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

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RATINGS: 137   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8006) - 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 (700) - 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 (1544) - 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 (6559) - 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 (536) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8839) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oqhj (4) - CANADA - AUG 21, 2007 does not count
Rich red colour. Light airy head.Very strong hoppy bitterness. Bitter aftertaste. The hops are overpowering. Getting the huge 1.9 litre "growler" bottle is a huge commitment. With its bitterness and bottle-size, this is a beer of extremes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1939) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2008
Growler. Amber-brown with a medium, sticky whitish head. Aroma is sweetish, with caramel, toast, and hops. The taste is quite hoppy, with just enough malt to back it up. Nicely bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. Kinda like an English bitter made with Belgian yeast. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1514) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2009
Ruddy brown color and very fine rounded feel. Earthy balance of hops and malt, Caramel, wood and citrus. Great on tap.


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