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, it’s 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 I’ve 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 (1690) - Hopville, 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.
matt7215 (2278) - 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.
JesseM (1158) - 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 it’s 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 wasn’t as strong as I thought it would be, but still just right. I’m very glad to have had this, and that GRB made it specifically just for the Castle. Out-standing stuff.
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.
chops (60) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint from the castle on King. Delicious beer with lots of flavor. I love this brewery.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ported (67) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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