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Grizzly Brown Ale - Snowshoe Brewing Company

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Grizzly Brown AleGrizzly Brown Ale

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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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Photo of MCain04


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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2/5  rDev -41.7%

12-09-2011 03:46:07 | More by rab53
Photo of tvv375ia


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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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

02-25-2012 19:02:34 | More by friedpotatoes
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Manitoba (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

01-18-2014 03:56:26 | More by ptarmigan98
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

06-11-2013 17:03:41 | More by GraduatedCashew
Photo of robboyd


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
Photo of beerguy101


3/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

12-01-2003 05:25:35 | More by beerguy101
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

09-15-2012 14:58:49 | More by mmilyko
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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

3/5  rDev -12.5%

03-24-2013 16:13:02 | More by brheuer
Photo of monkeybeer


3.28/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

03-03-2008 00:10:35 | More by monkeybeer
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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
Photo of Fatehunter


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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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


05-17-2012 23:30:54 | More by t420o
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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.

05-08-2011 22:11:36 | More by DaveHS
Photo of Offa


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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New York

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

03-18-2005 01:43:51 | More by Billolick
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-08-2014 06:10:16 | More by jworkman
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

09-01-2002 07:11:09 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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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.

03-30-2007 03:44:19 | More by padjo1
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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.

10-14-2006 20:17:33 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of brewerburgundy


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
Photo of Zorro


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.

07-17-2005 02:52:39 | More by Zorro
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Grizzly Brown Ale from Snowshoe Brewing Company
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