Plowman's Ale | Grand River Brewing

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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:
94
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roby923
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber in color. Slight hop presence on the nose. Plenty of caramel with hints of licorice on the pallette. Good hop presence at 60 IBUs. Canned from the LCBO.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EdwardPW
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mousel
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bryanzk
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer pours an amazingly beautiful hazy dark amber color with 2 fingers of off white head, The head fades and leaves a layer of bubbles over top. Carbonation seems really lively. This is exactly what I want to see when looking at an American red.

Aroma - a sweet caramel hits the nose right away. followed by some light citrus, mostly orange and a bit of grape fruit. Then I get some really roasty smells and it finishes off with some earthy floraly hops

Taste - Caramel but not as sweet as on the nose, almost like salted caramel or buttersctoch, floral/earthy hops dominate the caramel and are then balanced again by some sweet orange which mixes well with a bit of grape fruit. all the while a light roasty flavor is sitting on the back of the tongue. Very interesting.

Feel - medium-light body dense but not prickly carbonation.

Overall - This beer is more than I expected from a red ale, It is agressively hopped which Personally I like but also holds true to the style with Caramel and roasty flavors. The nose is amazing and the flavors do mesh well. When I first saw the bottle it interested me but the label looked plain and cheap. It goes to show dont judge a book by its cover. I would definitely have this again :)

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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 TheBierdimpfe
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark amber color with a thick cloud of activity. Creamy and frothy beige 2-3 finger island head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, creating a very good amount of lacing. Flavors of caramel and butterscotch, faint ester fruits, citrus, sweet buttery grains, faint floral and herbal spices, faint nutmeg and cinnamon. Highly sweet with the right amount of grassy hops and red ale spices. Creamy smooth medium to full body with carbonation. Medium strength finish with a nice lingering mouthfeel of cinnamon spices, caramel, and grassy noble spices. Overall pretty good craft with a delicious salivating prominent caramel flavor, lots of freshness and well intensified. A pleasure to drink!

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Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Jotora
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 KrisDLSmith
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | 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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/13/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, light pine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate citrus/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malts and moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good amber ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I definitely got some English yeast character from this, but the estery qualities were very well restrained. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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

Photo of KyleMcD
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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 DaveBar
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $5.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a great head that is gone pretty quick. Dark gold almost brown color. Filtered clear

S- Good nose here. Lots of hops and malt.

T- Nice malt/hop balance. Overall a nice blend that has no real stand out hop.

M- Nice IPA. Good and dry but creamy

O- Rather good beer after some not so good experiences from these guys. Well blended and balanced. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This nice little IPA went well with....... Chicken in a mushroom cream sauce.

Enjoy

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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

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Plowman's Ale from Grand River Brewing
3.73 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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