Plowman's Ale - Grand River Brewing
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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
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
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
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
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
4.16/5 rDev +12.1%
Slightly cloudy light amber with fine creamy head that last through the drinking.
Carmel and grainy malt with hops in the background.
Bitter chocolate and burnt malt at first then a long hoppy aftertaste.
Well balanced. A taste that starts quite malty with a long hoppy ending.
03-04-2012 02:35:30 | More by ssmack
Plowman's Ale from Grand River Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.