Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 86
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Jarod on 11-13-2002

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Photo of treyrab
1.42/5  rDev -60.7%
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.

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Photo of tempest
2.34/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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Photo of mgbickel
2.61/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of sjohansen
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of oline73
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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!

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Photo of stakem
3.32/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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

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Photo of DIM
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This definitely not an APA.

a: This was a clear brownish amber color. It was served to me with a thick, creamy head.

s: Moderate nutmeg and faint potpourri like fruit.

t: Mirrors the smell. Nothing off, I just wanted more.

m: A bit thin perhaps, but nice and creamy at the same time.

o: Not bad but I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of Minotaur
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Foxman
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a ruddy brown, slightly hazy and marginally carbonated. A finger of very loose light tan head settles soon to surface wisps. Flecks of lacing spot the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries well toasted malt, slightly biscuit and caramel in nature. Cinnamon and nutmeg are prominent in the nose, with the merest hint of citrus in tow.

Upon tasting, the malt, with a crusty toasted element to it, comes along mildly sweet and readily bested by a brief flash of orange, and then utterly overwhelmed by nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, the latter coming off almost soapy, like a curl on a sushi tray. The finish is more of the spicy same, with a bitter tail that fades quickly. It's not unsalvageable, but the spice onslaught is unbalanced and distracting.

Between light and medium bodied, the spices and malt actually combine to lend a coating of reasonable sweetness and a spicy glow to the palate.

I can handle spiced beers, but I much prefer a modicum of balance, and this one does not deliver in that department. The malt is actually tasty, if you can manage to remember it after the spices, especially the nutmeg and ginger, steal the stage. Don't get me wrong, the spices aren't THAT strong, but they're way too potent for the grain bill. It could be drinkable, but it's just not something I'll turn back to any time soon.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with some amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of spices, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon stand out. Taste is also heavily spiced, some malts, flavorful, but maybe a bit over spiced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ABC in Harrisburg.

Pours a nice, clear, medium brown with a cream colored head that fades.

Smells like a gingerbread cookie. Mmmm.

Nice malt base with quite a spicy taste. Finishes fairly clean with a lingering spicyness. Ginger dominates the flavor with some nice nutmeg and cinnamon flavors. Wish the ginger was tamed back a bit.

Body is average.

Pretty easy to drink, but one at a time will do. A little less ginger and this is a real winner.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A darker brown body with some lighter notes towards the bottom of the glass...a one finger white head that fell into a decent ring around the glass...left some good lacing

S - The nose is filled with pumpkin pie spices...cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and some all would think this is going to be a pumpkin beer...there are some faint ginger aromas

T - Pumpkin beer it is not (haha)...the taste is completely dominated with ginger...and I mean completely...the other spices get pushed would have been nice if there was a little more cinnamon mixed in with the bunch...the end is a mixture of faint hops and lasting giner

M - Medium bodied...the spices linger...and the ginger lingers longer

D - This would be a pretty nice spiced ale if there was a little more cinnamon mixed in...the ginger was overpowering in the taste...this beer looked good and smelled good...but came up a little short on the should try it though

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Photo of maddogruss
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with an off-white head with nice retention and lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A nice, spiced ale with evidence of cloves and cinnamon.

T: Cloves and cinnamon were not too evident in the taste, but there was some nutmeg that was evident. I felt that there was a bit too much nutmeg - or possibly because of its interaction with the other spices - which caused there to be a beef jerky and smoky taste. There was also a pretty beefy/smoky aftertaste.

M: A nice, smooth full-bodied mouthfeel that was pretty good on the palette.

D: A pretty drinkable beer, but I felt that beef jerky kind of taste took away from it a little bit. No malts were too evident, which was kind of disappointing, but the beer was still pretty good overall.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't seem like a Pale Ale to me like the description on here states. The beer poured out as an amber color. The head was light tan and didn't really last too long. The smell of the beer is spicy, it's loaded with winter spice aromas, like cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste of the beer also had a spicy quality to it also with a sweet caramel flavor upfront. The mouthfeel of the beer is pretty easy to put down but the spices warm the mouth nicely. Overall this beer its one that I'm crazy about but I wouldn't be opposed to trying it again in the future.

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Photo of simmons
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Grinnin’ Grizzly has a nice think tan, long lasting head with mild aroma. It is a light brown beer pale ale all around mild tasting beer. You can hardly taste any malt and hop flavor but seasoned with spices. Despite its’ mildness it is a smooth drinking beer that I could easily drink all day long. AVB- 5.85% IBU 18.20

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was given the opportunity to try this by tenderbranson69 the other night.
Decanted cool into a tumbler.
A - Deep copper/medium brown w/ a light tan head the has good retention.

S - Roasted grain and malt odor w/ a subtle ginger and spice aroma.

M - Astringent and spicy feel w/ slight hop and spice note w/ full carbonation and medium body.

T - Deep Roasted flavors of chocolate malt and the ginger taste hits the palate first w/ oomph! The effervesence carries the spiced tastes to the back and sides of the mouth rapidly. A slightly dry almost rye note shows up in the finish w/ a semi-sweet lingering malt flavor.

D - A nice winter beer w/ lots of spice to keep it interesting. I remember sampling this when they called this Hibernation ale back in the day and liked it. The spice is up-front and can be a tad cloying after one pint, though.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber color with some off-white head that left some decent lacing along the glass.

The smell was mostly of cinnamon and ginger. Some toasty hopps also.

Most notable taste was the ginger and cinnamon, there is a roasty hopp taste also, and some notes of nutmeg and light citrus.

Medium-bodied feel, smooth with little but adequate carbonation.

This wasn't quite an easy drinker, but it wasn't really too filling either. I thought this was one of ABC's more interesting beers. Although pretty decent I thought there was a bit too much ginger.

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Photo of Edwin
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice, amber/orange with a creamy head. Very holiday-like.

Smell: Various spices, nutmeg, and some sweet-smelling additions I can't quite pinpoint.

Taste: Goes in with some cinnamon/sugary notes. The unique blend of spices does leave an aftertaste, although I think the sum of the parts is a bit less than desirable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sweet. I got a little saliva kicking because I was caught off-guard by the sweetness.

Drinkability: This is a good beer to try because they have a very original flavor and blend of spices, however, the sweetness can be a tad over-bearing for my tastes. I had one and knew that a second one would be very difficult to take. If sugar isn't your thing, you'll stop at one or two.

Overall: Better than an average beer, but a little sweet for an all-night beer or an entire case. Good for a cold December evening.

On a personal note, I find this beer compelling to me because the bear on the label looks like Banjo from Banjo-Kazooie on N64. I love that darn bear, but someone's gonna get sued! :)

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Photo of rayjay
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved via trade. Thanks for the surprise JohnnyM2002.

A: Deep holiday shade of red. Foams up, but the head quickly dissipates. Carbonation can still be seen as the beer gets swirled, though. Small bits of haze are floating around, bigger and slimier looking than yeast.

S: Full-out gingerbread nose. Smells great, like a true winter warmer (if not overly spiced).

T: Definately dominated by spice. Lots of ginger, also some nutmeg, cinommon, and sweet malts. Like a spice cake or a bowl of oatmeal. Very gentle tartness.

M: The body is very gentle and light. The carbonation is light, but it still adds a sharp spiciness that lifts the beer.

D: Darn drinkable, although not something I'd want alot of. Great for a wintertime treat. Cheers!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opens with a very soft pfffst.
Rich deep spiced caramel aroma. The ginger and nutmeg stand out. Blend is nice, but moves towards spice more as it sits.
Poured aggressively to enhance head that at the most was 1/2 inch with a moderate density and tan color. Head leaves markings of each drink, but they aren't permanent. Very clear. Deep amber of orange moving towards red in light.
Initial, and very quick, deep caramel taste that very quickly moves towards the spices which dominate through the remainder. Complexity of spices more evident through drink, than aroma, with cinnamon more prominent than before. The orange noted on the label hardest to detect. They lead to a dryness of some note, in effect coating the tongue on the finish. Bitterness is mild, but there.
Heavy enough feel on the moderate to heavy side. Carbonation leads to fullness, and while soft, contributes to the heaviness.
This is fine. I might find it difficult to consume more than a couple in a sitting (the strength of the spices would lead to fatigue), but as a holiday season to enjoy...ya, this does just fine.

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Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
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