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The Griz Pale Ale - Fernie Brewing Co.

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The Griz Pale AleThe Griz Pale Ale

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76
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 1
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 biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-Pale yellow color with a slight orange hue, good carbonation with a big creamy white head.

S- Very clean smell with a hint of fruit and bread but no hops or malt aromas stand out.

T- Very light citrus or orange hop tang with just a little hint of bitterness a very light malt finish that is pretty crisp.

M- This has a slippery watery mouthfeel with a light carbonation finish. No astringency or fizzyness.

D- This is a very light crisp beer that taste more like a light lager than a APA. It is missing a lot of the hop qualities I like to see in APAs and there is no malt backbone to support any hops. It is very light and refreshing but a letdown for the style.

rhoadsrage, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of wordemupg
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
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

wordemupg, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

canucklehead, May 19, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

andrenaline, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
2.35/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Boldly states The Griz Pale Ale on a red coloured can, looks like the new incarnation of what the brewery is producing from the old plastic homebrew bottles and the more recent 1L flip-tops.

Pours out a deep honey golden hue, it would make a wonderful looking lager, but is only average for a pale ale. The first thing that strikes me on the aroma is a bit of off-smelling adjunct, but perhaps this is a result of having sat in aluminum until I poured it into a glass. Faint grainy malt, and just as faint hops. The flavour once again is more akin to a fuller-bodied Euro lager than to a pale ale. Somewhat husky biscuity malt with a dash of light herbal hops, and I'm sad to say a bit of cooked veggie as well. The mouthfeel is mostly held aloft by the carbonation, and would be average for a macro lager, let alone a pale ale. Quite the conundrum with this ale, it suffers from a bit of multiple personality disorder, or at the very least is having a difficult time making up its mind what it wishes to be when it grows up. Still, while out in Fernie I'd grab a fresh one of these rather than a macro if the choice came down to that.

IronDjinn, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -6.3%

schopenhauerale, May 13, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

schnarr84, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

BigBry, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
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

joemcgrath27, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of NickThePyro
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

NickThePyro, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

kjyost, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of putnam
2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ineeb kept referring to this as "grits" -- a German-accented reading of the name "Griz" -- and hilariously appropriate.
It looked one shade darker than the same brewery's lager, but just as pristine and clear. Less aromatic than its cousin. Essentially this was a slightly more bitter, more metallic tasting version of the lager. None of the differences favored this beer. It was a chore to drink. Despite declaring that it was unpasteurized, it tasted very dead and blunt. I suspect some high-tech sterile filtering was done. Also, there is nothing remotely "Pale Ale"-like about this.

Neck label: "05 - 25"

putnam, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Erik-P, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of sansho
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

sansho, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of marburg
2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Uh, pale? Sure. Ale? Not so much.

The GRIZ (Raar!) is a very light, anemic looking brew with a sweet-ish lemon bread aroma. There's no dominant hoppiness emerging in the nose. No head to speak of. Kind of bland looking...and smelling. It's flavors betray it as possibly something other than an ale -- a screwy lager of some sort, perhaps? Toss in a half ounce more hops into a huge batch of their lager, a drop or two of brown food coloring, and you more or less end up with the GRIZ. Mmm.

marburg, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of elricorico
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

elricorico, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Oidmoe
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Oidmoe, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of DamageCase76
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

DamageCase76, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Shadman
2.7/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Shadman, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of 4ster
3/5  rDev -6.3%

4ster, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Exeter, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Noxious26
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Noxious26, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Cwrw
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love these 1L flip-tops that Wild Rose and Fernie Brewing use, and I was glad to come across some of Fernie's beers in these bottles in Invermere, BC. Known as "Griz" by the front label; not sure if this is a reference to grizzly bears or what, and the website does not say. Griz Pale Ale looks good in the glass, being a super-clear light golden honey colour topped by a bright white head. The head churned quickly, but is quite creamy and left adequate lacing. From the aroma I get light malt and hops and caramel popcorn. Some vanilla and grass, and even though I am drinking this fairly cold, I do not think it being warmer would render any more complexity. Besides the lightest of malt and slight herbal hoppiness, it is fairly difficult to coax any other aroma out. Perhaps there is some maple syrup notes, along with waffles. In the taste I get more popcorn, some watery malt, and conservative hopping, adding a decent but underdeveloped dryness. There is a pasta taste as well, along with some buttery vanilla, a little malty breadiness, and some grassy biterness. Complex, this is not. It IS energising, and quaffing this after boarding or skiing on a hot day in Fernie would make it more acceptable. The mouthfeel at least lets a drinker know this is an ale, because the body is stronger than a lot of pale lagers, and the carbonation of Griz is softer and less fizzy on the tongue. This is like BC's version of Alexander Keiths, but with a little more flavour. This is drinkable, and as I say this would go down after a day on the slopes quite happily. As for complexity or novelty, look elsewhere.

Cwrw, May 25, 2005
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The Griz Pale Ale from Fernie Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.