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Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jarod on 11-13-2002)
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Photo of treyrab
1.38/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

***WARNING*** If you drink this beer, you may lose your love for beer. Side effects from this beer may include dry mouth, dizzyness, genetal warts, blood clot, hemeroids, herpes, memory loss, restless leg syndrome, toe fungus, ACL injury, or death. Drink with caution.

A: This poison pours more red than the worst beaten red-headed step child. Half inch white head. It really lures you in, then when you take a whiff/taste...BAM (see above symptoms).

S: See symptoms above. Memroy loss has set into effect.

T: Picture this visual: A fat, 700 pound gorilla whiping his hairy, sweaty ass with pine needles, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves, then throwing them straight into the bottle. Note that I drank this beer two years ago but am only reviewing it now because I just came out of the coma that this beer put me into.

M/D: If this beer were rare, I'd boost its score in this category. But it is not. Thus it is shit.

treyrab, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of shaw87psu
2.25/5  rDev -37%

shaw87psu, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of tempest
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
Photo of KolbMarley
2.5/5  rDev -30%

KolbMarley, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of mgbickel
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured ½ a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Formed a fizzy 2 finger pearl head. Very little retention and no legs to speak of. The body is a crystal clear bronze color.

Lots of spices are the dominant aromas...just as advertised...nutmeg, ginger, orange peel and cinnamon. The ginger seems to be the strongest of all the spices...

The nose carries over to the taste...but the ginger really dominates here, which throws everything out of balance.

Light but oily mouth feel with little carbonation.

Somewhat drinkable...but too heavy on the ginger for my liking.

mgbickel, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of ryser2k
2.75/5  rDev -23%

ryser2k, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -23%

ShanePB, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of GiantMidget
2.75/5  rDev -23%

GiantMidget, May 24, 2013
Photo of sjohansen
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a chance to pick this up in a mixed six-pack from Capone's in Norristown, PA.

It pours a medium amber with a thick head that disappeared quickly.

At first, this beer felt like it was lacking something. It almost seemed a little watered down, but as it warmed, it gained some character. Even as it warmed, the spices seemed weak and almost non-existent. There is almost no hop character, just a very smooth malt finish. For me, all of the spices showed up in the aftertaste. Mostly orange peel, but also some nutmeg and cinnamon. Those flavors emerged as it warmed, but the orange peel really overpowered this one.

At 5.7% abv, I thought it was ok. There are definitely some better Spiced Ales out there.

sjohansen, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of oline73
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
Photo of Dcunicelli
3/5  rDev -16%

Dcunicelli, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Goldndomer
3/5  rDev -16%

Goldndomer, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16%

ejimhof, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
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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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Bdel34, Nov 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

bigfnjoe, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -9%

ZEB89, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a 1/2" head. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: tons of spices like nutmeg, ginger, and cinammon.

Taste: decent malt base, but the spices picked up in the nose like ginger and nutmeg are a bit strong and overwhelming. Little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. Aftertaste in long with the nutmeg, cinammon, and ginger and little else. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: not that good since the spice are out of balance. One pint was more than enough.

Gavage, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken 11/20/09, first pour as an ABC mug club member.

Pours a dark amber color with a slightly offwhite head that doesn't retain well. Nose is full of spice like nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste follows suit along the same pattern. Finish is a bit warming and has a lingering taste of said spices. As it warms the hops come through a bit from behind the spiced mask. Malt sweetness throughout the body has a grainy character. I'm not big on pumpkin/spiced beers but this one is tolerable because it doesn't taste like someone made a beer tea by dunking a holiday airfreshner in my mug.

stakem, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap.

Poured a medium and hazy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, spices, and maybe some citrus in there. Tastes of nuttiness, spices, and citrus. Definitely ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Body bodering on watery.

Notes from 10/23/04

hopdog, Nov 20, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

prdstmnky, Jan 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

stackofpapers, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

WaterCzar, Nov 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -2%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 06, 2011
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Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.