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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Grizzly Brown Ale

Grizzly Brown Ale is an English Brown Ale by the Snowshoe Brewing Company of Arnold, CA

I came across this at the Total Wine and More on Arden in Sacramento. I had heard there was a brewery in Calaveras, but I had never seen any of its bottles or brews. This was the only one I saw. I've actually never been to Arnold or the State parks that surround it. I will have to add this to the list of visits.

Grizzly Brown has an 5.6%.

The beer pours a dark brown, but a slight red tone bleeds through when held to the light. The head is tan and pours thick and leaves decent lacings. The aroma has caramel malts, hints of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste has caramel malts, toasted malts light chocolate and a nutty flavor at the end. There's also a lingering roasted grain taste. The mouthfeel is medium to thick, with higher carbonation than you might expect. The higher carbonation leads to a thinner mouthfeel finish.

Overall, its a good beer. It's a standard, straightforward English brown ale. The flavors area subtle and it's easy to drink and enjoyable. It's well made with no off flavors. I suggest you Try It.

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