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

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BA SCORE
80
good

623 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 623
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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GregBlatz

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden orange with a very white frothy head. It is very clear. Lacing very nicely as the head settles in.

S - Slight metallic note. Sweet. Maybe some light fruits and earthy hops.

T - Wow, how to describe... Sweet, but not quite cloying sweet. Hops are musty and earthy. Malt is nice and biscuity. The oak is there but restrained. A little vanilla and honey. Finishes with a bitter note that I appreciate.

M - Thin but sweet. A bit of alcohol burn. Med carbonation. A bigger beer than it seems at first.

O - Very nice. I really like this. I was afraid of a big malt bomb but this is balanced really well. Pretty complex, the more I drink it, the more I notice. Nice work for Samuel Adams. They are hit and miss with a lot of their creative beers. At least they are trying and they always have something new to check out. This one is a winner in my book.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 00:45:49 | More by GregBlatz
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Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.