While we were at the beer store last Friday, I spied a 12 pack of Granville Island Brewing's Winter Mingler. It consists of four of their beers. They also had a Summer Mingler but since winter is over, I opted for it since it'll soon be gone. I'll pick up the Summer Mingler at some point I'm sure.
Let me begin by saying this mix did not disappoint. I really enjoyed all four flavours and my wife did as well. She can be tough to win over, so congrats Granville Island Brewing. :)
Lions Winter Ale
Aroma: This review is written as I drink a second one. I didn't notice this the first time, but it was my wife who noted it moments ago. Chocolate. A dark chocolate aroma. Can't believe I didn't notice it the first time.
Taste: Chocolate. Dark chocolate. Slightly bitter aftertaste.
Overall very tasty. I'm still stunned that we didn't pick up on the chocolate the first time we had one the day before.
Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale
Colour: Dark amber.
Aroma: Light maple.
Taste: Maple, but not overpowering. Creamy. It's not the weakest maple tasting beer I've tried, but I think it falls a little behind the stronger maple tasting beers. That could be a good thing if you plan on having a few.
Overall, pretty good. I'd buy it again.
Colour: clear golden
Aroma: lightly hoppy, lightly sweet
Taste: again, lightly hoppy and lightly sweet
Overall a decent beer. Nice, crisp and clean tasting. Easy drinking. This is what some may call a "session beer(*)".
English Bay Pale Ale
Colour: clear copper
Aroma: light caramel aroma
Taste: light carbonation, light caramel, light hops, very light bitter finish
Overall... it's not a strong beer by any means, but is quite drinkable. I've read some pretty harsh reviews for it that I don't personally feel are warranted, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
(*) Session Beer: "Any beer that contains no higher than 5 percent ABV, featuring a balance between malt and hop characters (ingredients) and, typically, a clean finish - a combination of which creates a beer with high drinkability. The purpose of a session beer is to allow a beer drinker to have multiple beers, within a reasonable time period or session, without overwhelming the senses or reaching inappropriate levels of intoxication." Source: http://beeradvocate.com/articles/653