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Grizzly Brown Ale - Snowshoe Brewing Company

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Grizzly Brown AleGrizzly Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 17.73%
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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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RangnaR
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of KevMo84
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of Dsimenson
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of DaveMiller
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of themathguy
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ptarmigan98
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of jworkman
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of brheuer
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of MCain04
1.7/5  rDev -50.6%
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.

Photo of mmilyko
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of t420o
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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+

Photo of friedpotatoes
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of tvv375ia
2.42/5  rDev -29.7%
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

Photo of OscarO67
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of robboyd
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of mikechance
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of peacebone116
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Grizzly Brown Ale from Snowshoe Brewing Company
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