The Griz Pale Ale | Fernie Brewing Co.

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The Griz Pale AleThe Griz Pale Ale
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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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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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Photo of marburg
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Uh, pale? Sure. Ale? Not so much.

The GRIZ (Raar!) is a very light, anemic looking brew with a sweet-ish lemon bread aroma. There's no dominant hoppiness emerging in the nose. No head to speak of. Kind of bland looking...and smelling. It's flavors betray it as possibly something other than an ale -- a screwy lager of some sort, perhaps? Toss in a half ounce more hops into a huge batch of their lager, a drop or two of brown food coloring, and you more or less end up with the GRIZ. Mmm.

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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 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 Shadman
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

somewhat local micro brew at a good price $9.99/sixer

dark yellow/light copper in color...some head retention and good lacing.

decent aroma, some apple like fruitiness.

taste..some carmel-like malt and a definite cooked veggie appearance.

a smooth enough brew, although a slight metallic tinge brought down my score

certainly as drinkable as the local macros and even some so-called premium brews..but I'm not going to have another unless I'm in Fernie and can try a fresher sample.

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

Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Oidmoe
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of 4ster
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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 Cwrw
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love these 1L flip-tops that Wild Rose and Fernie Brewing use, and I was glad to come across some of Fernie's beers in these bottles in Invermere, BC. Known as "Griz" by the front label; not sure if this is a reference to grizzly bears or what, and the website does not say. Griz Pale Ale looks good in the glass, being a super-clear light golden honey colour topped by a bright white head. The head churned quickly, but is quite creamy and left adequate lacing. From the aroma I get light malt and hops and caramel popcorn. Some vanilla and grass, and even though I am drinking this fairly cold, I do not think it being warmer would render any more complexity. Besides the lightest of malt and slight herbal hoppiness, it is fairly difficult to coax any other aroma out. Perhaps there is some maple syrup notes, along with waffles. In the taste I get more popcorn, some watery malt, and conservative hopping, adding a decent but underdeveloped dryness. There is a pasta taste as well, along with some buttery vanilla, a little malty breadiness, and some grassy biterness. Complex, this is not. It IS energising, and quaffing this after boarding or skiing on a hot day in Fernie would make it more acceptable. The mouthfeel at least lets a drinker know this is an ale, because the body is stronger than a lot of pale lagers, and the carbonation of Griz is softer and less fizzy on the tongue. This is like BC's version of Alexander Keiths, but with a little more flavour. This is drinkable, and as I say this would go down after a day on the slopes quite happily. As for complexity or novelty, look elsewhere.

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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 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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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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Photo of DamageCase76
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of sansho
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Chieftog
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of schnarr84
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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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The Griz Pale Ale from Fernie Brewing Co.
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