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

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BA SCORE
80
good

627 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
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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5/5  rDev +42%

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Connecticut

5/5  rDev +42%

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Spiderbeerman

New York

4.94/5  rDev +40.3%

My brother-in-law had a bottle at a party he was hosting. I usually don't go for barley wine and like a product with a little less alcohol content but Griffin's Bow was a pleasant surprise. It was smooth and didn't taste like it was strong. I would certainly buy this myself and will enjoy every drop!.

05-11-2013 04:58:38 | More by Spiderbeerman
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SGplayer84

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +36.4%

AT teh local warehouse liquor store and what do I see? a $7 Barleywine from Sam Adams? I'll bite, 2 that is!

A--It is Golden indeed. Clear, not cloudy at all and very not looking like my normal barleywine reminds me of the clear belgian golden ales.

S-Whoa. Hops, Pineneedles, Citrus, New Zealand Hop heaven. This must have like 1K IBUs or something.

T- Hops up front, Oak to the back! Warming like crazy, which is what a barleywine should be for. The Oak replaces the malt bill in this, as in, the oak overpowers the malt bill, but thats not a bad thing. This is one of the craziest things I've had in a while as It's fruity aroma, than changes to smooooth vanilla toasty oak.

M-Lighter than a normal barleywine, the Warming factor + hops take over and dominate the mouthfeel. I don't mind this as I was looking for something different.

O-Many people will overlook this brew as it has a Sam Adam's Logo on it. Do not let that stop you. This is an exceptional brew and deserves a great grade. It could defiantly use some cellar time as I find the hops can be overpowering a little, but perhaps after 6-9 months, (maybe 3 as I am impatient) I feel this can mellow out and shape into an amazing brew. Good thing it's only $7 (Chiciago) as I will purchase more before they're gone. Cheers!

11-06-2011 05:36:43 | More by SGplayer84
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

12-30-2012 16:48:21 | More by WreckingBrew
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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

05-15-2013 00:38:28 | More by Dave7500kl
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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

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Minnesota

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FlemingVSKing

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +33%

This brew was extremely satisfying and while it is a barley wine and Sam Adams other product, the Imperial White, is witbier, I have the same basic opinion of both.

They are each strong brews with bold fruity notes accented by floral hops that finish clean and refreshing.

Griffin's Bow does pour with a much richer and very satisfying head and it's substantial alchohol content is not as prominent.

While it does have bold flavor it likely would appeal most to fans of wheat beers and hoff weizens. And if you're looking to move toward darker varieties a brew this rich might be a good way to experiment with big bold flavors that are still within your range.

05-26-2012 19:30:09 | More by FlemingVSKing
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

(Served in a snifter)
Batch #2
A- This beer pours a slightly dense woody brown body with a bubbly sticky head of light beige that hung on the glass after each sip. There was a slow motion carbonation pushing to the surface.

S- The green grassy hops have a cream aroma to follow with some fresh raw oak aroma and a slightly sweet malt aroma that grows and grows as it opens.

T- The green grapefruit hops blend with a creamy rich malt flavor that has some buttery character that turns a bit more coconut like as it opens. There is a raw oak finish with some caramel malt sweetness and a sweet flower taste with honey hints. The gentle grassy bitterness of hops lingers cutting the malt flavor very nicely.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle prick of fizz and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has lots of nice complexity that is a bit subtle but really grows as does the richness of malt flavor. The green fresh oak blends really nicely with the hops and pale malt flavor. Very good sipper.

04-30-2013 16:25:23 | More by rhoadsrage
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California

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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joefuzz

New York

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Impule buy at a local bevy.

Pours a light copper with a pretty large head.

Smells like an iipa huge grapefruit like hop presence.

Taste is pretty dam good big hops upfront give way to a malty fruity aftertaste, slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel and carbonation is right on par with a good barleywine.

Overall amazing for a sam adams offering after the mile high longshot I'm very pleased with this one

11-07-2011 02:44:31 | More by joefuzz
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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Florida

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Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.