Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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3.38/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
09-05-2013 14:46:41 | More by mikeg67
3.58/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
05-28-2013 23:36:46 | More by TheHammer
2.91/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
03-30-2013 20:50:59 | More by slitherySOB
2.88/5 rDev -14%
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.
09-30-2012 17:18:17 | More by smakawhat
4.55/5 rDev +35.8%
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.
08-14-2012 16:08:29 | More by sAws
Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale from Granville Island Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.