Bellwoods Grizzly Beer
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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Toronto, Canada


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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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An American brown ale with a distinctive hoppy bitterness and notes of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, nuts, citrus rind and dark fruit. Pilot batch was called American Brown Ale.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
hangunder (223) - Ontario, - MAR 31, 2013
Aroma is grapfruit hops on first whiff, then changing to caramely/malty/chocolately notes with a mixture of pine and grapfruit. Very dark brown, with a super long lasting thick brown head. The taste is primarily dominated by the malt characteristics that were present in the nose, caramel lingers on the palate, with a bit of juicy hoppiness and hop bitter finish but nothing extreme hop wise here. Oniony-hop characteristic comes out a bit as it warms. Mild carbonation. A bit watery and too light bodied prevent this from being a great beer, but itís quite interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2699) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle (500 ml). From Sammy, thanks! Brown with a medium mostly lasting beige head and some lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, tobacco, piney notes, light citrus and caramel. Taste is slightly sweet with chocolate, pine, caramel, tobacco, light citrus and moderate bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Moderately lasting piney aftertaste. Good hoppy Brown Ale. Decent drinkability and good balance. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1653) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2014
At brewery. Pours a dark reddy brown with an off white head. Grassy, bready, caramel aroma... Woody, pine, citrus, a little dark fruit, orange... Good balance. Enjoyed this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3120) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 7, 2014
Deep mahogany color. Very deep chocolate malt, woody character, with a touch of tobacco leaf notes. The mouth is very malty, med full bodied, rich and characterful. The wood and chocolate malt stand above the hops. Big woody chocolate finish. Excellent example of the style. Another winner from Bellwoods.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2287) - JAPAN - JUN 7, 2014
Rich, hearty, woody. Full on toasty malt with a nice hop sidekick. Well put together and dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Helsdon (135) - Toronto, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
The last beer of my recent run to Bellwoods, which resulted in discovering some very nice beers. Didnít expect the hoppy IPA-ness of this one. Pours a dark opaque brown with a finger of tan head. Nose of this guy is being taken over by piney hops. The taste is cereal, but mostly HOPS (pine, floral). The hops bitterness lingers, but isnít unpleasant. Not a bad beer but the hops supersedes the brown ale characteristics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy fruitiness and delicate hazelnut sweetness move into earthy, coniferous hop resins in this slick Brown IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A healthy head of foam tops the darkest brown.
-Milk chocolate and candied fruit also roam about.
-This is as professionally rendered as any other Bellwoods bottled brew Iíve had.
-Mouthfeel is quite effervescence and drier than expected.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alpha10 (320) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
2014/05/02 - Pours a hazy brown-mahogany colour with a creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a surface film. Aroma is pine, caramel, citrus, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is caramel, nuts, cocoa, roasted malt, pine and mild citrus. Starts of sweet and slightly citrus and shifts to a roasted nut and piney bitter finish. Body is medium to thick with smooth carbonation and a drying finish. Not my favorite from Bellwoods, but still, it is rather tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (316) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Pours a deep hazy brown with a generous tan head that fades slowly. Nose is roasted malt and chocolate with a big helping of pine. Flavour is light sweet chocolate with some coffee but nicely bitter like a black IPA rather than a brown ale. Medium palate with average carbonation and long dry bitter finish. Enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
Light brown, fruity, hoppy aroma. Sweet and spicy. Reminds me a bit of Maduro, with more limey hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1131) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a branded snifter. Pours hazy, slightly reddish brown with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has notes of chocolate, caramel, nuts, pine and dark fruit. The flavour is balanced between medium sweet malts with chocolate, caramel and nuts, and subtle hops with pine and just a touch of citrus. A roasty note emerges towards the end, and it finishes with a medium length, hoppy-roasty finish. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice nutty-chocolatey brown ale. Good balance and quite satisfying. The hops are delicate and elegant. 2014-03-07

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