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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: 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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British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty looking beer, pours a small light tan head, nice lacing. As for smell, mostly malt with the maple creeping in there, nothing to write home about though. Taste is quite smooth...creamy, yes. Malts, maple is very evident, not much hops though. A little sweet, but in a good way. Carbonation is near perfect for this beer, it feels quite nice in your mouth. It's actually pretty good, something different from the average pub fare around Vancouver, and it's cheap around here. Nothing too challenging or rewarding here though. A nice winter beer, goes well with a nice steak. I'll drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 19:59:43 | More by ozmodium
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I seem to remember this being creamier and smoother on tap. Nice reddy-bronze colour, but I can't smell much. It smells sweet and malty. I could detect the maple syrup.

Taste is not overly sweet. A bit of hops balances out the malts, and the maple syrup is evident but not overpowering. However, it is a little cloying on the tongue and is a bit thick like maple syrup. Not bad: one I'd buy again, but only when the mood strikes me.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 06:34:36 | More by BDTyre
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3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a 1/2 pint sampling glass)

A-light brown with a red tint, very clear body with a thin tan head.

S- light hint of maple at the beginning with a bit of floral hops at the end

T- a little biscuit malt flavor with a hint of tart fruit and a little baby food taste from corn. A complimentary hop bitterness and dry finish pulled this beer together nicely

M- slight creamy noticed in the mouthfeel with strong carbonation that follows

D-very smooth maple hinted beer that is very thirst quenching. Tetnanger hops (stated on the bottle) gave it more depth than a typical cream ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 02:45:15 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of UnionMade


2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my neighbor Sabrina, for bringing this back from BC for me.
The beer pours a perfectly clear, orangey copper. A thin misting of head appears on the pour, quickly thinning into a nondescript collar. Nice bright color, but a bit lackluster in presentation. No lacing. The head all but dies halfway through, a collar a few bubbles wide remaining through the rest of the glass.
The aroma features a sweetened caramel malt profile, hinting slightly at maple syrup. The maple is well integrated into the beer, not over the top, just adding enough to have some presence. Very clean, lager like, with that distinctive crispness.
The flavor starts with a maple accented maltiness. Toasty, with caramel sweetness, it doesn't offer up much variation through the sip. The malt continues, very clean, without nothing else coming through. Some grainy flavor into the finish. A very mild hop presence, sort of floral, mainly just there to provide balance. A semi-sweet finish, but dry at the same time. A light, crisp mouthfeel, with fluffy, bright carbonation. Very light bodied.
Not very exciting, but tasty enough. It recalls something like JW Dundee's Honey Brown, or some gateway beer of that nature. Not challenging on the palate, but easy enough to drink. A decent first beer from the province of British Columbia.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 05:37:43 | More by UnionMade
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3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on-tap at the GI Brewery, it's brownish-red with a smallish head. The maple makes its presence known in the smell but is not overwhelming. Hops are barely detectable in the smell. Unfortunately, the maple becomes a bit too sweet in the taste, especially as the beer warms a bit. It seems a bit thin for a cream ale. The sweetness detracts from the drinkability. It's worthy of a try but don't expect anything spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2004 04:15:08 | More by mickeymac
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance of this ale is superb. Following the pour there is a small though healthy-looking head, which recedes to a creamy, thin layer, which, in my opinion, looks very good on a glass of British-style ale. Coppery reddish and chestnut colours add to the appearance, and, although this ale is clear, it is dense--it does not look insubstantial or weak. The aroma is malt with a definite sweetness that is the "pure Canadian maple syrup," as the bottle's label states. Slight, slight hop presence exists in the smell. I have noticed that to truly enjoy the aroma, one must let the beer warm up a little after taking it from the fridge: when it was really cold hardly any odour was detectable(which is true of almost any good-quality beer, I suppose). The taste is grainy malt in the middle, with an aftertaste of slight sweetness, but definitely not as much sweetness as you might expect by reading the word "maple" on the bottle. It is smooth, and, oddly, I notice definite raspberry flavours in the finish; and yes, maple is also there in the taste. Very little hop in the flavour, as well, perhaps just enough to balance it. I admit the mouthfeel could use some more weight, as it feels mildly watery. Other than that, another above-average brew from Granville Island. Time for another pint.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 10:44:53 | More by Cwrw
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Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been waiting to try this for a while, and was happy to find a case around here finally. Many moons from now I shall recall that this maple cream ale from the Granville Island brewery was all about appearance and invitation, and dreams of what could have been...

Aw hell, let's get down to business. This is a very attractive looking ale for the most part. The body is a beautiful rich and clear copper colour, and the big beige head upon initial pour is impressive, but dissolves quickly into a thin ring. There are roasted malt and woody tones in the nose, as well as caramel and another foriegn sweetness, which I take to be the maple presence, although it seems to be under cover. However the taste is a bit burnt up front, and finishes with a metallic taste. Not quite what I expect for a cream ale. It's actually rather watery and nondescript. Disappointing. Yet while it is not apparent in the initial sip, a faint hint of sweet maple can be discerned on the aftertaste, so all is not lost. Still, I was hoping for a bit more maple flavouring from this sample. The mouthfeel is watery for a cream ale as well, the body is not very rich and full. It is an average offering for what it could have been, but it sounded good at the time.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 19:34:10 | More by IronDjinn
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2.08/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sweet aroma with a not so pleasant metallic twang. Clear copper in color with a thin ring of white head. Metal contiuned into the mouth and pretty much ruined the beer for me. There was a nice sweetness hiding out in there, but unfortunately it was getting overpowered quickly.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 23:07:00 | More by jreitman
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Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a crystal clear coppery golden red, with a creamy thick head that faded rather quickly, leaving no lace.

The aroma was malty sweet, with some floral hops in the background.

Some toasty malt flavours are in there, along with a little sweetness. There is a little maple flavour in there -- and I think over time I'm beginning to appreciate this beer a litte more

The body is light, smooth, and well carbonated.

Even for a cream ale, it's a bit light on the flavours and stuff. It's a fine thirst quencher, and I think I've been a bit too hard on it. I guess I was expecting a bold and hearty ale, along the lines of GI's ESB (my current favourite beer of all time...) Still, for what it is, it's a nice quaffable, somewhat forgettable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 21:39:43 | More by Garin
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Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale from Granville Island Brewery
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