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Grizzly Brown Ale - Snowshoe Brewing Company

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79
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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 18.37%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 09-01-2002)
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KevMo84

California

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

06-08-2014 23:55:44 | More by KevMo84
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Dsimenson

California

3.28/5  rDev -4.4%

Draft serving, thin off-white head, fair lacing, lovely medium brown color, crystal clear. Very little aroma--a hint of hops and malt. Flavor is underwhelming, hops, mild malt flavor, a bit of caramel, no fruity notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and foamy. Not a really pleasant ale to drink, mostly dissapointing. Just OK.

04-01-2014 00:58:04 | More by Dsimenson
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-28-2014 03:44:27 | More by DaveMiller
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themathguy

California

4/5  rDev +16.6%

01-29-2014 23:25:19 | More by themathguy
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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

01-18-2014 03:56:26 | More by ptarmigan98
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jworkman

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-08-2014 06:10:16 | More by jworkman
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Fatehunter

Oregon

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.

06-15-2013 04:42:58 | More by Fatehunter
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GraduatedCashew

California

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

06-11-2013 17:03:41 | More by GraduatedCashew
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +16.6%

05-14-2013 21:44:37 | More by MarvinSnyder
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brheuer

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.5%

03-24-2013 16:13:02 | More by brheuer
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MCain04

Illinois

1.7/5  rDev -50.4%

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.

02-02-2013 22:14:25 | More by MCain04
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mmilyko

Nevada

3/5  rDev -12.5%

09-15-2012 14:58:49 | More by mmilyko
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t420o

California

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+

05-17-2012 23:30:54 | More by t420o
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friedpotatoes

California

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

02-25-2012 19:02:34 | More by friedpotatoes
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PintPal

Iowa

3/5  rDev -12.5%

02-04-2012 21:34:11 | More by PintPal
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tvv375ia

Iowa

2.42/5  rDev -29.4%

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

01-13-2012 00:51:09 | More by tvv375ia
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OscarO67

California

4/5  rDev +16.6%

12-14-2011 20:43:35 | More by OscarO67
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rab53

Washington

2/5  rDev -41.7%

12-09-2011 03:46:07 | More by rab53
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robboyd

Indiana

2.93/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

11-09-2011 00:45:36 | More by robboyd
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mikechance

California

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.

05-31-2011 00:33:42 | More by mikechance
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DaveHS

California

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.

05-08-2011 22:11:36 | More by DaveHS
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peacebone116

California

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.

05-04-2011 22:24:04 | More by peacebone116
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DoubleJ

California

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.

04-02-2011 16:39:49 | More by DoubleJ
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brewerburgundy

California

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.

06-01-2010 01:55:16 | More by brewerburgundy
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Offa

California

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.

10-29-2008 18:26:37 | More by Offa
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Grizzly Brown Ale from Snowshoe Brewing Company
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