Brewed by Grand River Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Cambridge, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Appearance: Clear copper colour with a large white head. Aroma: Aroma is biscuity & mildly sweet malt, herbal & earthy hops. Flavour: Both malt & hops start off subtly but build as you get into it, developing into a marmalade character in the finish. At 6.5% abv and 70 bitterness units, this is big beer and a classic English rendition of the style

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15578) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009

Date: March 27, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear dark copper, wispy white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet crystal and pine aroma with a touch of citrus
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, lots of hop, sweet pine, plenty of balancing bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9440) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
A golden IPA with a thick dark off white head. A very interesting resinous hops aroma, meaty, and herbal. In mouth, loads of oily malt with resinous hops, very British, with grainy qualities, earthy. Medium to rich bodied, a wack in the face. Bottle from JesseM. Thanks dear Sir!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
Deep amber-ruddy pour with a fluffy white head. The aroma is sticky and a little bit chewy. A bit resiny and herbal. Very simple flavour profile - lightly bitter resin with simple metallic sort of bitterness. A suggestion of fruit, but it’s barely a whisper. Nope, I can’t say I’m a fan of this. One note of blandness throughout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2009
500 ml. British style IPA, thanks Matt7215 for sending a bunch overnight. Giant stubby bottle. I liked this because it was smooth and rather mild tasting, fine for its style. Hop bubble, though rather neutral to look at, to smell. Satisfying, toned down typical Grand River bitter taste, though its still there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 2009-04-05. Did not take detailed notes but I found that this was fruitier and had just a touch more hops in the flavour than the bottles I have tried. Pleasantly so. Cask at Volo

2009-03-13. Golden amber body with an off-white head. (3+) Hops in the aroma have an earthy herbal character. Flavour is similar, modest bitterness, earthy herbal hops over a base of malt. Average palate. Pleasant but not nearly as assertively hopped as I had hoped. I feel like I have had pints of Plowman’s that were more oomphy in the hop department than this? Still enjoyable, perhaps I had set my expectations a tad high. I have a couple more to ponder. Bottle c/o Tupalev from the Brewery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle thanks to Sammy: Pours a transparent orange copper with a thin, stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh lightly piny hops and mildly sweet caramel malt. Body starts with average fullness and some lightly sweet grainy pale malty notes with a grassy citrus hop balance before a drier, mild finish. Pretty drinkable, but could use a little more assertive hop character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottled on 4/20/09. Poured clear, healthy lighter orange with a loose and cool-looking cap of white head. The aroma picked up floral, juicy citrus, and pine hoppage over a simple and sufficient biscuity base.. leaned more toward the malty end of the spectrum as it warmed up. The flavor picked up some caramel in addition to the biscuity character at the core.. mild bitterness surrounded in the form of earth and spicy floral.. just a hint of butter on the back. Light-medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep it moving across the palate.. balance was spotty.. finished somewhat tacky and spicy. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle 500 ml at Volo
Appearance: bright amber orange-fresh copper look. Mid white , thick top. Ring of lace.
Nose: citric ,sweet mango , some grape and molasses.
Flavor/Palate : medium bodied. Grainy , malt frontal wit citric , raw hop bite as follow.bit harsh ,metallic. I am suspecting its roughness is a result due to water used. Zoom out, looking at whole picture fairly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle (500ml). Courtesy of either duct tape or tupalev - either way, thanks for the VERY fresh bottle!. Clear, bright, refractive light copper, two-plus finger lasting fizzy/foamy beige head - very nice looking. Oh my that smells great - dry, not-too-sweet biscuit and cereal malt, balancied nicely by solid dry lightly acidic herbal bitterness. The taste is quite nice, but a little lacking in body - the cereal grain (pootz is right on - this is chewy malt here) could be beefier, and the herbal bittering is sneaky - initially I thought "hang on, where’s the hops!?" but they are back-end flavour hops, not nose-grabbing aroma hops - bottom line, my burbs are nice and hoppy. Light body, decently lively mouthfeel, although not all that carbonated - no sting, which is nice - and enough astringency and acidity from the hops to carry a nice little bite (no sting, just a tiny bite) through the medium-length finish. Excellent beer - bump that body up some - and what the hell, maybe some extra aroma hopping - and I will drink many, many pitchers of this. Another solid offering from Grand River (no surprise there).

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