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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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Reviews: 43
Hads: 101
Avg: 3.42
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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 101
Photo of jreitman
2.09/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of BCJoly
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting something bolder and better. I am done with GIB beer and how they play it safe. However I do enjoy the Lions Gate winter ale and the odd brew master (in house craft beer) specials. Hey GIB time to step it up.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm discovering Granville Island Brewing makes decent session beers. This cream ale pours an amber colour with half a pinkie's worth of head. Smells of malt and hops, with a faint hint of maple and vanilla. Tastes a bit weaker than it smells. I was hoping for more maple flavour. Overall, a decent session ale that I could see pairing or cooking with bbq ribs.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my neighbor Sabrina, for bringing this back from BC for me.
The beer pours a perfectly clear, orangey copper. A thin misting of head appears on the pour, quickly thinning into a nondescript collar. Nice bright color, but a bit lackluster in presentation. No lacing. The head all but dies halfway through, a collar a few bubbles wide remaining through the rest of the glass.
The aroma features a sweetened caramel malt profile, hinting slightly at maple syrup. The maple is well integrated into the beer, not over the top, just adding enough to have some presence. Very clean, lager like, with that distinctive crispness.
The flavor starts with a maple accented maltiness. Toasty, with caramel sweetness, it doesn't offer up much variation through the sip. The malt continues, very clean, without nothing else coming through. Some grainy flavor into the finish. A very mild hop presence, sort of floral, mainly just there to provide balance. A semi-sweet finish, but dry at the same time. A light, crisp mouthfeel, with fluffy, bright carbonation. Very light bodied.
Not very exciting, but tasty enough. It recalls something like JW Dundee's Honey Brown, or some gateway beer of that nature. Not challenging on the palate, but easy enough to drink. A decent first beer from the province of British Columbia.

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Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of joesi
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of Rutager
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I seem to remember this being creamier and smoother on tap. Nice reddy-bronze colour, but I can't smell much. It smells sweet and malty. I could detect the maple syrup.

Taste is not overly sweet. A bit of hops balances out the malts, and the maple syrup is evident but not overpowering. However, it is a little cloying on the tongue and is a bit thick like maple syrup. Not bad: one I'd buy again, but only when the mood strikes me.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Copper colored with a thin head

Smell- malty sweetness with some caramel and maple

Taste-follows the nose but tastes weaker than I had hoped.

Thinner than I had hoped. Pretty watery.

Overalk- meh.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a red amber with a few fingers of light caramel colored foam. Aroma is sweetish, with bready pale malts and light toffee/brown sugar coming to the fore along with a touch of sour fruit. Not a lot of maple. Palate is mild, mellow, and smooth, less aggressive than the aroma. There is a pronounced apple flavor along with a whiff of citrus and some herbal notes from the hops I assume, an unassuming caramel sweetness, biscuit, and hints of cardboard and booze. There are flaws but overall drinkable if overrated in my immediate circle (you know who you are).

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Photo of mikeg67
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Garin
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of OskarL
3.42/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of trevorwideman
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml can sample brought for me by my buddy from Vancouver.

Pours a medium-brown colour, much like maple syrup (surprise). A fizzy, cola like head erupts momentarily, then disappears leaving no lace, no nothing. Very flat looking beer, not very enticing. Smell is sweet, maple is evident, but so is an aroma that reminds me of candied apples. Hop presence is very subdued and nearly non-existent.

Taste isn't really unpleasant. A nutty malt character, a slight acidity, and a little bit of woody earthiness. Apples, caramel, pears are all evident. A pleasant roasted character comes through more in the aftertaste, along with the maple. There's really very little in the way of bitterness here, but it's not overly sweet either, to its credit. This could have gone a bad way, as I think many brewers would go out of their way to make this as "maple-y" as possible, instead, Granville Island takes the subtle route, to good results. Mouthfeel is very British, maybe a bit watery, but certainly not overcarbonated and very creamy. I remember having a lot of Pints of this when I lived in Vancouver, back before I was a BA and enjoying it. Coming back to it wasn't really a terrible disappointment. A very drinkable cream ale and does well in the style.

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Photo of elricorico
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of ozmodium
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale from Granville Island Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.