Lions Winter Ale | Granville Island Brewery

Lions Winter AleLions Winter Ale
BA SCORE
3.74/5
250 Ratings
Lions Winter AleLions Winter Ale
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:
#22,973
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
250
pDev:
14.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
71
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 250 |  Reviews: 75
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

Photo of Squeezyq
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunman3
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ikidunot
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bryanzk
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lewnanny
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer taste peppermint and chocolate. This beer could be serve at Christmas.... I had it two time this week and I was not impress with that taste. It is too sugary and the taste don't match at all what a beer should be.

Smell the chocolat and not inviting. The color is a dark orange.

The ABV is 5.5 % and the IBU is 22. You don't it since the sugary taste cover all the bitterness.

The 341 ml bottle was in sale and sold ad part of a degustation pack.

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Photo of Shaunmac16
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

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Lions Winter Ale from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 250 ratings
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