Seems like the 2011 recipe has been "tweaked" substantially, with way more bittering hops in the finish (similar to the 2010 Russian Gun). I got the chance to try this on cask at The King Eddy and I believe the hand pulled version is the best format for this beer. Anyone who was previously disappointed with Curmudgeon should give this year's rendition a go-round. Here's my review on BA:
B+ / 4
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4
Taps a reddish brown hue with one finger of cream coloured head and spots of lacing on the shaker. Smell is biscuity and bready malts, black tea aromas, table cream, molasses, and green leafy hops. Taste is brown sugar, caramel, and toffee sweetness upfront, herbal and earthy hop spiciness mid-palate, astringent and leafy hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The 70 IBUs are quite evident in the flavour. Mouthfeel is smooth, fuller than medium bodied, thick caramel texture through the middle, bold and lengthy bitter finish (bordering on aspirin-like). Very drinkable for the weight. Dubbed as a "classic rendition of the style," but this is much bigger and more bitter than your typical English IPA. Another winner from Grand River Brewing.