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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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4154) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2012
pours cloudy amber-red with a decent beige head, little retention. caramel and lightly toasted malts - some complexity and sweetness, grassy herbal hopping. dusty and earthy yeastiness, light pine and resin, short but fairly present citrusy finish. average carbonation, medium body. nice but too much caramel for me.

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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (3674) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Smell of hops. Strong hops and sharp bitter barley taste. Pours amber with a decently lasting head and little tracing. I’d like to try this again a little fresher - it would probably be a stronger brew. There’s a hint of caramel in there and a little woodiness, too. Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (3633) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - 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]

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
DiarmaidBHK (3387) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
500mL bottle, bottling date indistinguishable. Pours a deep, clear, ruby-amber color; off-white head with solid web-like lacing. Crystal malts, sweet red fruits, and caramel in the aroma; some earthy bitterness. Medium mouthfeel: dried fruits, earthy hops, some light citrus; basic malt core with slightly rough hop character; some cardboard and toastiness at the core. The least remarkable of the Grand River beers I’ve tried to date. A touch watery at the perimeter. Medium finish: earthy and light mineral bitterness, dry toasty malts; mildly rough throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2007
Aroma is a malty forefront, some pleasant hops follow, dark amber, good sized, long lasting custard head. Fine taste of malt, subtle bittering. Medium bodied, very well balanced, a pleasing bitter aftertaste. Terrific! Thanks R.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3097) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2012
Bouteille de 500ml achetée en Ontario par Pat. Un liquide embouteillé le 17 juillet 2012. Superbe bière ambrée avec une mousse beige foncée. Le nez est de caramel et de houblon. Le caramel domine. La bouche est mordante, les houblons sont amères. La bière est agréable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3046) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, 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.


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