Grizzly Paw Rundlestone Session Ale

Reviewed by on May 8, 2014 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

  • Origin: Canmore, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 7, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: English Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Grizzly Paw Brewery, situated on the side of the Trans-Canada highway as it enters (or leaves, too, I suppose) the mountain community of Canmore, Alberta, is the latest to get into the current trend of session ales, those lower ABV, very pale-ale like brews.  I guess they just be representin’!  The brew in question is named after nearby Mt. Rundle (and its massive, massive stones), I presume.

This 650ml bottle pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of rather bubbly, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves some random northern Russian island group lace around the glass as things quickly head downstairs.

It smells of understated biscuity, bready pale malt, tart citrus rind, mineral water, and tame leafy, earthy hops. The taste is gritty, lightly crackery pale malt, a touch of wet biscuit, weak muddled fleshy citrus notes, more stoney flintiness, a bit of ethereal white wine fruitiness, and earthy, weedy, and leafy hops.  The carbonation is light, and barely registers on the froth-o-meter, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, nothing really existing here that could make any real dent otherwise. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity nature of the malt, along with the lingering citrus and leafy hops making the case for a ‘session’ ESB – stranger things have indeed happened.

A fairly agreeable, and pretty tasty offering, for this kind of up in the air style. Thin-looking, but that’s about the extent of it, because the overall bearing surely shores things up, and the hops, while mostly American in origin, coalesce into a more old-school sort of goodness. Another pleasing beer from this brewery’s new production facilities – hopefully we’ll be seeing more and more of these kinds of bombers in the near future.

Brady White

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