Brash Knuckles | Granville Island Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
gib.ca

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
6
pDev:
2.72%
 
 
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1
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 6
Photo of leaddog
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a chestnut brown with two fingers of foamy light tan head.

Smell - Bready caramel malts, toffee, earthy and leafy hops, burnt sugar, hints of nuts.

Taste - Bready malts followed by the earthy and leafy hops. Sweet notes of caramel/toffee as well as hints of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with lingering sweetness from malts and sugar.

Overall - A well executed brown ale with the right elements in place, though some of those elements could use some more oomph.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was quite pleased to see this on the shelf of my local shop. I'm a brown ale fan, but have approached GIB with caution since it has been slain by giants. However, this effort turns out quite well. It pours nicely - good colour, with a tawny head that hangs around gently. I didn't get much off the nose, but I would agree with the caramel/biscuit/hops billing on the label. The lack of sweetness and dry finish make this a nice, distinctive brew. I'm impressed!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, the latest in GIB's Black Notebook Series, a hoppy brown ale, it would seem. Not sure what the roses on the label are supposed to represent - foreshadowing, perhaps?

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some layered limestone cliff lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy, biscuity caramel malt, a touch of wet ash, muted citrus rind, floral pine notes, and an ethereal coffee bean earthiness. The taste is gritty, grainy, and lightly toasted caramel malt, bitter florals, further subdued watery citrus, an indistinct pine astringency, and a still bashful creamed coffee essence.

The bubbles are fairly understated in their hit and miss frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and a bit too testy, whether from hop or alcohol, to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes well off-dry, though the lingering floral and pine hoppiness keeps things mostly in check.

Wow, I'm impressed that this brewery actually came through, when promising a hoppy, 'American' version of one of their wares. Lots of bitterness to be found here, but more on the English Bitter side of things (if amped up a tad), so not yer typical west coast citrus/pine thwack over the head. Worthy of a try, the inherent floral character spelled right out there on the label.

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Brash Knuckles from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 6 ratings