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Curmudgeon IPA - Grand River Brewing

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Curmudgeon IPACurmudgeon IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cur·mud·geon (kər-ˈmə-jən)

1. A bad-tempered or surly person

2. An ill-tempered (and frequently old) person full of stubborn ideas or opinions.

The curmudgeon IPA is our ever changing seasonal hop muse. We change the recipe every year to whichever direction we feel we want to take our audience. The curmudgeon has been an American IPA, hybrid English/American IPA ranging from bitter to really bitter with light to dark toasty malts.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 02-22-2009)
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Reviews by cratez:
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at The King Edward Restaurant & Pub. Taps a reddish brown hue with one finger of cream coloured head and spots of lacing on the shaker. Smell is biscuity and bready malts, black tea aromas, table cream, molasses, and green leafy hops. Taste is brown sugar, caramel, and toffee sweetness upfront, herbal and earthy hop spiciness mid-palate, astringent and leafy hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The 70 IBUs are quite evident in the flavour. Mouthfeel is smooth, fuller than medium bodied, thick caramel texture through the middle, bold and lengthy bitter finish (bordering on aspirin-like). Very drinkable for the weight. Dubbed as a "classic rendition of the style," but this is much bigger and more bitter than your typical English IPA. Another winner from GRB.

Serving type: cask

02-17-2011 21:08:01 | More by cratez
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-23-2014 23:38:12 | More by evil_liver
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-17-2014 06:15:40 | More by nickfl
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Re-Review after picking up another bottle from LCBO the other day. Poured into a pint glass just out of the fridge.

Appearance - Nice dark orange / brown color with 1.5 fingers of head that subsides a bit then sticks around for half the pint. Some lacing left on the glass as well. Very clear beer as well, can still see details on my hand as it is wrapped around the glass and I look through the glass to the other side.

Smell - Mild hops and a faint sweetness was all I was picking up. Was about to write off the smell as pretty mediocre when took one more whiff and identified the sweetness as caramel and some bready malts in there as well that for whatever reason reminded me of bready Belgian beers. As such it was an interesting nose.

Taste - Fairly bitter, grapefruit and pine resin are most detectable here. Pretty standard of many of the IPA's and I was just a bit disappointed that I didn't taste anything in terms of breadiness that I faintly picked up on the nose. Nonetheless tasty.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, rich feel, tingly sensation in the mouth. Is a filling beer (to my stomach) but remains light enough and thin enough that you wouldn't have to twist my arm to quaff a couple more.

Overall - Really glad I retried this, since It was better than i had remembered and fairly complex for what it is as well as a good beer at its price point.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 12:15:21 | More by DenisKolkin
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-08-2013 00:51:40 | More by mick303
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gloryhole

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-31-2013 01:23:16 | More by gloryhole
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18%

07-17-2013 02:03:21 | More by jmkoscie
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-01-2013 23:22:41 | More by RedAleMan
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

05-17-2013 23:21:40 | More by HATS4BATS
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-27-2013 02:26:40 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

02-27-2013 19:32:54 | More by henryhampton
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18%

11-06-2012 18:02:05 | More by cfalovo97
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kinguy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-03-2012 21:16:15 | More by kinguy
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +23%

09-10-2012 22:05:01 | More by Molson2000
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on May 30 2012. Never had this one before, but my expectations are fairly high. One of my favourite styles meets one of my favourite Ontario craft brewers.

Pours a beautiful reddish-copper colour, quite deep in hue and with perfect clarity. Topped with a little more than one finger of creamy, light-tan coloured head with unremarkable retention. The sides of the glass are coated in lacing by the time it dies down, though, so overall this is one great looking brew. Nice aroma, but nothing spectacular - biscuity malts and caramel are fairly prominent, with some earthy hop undertones. A few notes of orchard fruit that remind me of a regular English pale ale.

Excellent flavour that changes throughout the sip. Malty flavours take over the palate at first - lightly toasted buttered biscuits, caramel sweetness, with a hint of strawberry or passionfruit. These are countered later in the sip by floral, earthy, grapefruit-citrus rind notes from the hops. Bittersweet finish, with lingering dryness. Medium-bodied, with subdued carbonation. Heavenly mouthfeel, and extremely drinkable for a bitter brew at 6.5%, but probably not something I'd want to drink more than one or two of in a night.

Final Grade: 4.13, a satisfying A-. All in all, Curmudgeon IPA is a remarkably well-balanced brew, and at least to me, a new gold standard for the English IPA style. There is some solid hop bitterness to this brew, but the strong malt profile means that this can potentially satisfy both hopheads and haters alike. I myself am more of an American IPA guy, but this is every bit as enjoyable for different reasons. What's not to like?

I would happily recommend this to someone looking for a good English IPA, and will certainly get it again some time. Well worth the price - once again proving to me that you just can't go wrong with Grand River. Cheers, and great work!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 06:16:15 | More by thehyperduck
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mspang

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18%

06-18-2012 03:14:50 | More by mspang
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caporegimo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a lot on the nose. Some sweet caramel, molasses,and a bit herbal. Beautiful clear copper color with a white frothy head which dissipates rather quickly but leaves spiderweb-like lacing. Sweet malty body is balanced perfectly by a rather generous amount of bitter hops. This one builds as the beer goes on. Beautiful English style IPA from one of Ontario’s best brewery’s

Serving type: cask

05-17-2012 18:34:14 | More by caporegimo
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traumaqueen


3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-15-2012 03:38:53 | More by traumaqueen
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-14-2012 01:20:10 | More by MattPS
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Wordslinger

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18%

05-06-2012 01:30:23 | More by Wordslinger
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from a trade with Liam. Cheers BAmate!

Bottled on march 2, 2012. Drank on April 10, 2012.

Color is copper, very dark copper. No head, maybe due to my inability of pouring beer adequately! :) The aroma is very strong on the malts, lots of caramel malts, I get some small touch of burnt sugar too. Some hazelnuts. Nice. Very strong malty aroma.

The taste is again very caramel malts with a finish that has some bites. Maybe a little bit spicy. This is true English Style IPA if you ask me. Very nice and so easy to drink and refreshing. As it warms up, I notice that there is some woody notes in there. Nice again.

I really like this one. A very good IPA in the English Style... you don't find this quite often in those days of American IPA domination!

Seek this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 18:56:27 | More by ZorPrime
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-09-2012 10:48:38 | More by beerhunter13
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 17, 2012. Drank April 6, 2012.

A: A deep copper with reddish tones. Clear, with a thick, firm off-white head which doesn't show any signs of dissipating. Almost like the kind of head you get on a Guinness or Killkeny type of beer. It might be faulted for being a little too dark (almost like an ESB) for the style, but not by me.

S: Some toasty malts. A little dry earthy-ness from the hops. A little light floral, somewhat creamy smelling, like a strawberry ice-cream.

Flavour: Assertive hop bitterness. Very assertive! One of the finest bitters I've had in a while, actually. It's sharp, acidic (like a grapefruit in bitterness and acidy) and wraps around your tongue. The opening, however, is mild and pleasant. There are toffee, caramel, and bread notes. With the floral from the hops the malt sweetness is almost like strawberry. It finishes dry. The bitterness lingers in a really perfect way.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. The creamy head appearance does not betray the mouthfeel. It's creamy like it's from a nitro can but it was just a normal bottle. A medium body with a fairly light carbonation. A little alcohol warming which works with the lingering bitter.

Overall: An extremely well executed beer. It's earthy with a rich malt body, a killer bitter, and a creamy mouthfeel and head. One of the best English IPA's I've ever had. This would be absolutely awesome on cask somewhere. It would pair well with good pub food like (a good) fish and chips or meat pies. The bitter and the alcohol warming are strong enough to cut through heavy, greasy, rich foods. It's also perfect for on its own.

I understand that I have rated this beer high above the average. To my understanding of this style they have nailed it pretty hard. As much love as I have for the American style IPAs, this makes me want more English ones - especially more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 01:37:23 | More by Groulxsome
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-06-2012 04:48:21 | More by WeissBoy
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Curmudgeon IPA from Grand River Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.