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Big Head Nut Brown | The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a smooth, medium bodied classic brown ale.

A crisp mouth feel, with sweet caramel body, mild hops, and gentle finish, lend to the easy enjoyment of this beer.

Brewed from pale malts and four varieties of roast malts this beer has a pleasant malty character. Certainly not a stout, this is a clean, roast flavoured beer.

A great alternative to both the Red and Stout.

Added by stirgy on 09-06-2004

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by joemcgrath27:
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note this is a 650ml bottle labelled as 6% abv
A - mostly clear rootbeer brown, one finger of head dissipated to a thin cover
S - plenty of brown sugar and some nuttiness and earthiness
T - mix of nutty and roasty malt flavours, some cola sweetness and hints of earth and leather
M - medium bidy with solid carbonation kick, finishes sweet and a little dry
O - a nice brew from a local brewer, not outstanding in the style but more than adequate, glad to see bombers from Grizzly

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A half-pint at an undisclosed location...nice description of the Scottish origin behind the name of the town of Canmore, which goes a long way in explaining my Scottish ex-pat friend's pronunciation of said village's name.

This beer appears a clear, rather dark bronzed amber hue, with two seemingly morose fingers of puffy, loosely foamy and somewhat creamy beige head, which renders a solid low-lying ring of lace around the glass as it duly subsides.

It smells of nutty, pastry-friendly caramel malt, a bit of semisweet chocolate, mild generic fruit, and floral, leafy hops. The taste is sweet toffee/caramel malt, sugary bakery-borne dessert notes, a mildly oily, roasted nuttiness, an echo of cold cocoa, and more subtle leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite on the low side of things, with just a tiny frothy kick-up here and there, the body a decent medium-light weight, and pretty much smooth. It finishes mostly sweet, the caramel and nuttiness still doing their inherent thing, offset only by a floral, generically fruity hoppiness.

A fairly agreeable, and enjoyable tipple, with a pleasant enough sweet pastry upside. Nice to see that apres-ski (and just outta town, in the near future, apparently) has an enjoyable brown ale option, even if the hefty sweetness may put too much pressure on the overall sessionable quality of this particular offering.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.74/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, with thin coffee head.

Smell: Grapefruit (?) and permed hair (???). I've actually smelled this in a Beer once before, and I don't know if it's due to an infection, but I know that if I brewed a Beer I wouldn't want it to smell like a beauty salon!

Taste: Somewhat nutty, maybe a little coffee. Mouthfeel and carbonation was a bit too light for my taste.

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Photo of Ryften
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

650 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. A white head that disappeared. Nose is malt, coffee, caramel. Taste is chocolate, malt, and malt with a smooth rich finish. Good beer!

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I found this to be the most disappointing beer I've tried from the Grizzly Paw Brewpub, browns are a favorite style of mine, and when they aren't done well they really stick out like a sore thumb. This one was served with a thin beige head, and has an uninspiring watery brown body in appearance. Thin toasted malt on the nose and some faint coffee notes. The flavour is very light and watery at first, not much going on, but the taste starts to pick up towards the finish, with sweet caramel and toasted malt, and a bit of coffee. The mouthfeel is limp, far too watery for an ale, perhaps a bit more acceptable if this were a dunkel. I wouldn't order the brown again.

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Photo of BigBry
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint of draft at the Canmore brewpub.
Dark reddish brown in color, just a thin ring of off white foam. Lots of caramel smell and toasted malt. Taste of toffee, slightly sweet with just a touch of hop in the background. Also some taste of molasses. Medium bodied, sweetish, but not overly stickky or cloying. Not the best brown I have had, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of KeeganRohovich
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Slongie
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of leaddog
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle

Appearance- Pours a mahogany brown with a 1/2 finger of bubbly head.

Smell- Caramalts, hazelnut, almond, hint of toffee

Taste- Roasted caramalts, hazelnut, almond with a nice sweetness and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A respectable brown by Grizzly Paw. It hits the mark on the flavour profile and I enjoy the mild bitterness. Nice to see Grizzly Paw expand into the 650ml bottle format.

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Photo of Corson
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of wertschy
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Grizzly Paw Brewpub, in Canmore.

Am I the only one who thinks brown ales may be the classiest, most handsome looking beers? It may sound silly but their complexions are so rich with highlights of all shades of amber and brown and even, in a supporting role, gold and black. Most, like this one, are deep and ebony but retain striking shimmer and a good degree of clarity. Stylish indeed.

But where as this particular rendition exemplifies all that is wonderful and appealing about the style's appearance, it says nothing about how majestic brown ales can also smell. Rich, toasty, succulent malts replete with wholesome nuttiness, caramel sweetness and coffee-ish roast - none of this! It fails to even hint at these scents. Am I stuffed up?

Nope. Turns out all that toasty, succulently sweet, nutty maltiness was saved for the taste. Flavours of the most rich pecan pie - with toffee lacing, a dash of cocoa and hints of cranberry - registers like wholesome (but not overly filling) dessert that is tasteful enough to rightfully stand on its own or, I reckon, work well paired with a meaty roast!

A good flavour without proper mouthfeel is like a good song without any bass - you need some rhythm if you want to be able to dance to the music, to actually *feel* it out. This tastes great, but its body is too thin and its texture nearly non-existent. Despite its sweet maltiness nothing 'pops' on the palate and the beer, as result, fails to jive itself up.

I found little cause for bragging in the pint I had and have to conclude that there's no real reason for this nut brown to be a 'bighead'. There are, however, plenty of good reasons for ordering it - classy looks, great flavour and good drinkability among them. And if there wasn't so many others beers to try at the brewpub I gladly would have ordered one more.

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Photo of MilkLeg
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IanSpindler
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Beersnake1
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of CesarLopes
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Bunman3
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Damacdon
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HarveyBerger
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of boszormeny
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Big Head Nut Brown from The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 25 ratings
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