Grizzly Paw Big Head Nut Brown
Reviewed by Brady White on November 26, 2013 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
- Origin: Canmore, AB
- Rated On: July 25, 2013
- Best Before: bottled March 2013
- ABV: 6.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Nut Brown Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This beer appears a clear, rather dark bronzed amber hue, with two seemingly morose fingers of puffy, loosely foamy and somewhat creamy beige head, which renders a solid low-lying ring of lace around the glass as it duly subsides.
It smells of nutty, pastry-friendly caramel malt, a bit of semisweet chocolate, mild generic fruit, and floral, leafy hops. The taste is sweet toffee/caramel malt, sugary bakery-borne dessert notes, a mildly oily, roasted nuttiness, an echo of cold cocoa, and more subtle leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is quite on the low side of things, with just a tiny frothy kick-up here and there, the body a decent medium-light weight, and pretty much smooth. It finishes mostly sweet, the caramel and nuttiness still doing their inherent thing, offset only by a floral, generically fruity hoppiness.
A fairly agreeable, and enjoyable tipple, with a pleasant enough sweet pastry upside. Nice to see that apres-ski has an enjoyable brown ale option, even if the hefty sweetness may put too much pressure on the overall sessionable quality of this particular offering.