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The Griz Pale Ale | Fernie Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
ferniebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,498
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
48
pDev:
11.18%
Bros Score:
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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 Erik-P
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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 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 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 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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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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

Photo of canucklehead
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
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 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 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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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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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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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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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%

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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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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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