mathieuc (3256) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
GregClow (3154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
cfrancis (3099) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Metalchopz (3055) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
garthicus (2906) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 24, 2008
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
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’
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
UDBeernut (2615) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from lcbo Niagara on the lake, bottled July 17, 2012. Pours dark amber tan hue with a silky looking tan head. Lacing coats the glass. Nose and taste of toast, pine, and nut. Medium body... More body than one would expect from a sub 5% abv.