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Grizzly Beer - Bellwoods Brewery

Grizzly Beer
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86
very good

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%


Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jrenihan on 03-02-2013)
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liamt07

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-02-2013 12:57:06 | More by liamt07
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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swillmeister

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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Poured into a standard pint glass. Deep mahogany color., so dense that even when the glass is held to the light it maintains the density of color. Light foam head that quickly dissipates, leaving quite a bit of lacing on the glass

S. Aromas of rye bread, ovaltine and a hint of cat pee.

T. An initial hit of spice and caraway with a lingering hint of tangerine and lychee, but leaves an aftertastes as if you just licked a penny.

M. Very light carbonation and despite the dark appearance, a very light body.

O. Overall I find this beer a bit too spiced for my taste. Tastes more like a piece of pumpernickel soaked in orange juice than beer. Probably would not buy again, given the plethora of other better Bellwoods brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 22:44:28 | More by swillmeister
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright deep red color with glowing edges - looks great. Huge off white head quickly recedes to a few patches blanketing the glass with lace. The aroma is of grapefruit and lemon hops mixed with a doughy maltiness. The taste is juicy grapefruit hops mingling with a dry roasty malt profile. Bitterness builds with warmth, as does a dark fruit sweetness and roasty maltiness. The mouthfeel is quite light bodied with a light to moderate carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter with hop aromatics and malty roastyness lingering for a while.

Amazing take at the Brown Ale style. I highly recommend this benchmark example of a 'new world' take on the style. Seek this out.

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10-30-2013 01:52:28 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown coloring with ruby highlights and a filmy, clingy, light tan colored head. Nose of roasted nut and chocolate, with earthy highlights. Flavors are roasty forward, with rich chocolate and nut sweetness to follow. Subtle hops bitterness at the tail end, which helps clean the palate. The aftertaste is roasty and sweet, with nut and coffee characteristics. Lingering finish of bittersweet flavors. Smooth and robust in mouth. Very tasty!

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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grizzly Beer, probably not coincidentally, has a similarly coarse, brown exterior to that of a grizzly bear. Mind you, it is not nearly as intimidating (though as we're soon to find out it is almost every bit as weighty). Gemstone highlights don't exactly lighten the beer but do reveal a bit of translucence. Its head is buttermilk coloured and the lacing as clingy as a little brother.

If you've ever cracked a tree stem in half and exposed its resinous, green interior then you can easily catch the drift of this Brown Ale. It smells strongly of flower buds, tree roots and bark, dark green leaves and conifer cones so big you can imagine kicking them across the sidewalk. It is extremely fragrant and the kind of aroma that could make even the forest jealous.

Although a fairly definitive (New World) Brown Ale, the flavours borrows a thing or two from numerous other styles; figs, plums, licorice, pine, brown sugar, carob, coffee, browned butter, hazelnut, grapefruit and miscellaneous citrus is an (intuitive, ingenious) hodge-podge of flavours.

The mouthfeel has a tree bark-like texture: dry and pithy. There are also similarly dry and pithy notes like those of citrus peel. Though it is underscored by a very raspy and 'green' plant-like note, the hoppiness is wrapped in enough roastiness and chocolate sweetness to keep it from tasting too acidic or juicy. It has the malt depth one wants in a Brown Ale.

Like seemingly every single one of their offerings regardless of style, Bellwoods Grizzly Beer is far too serious to be an entry-level offering. It's as if these guys went from kindergarten straight to Stanford. Then graduated with honours. This is a solid Brown Ale with extroverted hoppiness and toasty, bittersweet maltiness - it is a beer designed to impress and, indeed, it has.

Serving type: bottle

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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Bellwood’s bottle shop. Bottling date: Feb. 21, 2013.

(4.25) A: Deep and dark brown with a reddish tinge around the edges. Good height of creamy tan coloured foam head that stays put for a good length of time and very good lacing.

(4.25) S: Pine, grapefruit, raisins, plums, caramel, and roasted malt notes as this warms. Variety of aromas that work well together. Definitely hop forward but some appealing dark fruit elements poke through along with a smooth chocolaty nose. Very nice.

(4.25) T: Mellow pine, juicy tart citrus fruits, licorice, herbal qualities, and a probing roasted malt taste in the form of cocoa and lightly roasted coffee bean. This is very smooth and velvety. Everything comes together very well here, similar to the aroma.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Semi-slick with a chewy and slightly gritty texture.

(4.25) D: This is one of my favourites from Bellwood’s that I’ve had to date. Full and robust taste with a great variety of flavours. Would definitely pick a couple more bottles of this up.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:13:14 | More by Digimaika2
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Grizzly Beer from Bellwoods Brewery
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