Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale | Granville Island Brewery

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Kitsilano Maple Cream AleKitsilano Maple Cream Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
105
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
12.35%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of napetry
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of TheHammer
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Produced a single finger of head that neither laced nor retained, the body is a clear brown, which fits the maple syrup bill well.

Smell: A sweet smell of caramel malt backing the dominant scent of maple with a slight mineral note. It's what I would expect from a maple beer.

Taste: Starts with sweet malt and maple that calms down as a slight woody note comes out which then gets hit with a larger hit of maple that keeps balance with herbal hops and reigns in a unpleasant metallic note.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is a nice blend of the taste, although that metallic kick reigns in it sadly which is a shame. The carbonation is frothy but didn't have a lot of staying power.

Drinkability: Fairly solid, not cloyingly sweet which adds to the appeal, and at the same time it doesn't fall flat. Surprisingly light as well and mild.

Final Thoughts: All in all, it works well although I wouldn't say this is an epic implementation of maple syrup and beer. Maybe if somehow the malt was upped and the metal took off, it would be a better grade. Still think it's pretty good though and worth a shot.

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Photo of BKLRIBS
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of slitherySOB
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm discovering Granville Island Brewing makes decent session beers. This cream ale pours an amber colour with half a pinkie's worth of head. Smells of malt and hops, with a faint hint of maple and vanilla. Tastes a bit weaker than it smells. I was hoping for more maple flavour. Overall, a decent session ale that I could see pairing or cooking with bbq ribs.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of MylesMac
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of logicpositive
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ChuckGnarly
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of smakawhat
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. From notes.

A very dark amber body, some chestnut brown, with a very small head of about two fingers tan in color that dissipates quite quickly. Manages to leave a solid collar while drinking and hardly any lacing.

First whiff and smell is kind of nasty, that bile sense. Some stick malt action similar to a cream ale, but a rank sour and sweetness mix. There is no sense of maple on this at all either.

Taste improves but doesn't bring much enjoyment. Sticky taffy without much cream ale sense of sweetness, and a yeasty rank aftertaste. Again where is the maple flavor, I am not even getting any. Carbonation and feel is a little wet also, not too grainy either.

Overall though, for a cream ale I've had much better, and again.. if you put a flavor on the bottle and I can't even smell or taste it then I am just not impressed. It is drinkable though I'll give it that.

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Photo of sAws
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking amber beer with a decent head that lasted a couple minutes. Inviting smell with a good smooth taste and a nice malty finish. I found the maple flavor to be very faint yet natural tasting. Would definitely buy again as its an very enjoyable easy drinking beer.

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Photo of ptarmigan98
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of prisdefer
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Gww1864
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JoeyRamone
1.75/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of cletetron
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of timtwoface
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

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Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of papawu76
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Rutager
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale from Granville Island Brewery
3.4 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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