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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

581 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 581
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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Brewed with both English and American malts and hopped with Centennial and Cascade--typical American varieties for this beer style. Burnt golden-amber color, good clarity. The head retention is something to admire with a white puffy lace that clings to the glass very well. Clean aroma of biscuity, bready malt, citrusy herbal hop nose. Moderate body is a tad fluffy and very smooth. Hop bitterness is at a perfect balance with the malt, with soft citric and floral flavors throughout. Clean palate with a faint nutty yeast, a hint of pear-like fruitiness. The malt backbone is of fresh baked baguettes and a hint of light caramel. Finishes on the dry side.

XP is basic and very a drinkable Pale Ale. No raging complexities here, but definitely spot-on for the American Pale Ale style and it's more than just a benchmark for the style. We'll throw it out there that this is a great session ale as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 19:28:47 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Appearance: Mildly hazy weathered copper colour, a thin head but the lacing is superb.

Smell: Nutty powdery yeast, sharp citric note and some biscuity grain.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lots of dough malt, biscuity grain and nutty yeast. Hops are a bit lively with a stern bitterness and semi-soft citric flavour. Mild fruitiness with a faint alcohol in the back. Lots of hop flavour in the finish, a heavy hand of citrus rind.

Notes: A bit more than you typical West Coast pale ale, nice layers of citric hop with a sturdy malt backing.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 03:05:48 | More by Jason
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XP Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.