The Griz Pale Ale - Fernie Brewing Co.

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The Griz Pale AleThe Griz Pale Ale

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Griz Pale Ale, with it's deep amber colour, is a bold and refreshing ale which blends the finest European malts and hops. Three hop additions lf Perle, Cascade, German Traditional and Styrian hops gives this ale a distinctive hop aroma and bitterness, classic to style. From mountain peaks, to river valleys, our Griz Pale Ale is perfect when venturing in the Great Outdoors.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 09-16-2003)
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Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another of FBC's longest-running brews. I've enjoyed the Griz on the river, around the campfire, slopeside(apres and during ski), on Fernie pub crawls, and now in the comfort of my own kitchen. It is surprisingly light in colour, with a bit of head that leaves several rings of lacing. There is a biscuity caramel profile, along with a very mild Cascade hop that combine for a very pleasant beer. This is a versatile Ale, well suited for a wide variety of foods and settings.

Photo of sansho
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into an English pub glass (and two more consumed straight from the source). A fairly light golden amber color with a solid amount of off-white head. Aroma is fronted by nondescript citrus rind, almost like grapefruit and lemons just beginning to go funky in the sun, grass clippings, slight culinary herb and a gentle toast backbone. Palate is nigh the same, this rather odd rancid citrus vibe, lemon-forward, along with grassy green old world hop flavors, a dash or three of peppercorn spice, tart apple skin, and rather toasted somewhat nutty malts. Reasonably chewy but the high degree of carbonation makes this translate as lighter on the palate than it probably is. I do enjoy the finish, tasting mostly the Cascade hops early on but getting the other European stuff late. Its kinda cool to see a Canadian craft brewer offer an English pale ale as a regular, and this one is quite well-executed. If I could tweak it, I'd accentuate the malts and perhaps dial down the green hop flavors.

Photo of Oidmoe
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of joefinnigan15
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Chieftog
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of schnarr84
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of 4ster
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of canucklehead
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the BC Craft Beer Month mixed 12 pack. Nice to try this again as years ago I wrote one of the first reviews for this beer and it was horrible; amateur hour in a homebrew bottle. Now this has turned into a decent PA that shows enough hops to make it interesting and has a nice full mouthfeel. Better than GIs and OK Springs lightly hopped versions this shows a real growth for this brewery.

Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml can, part of a six-pack destined for ski lodge and hot tub consumption in the interior of BC.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, glassy pale golden apricot colour, with two fingers of caked foamy ecru head, which leaves some chunky hanging cumulonimbus cloud lace around the glass as things genially recede.

It smells of bready, crackery malt, a touch of pastry sweetness, a bit of sugared lemon, and somewhat punchy grassy, herbal hops. The taste is sweet, biscuity caramel malt, aged oily, indistinct citrus, and soft floral, citrus, and herbal hops.

The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium-light in weight, a wee bit clammy, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweet, pastry-leaning malt still countered by a weirdly organic-seeming hoppiness.

Not bad, just kind of, well, middling. The hops, while present in numbers, don't exude the right kind of drying, bittering essence necessary in a pale ale, English or American - it matters not - for me to desire any sort of immediate reload.

Photo of andrenaline
3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scored a can of this off my fellow BA. I've had this before in the past, but it's been a while, so looking forward to tasting it again.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, thumb of big bubbly head with decent retention and leaving some fine sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and marshmallow malts followed by lemon iced tea hops.

T - Taste is a little mild and almost reminiscent of honey. The lemon iced tea hops come through with the caramel malts lingering on the finish. Reminds me of Pike's Pale Ale offering.

M - Nice light offering with decent carbonation on the body which finishes smooth and only a touch dry.

D - This stuff is very tasty and easily sessionable. Mild hops are nicely balanced with sweet caramel malts. This is the perfect pale ale to ease someone into liking hops. Don't expect an overwhelming hop flavour, but this one is nicely balanced.

Photo of wordemupg
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into pint glass nov1 2010

A clear golden yellow with lots of slowly raising bubbles that feed a thumbs width of soapy head that retains quite well and leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S mild floral hops with some caramel malt

T not far from the smell really but a little sweeter and some more toffee

M thicker then one would expect and there's enough carbonation to give it a slightly feel

D decent beer but I think I would get board pretty quick

don't say no if passed to you but don't go looking for it

Photo of Noxious26
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml can from a mix pack poured in a pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Scott for the beer!

Light copper colour and crystal clear. Light beige head is a foamy 3/4 inch on the pour which recedes to a thin cap with spots of lacing.

Mild, balanced aroma of malt and hops. Light caramel and floral hops in the background.

Mild-moderate flavour profile. Light caramel malt and grains with hints of floral hops. Brief wet finish.

Weak, thin mouthfeel. Mildly carbonated. A little watery.

Drinkability is alright, but it's more like a jazzed up macro lager or a mass produced macro red ale, that's copper instead of red. Not bad, but not great either. Worth a try but don't go out of your way for it.

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visited Fernie, so got to try this one on draft.
Golden orange color, thick and creamy white head that actually lasted longer than expected. Thin lacing left on my pint glass.
Smells a bit floral and herbal, light sweet malt. Citrus hops in the smell and taste. The hops are not as powerful as many other pale ales, but still refreshing and enjoyable. Medium bodied with a light hop bitterness to finish. More of an introductory pale ale, not a lot of hoppy bite. I enjoy drinking local.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - cloudy golden bronze, good creamy white head that retained very well, pretty good lacing up the glass
S - herbal and lemon citrus hops, light sweet malt, and a little spicy chili hint
T - a mix of herbal, citrus, and spicy hop flavours, a tangy citrus flavour fades to savoury bread, the hops are fairly light but still enjoyable
M - medium bodied with a light spicy tingle, leaves a light hop bitter
D - a nice offering with a mix of hop flavours that are generally light but enough to keep me interested, could be a good way to introduce the layman to hop flavour

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 355-ml can into a long tulip glass.

Appearance - golden colour with a frothy head that curls back to lace the sides and remain foamy on top. Clarity is a little hazy, you can't see right through the glass.

Smell - piney, citrusy hop aromas fairly subtle. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste - sweet at first, and then a watery sort of hoppiness comes in. There's a citrus-like finish to the beer that's like the aftertaste of having a fruit.

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth and even, if not a little watery.

Drinkability - pretty refreshing but not the kind of pale ale that gets me too excited.

Photo of elricorico
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold and quite clear, a little pale for a pale. Poured hard and generated a big white head that recedes relatively slowly. Fair amount of lacing.

Mostly citrus hops top the aroma with a touch of honey sweetness in the mix. More lemon than I usually find in hops.

Sligthly sweet but watery up front, hint of crackers in the middle. Lemon and some flowery hops to finish. Comes across very wet all the way across.

There's a slight creaminess to the body and the carbonation isn't overly strong. Mouthfeel is somewhere in the average zone.

A so-so pale. Maybe an easy beer to expose someone to a few hops. Not bad, but nothing special.

Photo of MAB
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than I was expecting and better than it is rated here, this was a pleasant surprise.

Looked like a normal ale would, tasted crisp and had a slight sweetness. Good hop balance, but not bitter.

Not spectacular, by any means, but I'd sure have another one if it was offered.

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The Griz Pale Ale from Fernie Brewing Co.
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