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

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewGoblin (632) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
Damn good, damn good. Capped by an off-white head, this dark gold guzzle smells of hay, honey and yeasty bread. It tastes a little sweet with caramel, nuts and quite unexpectedly, but very welcomed, plum. A low carbonated brew with a smooth body shared with the finest of quaffing companions.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2007
Growler. Ruddy amber body with a good sized foamy tan head. Hoppy aroma with a strong presence of toasted malt. (7+) Decent amount of bitterness in the flavour, and healthy dose of earthy malt. Hops have a light citrus character that threatens to become very astringent, but pleasantly stops short of doing so. Seems more bitter than it really is because of the leanings toward astringency. Average palate is smooth and appropriate. (3+) More fruitycitrus expression of the hops would suit my palate, but it is a solid quaff as is. Bodes well for future endeavours from Grand River. 7+/4/8/3+/16

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
Finally, an American-style ale I can be proud of. Copper colour, impressive head with nice lacing, a mild but long and dry finish. Clean, thick, feels refreshing in the back of the throat. Maybe the best pale ale in Ontario. Lawnmower beer? Hell, no. Plowman’s, bitches.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2011
Very nice indeed. This is a brewery that is consistently producing good beer. Deep brown with a moderate head. A sweet aroma - can detect some caramel and just a hint of hops which come to the forefront upon first sip. Not overpowering, just a mild English-ale level bitterness that is then alleviated by a little bit of malty sweetness. The bitterness comes back and lingers for a while. Really good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sseb69 (1777) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
Bouteille 500 ml. 4,6%. Couleur ambrée foncée. mousse beige. Arôme de malt, caramel, herbes. En bouche, douce, malt caramel, houblon. Finale amère juste pour agacer une autre gorgée. Excellente.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7853) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2012
Bottle traded by TheJester. Thanks a bunch. Had this one on my short list for ages! It pours bit hazy amber with a medium off white head. The aroma is quite malty and fruity with lovely hoppy and earthy notes. Sweet hoppy flavour with notes of berries and toasted malt. Some fruity hops as well. Nice balanced and a WORLD CLASS name :)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaynsawchuk (681) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2012
500 mL bottle. Pours mahogany with a thin off white head, dies off quickly with a little lacing. Nose of black cherry, caramel, hops, chestnut and melting butter. A big beer for only 4.7%, full bodied and fairly sweet offset by roasted malt flavor and a hop bite. A little sticky on the palate with a lingering bitter finish. Liked this one a lot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4678) - Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2015
500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/13/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, light pine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate citrus/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malts and moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good amber ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I definitely got some English yeast character from this, but the estery qualities were very well restrained. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bierdimpfe (349) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2016
Slightly hazy dark amber color with a thick cloud of activity. Creamy and frothy beige 2-3 finger island head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, creating a very good amount of lacing. Flavors of caramel and butterscotch, faint ester fruits, citrus, sweet buttery grains, faint floral and herbal spices, faint nutmeg and cinnamon. Highly sweet with the right amount of grassy hops and red ale spices. Creamy smooth medium to full body with carbonation. Medium strength finish with a nice lingering mouthfeel of cinnamon spices, caramel, and grassy noble spices. Overall pretty good craft with a delicious salivating prominent caramel flavor, lots of freshness and well intensified. A pleasure to drink!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2007
Lovely white head, with lace, on grapefruit coloured body. Aroma is good, with C-hop, malt and lager. Grapefruit hop takes over, hoppy pale, with acidic bite begging for food. Bold eh? for Ontario, very fresh thanks to Old Faithful’s growler. Very drinkable and also surprisingly bitter. A good pale, Once in a while, the hype is for real. One of the best Ontario brews I have had...you can look it up.


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