Grizzly Paw Chinook Red IPA
Reviewed by Brady White on August 8, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide
- 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 !
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.