Grizzly Brown Ale | Snowshoe Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Snowshoe Brewing Company
California, United States
snowshoebrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WilliamPhilaPa on 09-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
45
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
16.95%
 
 
Wants:
1
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3
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This delightful brown ale pours a clear, deep mahogany body with a ruby cast beneath a short head of creamy tan foam that drops but maintains a thin surface covering throughout the glass and leaves some nice spotty lace. The nose is chocolatey with a haze of spicy hops. It's fine-bubbled, gentle carbonation leaves its medium body smooth and just slightly creamy in the mouth. Cocoa and light fruit dominate the flavor followed by a light touch of roastiness and then some floral and spicy hops. It's very well-balanced by a delicate hop bitterness and soft hop flavor; and it finishes dry with a lingering note of chocolate and some mild hops.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark nut brown infused with crimson. The toasted beige head is modest in size and is firm enough to hang around for longer than a few minutes. While it isn't a lace monster, a few disordered splotches remain when the head departs.

The nose is average in terms of potency and smells like lightly roasted barley and cocoa. There are also valued contributions from brown sugar and butterscotch. Tough call, but given the style constaints and judged alongside some of the brown ales that I've had recently, I'll go with the higher number.

Grizzly Brown is pretty good beer. It's impressively flavorful with caramel and chocolate leading the way. I like the fact that it's more substantial than most brown ales, both in terms of flavor and mouthfeel. The beer is very lightly sweet with a contrasting sourness and a finishing bitterness.

Hops, while present, don't contribute much to the proceedings. A faint mineral-like character becomes apparent on the finish, but it too makes a positive contribution to the flavor profile. The medium mouthfeel aspires to, but doesn't quite reach, medium-full.

I'm not a huge fan of this style, generally speaking. I find browns to be too light, too subtle and, worst of all, uninteresting. A brown ale that seeks out heavier, more flavorful, ground is one that has the potential to turn my head. Grizzly Brown isn't eye-poppingly good, but it's good enough.

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Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer sampled, pours with a minimal head elicited even with a pretty hard pour. Moderate lacing. Minor nose, just a hint of musty chocolate. Chocolate and cocoa again picked up flavor wise. This is a moderatly flavorful Brown. A tad thin in the mid section and doesnt deliver the flavor goods upon the finish. Middle of the road Brown. Drinkable and pleasant enuf but not the stuff of legends

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Photo of GClarkage
4.24/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/08/07- Received as a gift from a friend.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no fresness dating on the bottle. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown in color. Ultra small head. Maybe a 1/10th of an inch that leaves very light lace behind.

Smell- Dark malt with a good amount of super dark chocolate. Almost to the point of burnt. A bit of coffee in the mix and a very light caramel whiff.

Taste- Good chocolate malt flavor. Kinda sweet with a bit of caramel candy flavor. Coffee grounds are noticable, but not as much as the chocolate. Small hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation, if not a tad higher. A bit slick on the tongue.

Drinkability- Have had this brew a few times before. It's one of my favorites per style. Really good flavors and easy to drink. Good camping beer while up in the high sierras.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at First Street Ale House in Livermore. On to the beer:

No surprise there, it's brown with reddish hues. Good lace sticks around the glass as the beer is consumed. The nose is nutty and sweet, I sense toffee in there.

This brown ale has a very nutty flavor, most reminiscent of hazelnut. Fudge and toffee notes compliment the overall package. A kiss of "grapey" hops puts thehop factor into the equation. The aftertaste is sweet and a little bit bitter.

It's been four years since I had a beer from Snowshoe (a tasty apricot wheat was the last I had), so I'm glad to get re-acquainted with the brand. Grizzly Brown Ale made my lunch hour better, especially after I drove 6 hours from Orange County.

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Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deeply brown nearly black almost clear brew with a tan head that disappears quickly.

Smell is lots and lots of darkly roasted malt. Strong coffee and sweet chocolate scent. Faint scent of rum in this too.

Taste is tangy at the start and not sweet at all. Dry flavor with lots of roasted malt flavor but it avoids the burnt taste it can give when used incorrectly. Fairly tart aftertaste and lots of coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK much lighter than the color would suggest.

Drinkability is surprisingly good. This is a hard beer to place in a category I could see calling this beer a "Stout." Tastes like a dry stout but finishes refreshing like a summer beer. A different beer I can recommend.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a deep brown color with ruby highlights, the head Bunyanesque in size, semi-creamy in texture, the color a light tan and the lace a fine sealing sheet to hide the glass. The aroma of lightly toasted grain, caramel, and black walnut sweetness pervades the nose, crisp, fresh and delightful this nose, start is quite sweet, rich in malt with the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has a stinging acidity, the hops appetizing in their spiciness, droughty aftertaste that is pleasing to the palate, a nice change of pace and a quaffable brew tisÂ’ true.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour had no head on a dark brown body.
The aroma was mild brown sugar. Fine but not much there.
The taste had a mild sweet malt balanced out with mild bitter.
Crisp with low to moderate carbonation.
It is a pretty mellow beer, which made it an easy drinker.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KevMo84
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is nutty with a touch of caramel and fruit. A medium to lighter bodied brown ale. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are mild and slightly spicy. The balance is good, but it really reminds me of every other brown ale out there. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Offa
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark brown ale that leans more to the porter side.

Very dark red-brown, almost black, it has a very large light tan head that shrinks only slowly but leaves only very weak lace.

The aroma is first toasty grain then coffee, chocolate, brown bread, and nuts.

The taste us slightly unusual at first but then settles down to sweet brown bread, a hint of prunes, chocolate, coffee and a hint of wine. It's a bit tingly and in the end the qualities of nuts and winey prunes take over. It ends up being rather boring, pretty standard, and a bit flat.

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Photo of DaveMiller
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark amber/brown with a massive (almost uncontrollable) light brown head that melts slowly to sticky tan lacing.
Smells of roasted and toasted amber malt with a hint of burnt marshmellow, coffee, and chocolate. Unfortunately a soapy scent came into this at the end.
Taste is toasted amber malt...a little burnt bitterness...a little black coffee...a hint of citrus hops...overally a nice blending and balancing act.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, but seems appropriate considering the way this Brown is more on the bitter than the sweet side.
Nice drying aftertaste with no cloying at all.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of csurowiec
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmilyko
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of brheuer
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DaveHS
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Molasses brown with 1/4 inch of creamy brown head with big bubblkes. Leaves minimal soapy lacing.

S-Thin milk chocolate sweetness. Sugary and a bit roasty.

T/M-Nutty and moderately sweet. The body is really thin. Almost no carbonation, which seems to be a running theme with the Snowshoe beers. Unfortunately, it ultimately affects drinkability in what would otherwise be a pretty solid brown ale. A touch of earthy hops rounds out the fairly abrupt finish.

O-Not bad.

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Photo of MCain04
1.73/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

12 oz bottle from a friends BOMC. No clue when this was bottled. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Gushes and is mostly foam on the pour. Sigh. When it finally settles down it is a muddy-brown opaque color with a creamy-tan head. Lots of head retention and lacing.

Smell: Tart and sour already. Beyond that, Roasty and Spicy. Some hazelnut and cinnamon.

Taste: Not sure what was intended here, but lots of funk and sourness to this one. Otherwise, stale malts and no hop presence. No bitterness.

Feel: Overly carbonated. Mellow finish, but struggling with this one.

Overall: I'm guessing this mess was infected. I couldn't catch much flavors beyond the funk, seemed kind of stale. This is why I avoid BOMC clubs.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz pour into a pint glass at Drifters Grill and Marian, Lake Tulloch, CA.

Dark but clear maroon brown with a nice little light brown head. Some lace.

There is roast and coffee in the nose, but mainly creamy chocolate possibly reminiscent of s'mores. Toast too but nothing too heavy.

The flavors are chocolate forward all the way through. It is one dimensional but in a very pleasant way, especially when a nice and surprising hop bitterness jumps in the finish.

Mouthfeel is solid and middle of the road.

I may just have another pint, and I don't particularly care for Brown Ales! Drinking this on a summer day is not a chore, as it had some refreshing qualities.

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Grizzly Brown Ale from Snowshoe Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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