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

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RATINGS: 128   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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (472) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours sunburst brown with a one finger mushy cap. Taste is interesting for an amber ale: a broil of malts & hops that may not be as deep as hoped for but that is interesting. Seems almost stuck in the border blur of styles --maybe this a really good bitter? Another salt of the earth offering from these guys.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AWS9 (468) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle. Malt, grassy hops aroma. Sour hop taste. A bit acidic but passable. Never would’ve guessed this was an amber ale from what I was tasting... may need to try this one again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaynsawchuk (425) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2012
500 mL bottle. Pours mahogany with a thin off white head, dies off quickly with a little lacing. Nose of black cherry, caramel, hops, chestnut and melting butter. A big beer for only 4.7%, full bodied and fairly sweet offset by roasted malt flavor and a hop bite. A little sticky on the palate with a lingering bitter finish. Liked this one a lot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin (420) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
bottle. Pours hazy ruby-orange. Aroma of toasted malts, woodiness. Some sweet toffee in the taste, nicely balanced with a light bitter kick. Pretty good.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
OntBeerDrinker (419) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniel0017 (380) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
pours a lightly cloudy brown amber withslight beige head which laces the glass nicely. aroma of grains and toasted malts. flavor is mild coppery with malt. aftertaste is short lasting medium bitter. nice smooth finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papillon (366) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle from the brewery store. Aroma is malt and orange peel. Taste is of grapefruit and honey, with some body. Subtle, grapefruity bitter finish. This was nice, a very IPA-tinged amber.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
On tap at Augusta’s Winking Judge in Hamilton. Didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised to see this is more of an IPA than anything else (nowadays at least). Pale with a rather extreme but balanced hop aftertaste, floral and interesting. A bit of sweetness fairly hard to perceive but which must be keeping the bitterness enjoyable is there somewhere. Brilliant beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BreWedge (295) - 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.


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