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Grand River Plowmans Ale

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Brewed by Grand River Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Cambridge, Canada

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
a robust, deeply flavoured ale with multiple malts and hops blended with some of the American ’super-alpha’ hops blended with some new and traditional aroma hops


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ametras (1214) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
473ml can. Clear copper with a foamy off-white head. Flavors are toasted cereals, dirty malts, barley sugar, caramel, berries and earth with woodsy, spicy and metallic notes. Generous bitterness. Light to medium body, moderate to good carbonation, watery texture.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1354) - CANADA - MAY 20, 2016
Appearance: clear medium amber with one finger of creamy ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel/toffee malt, pine, toast, citrus zest, earth. (7/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate-soft carbonation, off-dry slightly sticky lingering bitter finish. (4/5) Well, that’s a bit of a surprise: it looks like an amber, but the aromas include a decent hop character in addition to the malt. Moreover, although the taste has some malt elements, it’s not sweet at all, and the bitterness is quite pronounced. I find it hard to believe that it’s only 35 IBU, actually, and can definitely taste the super-alpha hops. The bitterness really sticks around in the slightly sticky finish, lingering and growing. An amber I actually like - who’d’a thunk it? (15/20)

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2015
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear weak amber-pale golden with a short lived white head. Aroma is caramel, lots of toast, grains and herbs. Flavor is caramel, lots of roast. Finish is roast, herbal, slightly earthy. Lingering malt, biscuit, slightly herbal. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RxForHealth (177) - - NOV 4, 2015
500mL bottle Brewed Jul 6. Pours with zero head or lacing. Not impressive. Colour dark red and a bit orangish. Toasted aroma. Nice. Really nice on the palate. Balanced bitterness. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Raistlin (266) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2015
Brown redish colour with minimal head. Not a lot of carbonation which is to be expected. Bit of earthy aroma almost toasty. Bit of floral feel to it. Medium bitterness to it and medium body as well. Slick texture to it and smooth finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle from The Andersons on Bent Tree. Amber pour with sturdy off-white, almost tan head. Aroma of toasted and caramel malt. Tastes are toffee, floral, burnt sugar, cereal, pine, earthy. Sharp, but good balance. Strange. Sort of interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4406) - Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2015
500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/13/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, light pine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate citrus/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malts and moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good amber ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I definitely got some English yeast character from this, but the estery qualities were very well restrained. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (1251) - - MAR 14, 2015
Dark amber pour, large head. Hopping here more akin to english than american in both aroma and taste. Fruity, caramel malt, bitter, very quaffable. Lighter grapefruit and resin notes. Medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12575) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
A hazed copper amber ale with a thick mocha head. In aroma, nice caramel malt with pleasant nutty notes, treacle, smooth coffee. In mouth, a nice nutty caramel malt with light tobacco qualities, faint signs of oxidation, but overall, pleasant. Another forgotten 5 year old bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Canmoore (395) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Pours a clear amber, with a medium cream head. Aroma notes include roasted malt, florals, pine, and crackers. Tasting notes include toasty malts, caramel, toffee, and resinous pine. This is a fantastic beer, super hoppy!! I like it a lot!


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