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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bulk_Carrier (3013) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Thanx Ian. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy amber color with a one finger white bubbly and foamy head. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass after the head dies after a minute. The smell had a ton of roasted caramel maltiness up front and then a light toffee ends up making an effort to come forth but mainly stays in the background. The taste was sweet caramel malts with a better indication of the toffee coming out in the taste. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. There’s a decent sessionability about this. The carbonation finishes fairly smooth. Overall, a decent red ale I’d probably have again but don’t expect much hoppiness from this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2938) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2008
Growler from brewery retail store. Pours a deep amber with a large off-white head that slowly dissipates for the most part leaving a relatively minimal head. Sweet aroma bursting with floral hoppiness. Lots of malt with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
garthicus (2824) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 24, 2008
Appearance: Brown & slimey. Aroma: Skunky, malt and some cut grass. Flavour: Quite ’meh’ some malt in there, I struggled to taste it, a little bitterness too in the finish. I will rate it again I think, but for now ’meh’

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2811) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cfrancis (2788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2011
Pours an amber brown with a thick almond top and great lacing. Aroma is lots of malts a little sulphur and earthy hops. Taste is a great blend of malt and light hop and some light cereal. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2715) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2011
A deep amber colour with a beige head that has great retention and creates patchy lacing. A nice 2mm thickness coats the brew. Aromas of caramel, roasted malts and hop. Nice silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a nice dry finish. This is created with all the hop included in this brew. I am quite surprise with the bitterness of this amber ale. Almost like a cross between an IPA and an amber ale. Pine needle taste with toffee and grain malt in the aftertaste. Quite a nice treat which I was not expecting. Goes down easy and pretty refreshingly dry with a nice balance between the bitterness and the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2560) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
Deep copper-amber in colour, thin beige coloured head, light lacing. The aroma is quite hoppy, lots of pine and orange with some light caramel malt undertones. The flavour is again quite hoppy, good amount of sweetness, the pine carries over and grapefruits are introduced, the caramel malt provides the balance. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, tingly carbonation. Finishes long, hoppy and dry. This completely blew me away. Totally unexpected, a brewery to watch in Ontario for sure.

Cask at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? target=blank>Volo in Toronto, Ontario on October 20, 2007.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mathieuc (2481) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO thanks to czar, dated 2014/MAY/8. Pours a strong golden/light copper with a huge foamy white head that leaves fluffy lacing. Nose is of earthy hops and lightly metallic, you can even smell the carbonic acid I think. Taste is moderately bitter and dry, offers more carbonic bite and not much else. Some caramel, earthy/woody/strawy hops and that’s about it. Body is medium and carbonation way too high and problematic. There is some light grain husk in the finish along with some soapy and almost harsh bitterness. I didn’t have much expectations and this beer didn’t even try to reach them. Or maybe it’s the horrible label? Blah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2361) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2011
Quite nice, thought I was drinking an EPA, not an amber, Not terribly similar to any amber ales I have had. It has very grassy n’ earthy notes, it has a light hop aroma and taste, its colour is amber, overall pretty tasty stuff

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