Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +12%
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.
11-28-2012 20:34:42 | More by chefhatt
3.15/5 rDev -11.8%
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!
12-30-2011 06:08:20 | More by CraftBeerTastic
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
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...
11-29-2011 00:28:51 | More by philbe311
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
07-13-2011 21:02:36 | More by Knapp85
3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
07-01-2011 23:59:59 | More by akorsak
2.88/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
01-22-2011 23:10:43 | More by oline73
3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
12-28-2010 19:41:38 | More by micromaniac129
1.38/5 rDev -61.3%
***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.
09-10-2010 01:36:53 | More by treyrab
4.28/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
02-21-2010 00:36:10 | More by goblue3509
3.33/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
01-29-2010 20:02:05 | More by stakem
2.6/5 rDev -27.2%
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.
12-29-2009 17:08:16 | More by mgbickel
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
12-25-2009 03:09:28 | More by Minotaur
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
11-27-2009 22:08:25 | More by Kegatron
Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
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