Plowman's Ale | Grand River Brewing

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Plowman's AlePlowman's Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing
Ontario, Canada
grandriverbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

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.

Added by crwills on 09-15-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of dipso123
1/5  rDev -73.2%

Photo of MMansfield
2.52/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Growler sent to me through CanBIF. Thanks splotch

Appearance: Dark copper color with creamy off white head. Great Retention.

Aroma: Fruity, some funky smells coming from the yeast. This seems past its prime.

Taste: Heavy grapefruit bitterness, astringent.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin. Med-low carbonation.

Final Statement: Doesn't seem too fresh. I've had worse.

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Photo of fortyfield
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with subtle grainy flavor. Taste is dryer then I had anticipated with good caramel malt and dry finish. Hops are not overly distinct and ester are somewhat lacking. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad overall but I would say that this was below average for this brewer.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of CurtisD
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ONUMello
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint bottle dated 3/3/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent light orange color with a generous 1+ finger head that lingers
S: Generic hops/malts and a metal aroma as well
T: Some pleasant hop/malt notes come through up front but that metallic note comes through big time on the finish and lasts a while... not so pleasant
M: Light-bodied, unremarkable
O: I think this was past its prime or a bad bottle. I really hate rating it this low given every review here is better. I'll try to find a fresher bottle or the brewery itself isn't so far away & I'll re-review

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Photo of kyle86
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cyrenaica
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle
4.7% ABV
I tried this beer on May 5, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent brownish-red with a rocky tan cap that laced well. The aroma was sweet caramel malt, and weak floral hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is quite hoppy with a malt sweeetness in the middle - I was hoping for better.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of nullbort
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Wordslinger
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of EricVonStein
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

aggressive pour gets half an inch of off white head that settles to a film quickly. Nice orange amber colour and a little opaque.

sugary sweet caramel right away on the nose. brown sugar, malts are dominant. some light dates and prunes.

malts upfront with decent rye grains and sweetness that transitions in sour then bitter pine hop finish. Dry on the end. Tastes watered down, very liquid and light on body. dry bitter lingers.

Overall the nose is a little interesting but this brew turns out just average. An easy drinker that checks the boxes of an ale, but perhaps a bit too easy of a drinker. Not a lot of complexity or depth. Still, its got some good character, even if underdeveloped.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber with one finger of beige head, minimal lacing.

S: Smells fairly malty, a little spicy hops, weak aroma.

T: Tastes of a bit of sweet malt which is quickly overpowered by a lingering bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium with an appropriate carbonation level.

D: I can see one tiring of the bitterness quickly.

I used to really like this beer so I'm not sure what went wrong here, whether they changed the recipe, I got a bad bottle or my taste has just moved on. Frankly, this was my non-seasonal go-to from GRB and now I'm afraid I don't have one until Curmudgeon IPA comes out in the spring. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint like this did.

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Photo of alelover
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Long813
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kinguy
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of bobsy
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden pour with a mottled white head. Good retention and lace. Grand River beers tend to look good and this is no different. Good citrus aroma...grapefruit, tangerine, some biscuit. Sadly I found that the taste was a bit hollow, citrus, orange peel and biscuit were all present, but so was the odd hint of plastic, and it lacked some soul in the middle. A decent beer but not one I'd be inclined to order again. Decent body.

Its okay... I expect more from them, and I've got it, just not from the ploughmans.

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Photo of DrJay
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bf_89
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A tip of the hat to wfeddern for including this in CanBIF 5.

Pours out a deep transluscent ruddy amber, very appealing, capped by a tall spongy light beige head with good retention.

Uplifting floral notes at first on the nose, followed by mild toffee and nuts, and light grassy hops.

Nutty and earthy flavours up front that then seamlessly melds into spicy hops in the middle, then turns more herbal on the finish, leaving a lingering aftertaste of dandelion greens.

Thin on the mouthfeel, but with enough body and carbonation that it doesn't quite get watery.

An average amber ale, not offensive but also kinda blends into the background like a wallflower, it doesn't quite stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear ruby red. Head is solid and substantial.

S - Floral and slightly citric hop. Big caramel maltiness.

T - Lightly fruity with a solid malt backbone. Hops are fairly aggressive with hints of citrus and pine. Hard bitter finish.

M - Slightly chewy. Moderate body.

D - Not bad. I wouldn't session this, but there's some solid flavours in here.

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Plowman's Ale from Grand River Brewing
3.73 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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