Curmudgeon IPA | Grand River Brewing

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Curmudgeon IPACurmudgeon IPA
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Curmudgeon IPACurmudgeon IPA

Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing
Ontario, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by Sammy on 02-22-2009

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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by evil_liver:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Kickoff in Waterloo. A bit disappointed that GR didn't do their Jubilation Spiced this year, so this will have to do.

Looks pretty good, actually. A deep russet hue, a long-lingering head, loads of sheeted lacing. Very well done.

Smell isn't too strong, very east coast IPA. Dark malts, piney hops, a bit of nuttiness.

Taste is very good, one of the better IPAs in the province. Rich and bitter, with nuts and spices to round off the palate. Bitterness lingers for quite some time. Not overly carbonated, about the right mouthfeel for the style.

Another winner from Grand River!

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Photo of john68
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

clean finish, very bitter, even better than tankhouse! What more needs to be said? Give me a break. It's either loaded with hops, and good, or it's Coors Lite. Why do I need 250 characters to describe good. It reminds me of Durham brewery Hop Addict. Finally a decent Ontario Beer. I'm tired of having to import from BC and California to get flavour.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Volo.

This beer appears a clear medium reddish amber colour, with one finger of creamy off-white head, which leave a thorough paint job of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mild barley grain, and soapy hops. The taste is soft biscuit malt, and earthy, floral Anglo-hops. The carbonation is mild, the body on the lighter side of medium weight, a bit clammy, but smooth overall, and it finishes with balance of biscuit and zingy, floral hops.

A very proper EIPA, full stop.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. British style IPA, thanks Matt7215 for sending a bunch overnight. Giant stubby bottle. I liked this because it was smooth and rather mild tasting, fine for its style. Hop bubble, though rather neutral to look at, to smell. Satisfying, toned down typical Grand River bitter taste, though its still there.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of heebes
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle.
Bottled March 17.

Grand River bottled this beer two days ago and got it out to stores the next day, super fresh.
Pours a dark semi cloudy brown with a decent size fluffy light tan head. Nose is biscuity and sweet caramel malt base, faint auroma of fruity hops. Taste is smooth and balanced, strong malt profile with a bittering hop bite into the lingering finish. Caramel body is sweet on the palate. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall this was a satisfying take on the English style IPA. Worth a revist.

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3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 or so for a 500ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a good white head that is gone in 30sec. VERY dark gold color and almost clear

S- Honey. Smoke

T- Smoke. Don't know but it tastes artificial. Don't like it. Has a lot of hops but seems more like a European IPA than anything.

M- Creamy and thickish. Pretty good

O- It grows on you but is not that good. Will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This pretty decent IPA went well with..... Fish and chips! Yet once again. Gotta stop eating it LOL


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Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a beautiful amber ruby colour with a nice two finger head that lingered for some time as did the thick lacing

S - caramel malt and earthy hops with some citrus fruit.

T - up front caramel malt with some honey, lemon and faint grapefruit. Really well balanced with a nice "english" malt backbone.

M - medium bodied with some carbonation, this is a well balanced IPA that is nicely bitter throughout but very refreshing and drinkable.

O - An excellent English IPA IMO that seems even better in 2012 causing me to update my review. My favourite from Grand River so far.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of earthy and dry English hops with a light caramel malt presence. Taste is also dominated by dry English hops with a nice earthy touch and a malt backbone presence that is felt though not overly complex. Body is quite full with medium filtration and good carbonation. Well brewed and easily drinkable while staying well balanced.

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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip. Bottled on March 17, 2011 so very fresh!

A - Medium amber colour with half a finger of creamy off-white head.

S - Bitter floral hops with some pine notes and a good toffee/caramel malt backbone. True to the English IPA style.

T - A good bitterness up front with a floral flavours and a hefty malt sweetness. Some caramel and toffee flavours come through from the malts. The bitterness returns in the finish and lingers slightly.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to wfeddern for including this in the recent CanBIF 5.

From a 500 ml brown bottle, bottled on APR 23 2009 stamped on the side of the label, this stuff is fresh! Bright transparently clear copper in appearance, tall fluffy light beige head that slowly settles. Lots of latticed lacing.

The aroma is light and floral, a very slight toasted malt in the background, wet grassy hops.

This definitely comes across the finish line as an English IPA, the astringent herbal hops steal the show from the very beginning within the flavour, and only gets stronger lingering deep into the aftertaste. Strong flavours of arugula and dandelion. As it warms a more earthier character comes out.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side due to low carbonation, yet is not watery.

Definitely big on leafy astringent hops, but fairly one-dimensional and one-sided on that front as well. However reflecting with that intense dry bitter aftertaste still strong and lingering on my palate I realize that the name applies aptly well to this puckering English IPA. Not my total cup of tea, yet I still feel a strong urge to yell at those damn kids to stay off my lawn!

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3.56/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mrnobody
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear deep amber with two fingers of off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Smells of strawberry (?), bready malt, spicy hops.

T: A very good balance of sweet malt and hoppy bitterness. Not overly complex but well made.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel with an appropriate level of carbonation for the style.

D: The drinkability is very high.

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Photo of BeerBikeRepeat
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of papat444
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek for getting me this beer.

Enjoyed while watching the interminable 1st round of the NHL Draft.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, bottled on Apr. 23, 2009.

Appearance: Pours an orange, golden body with an average-sized head that thins rather rapidly.

Smell: Biscuity a little but not much else. Too muted and even as it warms, it doesn't really open up too much.

Taste: Very mild bitterness that sticks in the mouth after the sip. Some citrus leaning towards grapefruit, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Fleeting but nice. Rather low carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and fairly enjoyable.

Overall: A nice unpretentious IPA. Nothing too exciting and a little subdued but i liked it. Still, it lacked something to bring it to the next level.

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Photo of Roke87
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle slightly chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip.
Bottled on March.17/2011

Appearance- Pours a dark ruby amber colour with a generous two fingers of thick creamy off white head, that sticks around for a while , turning into a nice thing ring leaving lots of lacing till finish.

Smell- Floral hop aromas coming off this one right away, mixed in with a malty bread smell with a sweet toffee smell thrown in there as well.

Taste- Very malty and bready for an IPA, you do get the hops in there throughout which supply a mild bitterness, and it finishes with an almost sweet toffee like flavour.

Mouthfeel- Definitely a medium bodied IPA with a hoppy bitterness to it but does go down smooth finishing off clean and crisp.

Overall- A very decent IPA and a good offering from this brewery, you get the nice hop smells and tastes that are present in all great IPA’s but not overwhelming and balanced with a nice bready malt taste that finishes sweet in the end.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, toffee, grains, biscuits, some barnyard funk

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are malts, toffee, and a cookie sweetness. There are also some notes of barnyard straw and a some light hops. The beer finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste with a touch of hops.

Overall - I was hoping for a little more hop taste this one. I could only really taste them at the very end. An okay beer that I'm glad I tried, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Curmudgeon IPA from Grand River Brewing
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