Granville Island Lions Summer Ale

Reviewed by on June 14, 2017 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Granville Island Brewery

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: June 14, 2017

  • Best Before: it's a cipher

  • ABV: 4.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Summer Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Lions Summer Ale is pretty much the new seasonal analogue to the Lions Winter Ale from this ersatz craft brewing concern. At any rate, this is flavoured with pineapple and passionfruit juice.

This 341ml bottle pours a mildly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and sort of fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some volcanic island profile lace around the glass as it readily sinks away.

It smells of musty mixed tropical fruit (hard to really pick out the pineapple, which is a tad surprising), lychee syrup, grainy and doughy pale malt, and some ethereal leafy and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is more peach/apricot in its fruitiness than pineapple/passionfruit, gritty and grainy pale malt, a bit of rising white breadiness, and more rather tame earthy, leafy, and musky floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess sneaking in as things warm up just a smidge.  It finishes well off-dry, the muddled fruitiness really running the lingering show here.

Overall, this is much like it’s forebear, in that it hits you over the head with the adjunct essences (for me, it’s the vanilla in the latter version).  Easy enough to drink, I suppose, and plainly fruity, which I’m sure will play well on patios across the nation once the titular season fully arrives for its short time in the, uh, sun.

Brady White

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