Plowman’s Ale from Grand River Brewing in Cambridge, Ontario pours a fiery copper-amber colour with a large and frothy tan coloured head that leaves rings of lace and settles as a collared film. This American red ale has a nice dark fruit and bread aroma that has a metallic or mineral-like tinge when first poured. Once that wears off, fresh grains and chocolate can be noted. There is also a slight nuttiness and a bit of diacetyl smell after warming.
Plowman’s Ale is surprisingly complex in taste. Sweet and toasted malts, chocolate, sweetened raisin, caramel and smoky wood are capped with a solid and bitter floral hop finish. The ale has a creamy, bready and earthy mouthfeel with fairly heavy mineral and grain characteristics. The aftertaste is dry with a hint of caramel and a toasted bread note.
Like other Grand River Brewing offerings, Plowman’s Ale sports a very simple label, this time with bright blue lettering. A date of bottling is stamped on the label, but there is no other information to be found.
Plowman’s Ale is yet another solid offering from Grand River Brewing, which should come as no surprise. It’s also one of the best red ales Ontario has to offer and the beer pairs well with salty snacks, soft and mild cheeses like mozzarella and deli meats such as ham or salami.
You can find Plowman’s Ale in select LCBO stores, in pubs and restaurants around southern, central and eastern Ontario and you can visit the brewery’s retail store seven days a week.
Type: American Red Ale / Amber
Region: Ontario, Cambridge
Brewery: Grand River Brewing
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.7%