Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale - Granville Island Brewery

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Kitsilano Maple Cream AleKitsilano Maple Cream Ale

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2003

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.
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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by sAws:
Photo of sAws
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking amber beer with a decent head that lasted a couple minutes. Inviting smell with a good smooth taste and a nice malty finish. I found the maple flavor to be very faint yet natural tasting. Would definitely buy again as its an very enjoyable easy drinking beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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 biboergosum
3/5  rDev -10.2%
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 dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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 ozmodium
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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 joemcgrath27
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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 vanrassel
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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 elricorico
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +4.8%
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 ChrisCage
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
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
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
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 joesi
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mild unremarkable smell.

Rather low carbonation, and quite fine in texture.

I don't really know what to say aside from that it's a nice rather plain beer. Various flavors that individually aren't special but as a group make it interesting over more standard/plain beers. No noticeable Maple taste to me, aside from a general wood taste.

Photo of Garin
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber apperance with a small amount of head that disappears quickly but leaves decent lace. Smells is of syrup and brown sugar with a hint of nuts.

Taste is similar to the smell, strong taste of maple syrup. Picked up brown sugar, malt and bread as well. Earthy and creamy, very rich. Medium-thick body with moderate carbonation. Has a lingering syrup aftertaste.

Good and very sweet cream ale, something you should try at least once on tap. Full flavored, but creamy and smooth. Only downfal is the sweetness could prevent you from drinking all night, but a good beer to sample.

Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another CANadian CAN! CAN you believe it?

I poured it, but before I could take note, the head had disappeared. Okay, let's call it "no head". The color was a slightly hazy medium amber. The nose was very sweet with a definite maple sugar presence. Mouthfeel was medium, at best, with very little carbonation in evidence. The taste on the tongue was sweet, but not cloyingly so, as one might expect from a "maple" beer. Finish was sweet, but tempered by a slight sourness on the extreme finish. Not my bag.

Photo of mikeg67
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours amber hue with off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, apples and hint of maple syrup. Body is medium, creamy and smooth. Taste is of caramel, maple syrup and hint of herbal hops. Finish is long and semi-dry. Interesting brew.

Photo of jreitman
2.09/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sweet aroma with a not so pleasant metallic twang. Clear copper in color with a thin ring of white head. Metal contiuned into the mouth and pretty much ruined the beer for me. There was a nice sweetness hiding out in there, but unfortunately it was getting overpowered quickly.

Photo of MisterClean
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Gifted from a neighbor. I like gifts.

A - Copper to light brown in color, light head, dissipates quick, and very carbonated.

S - Honey, maple, brown sugar and amber malt.

T - Syrup, honey, and sweet amber malt.

M - Slightly sour and syrupy.

D - Not great. Reminds me of an ur-marzen, my least favorite beer. Couldn't finish this one.

Photo of andrenaline
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to be able to get Granville Island in Alberta. I've had this before in BC and enjoyed it, so am pleased that I have another go-to avaiable in Calgary

A - Pours a crystal clear golden brown, half a finger of head with little retention, and no real lacing.

S - Scent is very bready with caramel malts, burnt sugar, and a touch of maple syrop coming through as well.

T - Bready caramel malts dominate off the top, followed by the maple syrop and burnt sugars. The maple syrop on the finish is fantastic, and it lingers nice and long on the tongue.

M - Very light and bubbly, much to my suprise. I was expecting something a little more thick and chewy, so was pleased with the level of carbonation. The finish is a bit dry, but not a turn-off.

D - This is a tasty maple ale, with flavours that are present but not overpowering. The subtle flavours make it easily sessionable, but also leave you faint reminders of the maple presence. Another go-to ale that would be appreciated by most cream ale fans.

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark amber hue with a thin white foamy head. Very clear and bubbles are present.

Smell- Hint of maple, caramel and slight hint of vanilla.

Taste- Lightly flavoured with maple and vanilla. Not too bitter nor sweet.

Mouthfeel- Stays true to its name with its creamy texture. Medium bodied ale that is easy to drink and is very smooth.

Overall- A very nice offering from GIB. I would prefer a little more maple flavour in the beer but pleased that the maple wasn't over kill. I would buy this again.

Photo of MMansfield
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle at Premier Wine & Spirits in Halifax, NS.

Appearance: Pours a rusty redish colour with a nice tanned head. I immediately was drawn the texture of the head, it looked like a finely brewed beer. In my opinion, you can tell if a beer will be good or not by the look of the head. It diminished to a beautiful ring of lace.

Aroma: Strong malt smells with a hint of maple. However, if it didn't say maple on the bottle, I probably wouldn't have picked up on it by the smell.

Taste: You can really taste the quality of the hops. The maple flavour doesn't really come through until the finsh, which really sticks. It's a pleasure.

Mouthfeel: The maple in the beer comes through most notably in it's creamy texture. Perfect amount of carbonation for a cream ale.

Final Statement: This is a beautiful beer. This beer was a treat and I highly recommend it. Do not let the Maple label convince you it's a novelty beer, it has lasting power. I can easily drink these regularly.

Photo of wordemupg
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass oct26 2010

A clear light copper with some slow raising bubbles with a very fast falling finger of head that left no lace

S a little burnt brown sugar and maple with a slight metallic smell

T what I smell but a little earthy with some hard toffee, sweet but but too bad

M medium bodied with enough bubbles to give it a creamy feel but then turns to foam in your mouth

D no real problems with this one, decent flavors but I may not drink it all night

lost of hype behind Granville being back in Alberta, decent beers and something different

Photo of pootz
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Fills my mug with a dark copper ale with a smallish sticky cap that vanished in a few minutes.weakly lacing the class.

soft carbonation

Aromas of cerial grains and sweet clover

Middle weight malt spine, soft silky mouth feel, soft rounded mellow character

Nice chew of toasty malts at the front side then a mingle of layered tastes, clover, berry, apricot, some soft herb and spice tones all wrapped in the non cloying presense of diluted honey ( floral ash-like)...finishes wet with the honey acting as a mellowing agent for the hops and giving a nice herbacious tone to the bready finish.

Nicely done...I am warming up to the artful use of honey in well crafted beers...it works.

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Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale from Granville Island Brewery
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