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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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
Deep copper-amber in colour, thin beige coloured head, light lacing. The aroma is quite hoppy, lots of pine and orange with some light caramel malt undertones. The flavour is again quite hoppy, good amount of sweetness, the pine carries over and grapefruits are introduced, the caramel malt provides the balance. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, tingly carbonation. Finishes long, hoppy and dry. This completely blew me away. Totally unexpected, a brewery to watch in Ontario for sure.

Cask at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? target=blank>Volo in Toronto, Ontario on October 20, 2007.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
Finally, an American-style ale I can be proud of. Copper colour, impressive head with nice lacing, a mild but long and dry finish. Clean, thick, feels refreshing in the back of the throat. Maybe the best pale ale in Ontario. Lawnmower beer? Hell, no. Plowman’s, bitches.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 The beer smelled nice and hoppy, but I found that all the taste was middle-loaded (ie my first impression and the finish were both low on flavour. I also found this brew a little watery. Its not offensive, but not something I would order again by choice...their mild is amazing though!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
funkengruven (5) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2007 does not count
This poured a nice reddish color with lots of head. Smell was a bit musty with a very strong hop aroma. Flavor was extremely bitter, hops very prominent here. A little bit much at times. Overall however it is quite a good brew, if you’re a hop-head I’m definitely sure you would appreciate this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2007
Aroma is a malty forefront, some pleasant hops follow, dark amber, good sized, long lasting custard head. Fine taste of malt, subtle bittering. Medium bodied, very well balanced, a pleasing bitter aftertaste. Terrific! Thanks R.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7134) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2007
Growler at 2007 Golden Tap Awards, beerbistro. Pours a clear amber-copper with a good size mostly-lasting off-white head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, grain, light roastness and some light yeasty sweetness. Flavour has a good amount of resiny hops, some lightly roasted malt and a nice bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. Good stuff, very well done.

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 don’t 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 (7086) - 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 (2278) - 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


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