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Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced AleGrinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale

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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 87
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 21.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: Jarod on 11-13-2002

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 87
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 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 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 NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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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 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 woodychandler
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came with no head, but instead, just some whitish wisps on the surface and a white ring around the edge of the glass. The spiciness of the nose was attention-getting: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and even a pepperiness were all evident. The color was a very bright orangish-red that easily passed the Nebraska Test for clarity. The mouth feel was medium, with a great cinnamon tingle on the tongue. The finish was equally spicy with the cinnamon and clove as the predominantly lingering flavors. This was a fantastic holiday beer.

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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 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 weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is amber colored and with a vigorous produces about 1/2 inch tan head that fades quickly to a sutle ring,
Smells cidery and of spices.
Tastes cidery with flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Tastes refreshing with Christmas spices not that is not overpowering,
Mouthfeel is thin and slightly watery with a tart aftertaste.

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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 philbe311
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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...

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Photo of Phatz
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to weeare138 for hooking me up with this beer.

This is not an APA. It is an Herbed Spiced Ale. Since that category is not available any more many of the Herbed Spiced beer seem to be defaulting to Winter Warmer. Anyway…

Appearance: Pours a red, brown color with a small off white fizzy head that fades fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Cinnamon cherry ginger and cloves with a little sugar, but not a heavy malt backbone. It is dependant on the spices.

Taste: This beer is heavily spiced with ginger dominantly; followed by nutmeg, cinnamon, cherry, brown sugar and a drop of orange.

Mouthfeel: This is a beer that is nicely spiced and has a pleasant taste. The body is light. The crisp citric feel, plus the carbonation and the spices compensate for that light feel.

Drinkability: These seasonally spiced beers are not very sessionable in my opinion but sipping one with a holiday meal or for the experience of it was tasty enough. Certainly worth a try, at least once.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cider like brown color with little or no head and no lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt and spices cinnomon and nutmeg as a big presence. The taste is a sweet malt backbone with a big nutmeg, orange, and cinnomon presence. The taste is sweet and complex. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall its a very solid beer, very good taste that brings you back for more.

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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 spice...you 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 aside...it 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 taste...you should try it though

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass at paradise by the slice
review from notes, consummed on Sunday November 25th 2012
It had a nice amber color body, with no head or laceing to it. the aroma was of seasonal spices, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. The taste was very spiced with the same spices and some malt backbone with a hint of hops on the finish. The mouth feel was kinda thin but good and overall this is a really tasty ale, very good for the season.

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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 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 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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