Grizzly Paw Chinook Red IPA

Reviewed by on August 8, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

  • Origin: Canmore, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 8, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Red Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

I believe that this is a seasonal release from Grizzly Paw, which is a malty red ale, hopped up with, among others, the Chinook varietal.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered mitochondrial lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of fruity caramel malt – bruised apples and pears, overripe orange peel – thin dark sugar notes, and wet leafy pine forest floor.  The taste is nougaty caramel malt, biscuity toffee, gritty brown sugar, further drupe fruit bowl sweetness, a touch of earthy yeast, some perfumed floral character, and weak earthy, leafy, and piney hops.  The carbonation is quite low-key, and barely noticeable as it goes about its quotidian support duties, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, all those sugary players kind of piling on any aspirant hop astringency.  It finishes on the sweet side, just, as that malt displays a certain inertia, one that the lingering citrusy and verdant hops seem smart enough to avoid.

Yup, much more of a malty and hoppy red ale, than anything particularly IPA-like.  Pleasant enough to drink, once past that acceptance point, and complex in a way that I wasn’t altogether not expecting (yeah, it’s a double-negative – parse it).  Sure, not among the best examples of the style, more of a gateway staple, but that’s a-ok.

Brady White

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