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XP Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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XP Pale AleXP Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

578 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
XP is short for Exception Pale Ale. This light golden pale ale balances the malt and hops for a smooth, drinkable beer that compliments any meal.

2009 California State Fair – SILVER
2008 Colorado State Fair - GOLD
2006 California State Fair – 1st
2003 Real Ale Fest (Chicago) – BRONZE

(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-05-2001)
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Dantes

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Package: 1 pint, 6 oz. (22oz.) crowned, brown bomber. Uncharacteristically restrained blue label with large white letters spelling out “XP Pale Ale.” Detailed blurb explains the name as standing for “Exceptional Pale Ale” (I think there’s a redundancy in there somewhere. Shouldn’t it be X Pale Ale?); and the beer as being “Bear’s interpretation of a classic American pale,” with “English and American malts melded with Centennial and Cascade hops. No date or ABV information.

Cost: $3.49 at Finger Lakes Beverage

Presentation: 20oz. imperial pint at ~50º

Appearance: Vigorous pop and copious gunsmoke greeted me as I opened this bottle. The beer poured a snowy white, voluminous head reminiscent of some French and Belgians. The body was a bit on the pale side (even for a pale), lacking some of the burnished depth of some of the English pales and some recent American Pales I’ve had. Crystal clear, it had lots of fine carbonation percolating through, replenishing the Île Flotant-like head, which just sank as I drained the glass without much lacing.

Smell: Crisp and tangy with a wisp of biscuit. The hops lean to the grassy, pine-resin side rather than the citrus (hooray!). The malts are (as expected) a bit subdued. Still, I really enjoyed the very refreshing aroma.

Taste: The first impression is of crisply herbal hops and a very fine prickle of carbonation. Unfortunately, the expected wave of biscuity malts arrives with a whimper. They seem quite diluted and insubstantial, giving the overall flavor a brittle quality. The flavor that’s there is quite good, but it lacks concentration. I can sense the balance in the beer, but the extraction might be improved. 5.5% ABV is no lightweight, but this seems to drink like one. The finish is clean and dry but mild and weak.

Mouthfeel: This area is the beer’s weakest. I’ve been drinking a bunch of pale ales lately (they seem to be making a comeback), and this one is amongst the wateriest. The great flavors are vitiated by a lack of body, making the beer thin. I guess it’s a tribute to Bear Republic that despite the weak body, the hops aren’t sharp and overly acidic but balance nicely with the pleasant if anemic malts. The carbonation is well-done though.

Drinkability: Very drinkable if not overwhelmingly satisfying. The ABV is well-hidden, as expected in a pale ale. Still, I expected a great drinking experience, not a fair one.

Backwash: Perhaps I had unsustainable expectations after having Hop Rod Rye, Racer 5, and Big Bear Black Stout; but this was a bit disappointing. The flavors and balance were there, but the beer had a very washed-out, diluted flavor to it. Normally I’d guess my palate was burnt-out from too many high-octane beers, but I had these by themselves with just popcorn; and I’ve had several other pales lately that just seemed to do the job better (Royal Oak, Ithaca, and Alpha King come to mind).

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 20:03:36 | More by Dantes
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XP Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.