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Griffin's Bow - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
80
good

622 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
From the aroma and notes of sweet honeysuckle, pineapple, and grapefruit, to richer hints of burnt sugar, and toffee, this intriguing brew is full of complex flavors. The distinct character of toasted oak adds depth and contrasts the light fruit sweetness. This unique take on a barley wine ale surprises with its smoothness and balance of fruit, hop citrus, and warmth.

Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Zeus
Malts: Two-Row Harrington, Metcalfe, Copeland Pale, Paul’s Caramalt
Aged on toasted oak

(Beer added by: sommersb on 10-28-2011)
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Reviews by Cylinsier:
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle

Pours an amber golden color, eggshell head at close to two inches retains well.

Smells of strong pine hops and maybe a bit of apple sweetness.

Tastes of hoppy pine resin but very barely bitter, just a slight hint of woodiness, and some caramel malts.

Feels full and syrupy with some tingles of carbonation on the tongue and booze warmth going down.

A so-so American BW with some flaws. First of all, it says its oaked but the oak is practically undetectable. Secondly, the flavor is just a bit unbalanced. The nose is a bit bland and the taste manages to be both very hoppy and not at all bitter. All that aside, its not a terrible beer and probably not the worst BW I've had, but it leaves room for improvement. I hope Sam Adams will continue with this series of beers and with some BWs in particular again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:50:22 | More by Cylinsier
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Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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