Grand River Castle on King Executioners Ale

Formerly brewed at Grand River Brewing
Style: American Pale Ale
Cambridge, Canada


on tap


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Executioner Ale was the official house ale brewed exclusively for the Castle by Grand River Brewing, now brewed for The Bent Elbow in Kitchener. 3 varieties of hops and a whole lot of malt make this a killer ale.

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Sammy (12197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
Cidery aroma and in taste with good bitterness. Brown and a good sipper.Fruitiness and nuttiness. Very nice. Real cross style between a Flemish, strong ale, brown ale.

jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
2008-05-31. Dark amber body, creamy off-white head. (3+) Interesting herbaceous notes to the hops in the aroma, mild touches of fruity yeast. Similar flavour, interesting fruit character, light bitterness, tangy finish. Average palate. Pleasant quaffable brew, but I was disappointed to find it much tamer than reports had lead me to expect. Growler shared by DuctTape, Post-Mondial Tasting, Montreal

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Fruity caramel maltiness provides a sturdy foundation for the leafy, resinous hoppiness to frolic with in this drinkable and flavorful quencher.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam protects the clear copper.
-The finishing earthy, resinous hop bitterness lingers admirably.
-Balance is achieved throughout.
-The fruitiness is expressive, yet never seeks to stand out above the crowd in the flavor profile.
-I don’t see what the big fuss is about here, but I can’t say it’s not pleasant.


mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
[1460-20080531] Growler. Fruity pineapple aroma has a bit of booze and sweet hints of sweat. Lightly hazy, dark red amber body with a foamy off-white head. Fruity heavy malt flavour has a boozy sweat hint. Medium body. Interesting fruity background.
(Post-Mondial Tasting)

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Objectively speaking: A strong pale ale from a growler brought by one of the Ontarian at the Mondial gathering.
I like: Woodsy, earthy characteristics shine out of the clean aroma. Not particularly hopped, though it has a more than fair bitterness that seems to come as much from its heavy mineral base.
I dislike: So mineral that it feels almost salty and that takes a bit too much room for me.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
In short: A plain nice English Strong Ale
How: Post-Mondial 2008 tasting session. Growler from one of the Ontario visitor
The look: Clear dark copper body topped by a very small off-white head
In long: I enjoyed the body and mounthfeel of this one. Nice earthy and woody malts, round caramel, light nutty flavours, leafy hops. Not very tasty and nothing that stands out in the flavour spectrum but the beer had this freshness character that made quite enjoyable. Very well balanced beer, I put my glass on the table and it didn’t flip over.

beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours a clear copper color with reddish higlights. Pleasant aroma of earthy malt and hops. Interesting, balanced flavor of earthy malt, hops and mild sweetness. The body is light to medium while the carbonation is moderate. Not bad at all!

Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2008
On tap at the Castle on King. Dark copper brown, small white head, looks good. Fresh resiny hop aroma - strong. Taste is terrific - resiny hops, light body, which seems to increase the bitterness, but still a good amount of malt in there. Very bitter, even more so in the finish. This reminded me instantly of the Old Corporal Punishment from Scotch Irish. Probably best to try this one fresh from the source, this is a terrific brew and I look forward to having lots of it when I move to this area this Fall. Great job Grand River.

barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2008
on tap at the castle on king. 10 oz glass. served a light mahogany with a mid sized tan head. big grand river hop nose with typical grand river malts structure underneath. very similar to the plowmans but the malts are a little different, perhaps more they are just more evident in this brew then in the plwmans. very balanced and enjoyable. ill be getting more of this in the future. thx castle, thx grand river.

MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2008
I was excited when I learned that this was now available. This beer pours deep hazy orange liquid, and is capped with a long lasting , slightly off white froth, leaving substantial spider web lace. The aroma temporarily made me speechless.In the nose, it’s bursting with fresh peaches and apricots, mangoes, and some pineapple. This is followed by welcome fresh hops, a touch of pine needle, and a good dose of candy malts. Upon tasting this nectar, I was blown away by the peach/mango/grapefruit flavour profile. It is quite upfront, and unlike anything I have had to date. It is balanced with lots of bittering hops, which leave a nice bite mid way through. Honeysuckle, earthy malts, and a slight bubblegum component in the finish. This beer grows as it warms, and becomes quite complex and flavourful. Easily the best beer I’ve had in a while. My hat is off to you Grand River Brewing, and also Harold at the Castle for taking the initiative to get this thing flowing. Superb.

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