cyrenaica (965) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled On: August 3, 2011
I tried this beer in August 27,2011 after purchasing from the Queenís Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent amber colour with a long lasting light tan head. The aroma is fresh caramel, floral hops, and grass. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is caramel, with citrus and yeasty hints in the background.
garthicus (2570) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(on cask) Appearance: Cloudy orange, thick white head. Aroma: SUPER Grainy, lots of grass, pepper, lemon. Flavour: Quite sweet, vanilla, candy cane. A little hoppy, some nice yeastiness, a long vanilla finish. Nice.
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VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle - pours clear gold/copper with a thick white head that leaves chunky lacing. Aroma similar to many of GRís other beers in that itís muted, a result of the incredibly hard water they use. Still, nice - caramel malts, some green apple, a faint hint of sourness (not in a bad way). Flavour amps it up a notch, revealing fresh mown hay, light lemon notes, and a pleasing herbal quality, finished with a firm bitterness. Clean, simple, eminently quaffable, yet another solid release from GRB.
Metalchopz (2079) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased at the LCBO tonight and bottled on AUG 03 2011. Pours a clean amber colour with a big off-white head that stays a long time and leaves decent lacing. Great Pale Ale nose with the mix of sweet malt, cereal grains and hops. Surprisingly, the taste is a bit too mild for me (especially after the beautiful aromas). Watered-down caramel with a little hop in the finish, but all too watery. Too bad, as this could be a great one. Still, refreshing overall with its little dryness in the finish. Funny, it does get better as you drink it (and no it was not cold to begin with).
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Clear, bright deep amber with a large fizzy-foamy off-white reasonably long-lasting white head (4-). Lush cereal grain aroma, a bit of honey, no alcohol, building mid-level herbal bitterness. Taste is ... grassy and a bit harsh - bitter, not as grainy - a bit watery and astringent, smooths out a bit as it warms, but a little harsh even still. Not bad. Will try a few more - this is already growing on me.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour copper orange with short white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, cereal grain, light citrus hops, pale malt. Taste caramel, sweet grain, citrus, nice hop kick. MF medium body fine fizzy carb. Very well brewed to style quite tasty very easy drinking well done exactly what I expect based on description.
kevinsenn (946) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2011 500ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a nice clear orange. A nice, but not too strong, fruity aroma. Malty caramel taste, with a bitterness similar to Grand Riverís othersí: Galt Knife, Plowmanís, and Curmudgeon. A very nice pale ale; nothing mindblowing, but itís not meant to be.
Spab (2093) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear golden orange with moderate-sized egg-shell head. Aroma is light caramel and citric hops. Taste has same notes but isnít so mild with and the recognizable Grand River hard water is definitely apparent. Fairly soft mouthfeel. Simple, like they say, but quite pleasant and drinkable.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somewhat like a pale crossed with a lager. Easy mouthfeel. Trademark Grand River mineral bitterness and some hoppiness. Nothing special to smell or to look at (yellowish although decent head). Good drinkability.
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 500mL bottle from the Lickbow. Pours a nice gold with a large beige head. Loads of characteristic GRB malts on the nose with some very nice citrusy hop aspects around it. Flavour is great, like a combo of the Galt Knife malt body and Plowmanís hop profile. Biscuity GRB malts with an awesome prickly hop bite that lasts well into the finish and aftertaste. Mouth-feel is somewhat light. A very well done, simple and satisfying pale ale from an awesome brewery.