Grizzly Beer | Bellwoods Brewery

Grizzly BeerGrizzly Beer
BA SCORE
78.2%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 55 ratings
Grizzly BeerGrizzly Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jrenihan on 03-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,556
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
55
Liked:
43
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
8.48%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 14
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery, then this review from the bottle a few days later. Poured a solid dense tan head, a really dark body, dark brown nearing black. Great lacing and film retention.

S- piney hops are there, with grapefruit, roasty malts, orange, slight caramel toffee and really robust nutty sappy resin character.

T - robust dark malts with a coffee and breadiness. Pine resins but tempered by a robust malty character, bready, with grapefruit, lots of nice hops, some lemony florals, overall it offers a satisfying tasty take on the style, some coffee notes with a northwest hop mix. Finish is dry, piney.

M - smooth, with a robust body and balanced with a strong hop character and an intense coffee/espresso bitterness. Full bodied and satisfying. Finish is dry, bitterness is restrained.

Overall, it is a well-made robustly hoppy brown ale. One I would certainly recommend. Definitely very nice, good dose of hops and the malty body stands up very nicely, this brewery is great in general and I highly recommend them, this maybe isn't their best beer, though it offers a really nice robust hoppy brown that is mighty tasty.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of swillmeister
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Poured into a standard pint glass. Deep mahogany color., so dense that even when the glass is held to the light it maintains the density of color. Light foam head that quickly dissipates, leaving quite a bit of lacing on the glass

S. Aromas of rye bread, ovaltine and a hint of cat pee.

T. An initial hit of spice and caraway with a lingering hint of tangerine and lychee, but leaves an aftertastes as if you just licked a penny.

M. Very light carbonation and despite the dark appearance, a very light body.

O. Overall I find this beer a bit too spiced for my taste. Tastes more like a piece of pumpernickel soaked in orange juice than beer. Probably would not buy again, given the plethora of other better Bellwoods brews.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright deep red color with glowing edges - looks great. Huge off white head quickly recedes to a few patches blanketing the glass with lace. The aroma is of grapefruit and lemon hops mixed with a doughy maltiness. The taste is juicy grapefruit hops mingling with a dry roasty malt profile. Bitterness builds with warmth, as does a dark fruit sweetness and roasty maltiness. The mouthfeel is quite light bodied with a light to moderate carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter with hop aromatics and malty roastyness lingering for a while.

Amazing take at the Brown Ale style. I highly recommend this benchmark example of a 'new world' take on the style. Seek this out.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown coloring with ruby highlights and a filmy, clingy, light tan colored head. Nose of roasted nut and chocolate, with earthy highlights. Flavors are roasty forward, with rich chocolate and nut sweetness to follow. Subtle hops bitterness at the tail end, which helps clean the palate. The aftertaste is roasty and sweet, with nut and coffee characteristics. Lingering finish of bittersweet flavors. Smooth and robust in mouth. Very tasty!

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grizzly Beer, probably not coincidentally, has a similarly coarse, brown exterior to that of a grizzly bear. Mind you, it is not nearly as intimidating (though as we're soon to find out it is almost every bit as weighty). Gemstone highlights don't exactly lighten the beer but do reveal a bit of translucence. Its head is buttermilk coloured and the lacing as clingy as a little brother.

If you've ever cracked a tree stem in half and exposed its resinous, green interior then you can easily catch the drift of this Brown Ale. It smells strongly of flower buds, tree roots and bark, dark green leaves and conifer cones so big you can imagine kicking them across the sidewalk. It is extremely fragrant and the kind of aroma that could make even the forest jealous.

Although a fairly definitive (New World) Brown Ale, the flavours borrows a thing or two from numerous other styles; figs, plums, licorice, pine, brown sugar, carob, coffee, browned butter, hazelnut, grapefruit and miscellaneous citrus is an (intuitive, ingenious) hodge-podge of flavours.

The mouthfeel has a tree bark-like texture: dry and pithy. There are also similarly dry and pithy notes like those of citrus peel. Though it is underscored by a very raspy and 'green' plant-like note, the hoppiness is wrapped in enough roastiness and chocolate sweetness to keep it from tasting too acidic or juicy. It has the malt depth one wants in a Brown Ale.

Like seemingly every single one of their offerings regardless of style, Bellwoods Grizzly Beer is far too serious to be an entry-level offering. It's as if these guys went from kindergarten straight to Stanford. Then graduated with honours. This is a solid Brown Ale with extroverted hoppiness and toasty, bittersweet maltiness - it is a beer designed to impress and, indeed, it has.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Grizzly Beer from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 78.2% out of 100 with 55 ratings
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