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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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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

JoeyRamone, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of jreitman
2.08/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

jreitman, Sep 29, 2003
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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

ZachT, Aug 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

souvenirs, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of MisterClean
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

MisterClean, Jun 18, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

jcubz, Jul 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

prisdefer, Jul 27, 2012
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.

smakawhat, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of slitherySOB
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

slitherySOB, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of UnionMade
2.98/5  rDev -11%
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.

UnionMade, Jan 18, 2005
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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.

biboergosum, Apr 23, 2010
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

cletetron, Feb 16, 2012
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Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale from Granville Island Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.