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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3255) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eructoblaster (3103) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle - 500ml. Amber body with a thin off-white foamy/creamy head. Malty/hoppy aroma with brown sugar hints. Taste carries sweet and woody notes. Ends with a decent bittersweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3078) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (3074) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3053) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2007
Shared growler from brewery, served cold in a Stella chalice. NOV17/07.

App.: Medium amber, clear, decent whitish head. Aroma: Some soft, biscuity malts, lovely dank piney hops, light fruitiness. Palate: Medium body and medium-soft carbonation, a touch astringent. Flav.: Some caramel and crunchy toffee, slightly nutty, lighter hops than on the nose but same profile, lightly off-dry, with a good bitter finish.

Really nice. My brother and I killed the bottle the next day after it had sat out over night. Even slushy it was a pleasure to drink. I will certainly get more, even if I have to drive 7 hours to do so!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2950) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
Growler shared by Jerc and Mabel, thanks!!! Mahogany, small brownish head. Nice malty aroma - rich, earthy, and fresh. Taste - wow, very bitter brown ale (despite the category, i thought it was a brown ale when sampled). This is what corporal punishment by Scotch Irish used to taste like (in my mind anyway). Neat chocolaty linger in finish. Some roast as well. A really solid ale and another great addition to the Ontario scene, well done guys!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2007
Draught pint at Volo. Copper-amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is mild, with some bread/grain and leafy hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavour - well, I knew if was gonna be hoppy based on descriptions I’d read, but it still took me by surprise, especially after the subtle and restrained aroma. Really big and robust flavour, nicely developed, with sweet, toasty malts in the front, and kick-ass resiny hops coming up quickly behind. I’ll need to try it a couple of more times, but I think it’s a safe bet that this will be one of my favourite Ontario ales.

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.


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