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


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
riversideAK (5827) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle from scrizz. Instead of us giving him beers for his birthdat, he gave them to us. It was almost a bizarro world tasting without the beer controller pouring my beer and telling me when to finish. Light buggy nose, some toffee/caramel, and some sharp fruity notes. Golden amber no real head. Somewhat tart with an earthy bitterness in the finish. I don’t get much else in this one. Not really my favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (5351) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2009
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with subtle grainy flavor. Taste is dryer then I had anticipated with good caramel malt and dry finish. Hops are not overly distinct and ester are somewhat lacking. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad overall but I would say that this was below average for this brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (5323) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear amber colour with average to huge, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Slighty grainy aroma, bitter hoppy overtones, inexplicable fruitiness. Taste is moderately bitter hoppy, fruity, a mixture of red berries and yellow stone fruit, nut paring dryness. Not concrete, somehow simply hoppy and malty. New metaphors required.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 31, 2010
Bottle. Copper amber with a fair head. Strong vanilla scent mixed with wood and hints of aluminum. Big body. A touch syrupy. Flavour start and middle seem nondeScript. Nice peppery hop finish and lingering bitterness make for a nice drinkable beer. Take out the vanilla and metallic note and we have a winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (4234) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle (500 ml). Extra from TheJester, thanks Andy! Clear amber with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma of caramel, mild nuts, earthy notes and floral presence. Taste is mild and slightly sweet with caramel, light nutty presence, earthy notes and light floral presence. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is a tad watery. Decent Amber Ale. Mild, but nothing off and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4135) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2012
Un liquide embouteillé le 17 juillet 2012. Une robe ambrée et sa tête presque belle. Des arômes de malts caramélisés et de fleurs sur des parfums aux consonnances terreuses. Des saveurs davantage touchées par les cultivars. Des flaveurs de houblons citriques mélangées avec de la terre et des feuilles. Une base maltée de grains grillés qui parfois se transforme en caramel et parfois en quelque chose de plus incertain. Une bouche qui me semble plutôt de faible calibre avec des bulles légèrement engourdies et une texture qui me semble crémeuse. Une finale qui laisse une impression terreuse et une impression rôtie. Une bière singulière et assez appréciable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4000) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
DiarmaidBHK (3850) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottle from LCBO. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. Slight slight maltiness on the nose. I’m having trouble describing the taste except to say it tastes off. I don’t get any malt and it tastes like they used poison ivy instead of hops. Metallic aftertaste. Definite drainpour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2015
500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/13/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, light pine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate citrus/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malts and moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good amber ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I definitely got some English yeast character from this, but the estery qualities were very well restrained. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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