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

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RATINGS: 137   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patachou (17) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2013
Belle couleur, bonne odeur, bonne amertume. Bouteille laide, mais originale surtout le nom. En fait, surprenant comme goût pour la teneur en alcool...

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
driver76 (40) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
Dark amber colour, slightly cloudy. Nose pretty light, mild toasty with some hops. Taste is bitter up front with toast backing. Lots of biterness continuing through into the finish. Good if it’s intended to be an an ESB, very hoppy but not enough balance for an amber.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (1866) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Amber colour with off white head. Malty, sweet, caramel aroma. Nutty, sweet, toffee, smoky, a little bitter, though a touch thin. Nice though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
Poured from 500mL bottle a clear reddish amber with frothy beige 2 finger head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, grassy and slightly resinous hops, and a little fruitiness (pear?) in the background. Medium bodied and slightly syrupy on the palate with mild carbonation. The taste is sweet with hop bitterness on the finish. Both sweet and bitter last a long time. Overall, fairly drinkable, but unremarkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gilvanblight (801) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
Slightly hazy amber pour. With a really foamy long lasting head. Malty caramel scent with a touch of hoppy grassiness. Really strong hops in the mouth. Way more than I expected from an amber ale. It’s not overpowering though. No bite in the back of the throat. There’s a sweetness that took a bit to show up. Overall this is pleasant but not exactly what I was looming for.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BreWedge (334) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours a dark amber with a large off-white head. Aromas are bread, yeast, caramel, and some licorice. Taste is a nice crisp malt with hints of cereal and caramel. Though there is a touch of sweetness it is well balanced against a light to medium bitter hop profile. Light bodied, low carbonation, and a medium length bitter finish. Reasonably pleasant.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papillon (379) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
500 mL Bottle. Amber body with a thin foamy off-white head that settles to a thin but tenacious layer leaving plenty of stringy and almost spider web-like lace. Rich malty aroma, crystal malt standing strong with it’s intense malt-syrupy aspect; hints of pear and clover, an innuendo of honey, and resiny hops that "play peek-a-boo". The flavor is a solid one of sweet malts that would be very much at home in an English pub -and I like that style. There is a sweetness that is very clover honey-like and that I find very likeable -and I don’t normally like sweet beers. A mildly grassy hop bitter takes over in the aftertaste and finish. A bonus point for what I consider to be a great brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
Bouteille 500ml. De couleur ambrée foncée et claire. Nez de grains de malt caramélisés aux notes rôties et terreuses, léger de houblon floral, légèrement herbeux (donc des notes de thé) et terreux avec des notes de pain et de fruits (petits fruits rouges?). Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse. Légère amertume de houblon floral aux faibles traces citriques avec de petites notes fruitées lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût de grains de céréales moyennement rôties et terreuses, moyen-léger de caramel et avec des notes de pain grillé. Parallèlement, l’amertume de houblon s’intensifie tout au long de la gorgée pour offrir un caractère bien terreux et herbeux (herbes asséchantes, traces de thé) en finale. Post-goût moyen-long et un peu sec, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux et terreux aux petites notes florales avec un léger goût rôti.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
OntBeerDrinker (449) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2012
I smelt this smell b4. One small finger of bubbly head. Red to light veary little carbination. Amber in front o me with lots of carbination. Smell is a hoppy beer kinda like a west coast ipa smell. Taste starts of a toffyish or caramelish maltyness but not alot of taste to the malt because the hops dominat this beer and take over quickly. Earthyness taste stays on tounge long and its a earthy light citrus hop taste. Later the cramel or tofee malt show a bit again. Hop heads would really be into this one perhaps. More for the hop head then the malt lover. Not great but not horrid. Cheer’s!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2012
On cask @ Volo. Pours a dark orange with minimal head. Aroma of sweet fruits, diaper, and sweet bready malt. Flavor of bready malt, English pale malts, toffee, jam, sweet dark fruits, raisin. Kind of odd with a tart palate. Somewhat drinkable but I just didn’t get this one. 6/4/6/3/11 [3.0/5]


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