Grizzly Paw Pretty Witty

Reviewed by on April 27, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

  • Origin: Canmore, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 27, 2017

  • Best Before: bottled April 6, 2017

  • ABV: 6.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Pretty Witty is a witbier, made in support of the Big Boots Society and International Women’s Day (so a bit late, then, on the latter count).  I’ll concede, however, that it possesses a good ‘n punny name.

This 650ml bottle pours a rather hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly chalky white head, which leaves some thick streaky lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and doughy wheat malt, earthy honey, muddled peppery spice, indistinct musty florals, dried apricots, and some very tame leafy, weedy, and grassy noble hop bitters.  The taste is yeasty peaches, gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, thin honey notes, a further stone fruitiness, estery flowers, some still hard to pin down ground pepper essences, and more leafy, musky, and grassy verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-probing frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with a meek airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the big malt lounging with the lingering stone fruit, yeast, and floral character, as if ’twas no big deal.

Overall, this is a well-made, and enjoyable version of the style, with the additional fruit and flower adjuncts contributing to the complex flavour profile.  Easy to drink, and pretty summery, as if the busy label wasn’t an initial tip-off.  Worth checking out.

Brady White

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