GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle from the LCBO. Nice orange-amber with a decently sized frothy head that leaves some nice lacing. Subdued aroma of toasted honey cookies and faint herbal hops. Flavour starts out very mellow and simple - toasted malt, herbal hops, good balance, easy to drink. Then the hops start to build as it warms, and while it never reaches hop bomb territory, there’s still some great notes of grapefruit and lemon lingering by the time I reach the bottom of the glass. Like most Grand River beers, it’s rather unassuming, but quite delicious and quaffable. Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle from LCBO. Clean and crisp with a pale honey amber boday and a thick but quickly dissipating head. Infinitely drinkable with mind cereals and honey in the finish. A good amount of IBU’s to tickle the tounge.. but not overly well developed and rich. Great sharing beer for your n00b friends. Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle, pours a nice brown, smell is very earthy, taste is a nice bitterness with a good floral, earthy and grassy notes, It has a really english feel to it. A bit of citrus in the aroma, overall good solidfunk (8965) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Enjoyable, crisp but bitter and plenty of smoky hops taste. A good honest beer. 500ml bottle in Toronto. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Hazy amber pour with a thick off-white head. The aroma is sweet and a little bit citrusy. Some orange peel and a touch of light crystal malt sweetness on the back. The crystal is there, but despite my initial reservations at the aroma, it’s actually quite dry on the palate. A little bit of bread/toast and some minerally bitterness in addition to the citrus. There is a touch of light astringency on the back, but it kind of lends a touch of body to a beer that wouldn’t necessarily have it on it’s own. I like it more than I expected to.
Papillon (400) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
500 mL Bottle. Gold - amber body with a thin but frothy white head. Aroma of pungent hops, sweet light malts, and a sharp astringent note. The flavor is sweet-syrupy but rich malty along with a hop bitter that has a subtle pine character to it. The aftertaste seems rude at first but it quickly tames to a kind of toffy - malt combo. This is where this beer truly shines in its yin-yang balance of near extremes. Long bitter shifting to clean finish. Pugnacious indeed! Spab (3852) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
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 isn’t 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. VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
500 ml bottle - pours clear gold/copper with a thick white head that leaves chunky lacing. Aroma similar to many of GR’s other beers in that it’s 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. cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
500ml bottle Boutip (6385) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2011
Bottled On: August 3, 2011
I tried this beer in August 27,2011 after purchasing from the Queen’s 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.
Bottle: Poured a dirty amber color ale with a nice thick off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops typical of Cascade hops. Taste is mostly dominated by your typical Cascade hops notes of citrus and bitter. Malt backbone is quite dry and noticeable though doesn’t overshadow the hops profile. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done with good drinkability while staying within the style guidelines.