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

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RATINGS: 123   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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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, - JAN 12, 2010
On tap at brewery. Pours copper in colour, decent creamy head. Mild hoppy aroma, nicely balanced malt and hop taste. Bitter finish. Almost a Pale Ale. Quite good!


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bendrixian (989) - Halifax, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jksipa (199) - NEWMARKET, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a clear deep amber with small off white head that quickly fades. Nose is caramel and roasted malts with floral hops . Sweet toffee, vanilla and some banana with a light citrus bitterness in the finish. Slightly watery slick mouth with soft carbonation. Hops never really come through in the taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (398) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours sunburst brown with a one finger mushy cap. Taste is interesting for an amber ale: a broil of malts & hops that may not be as deep as hoped for but that is interesting. Seems almost stuck in the border blur of styles --maybe this a really good bitter? Another salt of the earth offering from these guys.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerGolem (620) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
Botltle shared with Tom10101, thanks! Pours amber. Light beer, kind of hoppy with a touch of lavender. Soapy texture. A bit watery. Ok beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tompete (197) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours a just barely orangey gold with a rocky beige head. Aroma of caramel malts and yeast. Flavour is slightly bitter with hints of roast. Body is on the light side of medium. Finish is bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (2218) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle (500 ml). Extra from TheJester, thanks Andy! Clear amber with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma of caramel, mild nuts, earthy notes and floral presence. Taste is mild and slightly sweet with caramel, light nutty presence, earthy notes and light floral presence. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is a tad watery. Decent Amber Ale. Mild, but nothing off and quite drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patachou (14) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2013
Belle couleur, bonne odeur, bonne amertume. Bouteille laide, mais originale surtout le nom. En fait, surprenant comme goût pour la teneur en alcool...

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
driver76 (40) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
Dark amber colour, slightly cloudy. Nose pretty light, mild toasty with some hops. Taste is bitter up front with toast backing. Lots of biterness continuing through into the finish. Good if it’s intended to be an an ESB, very hoppy but not enough balance for an amber.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (1054) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Amber colour with off white head. Malty, sweet, caramel aroma. Nutty, sweet, toffee, smoky, a little bitter, though a touch thin. Nice though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
Poured from 500mL bottle a clear reddish amber with frothy beige 2 finger head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, grassy and slightly resinous hops, and a little fruitiness (pear?) in the background. Medium bodied and slightly syrupy on the palate with mild carbonation. The taste is sweet with hop bitterness on the finish. Both sweet and bitter last a long time. Overall, fairly drinkable, but unremarkable.


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