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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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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

KevMo84, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%

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 peacebone116
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Poured from a 12-oz bottle, which I picked up directly from the brewery in Arnold, into a Gran Torobayo goblet.

A: Deep brown opaque body with long lasting, creamy head.

N: Roasted grains and caramel and almost hint of milk chocolate.

T/M: Creamy body. First hit with toasted malts, but then comes a hoppy, almost lemony zing. The malty sweetness then smooths out the flavor leaving only a slight lingering note of coffee bitterness.

For a style that is so often overlooked in the present era of big beers, this is a pretty delightful offering from a real gem of a brewery in the foothills of the Sierra. It is quite enjoyable and embodies the style quite well. The malt and hops are well balanced to form a great medley of flavors.

peacebone116, May 04, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

themathguy, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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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4/5  rDev +16.6%

OscarO67, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

MarvinSnyder, May 14, 2013
Photo of mikechance
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

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 Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

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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3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

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
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3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

Dark nut brown infused with crimson. The toasted beige head is modest in size and is firm enough to hang around for longer than a few minutes. While it isn't a lace monster, a few disordered splotches remain when the head departs.

The nose is average in terms of potency and smells like lightly roasted barley and cocoa. There are also valued contributions from brown sugar and butterscotch. Tough call, but given the style constaints and judged alongside some of the brown ales that I've had recently, I'll go with the higher number.

Grizzly Brown is pretty good beer. It's impressively flavorful with caramel and chocolate leading the way. I like the fact that it's more substantial than most brown ales, both in terms of flavor and mouthfeel. The beer is very lightly sweet with a contrasting sourness and a finishing bitterness.

Hops, while present, don't contribute much to the proceedings. A faint mineral-like character becomes apparent on the finish, but it too makes a positive contribution to the flavor profile. The medium mouthfeel aspires to, but doesn't quite reach, medium-full.

I'm not a huge fan of this style, generally speaking. I find browns to be too light, too subtle and, worst of all, uninteresting. A brown ale that seeks out heavier, more flavorful, ground is one that has the potential to turn my head. Grizzly Brown isn't eye-poppingly good, but it's good enough.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 28, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

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
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3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

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
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3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

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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3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

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
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

jworkman, Jan 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

RangnaR, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

DaveMiller, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Pours a brownish color with a slight amber tint, with a decent off-white head. On the nose there is a slightly nutty aroma as well as dark malts. On the palate there is a decent roasty bitterness, slight nutty flavor,touch of caramel, hint of chocolate, slight acidity. I really think this was lacking a bit for a brown ale, slight shortage of hops, and shortage of flavor. Still a drinkable brown ale though.

WilliamPhilaPa, Sep 01, 2002
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3.48/5  rDev +1.5%

This is a very dark brown ale that leans more to the porter side.

Very dark red-brown, almost black, it has a very large light tan head that shrinks only slowly but leaves only very weak lace.

The aroma is first toasty grain then coffee, chocolate, brown bread, and nuts.

The taste us slightly unusual at first but then settles down to sweet brown bread, a hint of prunes, chocolate, coffee and a hint of wine. It's a bit tingly and in the end the qualities of nuts and winey prunes take over. It ends up being rather boring, pretty standard, and a bit flat.

Offa, Oct 29, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

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
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3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

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 17, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -2.9%

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
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Grizzly Brown Ale from Snowshoe Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.