Sunday, May 5, 2013

Winter Mingler

(Note: I started writing this one last week, but just got around to finishing it. Keeping notes for every beer I try is sometimes distracting from actually enjoying the beer, so I wrote these as I worked my way through the case.) ;)

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

 Colour: clear reddish brown.

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.

ABV: 5.5%

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.

ABV: 5:0%

Overall, pretty good. I'd buy it again.

Island Lager

Colour: clear golden

Aroma: lightly hoppy, lightly sweet

Taste: again, lightly hoppy and lightly sweet

ABV: 5%

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

ABV: 5%

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:

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