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.
Russian Gun Imperial Stout from Grand River Brewing in Cambridge, Ontario pours an opaque black, with dark ruby visible around the extreme edges of the glass. This strong brew has a creamy and soapy tan coloured head that leaves a ton of lace behind and settles as a thick film. The deep and complex aroma of Russian Gun Imperial Stout has strong notes of roasted malts, espresso and dark chocolate, along with a plum-like fruit tone and a piney bitterness.
The taste of Russian Gun Imperial stout is anchored by a bitter roasted coffee-like flavour accented by baker’s chocolate and dark fruit juice. The stout is full-bodied with the long-lasting head providing an extremely smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The finish is bitter, with a chocolate tone that lingers in the aftertaste.
Pugnacious Pale Ale from Grand River Brewing in Cambridge, Ontario pours a nice honey-amber colour with a frothy white head that settles as a thick film while leaving a moderate amount of lace. This American pale ale smells of thick, caramel-sweetened malts, freshwater and buttered popcorn. A dark fruit tone, like plums, comes through as it warms.
The taste of Pugnacious Pale Ale is very malt-forward. A buttered, heavy bread taste gives way to a brewed tea note and crisp and bitter finish with a hint of lemon zest. The beer has a fairly heavy mouthfeel with a medium carbonation that’s prickly on the tongue and a mostly clean aftertaste with a slight yeasty tone.
Curmudgeon IPA from the Grand River Brewing Company in Cambridge, Ontario pours a copper, amber and ruby colour with a moderate white head that leaves light lacing and a collar that seems to last forever. This strong pale ale has a fresh aroma of grassy hops and roasted malt, with a creamed honey tone appearing as the beer warms.
Curmudgeon IPA tastes like toasted malts, with a strong hoppy bitterness that carries a solid lemony or grapefruit-like citrus tone. The mouthfeel is creamy and bready on the tongue with a very crisp finish that brings the citrus tone back in the aftertaste.
This pre-prohibition style lager from Grand River Brewing in Cambridge, Ontario pours a lovely golden honey colour with an ample head that lingers in your glass. Galt Knife Old Style Lager produces an appetizingly sweet aroma with hints of caramel and biscuit.
Galt Knife Old Style Lager has a full, creamy mouthfeel that carries over into the taste. This creamy, malty taste is extremely well-balanced with a hoppy, tangy bite and a dry, but not bitter finish that leaves you wanting more.