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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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hyde (27) - Kelowna, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2007
Fresh growler from the Brewery..... Only 4.7%..... A: Copper-bronze, fluffy off-white head, good retention, great lace..... S: Grapefruit, grassy and slightly spicy hops; bready/biscuity malt with a little toffee..... T: Grapefruit, nectarine, grassy, hints of pine, toffee, bread, caramel, assertive bitterness..... M: Moderate body is creamy (great for its weight), modest carbonation, hop acidity..... D: Incredibly drinkable..... I’d say this is one hell of an American Pale Ale, especially considering its weight!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1150) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 I went directly to the brewery to get some of this. It comes in a 2L growler. Pours a nice deep amber colour with a ton of sticky head. The aroma is very malty, almost like maple syrup, with a bit of hops thrown in. It smells very sweet, and pretty enticing. The taste upfront is sweet, toffee, a touch of caramel, biscuity, then the malts make ways for some huge hops. Amazing malt backbone all the way through though. The finish is very bitter, with a significant hop bite, but also filled with delicious barley malts. The body is sticky with a decently fuller mouth-feel. Wow, this one’s pretty different than anything else I’ve had. Not all that smooth, not exactly easy drinking, but still a pretty amazing brew. It’s just so tasty!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
Powerful. Very punchy, forward hops, and more than enough malt. Rating is for the earlier recipe, they’ve changed it a bit since. I’ll rate the new version as soon as I get a chance to try it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
micker (37) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2008
This stuff is good. If you like bitters than this is a beer to rush out in try. The beer is very bitter, ikely the most bitter beer I’ve ever tried. Yet despite this this beer is very drinkable, and is a great session beer. Of all the grand river beers I’ve tried (4), this is the best one. Though they are all very good. Great job on a great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
500ml bottle from the brewery. Pours a dark amber with a thick white head. Bready aroma, with some grassy hops as well. Flavour is rich and malty, with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. One of my favorite beers.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1035) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
A great amber ale. Starts off caramelly-sweet like a british ale, but ends off with a nice bitter hop finish. Will definitely get this again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
funkengruven (5) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2007 does not count
This poured a nice reddish color with lots of head. Smell was a bit musty with a very strong hop aroma. Flavor was extremely bitter, hops very prominent here. A little bit much at times. Overall however it is quite a good brew, if you’re a hop-head I’m definitely sure you would appreciate this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2227) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2008
Pours a deeper shade of amber, topped with long lasting off white head, leaving good lace. Gorgeous, fresh aroma of leafy, floral hops, bursting with pine essence, citrus (lemon, orange), and hints of butterscotch and cotton candy. The inviting aroma is matched by assertive floral hops, lemon zest, grass, a touch of sweet malty caramel and bubblegum. Medium body, with a very forward and enjoyable bitter finish. As with other beers from this brewer, the focus is on balance, full flavour, and lower ABV. It seems they can’t go wrong. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zenwolf (268) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle. One of my favorite of the GRB beers. Light copper pour with a very strong head. Beautiful punchy malt and hops. The newer recpie is a little less punchy, but darn good nontheless. Well balanced, realtively complex.. but very east to drink. Well done Rob!


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