I bought a six of this quite a while ago and amongs all the double IPAs, Christmas ales and porters, I kept coming back to one of these when I wanted something nice and sensible. Doesn't sound like much of a recommendation. A warm one poured into a frozen glass produces a decent off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is sweet for a Canadian pale, slightly toffee-ish, with some nice grapefruity and even metallic hops to balance it out. Basically this is the same beer as Quidi Vidi Traditional and Big Rock Traditional without the sour notes and with some nice biscuity graininess amongst that sweetness. Low carbonation is a nice change from the other two as well. Beer Advocates all approve but moderately so. I can't find a website for the brewer, the Niagara Falls Brewing Company, so there is no snazzy link or quotes from the brewer with every popular phrases like "full bodied" and "distinct flavour".
National Six-Pack VII: Gritstone Premium, Ontario
Posted by Alan McLeod on Wednesday, January 5, 2005 in Ontario, National Six-Pack, Beer Reviews - 1 comment