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
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.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.09/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale pours an amber color, with a nice tan head. There was a nice sweet creamy maple aroma. The taste was very creamy, full, had good notes of maple that mixed well, not overpowering. Good full taste, and easy to drink too. Overall a very good beer.

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 maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Granville Island brewpub. Not a big fan of cream ales but a huge lover of any alcohol with maple in it, so I take the plunge. Maple!

Ruddy-cheeked light red ale that shows up in a smallish glass. Smell is nice, light, malty, with an overpave of maple.

Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale...hard to believe the B- average, because this is very good. The maple jumps out of the bushes to scare the taste buds, & is hard & mapley without being sickly sweet, thick, or syrupy. This maintains the 'cream' portion of the experience, & allows a touch of nut brown to come through. Light hops provide mild bittering, no flavor, & the malts add a touch of sweet that the maple left behind.

Smooth & creamy as promised. Surprisingly light in the stomach, easy to drink.

Very good brew. Happy I tried it & it rec'd high marks from others around the table too. I wouldn't hesitate to order this one again.

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 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 canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this bottle in the fridge for the last five months and lo and behold it improved the flavour. The beer dried out some so the sweetness was all but gone. What impressed me was the malt structure was pretty solid. IMHO this is the best of the regular GI offerings. Easy drinking, flavourful, food freiendly and well structured.

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 1759Girl
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer had all the makings of a nice creamy red ale, apart from a very creamy head. At the pour, it was a gorgeous red hue with a little head, that unfortunately seemed to lack all retention. Nonetheless the beer sparkled with carbonation and I was keen to investigate it further.

The smell was excellent. I happen to LOVE Maple (though I confess it isn't something I usually have in my beer), and the rich malty aroma of nutty maple notes was divine.

The taste was bold: Sweet, strong, and syrupy all at once. I really enjoyed how unique it was, and quite admired these Canucks paying such a wonderful homage to their beloved flag-borne tree. Unfortunately, in spite of how tasty it was, it was not quite creamy enough to be true to its style. And its mouthfeel reflected this in a slightly over-carbonated and not so creamy beer.

The drinkability.... ah, well this is a toughie for me because I'm sure that this is the perfect beer for my girlfriends who aren't so crazy about things that resemble hops, barley, malt... or hmmm.. beer. For myself, I really enjoyed a pint for its individuality, but I could never finish a pitcher of this.

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 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.

Photo of timtwoface
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another winner from Granville Island. I was surprised to see this available; I traded for one with a buddy of mine the other night and am trying it right - this - second.

It feels good in the mouth, good on the tongue...the smell of maple is present, and then the taste of vanilla and caramel are present for a very pleasant aftertaste. This is the first maple syrup flavoured beer I've had that actually had a maple TASTE that I could define in it, and I intend to find it again in the future!

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 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 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 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 Cwrw
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance of this ale is superb. Following the pour there is a small though healthy-looking head, which recedes to a creamy, thin layer, which, in my opinion, looks very good on a glass of British-style ale. Coppery reddish and chestnut colours add to the appearance, and, although this ale is clear, it is dense--it does not look insubstantial or weak. The aroma is malt with a definite sweetness that is the "pure Canadian maple syrup," as the bottle's label states. Slight, slight hop presence exists in the smell. I have noticed that to truly enjoy the aroma, one must let the beer warm up a little after taking it from the fridge: when it was really cold hardly any odour was detectable(which is true of almost any good-quality beer, I suppose). The taste is grainy malt in the middle, with an aftertaste of slight sweetness, but definitely not as much sweetness as you might expect by reading the word "maple" on the bottle. It is smooth, and, oddly, I notice definite raspberry flavours in the finish; and yes, maple is also there in the taste. Very little hop in the flavour, as well, perhaps just enough to balance it. I admit the mouthfeel could use some more weight, as it feels mildly watery. Other than that, another above-average brew from Granville Island. Time for another pint.

Photo of TheHammer
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Produced a single finger of head that neither laced nor retained, the body is a clear brown, which fits the maple syrup bill well.

Smell: A sweet smell of caramel malt backing the dominant scent of maple with a slight mineral note. It's what I would expect from a maple beer.

Taste: Starts with sweet malt and maple that calms down as a slight woody note comes out which then gets hit with a larger hit of maple that keeps balance with herbal hops and reigns in a unpleasant metallic note.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is a nice blend of the taste, although that metallic kick reigns in it sadly which is a shame. The carbonation is frothy but didn't have a lot of staying power.

Drinkability: Fairly solid, not cloyingly sweet which adds to the appeal, and at the same time it doesn't fall flat. Surprisingly light as well and mild.

Final Thoughts: All in all, it works well although I wouldn't say this is an epic implementation of maple syrup and beer. Maybe if somehow the malt was upped and the metal took off, it would be a better grade. Still think it's pretty good though and worth a shot.

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 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 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 Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

This beer holds a soft spot in my heart. It has recently been rebranded as "Maple Shack" Cream Ale, but I prefer the reference to Kits Beach. I first enjoyed this beer on tap, at the Granville Tasting Room many years ago. It is a tasty brew - nuts, caramel and maple flavours pop up. There is little hop complexity or depth overall. It's definitely sessionable and one of the few beers my wife will drink.

Photo of mick303
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A medium brown colour with a firm cap of head.
Smell has a distinct maple syrup character, a touch of sweetness, nutty,
Taste is a nutty, blandly malty start, lemony some rough edges, ending with a maple character and slight metallic hint.
Feel is light with a heavy carbonation, sharp and a bit watery. Maple character comes through weakly.
The maple character is the unique feature in this session ale, unfortunate the beer itself doesn't do the best job of acting as a showcase for it. Flavourful base, hops are mostly earthy uk varieties. Not a terrible beer, just not a great style, watery, and some cheap hallmarks in the feel. Not particularly interesting or balanced.

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 OskarL
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear red/brownish color with a small head that has some retention and leaves little lacing. Lots of carbonation as well.

Smells sweet maple, nutty and malty.

Tastes maple, caramel, burnt sugar, a bit of roasted malt, nutty with little bitterness and earthiness in the finish.

Creamy, smooth mouthfeel with some carbonation.

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