Lion’s Winter Ale: Chock Full O’ Syrup

Lion’s Winter Ale from Granville Island Brewing Company in Vancouver, British Columbia is a deep, cola-like ruby colour and yields a large and frothy tan-coloured head that gets retained as a thin cap and leaves small spots of lace on your glass. This winter warmer has strong aromas of store bought chocolate syrup and vanilla extract that choke notes of roasted grain and red berries.

Lion's Winter Ale
If You Happen to Like Chocolate Syrup, You’re in Luck

The predominant chocolate flavour of Lion’s Winter Ale tastes more natural than it smells and has a nice dryness to it that helps to balance a rich sweetness, but falls just short. The finish has notes of vanilla and cedar, along with a subtle hint of peppermint that comes through in the aftertaste. This ale has a thin, yet mainly syrupy body that doesn’t really stand up to the richness of the flavours presented, a low amount of carbonation and a vague graininess.

Robson Street Hefeweizen: Wheat Bored

Robson Street Hefeweizen from Granville Island Brewing in Vancouver, British Columbia pours a cloudy, rusty orange colour with a medium-sized, frothy white head that burns off quickly, leaving a small collar and little to no lacing. The German-style beer has a dirty smell about it that mars the wheat, banana and mild clove aromas. There is a sweet, honey-like tone and one of light lemon zest in the background.

Robson Street Hefeweizen
I Never Knew a Wheat Beer Could Be so Tasteless

The taste of Robson Street Hefeweizen is very bland for a the style. There is very little in the way of traditional banana or bubble gum flavours and instead lemon zest, wheat and earth come to the forefront, accented by a subtle hint of cloves. The beer has an extremely thin, watery mouthfeel with a mild carbonation and it remains watery throughout. The finish is dry, with a syrupy and slightly peppery aftertaste.

English Bay Pale Ale: Pales in Comparison

This American pale ale from Granville Island Brewing in Vancouver, British Columbia pours a rusty amber tone with a definite brown tone. A sizable, frothy tan head burns off quickly leaving no lace behind before settling as a thin film and collar. English Bay Pale Ale smells of nuts and fresh grains, with mild butter, ripened fruit and alcohol notes taking shape as it warms.

English Bay Pale Ale
I Couldn't Find Much to Like in this American Pale Ale

English Bay Pale Ale tastes of buttery toffee or caramel before a solid nuttiness takes over. It’s very sweet in the finish with an odd, cloying metallic tinge to it. The beer is thin and watery overall with a slightly yeasty and creamy sensation on the tongue coming from a light carbonation and long-lasting collar. There is an out of place sour sensation found in the aftertaste that is quite unappealing.