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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: 48 |  Reviews: 22
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 maclean25
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of ZachT
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of bigorange
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrempel
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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 Damacdon
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
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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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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The Griz Pale Ale from Fernie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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