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Churchill's Pale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 70
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: n/a
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: BearRepublic on 01-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 70
Photo of Auraan
3.48/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden color with a thin white head that dissipated into a ring of white, with abundant carbonation bubbles. It looks quite nice, very true to an IPA. Scents of cat urine upfront, which thankfully quickly subsides into a wonderful bouquet of tropical fruit, especially pineapple, citrus and pine resin. A typical American IPA aroma, but fairly nice after the initial aroma of cat subsides. Flavor begins with pine resin and tropical fruit with a light cracker malt backbone, but also a slight onion-like off flavor, a problem I also had with Racer 5, but not Café Racer 5. Moves into grapefruit peel and citrus pith bitterness and some herbal and grassy hops, with the same off flavor still present. Finish is bitter, with pine resin and some tropical fruit, the off flavor continues to be present. Aftertaste is bitter piney hops, some herbal hops, and again the off flavor. It's not a bad flavor profile all things considered, a good West Coast IPA that is nicely hop forward, however the onion flavor keeps it from being great. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, resinous, with moderate carbonation and a semi-drying feel. Nothing to fault here, very nice. Overall this is an okay West Coast IPA. It has a good aroma after it sits for a bit and a pretty good flavor. It's just that there are a few off aromas and flavors that detract from the experience. Still not bad, but not amazing either. (1,406 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at House of Brews. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale golden orange. Slight haze. Nice white head that settles to a medium collar and a thin layer of foam. Nice rings of lacing.

Smell - Grassy and piney. Grapefruit behind it. Sweet tropical fruit at the edges.

Taste - More discrete hop flavors. Herbal and pine right up front. Brings out the grain. Behind it is mango and tropical fruit sweetness. No apparent sweetness from the malt. Dry, grassy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but the dry finish makes it crisper. Moderate bitterness.

Overall - Tropical characteristics come out more as it warms. Seems to get better, too. Very enjoyable. (668 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.39/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,075 characters)

Photo of Tdizzle
4.41/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (762 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.46/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.47/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

@ 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. (547 characters)

Photo of jacewg
4.56/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (896 characters)

Photo of Sunhunters
4.93/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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. (975 characters)

Churchill's Pale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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