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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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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | 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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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
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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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale from Granville Island Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.