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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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BA SCORE
78
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | 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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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-16-2011 04:56:44 | More by fizzyted
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark amber hue with a thin white foamy head. Very clear and bubbles are present.

Smell- Hint of maple, caramel and slight hint of vanilla.

Taste- Lightly flavoured with maple and vanilla. Not too bitter nor sweet.

Mouthfeel- Stays true to its name with its creamy texture. Medium bodied ale that is easy to drink and is very smooth.

Overall- A very nice offering from GIB. I would prefer a little more maple flavour in the beer but pleased that the maple wasn't over kill. I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:15:12 | More by leaddog
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papawu76

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

12-02-2011 21:43:39 | More by papawu76
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 01:15:33 | More by Rutager
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-21-2011 04:14:23 | More by chickenm
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +19%

11-21-2011 03:13:56 | More by EskimoDave
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber apperance with a small amount of head that disappears quickly but leaves decent lace. Smells is of syrup and brown sugar with a hint of nuts.

Taste is similar to the smell, strong taste of maple syrup. Picked up brown sugar, malt and bread as well. Earthy and creamy, very rich. Medium-thick body with moderate carbonation. Has a lingering syrup aftertaste.

Good and very sweet cream ale, something you should try at least once on tap. Full flavored, but creamy and smooth. Only downfal is the sweetness could prevent you from drinking all night, but a good beer to sample.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 02:38:45 | More by CrazyMike
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A nice foamy off white head forms during the pour, and covers the bronzed/orange hued liquid underneath, before settling down to a patchy dense layer. Carbonation appears to be bold, as there are lots of big bubbles clinging to the glass as well as rising to the top. Lacing is not really present, but there is a residue of sticky looking liquid staying behind on the glass. Overall a decent looking brew.

S- Well the aroma of maple syrup is there, and resembles what maple taffy should smell like...not too sweet but distinct. There is also a sweet brown sugar like malt aroma and just a hint of dry hoppy bitterness on the finish.

T- This is really nicely flavored beer! I find it to be really well balanced between the sweet malt, rich, albeit mild maple and the modestly bitter finish. This is where the taffy aroma kicks into flavor, as, like the bottle says and the style should be, it is creamy like the candy.

M- As just noted, this is a creamy, but perhaps just slightly over carbonated beer. It's got enough flavor to feel like you baked with maple syrup as an ingredient but it wont overpower the palate. Body wise, I'd put this on the lite end of the spectrum

D- Yeah, I think I will pick up a sixer from time to time of this beer. It's good enough to warrant 2 or 3 before moving on, as I could see my palate tiring of the maple flavor but it is refreshing nonetheless as it finishes dry and without a real lingering aftertaste. Good job!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:13:49 | More by ChrisCage
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass oct26 2010

A clear light copper with some slow raising bubbles with a very fast falling finger of head that left no lace

S a little burnt brown sugar and maple with a slight metallic smell

T what I smell but a little earthy with some hard toffee, sweet but but too bad

M medium bodied with enough bubbles to give it a creamy feel but then turns to foam in your mouth

D no real problems with this one, decent flavors but I may not drink it all night

lost of hype behind Granville being back in Alberta, decent beers and something different

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 03:59:24 | More by wordemupg
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear deep amber, short head dissipated quickly to a very thin covering a lace
S - bready and sweet molasses malt complimented by light maple, some leafy green hops and light cedar
T - the bready and molasses malt up front, with the maple syrup decently featured and lingering, light but well utilized leafy hop flavour, and just a little woody hint
M - more carbonation than I expected, a smooth sticky cream ale feel, somewhat heavy, moving to slightly dry and tingly finish
D - the maple is there but I could have used a little more, the flavour is malt weighted, feel generally matches the style although it sits a little heavy despite the good carbonation, but all in all a good attempt at mixing two Canadian stereotypes

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 04:09:44 | More by joemcgrath27
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to be able to get Granville Island in Alberta. I've had this before in BC and enjoyed it, so am pleased that I have another go-to avaiable in Calgary

A - Pours a crystal clear golden brown, half a finger of head with little retention, and no real lacing.

S - Scent is very bready with caramel malts, burnt sugar, and a touch of maple syrop coming through as well.

T - Bready caramel malts dominate off the top, followed by the maple syrop and burnt sugars. The maple syrop on the finish is fantastic, and it lingers nice and long on the tongue.

M - Very light and bubbly, much to my suprise. I was expecting something a little more thick and chewy, so was pleased with the level of carbonation. The finish is a bit dry, but not a turn-off.

D - This is a tasty maple ale, with flavours that are present but not overpowering. The subtle flavours make it easily sessionable, but also leave you faint reminders of the maple presence. Another go-to ale that would be appreciated by most cream ale fans.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 00:04:21 | More by andrenaline
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Granville Island brewpub. Not a big fan of cream ales but a huge lover of any alcohol with maple in it, so I take the plunge. Maple!

Ruddy-cheeked light red ale that shows up in a smallish glass. Smell is nice, light, malty, with an overpave of maple.

Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale...hard to believe the B- average, because this is very good. The maple jumps out of the bushes to scare the taste buds, & is hard & mapley without being sickly sweet, thick, or syrupy. This maintains the 'cream' portion of the experience, & allows a touch of nut brown to come through. Light hops provide mild bittering, no flavor, & the malts add a touch of sweet that the maple left behind.

Smooth & creamy as promised. Surprisingly light in the stomach, easy to drink.

Very good brew. Happy I tried it & it rec'd high marks from others around the table too. I wouldn't hesitate to order this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 21:24:19 | More by maximum12
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2010 23:34:01 | More by biboergosum
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OskarL

Sweden

3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 01:19:33 | More by OskarL
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MisterClean

California

2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-18-2008 04:41:15 | More by MisterClean
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-03-2008 05:09:15 | More by woodychandler
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1759Girl

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer had all the makings of a nice creamy red ale, apart from a very creamy head. At the pour, it was a gorgeous red hue with a little head, that unfortunately seemed to lack all retention. Nonetheless the beer sparkled with carbonation and I was keen to investigate it further.

The smell was excellent. I happen to LOVE Maple (though I confess it isn't something I usually have in my beer), and the rich malty aroma of nutty maple notes was divine.

The taste was bold: Sweet, strong, and syrupy all at once. I really enjoyed how unique it was, and quite admired these Canucks paying such a wonderful homage to their beloved flag-borne tree. Unfortunately, in spite of how tasty it was, it was not quite creamy enough to be true to its style. And its mouthfeel reflected this in a slightly over-carbonated and not so creamy beer.

The drinkability.... ah, well this is a toughie for me because I'm sure that this is the perfect beer for my girlfriends who aren't so crazy about things that resemble hops, barley, malt... or hmmm.. beer. For myself, I really enjoyed a pint for its individuality, but I could never finish a pitcher of this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2007 00:31:32 | More by 1759Girl
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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 04:02:18 | More by GrimmReaper
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 19:25:36 | More by vanrassel
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-19-2006 03:00:56 | More by trevorwideman
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Fills my mug with a dark copper ale with a smallish sticky cap that vanished in a few minutes.weakly lacing the class.

soft carbonation

Aromas of cerial grains and sweet clover

Middle weight malt spine, soft silky mouth feel, soft rounded mellow character

Nice chew of toasty malts at the front side then a mingle of layered tastes, clover, berry, apricot, some soft herb and spice tones all wrapped in the non cloying presense of diluted honey ( floral ash-like)...finishes wet with the honey acting as a mellowing agent for the hops and giving a nice herbacious tone to the bready finish.

Nicely done...I am warming up to the artful use of honey in well crafted beers...it works.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 03:31:12 | More by pootz
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dirtylou

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz draft, served in a mug at the Brewery on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC

appearance: clear cedar-amber with a strong tan head that dissipates within a minute or two...you could say that it has a maple tint, but that would be cliche

smell: very light aromas, sweet caramel, faint cedar woodiness that is a nice touch, maple not detected

taste: a faint maple candy flavour does come through with more of the light and sweet woody nature the aroma indicated...caramel and nutty

mouthfeel: medium, average carbonation

drinkability: quaffable

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2006 18:59:06 | More by dirtylou
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 03:52:32 | More by elricorico
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle at Premier Wine & Spirits in Halifax, NS.

Appearance: Pours a rusty redish colour with a nice tanned head. I immediately was drawn the texture of the head, it looked like a finely brewed beer. In my opinion, you can tell if a beer will be good or not by the look of the head. It diminished to a beautiful ring of lace.

Aroma: Strong malt smells with a hint of maple. However, if it didn't say maple on the bottle, I probably wouldn't have picked up on it by the smell.

Taste: You can really taste the quality of the hops. The maple flavour doesn't really come through until the finsh, which really sticks. It's a pleasure.

Mouthfeel: The maple in the beer comes through most notably in it's creamy texture. Perfect amount of carbonation for a cream ale.

Final Statement: This is a beautiful beer. This beer was a treat and I highly recommend it. Do not let the Maple label convince you it's a novelty beer, it has lasting power. I can easily drink these regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 01:31:25 | More by MMansfield
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this bottle in the fridge for the last five months and lo and behold it improved the flavour. The beer dried out some so the sweetness was all but gone. What impressed me was the malt structure was pretty solid. IMHO this is the best of the regular GI offerings. Easy drinking, flavourful, food freiendly and well structured.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 06:25:58 | More by canucklehead
Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale from Granville Island Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.