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Brewed by Grand River Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Cambridge, Canada

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RATINGS: 135   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


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - JUL 14, 2007
copper hue with beige head, the aroma is subdued hoppiness. it is medium bodied, the bitterness anchors the flavor quite well, nicely balanced.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottled on 4/14/09. Poured clear, medium garnet with a short, creamy cap of yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up toasted caramel and nutty notes with an ample dose of juicy grapefruit, pine, and earthy hoppage.. sappy sweetness emerged as it warmed up. The flavor had caramel, darker fruit, and berry sweetness at the core, but the hops were a bit of a mess.. sticky grapefruit, pine, and peppery notes didn’t play well with each other or the malts.. finished bitter and sharp. Light-medium bodied, with an empty feel at times on the palate.. again it didn’t flow too well and ended very bitter. Lost some ground after the initial impression.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2009
500 ml bottle - thanks clint!! Clear amber with trace white head; caramel, dry malt and honey; dry with some sweet malt and fruit; slight twang from the fruit I guess; something a little off, but can’t put my finger on it

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
KingCecil (2049) - DENMARK - FEB 8, 2012
Bottle... sheared by Plovmand ;) .... it pours clear dark amber with a small white head.... the aroma is caramel, fruits, brown sugar and the flavor is fresh, caramel, water.... Thin body....

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eructoblaster (3022) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
From bottle, dark brown pour with a decent head. Earthy aroma, piney and some wholemeal toast. Nicely balanced flavour sweet malts but not clawing leading into fresh dense bitterness. Good ’un.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - 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]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berntholer (920) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
thick stable ivorywhite head fades slowly with foamhead and structured lacing. orangeblonde colour. aroma of candysugar, bit peach, metallic. taste caramel, some esters, peach, metallic, bit peppery like saison with bitter but also wry aftertaste. medium body, lots of carbonation. bottle 50cl / bd apr-2014

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bendrixian (1109) - Canadiana, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear amber with a white head. Aroma is very malty with caramel, roast and a hint of nuts & cereal but there is a bit of floral hops as well. On the palate it is medium bodied, fairly roasty bitter but smooth and a tad watery for me. Meh, wouldn’t buy this one again.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nakedwhendrunk (2132) - Juneau, Alaska, 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.


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