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

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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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


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mephisto (1269) - 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 (2924) - 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 (2892) - 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 I’d 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. I’ll need to try it a couple of more times, but I think it’s 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 (2209) - 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 (1151) - 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 one’s pretty different than anything else I’ve had. Not all that smooth, not exactly easy drinking, but still a pretty amazing brew. It’s just so tasty!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5805) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2007
A very solid ale. Hops are most evident in the mouth. A little more aroma would be beneficial. A fine addition to the Ontario craft brewing scene.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2007
Growler thanx to Gram from Magpie who brought it to a friends BBQ. amber color, lotsa head hoppy nose. lotsa bitterness on the palate grapefruit some decnt malt character but not a fav but cheers for giving a good effort and we will see what happens next for them.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2007
Growler. Ruddy amber body with a good sized foamy tan head. Hoppy aroma with a strong presence of toasted malt. (7+) Decent amount of bitterness in the flavour, and healthy dose of earthy malt. Hops have a light citrus character that threatens to become very astringent, but pleasantly stops short of doing so. Seems more bitter than it really is because of the leanings toward astringency. Average palate is smooth and appropriate. (3+) More fruitycitrus expression of the hops would suit my palate, but it is a solid quaff as is. Bodes well for future endeavours from Grand River. 7+/4/8/3+/16

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2007 1.9 L growler from the brewery - poured reddish copper hue with a THICK and rocky off-white head that lasts pretty much forever. Biscuity malt aroma and quite a bit of juicy Cascade-y hops. Bready too. Very bitter opening, which smoothes out in the middle with some sweet caramel and nutty malting, which once more gives way to a long, intense bitter finish. If you like bitterness in your beer (which I do), then you’ve found your ale. This may best Scotch Irish’s Corporal Punishment (at least as of late) for bitterness. Remarkable in flavour and body for just 4.7% abv. Excellent ale.


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