The Griz Pale Ale - Fernie Brewing Co.
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3.53/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
08-10-2014 18:16:47 | More by CalgaryFMC
British Columbia (Canada)
3.75/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
05-19-2012 18:01:45 | More by canucklehead
3.43/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
02-24-2011 23:27:04 | More by biboergosum
3.83/5 rDev +19.7%
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.
11-06-2010 22:04:45 | More by andrenaline
3.15/5 rDev -1.6%
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
11-02-2010 04:30:18 | More by wordemupg
3.1/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
10-02-2010 04:13:04 | More by Noxious26
3.5/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
08-25-2010 03:32:58 | More by BigBry
3.73/5 rDev +16.6%
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
08-13-2010 04:42:36 | More by joemcgrath27
3.25/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-05-2010 05:45:12 | More by DoctorStrangiato
3/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
03-30-2009 03:08:00 | More by elricorico
3.8/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
01-02-2009 04:28:45 | More by MAB
British Columbia (Canada)
3.4/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours a murky yellow with a 2 finger off white pillowy head and nice sticky lacing.Nose is very faint herbal scent,hint of pine and maybe some caramel in there.Taste is somewhat sweet with the caramel litely coming through,very lite malts,kinda watery thin going down with a little dry on the finish and mild bitterness,overall not really much there,but very easily consumable.
08-30-2008 01:25:12 | More by GrimmReaper
2.7/5 rDev -15.6%
somewhat local micro brew at a good price $9.99/sixer
dark yellow/light copper in color...some head retention and good lacing.
decent aroma, some apple like fruitiness.
taste..some carmel-like malt and a definite cooked veggie appearance.
a smooth enough brew, although a slight metallic tinge brought down my score
certainly as drinkable as the local macros and even some so-called premium brews..but I'm not going to have another unless I'm in Fernie and can try a fresher sample.
03-12-2007 23:50:41 | More by Shadman
The Griz Pale Ale from Fernie Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.