Friday, 17 April 2015

Grindstone Amber Ale

Grindstone Amber Ale comes from Canada's national capital, Ottawa, Ontario, where it's brewed by Broadhead Brewing Company. It's sold in 473mL cans that feature Broadhead's playful "Business Plan", which features entries such as "Build small brewery", "Brew tasty beer", and "Grow large beards", before culminating with the inevitable "Make a rap video". Grind Stone contains 5% alcohol and packs a gentle punch at 25 IBUs. It pours an ever-so-hazy auburn colour, crowned with a nice layer of cream head.

It has a bready, malt-driven nose that is mild and mellow. It's got malt flavour flowing, along with some buttery caramel shades. The finish has a little soft, bitter grit, but in an understated fashion.

Grind Stone was my first exposure to Broadhead's brewing prowess. While I wasn't floored by it, I did enjoy the stuff a fair bit--it's an agreeable, if unremarkable pub ale. I'll be on the hunt for more Broadhead.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

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