Granville Island Lions Winter Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on January 30, 2014 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Granville Island Brewery
- Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA
- Rated On: December 16, 2012
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Winter Warmer
- Rating: GOOD !
This 341ml bottle pours a perfectly clear medium cola-tinted amber hue, with a satisfying amount of thinly puffy off-white head, which melts away at due pace, leaving some random specks of lace around the glass.
It smells of spiced, slightly sweet bread – ginger and nutmeg – quite light, all, with a further caramel/toffee maltiness, and a touch of smoky vanilla. The taste is replete with the aforementioned warming spices, a bit of yeastiness, a strong caramel malt backbone, some softly acidic hoppiness, and some earthy, sweetly boozy vanilla. The carbonation is just about average, the body sporting an adequate medium weight, some sugary creaminess informing its overall smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, as the spices drop away totally, leaving the caramel malt and vanilla all on their own.
With no appreciable warming from the tweak of extra alcohol, this is a nice, mild winter sipper, less spiced than many of its seasonal brethren, and another agreeable choice for those occasions when a six-pack is the order of the day.