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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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77
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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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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

prisdefer, Jul 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Gww1864
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Gww1864, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale pours an amber color, with a nice tan head. There was a nice sweet creamy maple aroma. The taste was very creamy, full, had good notes of maple that mixed well, not overpowering. Good full taste, and easy to drink too. Overall a very good beer.

vette2006c5r, May 23, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
Photo of JoeyRamone
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

JoeyRamone, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of cletetron
3/5  rDev -10.4%

cletetron, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of timtwoface
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another winner from Granville Island. I was surprised to see this available; I traded for one with a buddy of mine the other night and am trying it right - this - second.

It feels good in the mouth, good on the tongue...the smell of maple is present, and then the taste of vanilla and caramel are present for a very pleasant aftertaste. This is the first maple syrup flavoured beer I've had that actually had a maple TASTE that I could define in it, and I intend to find it again in the future!

timtwoface, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

leaddog, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of papawu76
3/5  rDev -10.4%

papawu76, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Rutager, Nov 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +19.4%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of CrazyMike
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

CrazyMike, May 26, 2011
Photo of ChrisCage
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

ChrisCage, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
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

wordemupg, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
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

joemcgrath27, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

andrenaline, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

maximum12, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
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
Photo of OskarL
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

OskarL, Mar 31, 2010
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
Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev +6%
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.

woodychandler, May 03, 2008
Photo of 1759Girl
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

1759Girl, Sep 26, 2007
Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale from Granville Island Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.