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

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
On tap at Volo. Fruity, flowery, and slightly grassy comes to mind. This beer makes me think of spring. Complex with a fairly easy finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottled on 4/14/09. Poured clear, medium garnet with a short, creamy cap of yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up toasted caramel and nutty notes with an ample dose of juicy grapefruit, pine, and earthy hoppage.. sappy sweetness emerged as it warmed up. The flavor had caramel, darker fruit, and berry sweetness at the core, but the hops were a bit of a mess.. sticky grapefruit, pine, and peppery notes didn’t play well with each other or the malts.. finished bitter and sharp. Light-medium bodied, with an empty feel at times on the palate.. again it didn’t flow too well and ended very bitter. Lost some ground after the initial impression.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle thanks to Matt7215. Pours a slight brownish amber with medium off-white head. Aroma of hops, caramel, malt, and slight chocolate. Flavor similar with the addition of wheat, spice, and a slight sweetness. Very dry on the palate. Good flavor, bad finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2009
500 ml bottle from HogTownHarry; Bottled Feb 11 2009; Nose of flowery hops, caramel, and some lemony notes. clear rust with a small beige head. Flavor is bitter with some toffee; the big bitterness almost covering the toffee. Very hoppy for an amber.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Matt7215. Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of citrus, roses, caramel, dough. Tastes of tea, some bitterness, light spice, dry malt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (2936) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2008
Brown bottle, 500 ml, bottled on August 19 2008, gift from Steve Gamble received on September 13 2008, savoured on November 21 2008; eye: copper, clear, good effervescence, voluminous beige head that eventually diminishes, good lacing; nose: lots of malt, and even more bittering hops, grapefruit, caramelized malt, pine; mouth: bittering hops, lots of malt, more bittering hops, grapefruit, caramelized malt, pine, short and dry finale in bittering hops, light astringency, lightly sweet, rather bitter, medium body, slightly harsh texture, a bit thin, rather carbonated; overall: quite likable FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, embouteillée le 19 août 2008, cadeau de Steve Gamble reçu le 13 septembre 2008, savourée le 21 novembre 2008; œil : cuivrée, claire, bonne effervescence, mousse beige abondante qui diminue éventuellement, bonne dentelle; nez : beaucoup de malt, et encore plus de houblon amérisant, pamplemousse, malt caramélisé, pin; bouche : houblon amérisant, beaucoup de malt, encore du houblon amérisant, pamplemousse, malt caramélisé, pin, finale sèche et courte en houblon amérisant, légère astringence, légèrement sucrée, plutôt amère, corps moyen, texture légèrement rugueuse, un peu mince, plutôt carbonatée; en résumé : bien aimé

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2008
Bottle at Volo. The color is amber with a thin beige head. The taste is of citrus fruits with hops and malt that gives it it’s sweetnes. For me this is an average ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5956) - 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 (5212) - 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 (12234) - 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.


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