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Lil' Griz | Perrin Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Perrin Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Wow, that clean shaven guy looks super manly," said no one ever. This Brown Ale salutes a failed attempt to grow a brewer's beard. Lil' Griz is well manicured and will tickle you if you get too close. Aged in Van Winkle Family Reserve bourbon barrels this ale shines with a malt forward front, a chocolate-y and creamy middle, with a smooth and dissipating high class whiskey finish. Cheers to Justin, the glue that holds our brewery together!

33 IBU

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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of cd34
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RAFH
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WDJersey
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpw302
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -Andrew-
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lahey
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A 6.8 abv barrel aged brown. It has the flavors of bourbon aged brown beers, but without the overbearing sweetness and cloying thickness. Very enjoyable for a warm day when you still want a tasty bba beer.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Deep amber body. Smells of bourbon, a little chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Tastes of bourbon, a touch of citrus, caramel malt. Vanilla. Not a sweet beer, but had all the flavors of a sweet beer. Medium body. This is surprisingly good. I was skeptical when I read this on the menu, but it’s impressive.

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Photo of jakea
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: the head is spritzy and light tan with large bubbles, which fade quickly. The appearance somewhat reminds me of Coke. The beer is a beautiful chestnut color that is wonderfully bright. When held to the light, orange-copper hues come out.

Aroma: dry, nutty with light oak. All the necessary elements are there but it isn’t “wow” – somewhat boring actually.

Flavor: my first impression is dry. The flavor reminds me of a Christmas bourbon cake – but on the lighter side. The flavors taste artificial, though. Not bad, but this “off” flavor definitely compromises what this beer could be. There is a slight hint of vanilla too.

Mouthfeel: light-medium medium. I don’t like the body, but given the quasi-style of this beer, I think it is spot on.

Overall: not bad, not great, but worth trying. I love Perrin’s concept of a session BA beer. If Perrin produces different iterations of this style, I will try them.

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4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Seidel. Canned on July 21st 2016?

L: Clear ruby brown, thin beige head that fades into a ring. Pretty color but the head is a bit disappointing.

S: Rich malts, brown sugar and some bourbon.

T: Follows the nose, not too complex. Simple yet elegant. A good brew.

F: Medium body, good carbonation. Bourbon lingers slightly. But not overpowering.

O: Another great brew by Perrin. Not their best though.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to strohme2 for this brew.

12 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, roasty. The taste is malty, roasty, kinda nutty. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this one is a little bit lost on me. its always interesting to see such a low alcohol beer barrel aged. i expected the balance to be off because of it, like way too much whiskey and wood, and not enough beer, but that just isnt the case, and the relationship there is fine. what is weird though, is that this appears no more special for having been aged in pappy barrels. it could be any random bourbon to be honest, and not that i am a great connoisseur or anything, but pappy barrels dont seem to make beer special to me. most of them ive had now could arguably be any whiskey, and that is most true here, were an exceedingly generic whiskey flavor dominates, without any hint of its quality or nuance in its taste, that kind of bums me out for how darn hyped these whiskeys are. the base brown is light and simple, soft tootsie roll kind of chocolate, dried fruit, and an essentially flavorless ale yeast that gets this on the drier side of browns. the flavors are all good, its just sort of subtle and generic and even unremarkable for how special it sounds like it is to the brewery, and how limited the barrels obviously are. good, but not anything i couldnt live without having again, which is how i have felt about most of the perrin stuff so far...

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of miwestcoaster
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B_Crawford_C
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice, dark brown color. Smell is very sweet like caramel. The taste is very sweet & boozy, w/ smoky, herby spiciness to it. Feel is creamy & smooth

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3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark blondish pour from the can yields a very nice mahogany-dark brown color. The head is very frothy and creamy, 1 finger tall, and leaves tons of ghostly lace. It's great.

Aroma yields a spicy roast malt base with notes of peppery coffee, toffee and chocolate.

Flavor leaves room for improvement though. Roast malt mixes with coffee and honey notes, followed by sour milk, throat lozenge, oats, moldy oak, and faint toffee. At the end I'm left with all of that rolled into a throat lozenge. If it weren't for this sole quality, it may be much better overall. I just hate being sick and this reminds me of that.

Feel is medium bodied, better than the last barrel aged brown I just had, with a moderate carbonation and an alcoholic, dry finish.

Overall, Lil Griz needs some work to meet my personal expectations. It's not bad, but it's not particularly good either.

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3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ohiovania
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very fun. It delivers everything it promises. Definitely a young Unmatured whiskey flavor but mesh is very cohesively with the bass beer. Really nice mouthfeel.

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3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in snifter

This beer pours a deep shade of brown with blood orange highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing.

The aroma is cocoa, caramel and vanilla.

The taste begins with cocoa and hints of caramel and vanilla. Then I get some earthy, dry oak flavor.

Medium to full mouthfeel with low carbonation

This was a pretty good beer. According to the label it is a sessionable barrel aged beer. I cringe any time I see "session" beers. All that means is that they have less flavor. I liked it even though the bourbon barrel character was muted. I think it would have been amazing if it wasn't held back by being "sessionable".

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Lil' Griz from Perrin Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 186 ratings