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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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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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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

GrimmReaper, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

vanrassel, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
3.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

trevorwideman, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

pootz, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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

dirtylou, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of elricorico
3.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

elricorico, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of MMansfield
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

MMansfield, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

canucklehead, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of ozmodium
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

ozmodium, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of BDTyre
3.25/5  rDev -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.

BDTyre, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
2.98/5  rDev -11%
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.

UnionMade, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of mickeymac
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

mickeymac, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of Cwrw
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Cwrw, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
3.15/5  rDev -6%
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.

IronDjinn, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of jreitman
2.08/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

jreitman, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of Garin
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Garin, May 21, 2003
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Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale from Granville Island Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.