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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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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
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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mikeg67

New Jersey

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
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

08-27-2013 02:56:16 | More by ZachT
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ksolomon

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-20-2013 15:16:38 | More by ksolomon
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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-18-2013 02:27:58 | More by joefinnigan15
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Yankee

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

08-17-2013 23:46:27 | More by Yankee
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

07-31-2013 01:13:53 | More by yancot
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jcubz

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

07-20-2013 05:52:14 | More by jcubz
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

06-27-2013 00:27:37 | More by souvenirs
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CWVegas

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -3%

06-24-2013 05:54:30 | More by CWVegas
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napetry

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

06-17-2013 01:27:09 | More by napetry
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

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
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BKLRIBS

Texas

3/5  rDev -10.4%

04-06-2013 23:22:46 | More by BKLRIBS
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

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
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

03-18-2013 02:00:33 | More by cfalovo97
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3%

03-10-2013 05:15:55 | More by MylesMac
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logicpositive

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

01-05-2013 04:03:51 | More by logicpositive
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

11-29-2012 02:18:02 | More by KalanM
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ChuckGnarly

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

10-13-2012 02:56:27 | More by ChuckGnarly
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

10-09-2012 16:16:26 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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sAws


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
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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3%

08-11-2012 23:02:33 | More by ptarmigan98
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prisdefer

New York

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

07-27-2012 18:07:36 | More by prisdefer
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

07-22-2012 15:52:33 | More by Coastal_Brew
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Gww1864

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -10.4%

06-01-2012 18:18:46 | More by Gww1864
Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale from Granville Island Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.