XP Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Quaffer:
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
22 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita. The bottle states, "This golden colored ale is the Bear's interpretation of a classic American pale. English and American Malts are melded with Centennial and Cascade hops . . . "
Appearance: This beer was a bright, crystal-clear amber. The off-white head had hints of orange to it and rose up to a nice two fingers. It settled very slowly and became dense and rocky. As it sank, it left behind big chunks of itself on the side of the glass. As I drank, thick rings of foamy lace remained.
Smell: Classic pale ale aroma. Sweet and roasted malts (with cracker-like characteristics) mixed nicely with hops that were a combination of citrus and spicy herbs.
Mouthfeel: Light-to medium bodied. It was thick and slightly chewy in the front of the mouth, but it became a little watery on the back of the tongue.
Taste: Very mellow flavor. If it wasn't for the American hops, I would have put this in the English pale category. The malt upfront was lightly sweet but mainly it had a nice, roasted flavor to it. This was quickly joined by a crisp, clean hops bitterness that had a grapefruit nature to it. Light wood and vanilla were in the background. It had a clean, dry finish with only a light lingering of citrus hops and sweet malt.
A very nice brew. Does Bear Republic ever make a bad beer?
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2005 23:23:10 | More by Quaffer
More User Reviews:
3.74/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
As a fan of a number of Bear Republic's other offerings, I was looking forward to trying this one. I'm not typically a fan of Apas but always down to try something different. This ale pours a hazy golden amber color with a nice white head and substantial lacing. The aroma is Light and malty with a slight hop presence. Nothing remarkable but definitely reminiscent of the style. The mouthfeel is light and easy to drink; definitely one that you could knock back a number of on a hot summer's day. The flavor is well balanced with a nice malt presence that is not overly sweet or cloying and a floral hop presence that is not overly bitter or biting. Overall it is easy to drink, enjoyable, and well balanced. Nothing that will make you stand up and say wow but a nice example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2014 04:22:22 | More by lochef81
XP Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.