Grizzly Beer

Grizzly Beer by Bellwoods Brewery, Toronto

The 55th beer review on the 90 Beers of Autumn List
Grizzly Beer by Bellwoods

Grizzly Beer by Bellwoods

Let’s enjoy a dark beer on this cool Autumn day. Grizzly Beer from Bellwoods is a deviation from many of their typical brews. No crazy barrel aging or brett, not a monstrous amount of hops. Just a nicely done brown ale.

But, with that said, this is a heavy hopped brown ale.

It pours dark, deep and thick with a lingering cream coloured head. Probably one of the smoothest, easiest drinking beers from Bellwoods, and definitely a fine one for colder months.

As easy as it is to drink this beer, the hops do sneak up on you. They finish this beer of with a bite, perhaps where the name of the beer comes from? A beer that is smooth, but a bit rough. Like a cute bear that can kill you.

As for the flavour profile, this beer hits you with a nice roasted nuts and toasty malts up front. It lures you in, then sneaks up with a hop punch. But it’s a nice hop punch that doesn’t offend. Overall a finely balanced brew, and one I happily drink more often once the summer heat is gone.

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This 90 Beers of Autumn series is a follow-up to the original 95 Beers of Summer series completed in 2011. It’s quite simple – drink 90 different beers, one for each day of the season. Autumn in Toronto, Canada begins at 4:22am on September 23rd, 2015 and ends at 11:48pm on December 21st, 2015. Since autumn in 2015 is five days shorter compared to summer in 2011, the challenge should be easier this time around. I will let you ponder why there is such a strange seasonal length disparity…

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A former journalist and business analyst that now works in the world of travel marketing. Based in Toronto, Red Hunt has travelled to more than 40 countries over the past 10 years. You can follow Red on Twitter @redhunttravel.