Rastacouere (6131) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A strong pale ale from a growler brought by one of the Ontarian at the Mondial gathering.
Woodsy, earthy characteristics shine out of the clean aroma. Not particularly hopped, though it has a more than fair bitterness that seems to come as much from its heavy mineral base.
So mineral that it feels almost salty and that takes a bit too much room for me.
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Fruity caramel maltiness provides a sturdy foundation for the leafy, resinous hoppiness to frolic with in this drinkable and flavorful quencher.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam protects the clear copper.
-The finishing earthy, resinous hop bitterness lingers admirably.
-Balance is achieved throughout.
-The fruitiness is expressive, yet never seeks to stand out above the crowd in the flavor profile.
-I donít see what the big fuss is about here, but I canít say itís not pleasant.
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at the Castle on King. Dark reddish brown, with a one-finger off-white head. Aroma of peaches, apricot, plum, with a touch of spicy hops. Flavour of fruit, quite spicy, cinnamon, cloves, not quite as bitter as I expected. Very nice mouthfeel, not too heavy, not too light. Leaves tons of lacing down the glass. An excellent pint.
matt7215 (2180) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at the castle on king. 10 oz glass. served a light mahogany with a mid sized tan head. big grand river hop nose with typical grand river malts structure underneath. very similar to the plowmans but the malts are a little different, perhaps more they are just more evident in this brew then in the plwmans. very balanced and enjoyable. ill be getting more of this in the future. thx castle, thx grand river.
Sammy (8678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cidery aroma and in taste with good bitterness. Brown and a good sipper.Fruitiness and nuttiness. Very nice. Real cross style between a Flemish, strong ale, brown ale.
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 I was pretty excited to try this, not only because of the fact that itís only available at the Castle, but also because I FINALLY got to go to the Castle period. I can say in all honesty that this is probably the most complex of all the GRB brews. It was a heavenly blend of various fruity elements (most notably pear and peach), clove, with some great hop flavours, all backed up by the classic sweet Grand River malt backbone. The mouth-fell was medium, with a nice assertive hop-bite, that wasnít as strong as I thought it would be, but still just right. Iím very glad to have had this, and that GRB made it specifically just for the Castle. Out-standing stuff.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was excited when I learned that this was now available. This beer pours deep hazy orange liquid, and is capped with a long lasting , slightly off white froth, leaving substantial spider web lace. The aroma temporarily made me speechless.In the nose, itís bursting with fresh peaches and apricots, mangoes, and some pineapple. This is followed by welcome fresh hops, a touch of pine needle, and a good dose of candy malts. Upon tasting this nectar, I was blown away by the peach/mango/grapefruit flavour profile. It is quite upfront, and unlike anything I have had to date. It is balanced with lots of bittering hops, which leave a nice bite mid way through. Honeysuckle, earthy malts, and a slight bubblegum component in the finish. This beer grows as it warms, and becomes quite complex and flavourful. Easily the best beer Iíve had in a while. My hat is off to you Grand River Brewing, and also Harold at the Castle for taking the initiative to get this thing flowing. Superb.
pootzboy (1590) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2008 The greatly anticipated GRB ale made exclusively for the Castle on King is finally on tap.
Taps a shimmering hazed amber-orange with rich sticky cap that lasts and laces up the glass.
Aroma is malty and lightly musty with a profuse bouquet of peach-grapefruit tones mingling with some grassy and woody notes...becomes more pungent as it warms. Nice nose to this.
Flavor is rich in crystal and amber malts in the front then a rush of fruity notes mingle with piney-citrus bittering.... appearing mid palate is a wee bit of complexity with a number of inflections discernible: honey and pine nuts, herbal botanicals, spiced sweet bread, lemon grass...all this leads to a wet and musty-sweet finish with ample metallic bitter hop "bite" to balance.
Excellent crafted APA like a cross between Anchor liberty and SN pale... the best brew so far from this brewer....only available at the Castle on King in Kitchener.