Churchill's Pale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
4.94/5 rDev +16.5%
16oz draft on 3/11/14 at BRBC Brewpub in Healdsburg, CA.
Appearance (4.75) - Gorgeous, day bright, crystal clear, gold-orange. Thin 1/4 inch tenacious head really hangs in there. Bright white, impossibly fine bubbles. Laces the glass densely in a full blanket of super low caliber foam.
Aroma (4.75) - Mosaic. Mosaic everywhere. Which is to say: pineapple, papaya, guava, tangerine, kiwi, cava cava orange, even a hint of green banana.
Taste (5.00) - Hop characteristic follows the nose, all about the Mosaic. Topical fruit abounds. The rye contributes a mild savory spice. Superlative showcase of an amazing hop. Grains lay down a clean, slightly peppery canvas on which the Mosaic speaks.
Mouthfeel (5.00) - Clean effervescent carbonation falls perfectly short of cider like over crispness. Wheat contributes a beautiful cream texture that conveys a full round mouthfeel. Light and clean while concurrently smooth and milky. Perfect balance.
Overall (5.00) - Peerless.
03-12-2014 22:35:04 | More by Sunhunters
District of Columbia
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
Appearance: Brilliant light orange color leaning toward yellow. Big fluffy head with excellent retention. Tons of lacing.
Aroma: Jumps out of the glass. Tons of tropical fruit. Citrus zest. Lots of dankness. Hints of earthy, oniony character. Really light, pale malt profile. Enormous aroma.
Flavor: Again lots of tropical fruit and citrus. Medium to high bitterness that has a definite earthy, grassy, oniony edge. Finish is big, lingering, and quite bitter. Quite dry with minimal malt presence, with a touch of spicy rye. Total and utter hop bomb.
Mouthfeel: Quite bubbly and effervescent while still maintaining a sort of full creaminess. Mouthfeel is exceptionally well done and makes this beer drink easier than it needs to.
Overall: Maybe the best new IPA I've tried in 2014. If the bitterness and some of the hop flavors were slightly less earthy, you might be looking at perfection.
03-31-2014 16:50:41 | More by jacewg
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
@ Tyler's Bottle Shop
Orange gold with a small, white head that fades to a thin collar. Bright hoppy aromas of grapefruit, mango, sugary melon, mixed berries, lemon, lime, and faint pine. Huge, juicy hop flavor...oh man. Fresh tropical fruity goodness with a touch of resin. Mango, grapefruit, pineapple, loads of citrus, tangerine, melon. Medium bodied with a nice softness and a surprisingly restrained bitterness. An absolutely outstanding IPA pushing into DIPA territory ala Sucks. Glad it seems they realized this was too good for a one-off.
03-05-2014 02:21:05 | More by wedge
4.46/5 rDev +5.2%
Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Brandon. Served in a pint glass.
A: Clear brilliant gold with a large cap of white fluffy head. Some chill haze present. Moderate visible carbonation.
S: Smells really nice - tons of tropical fruits and some dankness and citrus with a light cracker malt underneath.
T: Huge flavors of tropical fruits, oranges and other citrus hops dominate the palate. The light cracker malt plays only a background supporting role. Modestly bitter at most, and the fruity hop flavors dominate the hang without being sweet. Quite tasty.
M: Light-bodied, lost of carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.
O: A very tasty beer, and easy to drink. I'm quite impressed. I do think it straddles the line between IPA and APA - not in the hop flavors (which abound), but with the light mouthfeel, minimal alcohol presence and the background role of the malts. I might compare the category as much the same as Zombie Dust, though FFF chooses to categorize theirs as an APA. Semantics aside, it is a very good beer. Highly recommended, and I'd love to have more.
04-05-2014 17:40:09 | More by macrosmatic
4.41/5 rDev +4%
On-tap at Hollingshead's.
A - Clear gold color. Dense head of white foam that leaves some good sticky lacing after each sip.
S - Bright aromas of juicy citrus fruit. Sugary fruit candy. Sweet melon. Resiny pine and fresh-cut grass in the background. This aroma really pops, even served in a mug.
T - Huge, juicy bitterness. Slightly grassy. A very sweet malt character quickly balances the big hop presence. Finishes very clean and fairly dry. Begs for another sip.
M - Spot on for the style, but with a bit more heft than one might expect. Slightly chewy and surprisingly viscous for 7.5% ABV. Perfect carbonation.
O - Blew me away. A big single IPA that drinks like one, but with all the flavor and aroma of a big DIPA. Went through two mugs with ease.
03-05-2014 06:27:52 | More by Tdizzle
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
A-Clear golden orange. Head is a full finger of white fluff. It laces well. A nice looking beer.
S-Here come the hops. According to the bear Republic website, the two showcased hops are Mosaic and Meridian. I've never heard of Meridian before but I know what Mosaic smells like and it's all here in the nose. Very tropical hoppy aromas. There is also a grass and pine element as well. I get a noticeable melon and mango aroma which is great. Also a slight peppery spiciness which I am figuring is rye.
T-The mango and melon is very intense. I even get some guava. Citrus and green grass hops as well. A great combo of tropical fruit and sheer bitterness. The rye malt really brings some nice spiciness that almost seems peppery. Finishes very, very bitter.
M-Long lasting bitterness. Medium body with tight bubbles. Dry. Drinks very easily; my pint didn't stand a chance.
O/D-Great beer. Very hoppy with unique flavor and also a hoppiness that is shockingly similar to mangos. I do t know if I will be seeing this one again any time soon and I am damn happy I tried this.
03-15-2014 22:22:25 | More by VelvetExtract
Churchill's Pale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.