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Bear Republic Prickly Pear Barrel Aged Grizz
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Barrel aged and refermented in the barrel with local prickly pears and the wild yeast of Sonoma County, this epic Belgian-inspired Brown Ale is malty and sour with the essence of prickly pear.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2296) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
I cannot see how this is ranked lower than the apricot version. This is a delightful beer. Equal parts sweet and sour with a bold prickly pear taste. Great tartness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 Pours a dark brown. No head except around the sides. Smells like sweet candies fruit. Not much barrel in the nose. Just a bit acidic. Touch of funk. taste is in-between roast and carmel. no barrel flavor. lots of fruit flavor with i assume is the pear. mouthfeel is medium body. low carbonation. overall this was the best of the grizz. the other two were horrific.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2010
On tap at Bar Great Harry. Pours a deep ruby and garnot hued brown with a medium sized beige head. Light vanilla, soft mushy fruit. Old malt, syrup and old fruit. Nice light tartness. Light acid and vinegar, a bit of wood, tartness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5679) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Draft. Pours brown with an off beige head. Tart candy like aroma with a hint of acidity. The flavor is lightly sour/tart with some fruity sweetness. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Tap at BGH. Drank this along with the regular BA and tangerine versions. Very little difference between them. Near black pour. Sweet, very fruity aroma, bursting with apple pie, nectarine, guava. Prominent but mellow acetic acid in the flavor, mild fruitiness, with an astringent/diaper finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1807) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2010
tap at RnH - not all that different than the BA Grizz, maybe a touch sweeter. interesting fruits, dark molasses, sugar, tart. synthetic gum esters packed with blueberries. the sticky sweet coats the tongue. Nicely balanced finishes a bit earthy and woody.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Draft. Pours a dark bruin body with an off white head. Light pear tones, mild acidity hints of pears a bit warming. A bit messy in the middle maybe to much etoh. The finish is nice however with a light pear lingering. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (2455) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Draft @ BGH, sour bear republic event. Brune pour with some tan head. Tart pear fronted aroma, some sweet dark fruits and sugars. Bit of acidity, tart pear, dark fruit, oak, light sweet malt, little warming on the back end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Draft at sour festival 2011. Black with tan head Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet peachy fuzzy, all in all pretty interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1425) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Tap at RnH. Deep cocoa pour with moderately creamy khaki head. Aroma of strawberry rhubarb, whisky, and oak. Similar flavor of strawberry rhubarb, guava, lime, whisky, and oak. Warming, slightly nutty and fruit finish. The tartness is welcomed but doesn’t quite mesh with the whisky notes. This is almost like an inferior version of New Glarus Enigma. Probably my favorite of the weird Bear Republic Grizz series.


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