Lions Winter Ale | Granville Island Brewery

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3.74/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
gib.ca

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Lions Winter Ale combines premium malt with aromatic specialty hops. The vanilla-like finish of this robust ale is a great excuse to get out of the cold and enjoy BC’s favourite winter beer made from the finest natural ingredients.

Added by IronDjinn on 10-11-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,285
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
257
pDev:
14.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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16
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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Darandos
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nullbort
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this tastes a little artificial to me, but i really like it for some reason, almost a guilty pleasure sort of thing. it tastes a little cheap too, and adjuncty, like their is no way they got these flavors from grain alone, there is straight up cocoa and vanilla in here i would have to think, both are forward and sweet, and do not taste malt derived, but i could be wrong. i like these flavors in an amber brew, not a stout or a porter, its a neat change of pace and a cool idea for a winter beer, i think this is the seasonal window that needs innovation more than any other, so it was cool to discover this, even if it seems a little contrived. the flavors work really well, sweet caramel malt with a little european character, vienna type sweetness there is cool with the dry powdered cocoa i taste, and its all extended and warmed up by vanilla, which is as flavorful as it is aromatic. sounds like this one may have changed a little over time based on the other reviews, but these flavors did not taste natural to me. good carbonation, some hops at the end, and a lighter body for all the flavor, its drinkable oddly enough. cool beer, weird and cool, i dig it.

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Photo of Glorithm
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerbuds
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: deep amber colour with off white head. Not very thick that fades quickly.
S: Smells of banana vanilla and toffee
T: tastes of caramel vanilla cocoa
M: pretty thin. light mouthfeel
O: Decent but nothing great

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Photo of rudzud
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Received this bottle in a Secret Santa. Cool!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear chestnut hue with a one finger tan head that fades slowly to leave a thin blanket and super light side lacing.

S - Aromas of winter warmer spices. Light chocolate, vanilla, metallic malts, winter warmer spices, light chocolate covered toffee. Quite pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Rather strong metallic notes sadly. Nice light chocolate toffee, big vanilla notes, decent winter warmer spices. Malts are lightly sweet. Finish is more lingering vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, super thin on the body. Very very watery.

O - Overall, this was a solid winter warmer. If the mouthfeel was better this might be the best winter warmer I've ever had. It's still up there because of how nice the taste and aroma is. Man though, the mouthfeel ruins this beer!

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of bixby1971
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of michaelbillington
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonnyBeers
2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Last time I had this I couldn't believe what a shell it was of it's former self. Good job Molson. Sickly sweet and a big hit of extract awaits you. Yum...

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Photo of ewpass
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Amber with small head. Big sweet vanilla nose leading to solid malt backbone and slightly carbonated finish. Good for winter sipping.

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Photo of halivera
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guillaumeprovost
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a classic Pint glass.

A- Really thin collar of foam about 1/4 inch. Nice red/brown semi-transluscent color.

S- Pretty intense sugar smell.

M- Nothing really remarkable about the mouthfeel. Instead its really comforting to drink and well done. When you drink it you detect maple syrup aroma and fruits. Its really a winter warming stuff. I would probably buy again if I can.

O- Pretty cool beer wich goes down really easily. The aromas seems pretty authentics ( non-artificial ). The beer is overall really enjoyable and fun to drink

Cheers

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Photo of pmoersch
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Initial taste is spicy and vanilla but that gives way to a creamy white chocolate finish. This is an ideal beer for winter consumption and with heartier beef meals. I could not drink this all the time due to the strong extra flavors but it does avoid the curse of most winter beers that lean too heavily on the spice.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

like chocolate chip cookie dough in liquid form. a really pleasant and highly flavourful beer for the winter season. well, i really wouldn't mind having this at any time of the year. quite lacking in body though

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of derdtheterd
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mortsbrews
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a treat. Deep amber colour, gentle notes of vanilla and chocolate. Very smooth drinking, can have a couple easily.

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Photo of RobbieG
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep Amber, fairly quick disappation of head
Aroma - very strong smell of vanilla and cocao
Flavour - continuation of the vanilla and chocolate, but fairly dissapointing finish, very bland. Has "watered-down" feeling.
Mouthfeel - medium carbonation, very little body or lingering sweetness from the malt
Overall - from first glance and smell, was very excited to taste this beer, flavour and mouth feel very underwhelming.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PanicFox
4.94/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of imperialking
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of N_E_Beer
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chick beer.

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Photo of Boo-urns
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of notheroic
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Lions Winter Ale from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 257 ratings