Grizzly Peak Pale Ale | Grizzly Peak Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beernut7 on 08-01-2002

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 20
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slight hazed medium golden with a bit of peach hue a very modest head atop.Appetizing hop accented aromas quite floral some citric notes as well a light toasted faint sweetness creeps up underneath the hops as well.Very fresh tasting with grassy,floral hops hitting up front with a bit of citrus as well a bit of malty sweet depth gives the beer a very nice drinkability,my favorite beer from GP that I have had yet.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish with good lacing. Very drinkable and good bitterness, nicely malted. Very good cask ale, the winner of this session at the brewpub.Soft carbonation, good C-hop flavour of grapefruit orange and pineapple. I hear the guest brewer on this was Joly Pumpkin.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

This is an all-cascade pale ale, and maybe it's me or maybe it's the hops this year, but I'm not wild about the taste. Don't get me wrong, this is a decent beer. I'd really only knock it for not having a crisp bitterness, like a good APA. Otherwise it has a mix of citrus, orange peel, and flowery herbs, with like biscuit malts backing it all up.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on January 21, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Pour of orange amber. Lacing sticky head of ivory. Cascade and orange oil aroma. Flavor is similiar, very bright, with some fantastic sweetness. This is well rounded and delicious, the malt character real plays to deftly counteract the great hops. High level of drinkability. Palate finishes with some sweet grassiness.

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Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of styleisking
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TurboBrew
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber in color with thin head that has great retention. Nose is nicely hoppy, slightly earthy though, kind of odd, almost out of place according to style. Taste is quite hoppy, this is almost a milder IPA really, sligthly citric, but quite bitter drinking it right after a fairly malty wannabe Scotch ale. Sligthly estery, quite good though, easily quaffable.

SlĂ inte!

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow beer with two fingers of white head. Nice stick on the sides of the glass with some good looking lace.

S - Caramel malts, some grassy hops on the end, bit of grapefruit that is lacking in citrus bite.

T - Taste is not bad. Not a ton of bitterness, some fruity grapefruit, decent malts. Solid.

M - Softer carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied.

O - Not a bad beer, pretty easy to drink, decently hopped with some grapefruit and some solid malts. Easy drinker.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice APA from Grizzly Peak. Poured out to a caramel/red color with not much head and no lace in the glass. Lower carbonation. Odors of pine, citrus and hops filled the sences as a hint of grain lingered in the background. Flavor was very refreshing for an APA, with pine and citrus flavors dominating the palate. Rather bitter and sour mouthfeel were not so powerful as to take away from the appeal of the brew. Once again, as I have noted in the past, the level of carbonation was so low, it was nearly non-exsistant. Good drinkability make this beer a good place to start when getting into craft APA's.

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Photo of Kcman91
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ypsifly
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz with a green cap. Top of the label sez "Brewed and bottled for Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales LLC, Dexter Michigan." Side of the label sez "Enjoy this classic robust American Porter. Roasted and chocolate malts give depth and flavor to this rich brown ale. Pure American hops add bitterness and balance. A highly drinkable beer!'
"Thanks for drinking our beer." Ron, Jon & Chet

So which is it? Porter or PA? Only the contents will tell.

Poured into a pint glass, hazy orange with a torent of carbonation that pushes the bone colored head way up, almost too far. Strong retention with thick chunks of lace.

The nose is awesome! Citric with orange and peach aromas mixed with a sweet perfume like floral note of lavender. Holy shit! I have never smelled any APA like this. It has some suggestions of a Witte beer that are spicy. I want to give it a five for smell, but this stretches the style. Comes off very Belgian.

No way in hell is this anything like a Porter.

The taste has a nice foundation laid by the malts while the hops come in slowly and are a bit grassy at first but then turn spicy. Nice dry and spicy finish. The mouth is appropriate for style without too much carbonation. I will be buying more for sure.

I wonder what yeast was used. I can't help but wonder if Ron was brewing one of his JP biers on this day and some yeast got into the mix.

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Photo of putnam
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think there is too much repetition and too little inspiration among small brewery Pale Ales, but this was a pleasant surprise.
Fruity, creme brulee and solid, seasoned, hardened hop aromas are the prelude to a palate rich with mild, ripe, peachy fruits, roasted, burned herbs, cocoa and green bananas on a full-bodied, creamy-textured palate. The balance is in favor of conservative, dry, creamy toffee and hop elements. The finish is miles long and balanced. Little surges of tarry, seasoned, Euro-like hops flavor occur for many minutes after the last swallow. Very nice.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a deep copper color and very light floral hoppy aroma. The fruity spicy hop flavor and finish make this a nice representation of the style.

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Photo of thomseye
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of km02600
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DrJay
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange/amber colour, slightly hazy, with a creamy off-white head. Excellent retention with rings of foam down the glass. Light malty aroma with plenty of citrusy, orange hoppiness. Same for flavour, along with moderate bitterness and a very hoppy finish. Med/light body and moderate carbonation. Good session beer and definitely recommended.

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Photo of hophead76
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A pleasant coppery color typical of style. Head was noticeably light, however this could be due to the fact that it was served as part of a sampler and it took about 10 minutes to be served.

Aroma: Pleasant cascade aroma (from the noted 100% cascade hops), However there were notes of wet cardboard and some oxidation seemed apparent. Perhaps due to bad storage or dirty lines.

Taste: I've had many pale ales in Michigan and in my opinion this one ranks near the bottom. The oxidation was present in the flavor as well, lending a dirty taste to the ale.

Mouthfeel: Nice body, carbonation was present, but didn't dominate. Overall there was a good impression of malitness and caramel, but was nicely balanced by hop bitterness

Overall: An average to below average pale ale. Many better examples exist.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this back from my recent trip to Michigan.

Slightly hazy copper color with quite a bit of carbonation rising. Slight scuzz of head swirling around on top. Lacy lace with some larger quarter-sized concentrations. Nose is slightly piney.

Flavor is sweetly bitter with some solid bisctui breadiness around the edges. Some slight oaky characteristics as well. Medium body with a carbonation level that makes this beer rather refreshing. Slightly dry finish too.

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Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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