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Plowman's Ale - Grand River Brewing

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a big, bold beer that is loaded with five types of hops but also backed up with a hearty grain that establishes balance and body. This deep copper coloured beer has beautiful spicy and a slight citrus hops note right from the start with a rounded malt finish accompanying the hop bitterness.

Immediately after pouring the beer, you will notice a full, rocky head form at the top of your glass that preserves all the flavour and allows the slow release of the hop focused aroma. As you drink and enjoy your beer you will notice the head take on a thick and rocky appearance as it creates some wonderful lacing down the side of your glass. All signs of a well made traditional style beer.

(Beer added by: crwills on 09-15-2007)
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nhaimes

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

08-23-2014 16:14:01 | More by nhaimes
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.1%

08-14-2014 22:01:19 | More by boszormeny
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Khaz

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%

Grand River Brewing is a small brewery located in southern Ontario. Situated in the town of Cambridge, Ontario, this brewery is nestled close to the nearby Grand River. Cambridge was formerly called Galt, Ontario and only became Cambridge in 1973. Plowman's Ale is full of flavour which I like. I prefer this one chilled to what I would describe as cold.

08-01-2014 04:56:02 | More by Khaz
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nullbort

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-27-2014 17:23:17 | More by nullbort
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ToddMopps

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-15-2014 20:01:20 | More by ToddMopps
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%

Brew #2 of 6 purchased from Grand River's retail store in Cambridge, Ontario. Plowman's Ale came in a brown 500 ml bottle with a ‘bottled on' date of December 10, 2013 and was 4.7% alcohol by volume.

Plowman's poured a slightly hazy dark amber colour with notes of ruby, and plenty of visible carbonation bubbles. Pouring produced about 1” of thick, beige tinted foam that lasted for several minutes before fading to a 1/8” foam cap which left some attractive lacing all down the glass. Certainly a good looking beer. Its aroma was fairly mild, likely due to the ever present foam cap, but bitter grapefruit and sweet malt aromas were detectable. Plowman's taste began with a malty sweetness which quickly gave way to a strong grapefruit bitterness which lingered for several seconds as an aftertaste. I'm glad that there is some malty sweetness up front to mitigate the hop bitterness somewhat. The mouth feel was an interesting contrast of the creamy foam cap and what is a relatively light bodied beer…but the combination works. The carbonation was just enough to give the beer a bit of a bite. I see that Plowman's Ale sells for $3.25 per 500 ml bottle when available through the LCBO.

04-13-2014 21:20:23 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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Brody1714

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-28-2014 21:05:43 | More by Brody1714
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

03-14-2014 03:00:08 | More by HATS4BATS
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Pmicdee

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -46.1%

09-27-2013 17:45:46 | More by Pmicdee
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

09-22-2013 04:58:05 | More by tom10101
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-26-2013 21:58:46 | More by irishkyle21
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet bready malts, caramel, some fruitiness, (apple juice almost) and faint earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet bready malts, caramel, some nuttiness, slight fruitiness (citrus and apple) and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

05-01-2013 19:20:44 | More by SebD
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-27-2013 00:18:26 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-13-2013 04:05:30 | More by DaPan
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.1%

11-06-2012 18:02:14 | More by cfalovo97
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kinguy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-03-2012 21:18:39 | More by kinguy
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.8%

10-19-2012 22:24:00 | More by RedAleMan
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

09-19-2012 23:43:18 | More by Molson2000
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

A very malt-forward British-style red ale. Surprised to see it listed on this site as "American"? No hint of hops outside of the dry finish. and how much of that is a result of Grand River's hard water versus the personal taste of their brew master, I'm never sure...

Pours a beautiful, clear red with decent head and moderate lacing. Aroma is malt-forward with a metallic undertone. The taste has the sweetness of caramelized malts followed by some bittering complexity. Bottled several months ago, so that may also play a role.

Definitely a sessionable ale, although prefer it on draught and not as "American" as I'd personally choose.

06-10-2012 21:18:39 | More by hopsolutely
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traumaqueen


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

05-28-2012 01:42:25 | More by traumaqueen
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Wordslinger

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

05-06-2012 01:29:12 | More by Wordslinger
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-29-2012 05:22:18 | More by WeissBoy
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dipso123

California

1/5  rDev -73%

03-28-2012 00:27:11 | More by dipso123
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle into tulip.
Bottled March 15th, 2012

A- Clear dark amber with red hues. Finger width off white head. Lacing is spotty.

S- Toffee, caramel, sweet cookies, subtle floral hop.

T- Caramel, slight sour dough, toffee, coffee and bitter floral hops in the finish.

M- Medium bodied, slightly chewy, good carbonation.

O- Solid amber, really glad it's a super fresh bottle.

03-22-2012 22:56:22 | More by korguy123
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance

Slightly cloudy light amber with fine creamy head that last through the drinking.

Smell

Carmel and grainy malt with hops in the background.

Taste

Bitter chocolate and burnt malt at first then a long hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel

Smooth hoppiness.

Overall

Well balanced. A taste that starts quite malty with a long hoppy ending.

03-04-2012 02:35:30 | More by ssmack
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Plowman's Ale from Grand River Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.