Grizzly Paw Bruinator Doppelbock

Reviewed by on May 29, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

  • Origin: Canmore, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 29, 2015

  • Best Before: Bottled April 4, 2015

  • ABV: 6.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Doppelbock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Grizzly Paw released this offering on tap at their Canmore brewpub, and in bottle format for Spring 2015, with the tagline: ‘Enjoyed by monks worldwide!’.  I do like their employment of the -ator naming structure for the style, and still keeping it in the grizzly bear theme.  Since Spring is almost over (tell that to that brisk wind outside), time to get this one in under the wire.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark ruby amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly creamy tan head, which leaves some random chunky graffiti lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready caramel malt, biscuity toffee, mixed dark dried fruit (yes, raisin chief among them), and subtle leafy, earthy, and weedy noble hops. The taste is more bready, slightly doughy, and grainy caramel malt, a waning toffee sweetness, kind of tart besotted raisins, further indistinct black orchard fruit notes, some burnt sugar astringencies, and the same leafy, etc. old-school hops from the nose. The carbonation is nice and gentle in its coddling frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with an ethereal creaminess building as things warm. It finishes well off-dry, the complex malt and raisin fruitiness nudging out the now wan German hops.

A pleasant, and easy-drinking version of the style, as the ABV is kept quite low for this normally higher-octane sort of affair. At any rate, worthy of helping keep the late, late (late) cool Spring mountain air at bay, I would imagine.

Brady White

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