The Griz Pale Ale | Fernie Brewing Co.

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The Griz Pale AleThe Griz Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Griz Pale Ale, with it's deep amber colour, is a bold and refreshing ale which blends the finest European malts and hops. Three hop additions lf Perle, Cascade, German Traditional and Styrian hops gives this ale a distinctive hop aroma and bitterness, classic to style. From mountain peaks, to river valleys, our Griz Pale Ale is perfect when venturing in the Great Outdoors.

Added by canucklehead on 09-16-2003

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 355-ml can into a long tulip glass.

Appearance - golden colour with a frothy head that curls back to lace the sides and remain foamy on top. Clarity is a little hazy, you can't see right through the glass.

Smell - piney, citrusy hop aromas fairly subtle. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste - sweet at first, and then a watery sort of hoppiness comes in. There's a citrus-like finish to the beer that's like the aftertaste of having a fruit.

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth and even, if not a little watery.

Drinkability - pretty refreshing but not the kind of pale ale that gets me too excited.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RJLarse
4.01/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of The Griz Pale Ale in a BC liquor store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow gold color, clear with a foamy white head.

Smell is a balances sweet malt aroma with some fruity citrus notes.

Tastes a lot like the smell, balanced between malt and citrus.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Not as carbonated as it might be, but is an easy drinking beer.

Overall I'd say one of the better Canadian beers I've had. We will try to get toe Fernie next summer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-Pale yellow color with a slight orange hue, good carbonation with a big creamy white head.

S- Very clean smell with a hint of fruit and bread but no hops or malt aromas stand out.

T- Very light citrus or orange hop tang with just a little hint of bitterness a very light malt finish that is pretty crisp.

M- This has a slippery watery mouthfeel with a light carbonation finish. No astringency or fizzyness.

D- This is a very light crisp beer that taste more like a light lager than a APA. It is missing a lot of the hop qualities I like to see in APAs and there is no malt backbone to support any hops. It is very light and refreshing but a letdown for the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml can, part of a six-pack destined for ski lodge and hot tub consumption in the interior of BC.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, glassy pale golden apricot colour, with two fingers of caked foamy ecru head, which leaves some chunky hanging cumulonimbus cloud lace around the glass as things genially recede.

It smells of bready, crackery malt, a touch of pastry sweetness, a bit of sugared lemon, and somewhat punchy grassy, herbal hops. The taste is sweet, biscuity caramel malt, aged oily, indistinct citrus, and soft floral, citrus, and herbal hops.

The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium-light in weight, a wee bit clammy, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweet, pastry-leaning malt still countered by a weirdly organic-seeming hoppiness.

Not bad, just kind of, well, middling. The hops, while present in numbers, don't exude the right kind of drying, bittering essence necessary in a pale ale, English or American - it matters not - for me to desire any sort of immediate reload.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - cloudy golden bronze, good creamy white head that retained very well, pretty good lacing up the glass
S - herbal and lemon citrus hops, light sweet malt, and a little spicy chili hint
T - a mix of herbal, citrus, and spicy hop flavours, a tangy citrus flavour fades to savoury bread, the hops are fairly light but still enjoyable
M - medium bodied with a light spicy tingle, leaves a light hop bitter
D - a nice offering with a mix of hop flavours that are generally light but enough to keep me interested, could be a good way to introduce the layman to hop flavour

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Photo of elricorico
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold and quite clear, a little pale for a pale. Poured hard and generated a big white head that recedes relatively slowly. Fair amount of lacing.

Mostly citrus hops top the aroma with a touch of honey sweetness in the mix. More lemon than I usually find in hops.

Sligthly sweet but watery up front, hint of crackers in the middle. Lemon and some flowery hops to finish. Comes across very wet all the way across.

There's a slight creaminess to the body and the carbonation isn't overly strong. Mouthfeel is somewhere in the average zone.

A so-so pale. Maybe an easy beer to expose someone to a few hops. Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky yellow with a 2 finger off white pillowy head and nice sticky lacing.Nose is very faint herbal scent,hint of pine and maybe some caramel in there.Taste is somewhat sweet with the caramel litely coming through,very lite malts,kinda watery thin going down with a little dry on the finish and mild bitterness,overall not really much there,but very easily consumable.

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Photo of Merlin68
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IronDjinn
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Boldly states The Griz Pale Ale on a red coloured can, looks like the new incarnation of what the brewery is producing from the old plastic homebrew bottles and the more recent 1L flip-tops.

Pours out a deep honey golden hue, it would make a wonderful looking lager, but is only average for a pale ale. The first thing that strikes me on the aroma is a bit of off-smelling adjunct, but perhaps this is a result of having sat in aluminum until I poured it into a glass. Faint grainy malt, and just as faint hops. The flavour once again is more akin to a fuller-bodied Euro lager than to a pale ale. Somewhat husky biscuity malt with a dash of light herbal hops, and I'm sad to say a bit of cooked veggie as well. The mouthfeel is mostly held aloft by the carbonation, and would be average for a macro lager, let alone a pale ale. Quite the conundrum with this ale, it suffers from a bit of multiple personality disorder, or at the very least is having a difficult time making up its mind what it wishes to be when it grows up. Still, while out in Fernie I'd grab a fresh one of these rather than a macro if the choice came down to that.

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3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can pulled from a "Hop Trick Mixer Sixer" from Fernie Brewing. Pours into my glass a gold colour with amber hints, faintly hazy, topped by a few fingers of foam that recede gradually to a few millimetres but maintain there, offering a solid amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is a bit of doughy yeast, some bready malt, slight cracker, grassy. Slightly citrusy as well (faint grapefruit?). Nicely balanced, accessible. Taste is much the same: slightly bready, crackery, with just a hint of grassy and citrusy hops, and maybe a touch of cat pee (Fernie Brewing seems to embrace the cat pee in its hopped beers). Slight bitterness, slightly resinous, but again very good balance. Carbonation is a touch high, but the body is good.

This hits the American Pale Ale style quite well--balanced, crisp, clean, quite drinkable while still offering a bit from both the hop and malt flavour segments, and enough variety from the average APA to be a bit more interesting. It's not setting the world on fire and it's not, like, transcendent, but an American Pale Ale that strives for transcendence is maybe missing the point of the style. This is a classic lawnmower beer through and through, begging to be consumed ice cold straight from the can.

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Photo of sansho
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visited Fernie, so got to try this one on draft.
Golden orange color, thick and creamy white head that actually lasted longer than expected. Thin lacing left on my pint glass.
Smells a bit floral and herbal, light sweet malt. Citrus hops in the smell and taste. The hops are not as powerful as many other pale ales, but still refreshing and enjoyable. Medium bodied with a light hop bitterness to finish. More of an introductory pale ale, not a lot of hoppy bite. I enjoy drinking local.

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Photo of derdtheterd
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Burgz
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of csmrx7
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold in color.

Nose is light malt with a hint of noble hops.

Flavor is very mild, almost pilsner esque with a bready malt flavour and spicy e and earthy hop flavor.

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Photo of Derek
3.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little more cascade than I remember... Fairly crisp/dry.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml can from a mix pack poured in a pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Scott for the beer!

Light copper colour and crystal clear. Light beige head is a foamy 3/4 inch on the pour which recedes to a thin cap with spots of lacing.

Mild, balanced aroma of malt and hops. Light caramel and floral hops in the background.

Mild-moderate flavour profile. Light caramel malt and grains with hints of floral hops. Brief wet finish.

Weak, thin mouthfeel. Mildly carbonated. A little watery.

Drinkability is alright, but it's more like a jazzed up macro lager or a mass produced macro red ale, that's copper instead of red. Not bad, but not great either. Worth a try but don't go out of your way for it.

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Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joefinnigan15
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scored a can of this off my fellow BA. I've had this before in the past, but it's been a while, so looking forward to tasting it again.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, thumb of big bubbly head with decent retention and leaving some fine sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and marshmallow malts followed by lemon iced tea hops.

T - Taste is a little mild and almost reminiscent of honey. The lemon iced tea hops come through with the caramel malts lingering on the finish. Reminds me of Pike's Pale Ale offering.

M - Nice light offering with decent carbonation on the body which finishes smooth and only a touch dry.

D - This stuff is very tasty and easily sessionable. Mild hops are nicely balanced with sweet caramel malts. This is the perfect pale ale to ease someone into liking hops. Don't expect an overwhelming hop flavour, but this one is nicely balanced.

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Photo of putnam
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ineeb kept referring to this as "grits" -- a German-accented reading of the name "Griz" -- and hilariously appropriate.
It looked one shade darker than the same brewery's lager, but just as pristine and clear. Less aromatic than its cousin. Essentially this was a slightly more bitter, more metallic tasting version of the lager. None of the differences favored this beer. It was a chore to drink. Despite declaring that it was unpasteurized, it tasted very dead and blunt. I suspect some high-tech sterile filtering was done. Also, there is nothing remotely "Pale Ale"-like about this.

Neck label: "05 - 25"

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Photo of Corson
2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of wordemupg
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into pint glass nov1 2010

A clear golden yellow with lots of slowly raising bubbles that feed a thumbs width of soapy head that retains quite well and leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S mild floral hops with some caramel malt

T not far from the smell really but a little sweeter and some more toffee

M thicker then one would expect and there's enough carbonation to give it a slightly feel

D decent beer but I think I would get board pretty quick

don't say no if passed to you but don't go looking for it

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The Griz Pale Ale from Fernie Brewing Co.
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