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Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

abcramer, Feb 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

GeorgianBayPackr, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of DIM
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

DIM, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

prdstmnky, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of shaw87psu
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

shaw87psu, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Chinaskifan1, Dec 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

ryser2k, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Lantern, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

chefhatt, Nov 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Bdel34, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

hockenbeer, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

jbaker67, Jul 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

robieobie1, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

stackofpapers, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

THECPJ, Dec 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

orangesol, Dec 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

weaselchew, Nov 29, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Kilroy1701, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Knapp85, Jul 13, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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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2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
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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3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

micromaniac129, Dec 28, 2010
Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.