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Grizzly Brown Ale - Snowshoe Brewing Company

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 18.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Snowshoe Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 09-01-2002)
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Reviews by robboyd:
Photo of robboyd
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's not a bad brew but isn't one I'll go back to. It pours a really deep brown. It almost surprised me in it's depth of color. Unfortunately, the head didn't do much for me. It fizzled up and fizzled out within a minute. It left a ring that clung on to the surface for a while but just some very small splotches here and there. The taste was so-so. I wanted some really earthy maltiness but I got just a fair amount of malts and some toasted nuts but only slightly. It comes off a little sweet but the taste that is lingering is somewhat metallic and bitter.

robboyd, Nov 09, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of mikechance
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its starts off with a very nice smell with a slight head and porter like color. Lots of good flavors coming out of the malts including chocolate, caramel, and toasty hazelnuts. Mouthfeel is good and full-bodied for a brown ale (almost porter like). Sweet and pleasant aftertaste. I could enjoy a few of these often.

Easily the best beer they regularly make at Snowshoe.

mikechance, May 31, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer sampled, pours with a minimal head elicited even with a pretty hard pour. Moderate lacing. Minor nose, just a hint of musty chocolate. Chocolate and cocoa again picked up flavor wise. This is a moderatly flavorful Brown. A tad thin in the mid section and doesnt deliver the flavor goods upon the finish. Middle of the road Brown. Drinkable and pleasant enuf but not the stuff of legends

Billolick, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of monkeybeer
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A amber dark brown with a quick disappearing tan head, and some sticky lacing.

S- Roasted malt, sweet caramel smell that is almost overpowering and coffee

T/M- Taste is like the smell roasted malt chocolate and coffee. The coffee defiantly comes out in the taste.

D- This is not bad; there are defiantly better browns out there. It is not well balances the coffee is a bit strong. If it was a little better balanced it would be outstanding as it is it is good and drinkable, but not out standing.

monkeybeer, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of IntriqKen
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark amber/brown with a massive (almost uncontrollable) light brown head that melts slowly to sticky tan lacing.
Smells of roasted and toasted amber malt with a hint of burnt marshmellow, coffee, and chocolate. Unfortunately a soapy scent came into this at the end.
Taste is toasted amber malt...a little burnt bitterness...a little black coffee...a hint of citrus hops...overally a nice blending and balancing act.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, but seems appropriate considering the way this Brown is more on the bitter than the sweet side.
Nice drying aftertaste with no cloying at all.

IntriqKen, Oct 14, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

jworkman, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz pour into a pint glass at Drifters Grill and Marian, Lake Tulloch, CA.

Dark but clear maroon brown with a nice little light brown head. Some lace.

There is roast and coffee in the nose, but mainly creamy chocolate possibly reminiscent of s'mores. Toast too but nothing too heavy.

The flavors are chocolate forward all the way through. It is one dimensional but in a very pleasant way, especially when a nice and surprising hop bitterness jumps in the finish.

Mouthfeel is solid and middle of the road.

I may just have another pint, and I don't particularly care for Brown Ales! Drinking this on a summer day is not a chore, as it had some refreshing qualities.

brewerburgundy, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This delightful brown ale pours a clear, deep mahogany body with a ruby cast beneath a short head of creamy tan foam that drops but maintains a thin surface covering throughout the glass and leaves some nice spotty lace. The nose is chocolatey with a haze of spicy hops. It's fine-bubbled, gentle carbonation leaves its medium body smooth and just slightly creamy in the mouth. Cocoa and light fruit dominate the flavor followed by a light touch of roastiness and then some floral and spicy hops. It's very well-balanced by a delicate hop bitterness and soft hop flavor; and it finishes dry with a lingering note of chocolate and some mild hops.

NeroFiddled, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of Fatehunter
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour had no head on a dark brown body.
The aroma was mild brown sugar. Fine but not much there.
The taste had a mild sweet malt balanced out with mild bitter.
Crisp with low to moderate carbonation.
It is a pretty mellow beer, which made it an easy drinker.

Fatehunter, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of padjo1
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this in a winter beer pack. Pretty good head retention, foamy. Dark brown color, kinda hazy. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Burnt sugar in the finish, but not cloying. Not bad. Could have been a little more balanced between the malts and the hops. Hops needed more presence.

padjo1, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of tvv375ia
2.42/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass I had to pour this over the sink because it started foaming out the bottle before I started the pour and when I poured it into the glass I got about 1/4" of beer and 5" of head

A-fire brick red in color with lots of foamy head

S-clean almost stainless steel type smell with a little nuttiness

T-not much here but a little bit of nuts

M-lots of carbonation takes away a lot of the flavors

O-not the worst tasting beer that I have ever had and probably not the most over carbonated but not something I am a fan of

tvv375ia, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a deep brown color with ruby highlights, the head Bunyanesque in size, semi-creamy in texture, the color a light tan and the lace a fine sealing sheet to hide the glass. The aroma of lightly toasted grain, caramel, and black walnut sweetness pervades the nose, crisp, fresh and delightful this nose, start is quite sweet, rich in malt with the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has a stinging acidity, the hops appetizing in their spiciness, droughty aftertaste that is pleasing to the palate, a nice change of pace and a quaffable brew tis’ true.

Gusler, Nov 02, 2003
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

ptarmigan98, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

themathguy, Jan 29, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deeply brown nearly black almost clear brew with a tan head that disappears quickly.

Smell is lots and lots of darkly roasted malt. Strong coffee and sweet chocolate scent. Faint scent of rum in this too.

Taste is tangy at the start and not sweet at all. Dry flavor with lots of roasted malt flavor but it avoids the burnt taste it can give when used incorrectly. Fairly tart aftertaste and lots of coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK much lighter than the color would suggest.

Drinkability is surprisingly good. This is a hard beer to place in a category I could see calling this beer a "Stout." Tastes like a dry stout but finishes refreshing like a summer beer. A different beer I can recommend.

Zorro, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of DaveHS
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Molasses brown with 1/4 inch of creamy brown head with big bubblkes. Leaves minimal soapy lacing.

S-Thin milk chocolate sweetness. Sugary and a bit roasty.

T/M-Nutty and moderately sweet. The body is really thin. Almost no carbonation, which seems to be a running theme with the Snowshoe beers. Unfortunately, it ultimately affects drinkability in what would otherwise be a pretty solid brown ale. A touch of earthy hops rounds out the fairly abrupt finish.

O-Not bad.

DaveHS, May 08, 2011
Photo of t420o
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Snowshoe brewing grizzley brown ale

A/ pour produces a 1-1/2 finger light brown fizzy head resting on a dark brown body. Not much retention. No lacing 3  

S- toasted malt, nutty, subtle floral scent, some hops in the background. 4   

T- toasty, nutty, chocolate, caramel, lightly hoppy, light yeast, dry on the finish. It's a pretty solid English brown ale but nothing special 3.5 

M- kind of watery and tonic like carbonation upfront and flat and watery on the back. Weird 2.5  

O- it's a good beer. The mouthfeel detracts from it but I could have a couple of these so moderate drinkability. 3

C+

t420o, May 18, 2012
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1.7/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

12 oz bottle from a friends BOMC. No clue when this was bottled. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Gushes and is mostly foam on the pour. Sigh. When it finally settles down it is a muddy-brown opaque color with a creamy-tan head. Lots of head retention and lacing.

Smell: Tart and sour already. Beyond that, Roasty and Spicy. Some hazelnut and cinnamon.

Taste: Not sure what was intended here, but lots of funk and sourness to this one. Otherwise, stale malts and no hop presence. No bitterness.

Feel: Overly carbonated. Mellow finish, but struggling with this one.

Overall: I'm guessing this mess was infected. I couldn't catch much flavors beyond the funk, seemed kind of stale. This is why I avoid BOMC clubs.

MCain04, Feb 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/08/07- Received as a gift from a friend.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no fresness dating on the bottle. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown in color. Ultra small head. Maybe a 1/10th of an inch that leaves very light lace behind.

Smell- Dark malt with a good amount of super dark chocolate. Almost to the point of burnt. A bit of coffee in the mix and a very light caramel whiff.

Taste- Good chocolate malt flavor. Kinda sweet with a bit of caramel candy flavor. Coffee grounds are noticable, but not as much as the chocolate. Small hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation, if not a tad higher. A bit slick on the tongue.

Drinkability- Have had this brew a few times before. It's one of my favorites per style. Really good flavors and easy to drink. Good camping beer while up in the high sierras.

GClarkage, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - very dark amber color, moderate off-white head, finely bubbled and with decent (but not great) head retention.

Aroma - chocolate malt dominates. Some slight citrusy hop notes early, but secondary to dark malt. Slight pine?

Flav - malty, but not sweet, and a slightly earthy character to initial flavor. Transitions to a fairly dry, balanced finish. Flavor strangely subdued relative to the aroma.

MF - medium body and carbonation - no astringency or warming - all style appropriate.

D-ability - Goes down easy, some flavor but nothing overpowering. Modest carbonation aids in the drinkability.

mpyle, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is nutty with a touch of caramel and fruit. A medium to lighter bodied brown ale. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are mild and slightly spicy. The balance is good, but it really reminds me of every other brown ale out there. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Dec 01, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

RangnaR, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at First Street Ale House in Livermore. On to the beer:

No surprise there, it's brown with reddish hues. Good lace sticks around the glass as the beer is consumed. The nose is nutty and sweet, I sense toffee in there.

This brown ale has a very nutty flavor, most reminiscent of hazelnut. Fudge and toffee notes compliment the overall package. A kiss of "grapey" hops puts thehop factor into the equation. The aftertaste is sweet and a little bit bitter.

It's been four years since I had a beer from Snowshoe (a tasty apricot wheat was the last I had), so I'm glad to get re-acquainted with the brand. Grizzly Brown Ale made my lunch hour better, especially after I drove 6 hours from Orange County.

DoubleJ, Apr 02, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

friedpotatoes, Feb 25, 2012
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Grizzly Brown Ale from Snowshoe Brewing Company
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