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

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RATINGS: 143   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2008
In short: An earthy and hoppy amber ale. Good stuff.
How: Bottle 500ml from matt7215, thanks a lot Matt. Consumed very fresh, bottling date October 03 2008, drank 12 days later (October 15 2008).
The look: Clear amber body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Intriguing nose, very hoppy for a so-called amber ale with lots of perfumy flowers citrus. Taste has a good amount of earthy caramelized despite a rather light body. Fresh red fruits and even a hint of pineapple. The perfumy note of the aroma translate into earthy leafy hops in the taste with a slight dark tea and green tea flavour. Hopping is actually reminiscent of a ESB but with a dirtier caramelized body. Nice beer. But calling a beer Plowman’s Ale up here in the snowy north is not really appealing, it’s like calling a beer the Dentist’s Ale in England.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Draught @ Winking Judge. Deep amber with small off-white head. Grapefruity hop aroma is subtle, not in your face. Smooth, balanced, quaffable with low carbonation. Solid malts and hops both. Pretty nice but thins out in the finish a lot.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (14101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2008
Reddish - and a bit of brown. Earthy aroma with hints of pine. Very earthy, rich, slightly woody, slightly lemony taste. Nice brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
500mL bottle, bottling date indistinguishable. Pours a deep, clear, ruby-amber color; off-white head with solid web-like lacing. Crystal malts, sweet red fruits, and caramel in the aroma; some earthy bitterness. Medium mouthfeel: dried fruits, earthy hops, some light citrus; basic malt core with slightly rough hop character; some cardboard and toastiness at the core. The least remarkable of the Grand River beers I’ve tried to date. A touch watery at the perimeter. Medium finish: earthy and light mineral bitterness, dry toasty malts; mildly rough throughout.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cartoonkhaki (1225) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2008
Not bad this is one of my favourites from the brewery. Clean brown with light head. Aroma has some sweet malts and a bit of breadiness to it. Flavour is a little buttery and like fresh white bread but it has a nice amout of bitter to it. Medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
micker (38) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2008
This stuff is good. If you like bitters than this is a beer to rush out in try. The beer is very bitter, ikely the most bitter beer I’ve ever tried. Yet despite this this beer is very drinkable, and is a great session beer. Of all the grand river beers I’ve tried (4), this is the best one. Though they are all very good. Great job on a great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chops (60) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
In a growler straight from the brewery. Heavy amber color. Sweet aroma but a pleasant bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hiphop (84) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2008
Draught pint at Volo. Copper-amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is mild, with some bread/grain and leafy hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavour of biscuits. Really big and robust flavour, nicely developed, with sweet, toasty malts in the front, and kick-ass resiny hops coming up quickly behind.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (3061) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2008
Growler from brewery retail store. Pours a deep amber with a large off-white head that slowly dissipates for the most part leaving a relatively minimal head. Sweet aroma bursting with floral hoppiness. Lots of malt with a bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3766) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2008
on tap at volo. nicd amber pour, good aroma od sweet malt, and some nice hopping.Here is also a touch of caramel, and maybe some ripe fruit. Flavour is smooth, and malty, some nice bready chewy malts. A really nice amber ale, super sessionable beer, a great daily drinker.


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