Grindstone Amber Ale from Broadhead Brewing Company Limited in Ottawa, Ontario is a fairly light golden-amber colour and pours with a tight, creamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin film behind. The smell of this American red ale is punctuated by various citrus tones such as lemon and tangerine, which are sharp against a sweet toffee malt base.
That toffee character anchors the taste of Grindstone Amber Ale, which also carries notes of light berry and grape juices. A semi-sweet chocolate flavour is balanced by a solid, lemony bitterness that comes forward in the finish and checks in at 25 IBU. The aftertaste goes dry, but still holds a hint of light caramel. The ale is full-bodied and grainy with a moderate carbonation level. It’s certainly hearty, but not too filling as to discourage a second pint.
Grindstone Amber Ale cans are painted in Broadhead’s signature orange tone and feature bold wordmarks as well as DIY imagery that encapsulates the brewery’s spirit. Simple notes about the ale are on the can’s side, as well as a cheeky “business plan”. You will find a canning date stamped on the bottom.
Grindstone Amber Ale is very much a “working class” beer. It’s well-crafted, free of bells and whistles and gets the job done, especially along side a simple ham & cheese sandwich. I’ve also found this ale to match well with a grilled steak or pork chops.
You can find Grindstone Amber Ale listed at almost 200 LCBO stores and select licensees throughout the province. The Broadhead retail store is also open weekly from Tuesday through Saturday and their products are available for home delivery via Brew Donkey.
Type: American Amber / Red Ale
Region: Ontario, Ottawa
Brewery: Broadhead Brewing Company Limited
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%