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: 21
Photo of RJLarse
4.01/5  rDev +21.9%
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 Derek
3.81/5  rDev +15.8%
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 andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
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 canucklehead
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the BC Craft Beer Month mixed 12 pack. Nice to try this again as years ago I wrote one of the first reviews for this beer and it was horrible; amateur hour in a homebrew bottle. Now this has turned into a decent PA that shows enough hops to make it interesting and has a nice full mouthfeel. Better than GIs and OK Springs lightly hopped versions this shows a real growth for this brewery.

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Photo of MAB
3.76/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than I was expecting and better than it is rated here, this was a pleasant surprise.

Looked like a normal ale would, tasted crisp and had a slight sweetness. Good hop balance, but not bitter.

Not spectacular, by any means, but I'd sure have another one if it was offered.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +14%
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 jrempel
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZachT
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
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 mistahmojoryan
3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into an English pub glass (and two more consumed straight from the source). A fairly light golden amber color with a solid amount of off-white head. Aroma is fronted by nondescript citrus rind, almost like grapefruit and lemons just beginning to go funky in the sun, grass clippings, slight culinary herb and a gentle toast backbone. Palate is nigh the same, this rather odd rancid citrus vibe, lemon-forward, along with grassy green old world hop flavors, a dash or three of peppercorn spice, tart apple skin, and rather toasted somewhat nutty malts. Reasonably chewy but the high degree of carbonation makes this translate as lighter on the palate than it probably is. I do enjoy the finish, tasting mostly the Cascade hops early on but getting the other European stuff late. Its kinda cool to see a Canadian craft brewer offer an English pale ale as a regular, and this one is quite well-executed. If I could tweak it, I'd accentuate the malts and perhaps dial down the green hop flavors.

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Photo of maclean25
3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigorange
3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 joefinnigan15
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another of FBC's longest-running brews. I've enjoyed the Griz on the river, around the campfire, slopeside(apres and during ski), on Fernie pub crawls, and now in the comfort of my own kitchen. It is surprisingly light in colour, with a bit of head that leaves several rings of lacing. There is a biscuity caramel profile, along with a very mild Cascade hop that combine for a very pleasant beer. This is a versatile Ale, well suited for a wide variety of foods and settings.

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Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Damacdon
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Merlin68
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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 AMZB
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Burgz
3.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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The Griz Pale Ale from Fernie Brewing Co.
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