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Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jarod on 11-13-2002)
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Reviews by KFaulkner:
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Appalachian Brewing Company's brewpub in Harrisburg, PA. The Grinnin' Grizzly is the new name for it's Hibernation Ale, as it was named in previous years. It's a spicy seasonal with a smooth, malty taste and a very strong nutmeg/cinnamon finish. The citrus flavors are strong at first taste. According to ABC:

"This amber ale is dosed with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and fresh orange zest. It is well balanced with low hop flavor and nice hint of the spices in the finish. This spiced ale is not overbearing; rather it is smooth and very drinkable."

It is both smooth and drinkable, yet the hop flavor is overpowered by the nutmeg and cinnamon. Overall a tasty brew that is ABC's November specialty.

KFaulkner, Nov 26, 2006
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Grey Lodge. I initially thought that it must have been served in a dirty pint glass, but after looking at the other revies here there's apparantly little head retention to this one. It did have a nice, soft carbonation to it - which was nice, and worked well for the style - but that should still have been enough to conjure up a small head! Anyway, the aroma was nice. I didn't find it too spicy at all. Soft maltiness. Well blended I though. And the flavor followed suit. Round, soft, gently spicy. Nice edge of caramel. Smooth. Restrained bitterness. Caramelish malt and light spice linger in the finish. Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Dec 02, 2006
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2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This must be a different beast on-tap, because my bottle was nothing to write home about. Looks like a nice winter warmer, a nice deep amber color. Smells of funky lemon and spice, just doesnt smell right to me. Flavor is overloaded with spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, all the jazz. It's just abit much for me. But hey, the girlfriend liked it and she has a good palate for beer, go figure.

tempest, Dec 02, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Bdel34, Nov 22, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Harrisburg location on 11/24/09. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a clear amber, with a finger or so of smooth and creamy off-white head. Stays foamy around the edges, with some thin wisps in the center, leaving a fizzy cascade of lacing behind. Spicy notes of ginger and clove just dominate this, with some sticky caramel sweetness behind it. Although there is supposed to be some cinnamon in here, I'm really having trouble picking it up. Tis a shame too, as some spicier sweetness would have been welcome here. A fresh hoppy green feel floats on the edges. The spice is very strong here but I wouldn't quite say that it's overbearing.

The taste is is similar, with that strong spice hanging up, before grainy caramel malt sweetness and zesty orange citrus swoop in towards the back of the profile. This has those same assertive green hops as the aroma, with bitterness and spice bouncing off each other and giving this a lively feel in the mouth. The spice is definitely balanced a bit more here in the taste but it does linger rather heavily (along with some leftover bitterness) in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crispness to the feel, which falls right in line with that sharp mix of hops and spice. Very zippy feeling overall presence here on the palate.

I've got to say that this wasn't nearly as bad as I remembered, probably not having had it in a couple of years. The spice is rather strong but never becomes over the top (especially in the taste), thanks to equally cheery flavors of orange zest, bread, and toffee. The spice did hold the drinkibility back some for me but overall, this was a pleasant festive quaff just in the time for the holidays.

Kegatron, Nov 27, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

stackofpapers, Dec 28, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

in bottle at Indian Rock Inn in Upper Black Eddy, PA

A nice ember orange-amber beer with a finger high head. The head evaporates quickly and leaves no real lacing.

A mild clove, orange, and cinnamon aroma that is indicative of this style. It is light and spicy smelling with very little malt.

The flavor is light and only a little sweet warm malt with mellow hops: there isn't anything overbearing about the base ingredients. The orange and ginger come through with a bit of clove and cinnamon. This allows the spices to come through strongly and hang on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is very typical of pale ales and is good, but not exceptional or unique. That however makes it very drinkable - perhaps this beer's best quality.

While some Winter Warmer beers are overly spiced, very alcoholic, or syrupy sweet, this is a very straight-forward beer that represents the style well. It is a good example of an bitter/pale ale winter beer.

Minotaur, Dec 25, 2009
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WaterCzar, Nov 15, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright amber-copper with a slight white head.

S: sweet caramel that was rounded out with some spiciness (cinnamon, nutmeg) and cloves.

T: warm sweet maltiness, with festive spicing (cinnamon, nutmeg) that was well balanced providing a nice spiciness without overpowering the malt profile.

M: The mouthful was medium and somewhat creamy.

D: A solid pub session amber with some festive spicing that made for a decent fall type drink.

beerthulhu, Feb 26, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been a long time, both since my last ABC ale and my last glass of this. Thanks to Sarah and Pat.

A: The ale is a darker amber color, maybe even orange. Barely translucent, the ale has plenty of floaties suspended mid-glass. A small head, a few shades off white, rests in a thin band.

S: Plenty of nutmeg, even after a few months in the back of the fridge. The spice profile is thick and intense, citrus and cinnamon following the nutmeg. Nicely spiced, if not a little over the top.

T: The nutmeg isn't as sharp on the palate. Instead, toffee and caramel malts make a stronger statement. Alongside the malts, cinnamon and ginger stand out. The ginger is especially strong near the finish. All in all, the flavor is pretty nice. I'm thinkin' that this ale could easily be mulled on much colder nights.

M: The mouthfeel depends on the spices, bailing out the ho-hum caramel body. Even on a warmer night, the ginger provides a refreshing flavor.

akorsak, Jul 02, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Abbey Bar...

A - Two fingers worth of dense creamy egg shell colored head... Eventually all that is left is the slightest of collars... Loaded with moderate paced random carbnatoin rising throughout... The color is mix of amber and pale reddish tones...

S - The winter spices dominate reminding me of a warm spiced wine... Nutmeg... Cinnamon... Light clove... Perhaps some cherry and orange zest...

T - A virtual plethora of holiday spice goodness... Cinnamon... Nutmeg... Clove... Some light cherry... Orange zest... Light brown sugar notes... Quite tasty and definately remincent of the season...

M - Medium bodied... Briskly carbonated... A bit of lushness starts each sip... Clean... Crisp... Even and consistent with each sip...

D - This is a very nice winter seasonal that really hit the spot... The sum of the overall scores doesn't seem to do this one justice... This one is six-pack and possibly case worthy each holiday season...

philbe311, Nov 29, 2011
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Dcunicelli, Dec 12, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- ABC brewry in Harrisburg

A- a dark brown cinnamon color. lots of head and great retention.

S- Lots of spices going on here. Clove, cinnamon, allspice and some nutmeg as well.

T- Cinnamon dominates but then there is clove and some other strong spices.

M- coats to mouth with spices and very spicy. Love it and enjoyable.

D- smooth and somewhat too much spice at times but i like that. Very good. Could drink all day long.

Dodo2step, Nov 09, 2008
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3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #95
Served On: 12/28/2011
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Had this on tap at the Harrisburg ABC location on my birthday.

Look: Color was an opaque brown with a very thin film on top that probably was once a head. Virtually zero carbonation was noticeable. The server did mention this was the last of this year’s batch, and it certainly showed in the appearance. Very tepid.

Smell: Highly spiced with ginger and other seasonal spices. I really couldn’t detect anything beyond the heavy spices.

Taste: Thin body. Again, strong ginger and cinnamon notes. This was like a lager that was spiced way beyond anything I’ve ever had before. For instance: take a Sam Adams Winter Lager and turn the ginger spice intensity up by about 75%.

This was a little disappointing for my first ABC beer, but on to the next one!

CraftBeerTastic, Dec 30, 2011
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ShanePB, Aug 14, 2013
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2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a murky mahogany color with a quarter inch off-white head. The head disappears almost completely right away.

Smell: Quite sweet with initial hints of cherries and malt. After that I pick up the strong smell of spices with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg dominating.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side. Beer seems slightly under carbonated.

Taste: Again, initially sweet malt with mild fruity notes. Then come the spices where cinnamon and ginger dominate until the finish. There isn't any noticeable hoppy bitterness. Overall I think the flavor of this beer is a bit watery.

Drinkability: This beer smells quite good, but the taste doesn't live up to expectations. It isn't a chore to finish, but I don't know that I'll be revisiting it any time soon.

oline73, Jan 22, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent copper toned amber with a 1 finger, soapy beige head that slowly fades out. Scattered bits of clumpy lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of ginger, brown sugar, cinnamon, and obvious orange peel with some of the candied, dry ginger thrown into the mix.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sugar cookie flavor backing up the spices and orange citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, spicy, and zesty.

weeare138, Feb 09, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.