XP Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Quaffer:
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
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:
3.99/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a clear golden orange to copper in color with moderate to significant amounts of very active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a couple of medium sized patch of thick film (made up of larger bubbles) and a mottled thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness and moderate aromas of citrus/orange zest + citrus/grapefruit pith hops.
T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange zest and citrus/grapefruit pith hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: Extremely easy to drink and definitely sessionable. Really nice flavors and aromas with a low ABV make this one I would definitely purchase again. The light amounts of bitterness combined with the moderate flavors/aromas of hops is very enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2013 23:55:28 | More by dbrauneis
XP Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.