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Grand River Castle on King Executioners Ale

Formerly brewed at Grand River Brewing
Style: American Pale Ale
Cambridge, Canada


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Executioner Ale was the official house ale brewed exclusively for the Castle by Grand River Brewing, now brewed for The Bent Elbow in Kitchener. 3 varieties of hops and a whole lot of malt make this a killer ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2010
On tap at the Castle and King (and yes, I really am this far behind in my ratings. I still have over 600 to enter). Pours a dark amber with a thick white head. Wonderful bready aroma, along with some hops. Flavour is rich, with lots of malt and lots of hops, but the hops almost embrace your tastebuds. A very tasty beer that I miss a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maltybones (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2008
On tap at the Castle, of course. Pours a nice reddy-amber colour with a moderate head. Aroma is very nice with peach, apricot and grapefruit notes. Flavour is outstanding, with peaches follwed by a pretty decent piney bitterness, a little bit of spice and a deep bready malt finish. Complex and rewarding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours a clear copper color with reddish higlights. Pleasant aroma of earthy malt and hops. Interesting, balanced flavor of earthy malt, hops and mild sweetness. The body is light to medium while the carbonation is moderate. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
In short: A plain nice English Strong Ale
How: Post-Mondial 2008 tasting session. Growler from one of the Ontario visitor
The look: Clear dark copper body topped by a very small off-white head
In long: I enjoyed the body and mounthfeel of this one. Nice earthy and woody malts, round caramel, light nutty flavours, leafy hops. Not very tasty and nothing that stands out in the flavour spectrum but the beer had this freshness character that made quite enjoyable. Very well balanced beer, I put my glass on the table and it didn’t flip over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
[1460-20080531] Growler. Fruity pineapple aroma has a bit of booze and sweet hints of sweat. Lightly hazy, dark red amber body with a foamy off-white head. Fruity heavy malt flavour has a boozy sweat hint. Medium body. Interesting fruity background.
(Post-Mondial Tasting)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chops (60) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
Pint from the castle on King. Delicious beer with lots of flavor. I love this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2008
Con tap at The Castle on King. Redish rusty tan pour with a thick head. Strong cent. Hops and malt in the nose, but mostly hops in the mouth. Warm taste that is quite complex. Slight boozy aftertaste (which to me is a good thing)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ported (67) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
Dark Copper/Reddish Brown, with a small off-white head. Nice balance of hops and caramel-y malts. Slightly bitter, yeasty and a hint of alcohol. Very good job again GRB

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2008
On tap at the Castle on King. Dark copper brown, small white head, looks good. Fresh resiny hop aroma - strong. Taste is terrific - resiny hops, light body, which seems to increase the bitterness, but still a good amount of malt in there. Very bitter, even more so in the finish. This reminded me instantly of the Old Corporal Punishment from Scotch Irish. Probably best to try this one fresh from the source, this is a terrific brew and I look forward to having lots of it when I move to this area this Fall. Great job Grand River.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9836) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
2008-05-31. Dark amber body, creamy off-white head. (3+) Interesting herbaceous notes to the hops in the aroma, mild touches of fruity yeast. Similar flavour, interesting fruit character, light bitterness, tangy finish. Average palate. Pleasant quaffable brew, but I was disappointed to find it much tamer than reports had lead me to expect. Growler shared by DuctTape, Post-Mondial Tasting, Montreal

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