly. Manages to leave a solid collar while drinking and hardly any lacing.

First whiff and smell is kind of nasty, that bile sense. Some stick malt action similar to a cream ale, but a rank sour and sweetness mix. There is no sense of maple on this at all either.

Taste improves but doesn't bring much enjoyment. Sticky taffy without much cream ale sense of sweetness, and a yeasty rank aftertaste. Again where is the maple flavor, I am not even getting any. Carbonation and feel is a little wet also, not too grainy either.

Overall though, for a cream ale I've had much better, and again.. if you put a flavor on the bottle and I can't even smell or taste it then I am just not impressed. It is drinkable though I'll give it that.

Photo of Garin
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a crystal clear coppery golden red, with a creamy thick head that faded rather quickly, leaving no lace.

The aroma was malty sweet, with some floral hops in the background.

Some toasty malt flavours are in there, along with a little sweetness. There is a little maple flavour in there -- and I think over time I'm beginning to appreciate this beer a litte more

The body is light, smooth, and well carbonated.

Even for a cream ale, it's a bit light on the flavours and stuff. It's a fine thirst quencher, and I think I've been a bit too hard on it. I guess I was expecting a bold and hearty ale, along the lines of GI's ESB (my current favourite beer of all time...) Still, for what it is, it's a nice quaffable, somewhat forgettable beer.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been waiting to try this for a while, and was happy to find a case around here finally. Many moons from now I shall recall that this maple cream ale from the Granville Island brewery was all about appearance and invitation, and dreams of what could have been...

Aw hell, let's get down to business. This is a very attractive looking ale for the most part. The body is a beautiful rich and clear copper colour, and the big beige head upon initial pour is impressive, but dissolves quickly into a thin ring. There are roasted malt and woody tones in the nose, as well as caramel and another foriegn sweetness, which I take to be the maple presence, although it seems to be under cover. However the taste is a bit burnt up front, and finishes with a metallic taste. Not quite what I expect for a cream ale. It's actually rather watery and nondescript. Disappointing. Yet while it is not apparent in the initial sip, a faint hint of sweet maple can be discerned on the aftertaste, so all is not lost. Still, I was hoping for a bit more maple flavouring from this sample. The mouthfeel is watery for a cream ale as well, the body is not very rich and full. It is an average offering for what it could have been, but it sounded good at the time.

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Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale from Granville Island Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.