Bear Republic The Grizz - Barrel Aged with Prickly Pear

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14978) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Putting rating here - not sure to start a new beer. Board said sour brown, 6.2%, Bear Republic BA Prickly Pear. Seems different from Grizz, but I cant find a reference anywhere to a 6.2%. Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown/black with a creamy tan head and orange red glints. Aroma is citrus, fruit, malt, oak. Med body or better. Flavor is mild sour, darkish malt, and something I dont recognize. Somewhat earthy. Nice in a low key way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a spare tan head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, vinous, and fruit. Flavor of caramel, prickly pear, earth, wood, and light funkiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
On tap at Sourfest. Pours with a very deep brown body with a small tan head. Aromas are lightly fruity, oak, vinous, vinegar, caramel and red wine. Flavors are earthy, fruity, funky, slightly vegital/soil like. Medium bubbles, fruity with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Draft at Stone Sour Fest 11. Dark brown pour, minimal head. Very sweet, lots of pear, light vinegar sourness, and sugar. One of the worst beers at the fest, not interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
A: The pour on this one is dark brown with a finger of off-white head. S: The prickly pear certainly comes through on this. The base beer does too. There is a nice bit of tartness to the nose, but its mostly vinegar. Its also quite sweet with a bit of a Jolly Rancher quality. T: I thought the aroma was sweet but that was nothing after tasting this beer. Incredibly sweet and sugary with a ton of Jolly Rancher and prickly pear sweetness. A mild to moderate acetic sourness is there but is overwhelmed. M: Medium body with a medium level of carbonation. O: Although I thought the nectarine version was quite good, this one missed the mark big time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2382) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3386) - Portland, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (7444) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
Deep brown pour with a thick tan head. The nose is dark and soft with a lot of toasted aroma. A lot of fruity nose with a sweet candi sugar character. More Belgian tasting that the BA version although there is clearly some wildness beginning to take this one over as well. Chewy with a little bit of the same type of yeastiness along the back as the BA version. Lingering malic tartness but it still seems a little bit underattenuated.

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