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

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
a robust, deeply flavoured ale with multiple malts and hops blended with some of the American ísuper-alphaí hops blended with some new and traditional aroma hops


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oqhj (4) - CANADA - AUG 21, 2007 does not count
Rich red colour. Light airy head.Very strong hoppy bitterness. Bitter aftertaste. The hops are overpowering. Getting the huge 1.9 litre "growler" bottle is a huge commitment. With its bitterness and bottle-size, this is a beer of extremes.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BERNHARDT (4) - Preston, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2007 does not count
Growler APPERANCE: This beer poured very well into my purchased Grand River Brewing glassware. Gorgeous cream coloured head lie afloat of the orange-copper brew, abundant with medium sized bubbles and good clarity. Lacing on the glass was impressive for about 10 minutes than dissipated. AROMA: Mild fruitiness (very few esters), a little too clean. Medium malt aroma, slightly sweet with a hint of toastiness. Hop aroma is very plesent and floaral. FLAVOUR / MOUTHFEEL: Body is thin, Medium to low mouthfeel and adequete carbination. Any maltiness is quickly dismissed as the harsh bitterness takes control (more aparent on the second mouthfull). Very green, raw hop bitterness lingers and lingers and lingers. No balance of malt to hop flavours. Hop flavour is very abundant and over-powering. Hard to detect any malt contributions. No complexity. OVERALL PERSONAL COMMENT: Excited to try this beer and at first it looked promising. I like hops in my beer (a lot) but in regards to the style of beer and when everything comes together nicely. This beer is strictly for HOP HEADS who donít mind if there is no flavour balance. Nice to try but no interest in further pours at this point.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 29, 2007
Growler
Appearance :Amber gold with golden fine top.
Nose :Sweet .candy like malt aroma, herbal aroma behind.
Flavour/Palate: Medium bodied, aromatic soft but thinish. Caramel with herbal strike with hint of green bitterness. Fruity finish. Not especially coherent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2161) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2011 1.9 l growler from the brewery. poured auburn with a huge frothy white head that leaves beautiful lacing all down the glass. very hoppy aromas. super alpha for sure. excellent bitterness but it is well rounded by the malts. roasty flavours near the finish that make you smile. an excellent brew//////////////////////////// fairly steep decline on this one through the years, still a servicible brew but not nearly as great as it was initially

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - JUL 14, 2007
copper hue with beige head, the aroma is subdued hoppiness. it is medium bodied, the bitterness anchors the flavor quite well, nicely balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
Growler shared by Jerc and Mabel, thanks!!! Mahogany, small brownish head. Nice malty aroma - rich, earthy, and fresh. Taste - wow, very bitter brown ale (despite the category, i thought it was a brown ale when sampled). This is what corporal punishment by Scotch Irish used to taste like (in my mind anyway). Neat chocolaty linger in finish. Some roast as well. A really solid ale and another great addition to the Ontario scene, well done guys!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2857) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2007
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 - well, I knew if was gonna be hoppy based on descriptions Iíd read, but it still took me by surprise, especially after the subtle and restrained aroma. Really big and robust flavour, nicely developed, with sweet, toasty malts in the front, and kick-ass resiny hops coming up quickly behind. Iíll need to try it a couple of more times, but I think itís a safe bet that this will be one of my favourite Ontario ales.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2200) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2007
Growler. Majestic copper body with a small white ring of head. The aroma is very grainy with burnt malts and cookie dough. A nice flavour profile with soft doughy malts, metallic pine bitterness and particularly in the finish where it appears to be quite brash and bitter.
Glad to see another brewery open up around these parts!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1146) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 I went directly to the brewery to get some of this. It comes in a 2L growler. Pours a nice deep amber colour with a ton of sticky head. The aroma is very malty, almost like maple syrup, with a bit of hops thrown in. It smells very sweet, and pretty enticing. The taste upfront is sweet, toffee, a touch of caramel, biscuity, then the malts make ways for some huge hops. Amazing malt backbone all the way through though. The finish is very bitter, with a significant hop bite, but also filled with delicious barley malts. The body is sticky with a decently fuller mouth-feel. Wow, this oneís pretty different than anything else Iíve had. Not all that smooth, not exactly easy drinking, but still a pretty amazing brew. Itís just so tasty!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2007
[398-20070704] Growler (c/o jerc, w/ him, tupalev). Toasty hops aroma. Clear, dark amber red body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Toasted malt grain flavour with medium alcohol. Medium-full body is quite rough. Bitter but interesting.


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