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XP Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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XP Pale AleXP Pale Ale

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very good

602 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 17
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 10-05-2001

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
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Ratings: 602 | Reviews: 394
Photo of mattffrost
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a very cloudy light amber honey color. Head is off white that dissolves very slowly. Pretty to look at.

Smell Some citrus fruity smell with a sweet carmel smell. Nothing to profound here.

Taste Nice flaver with a spicey upfront taste that finishes bitter. I like this Pale Ale compared to some others I have had because it finishes more bitter than many others I have tried. In my oponion very well balanced. A hint of some sweentess as well.

Mouthfeel Very pleasant nice and light in the mouth. Very well made beer.

Drinkability. I could drink this beer so often and not get tired of it. Great beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber-orange color. The head is massive, bright white, and recedes slowly into a thick cap of lacing. The aroma is of strong grapefruit and pine with a hint of caramel malt. The taste is a bit more balanced than the aroma. There is still a lot of grapefruit and pine, but there is more malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is slightly high for the style, but it does really get into the way. Overall, this is a fine APA. I like how it is aggressive, yet easy-drinking. I would certainly drink this again.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden honey colored brew with a nice thick layer of foam.. It is slowly shrinking down to about 3/8 inch, but looks like it will stay around for awhile. You could probably rest a penny on it because it is so dense. Nice lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: A pleasing aroma of cut grass and a bit of grapefruit. Slightly resinous as well. A bit of sweetness is also in the background.

Taste: This hits the spot. Just what I was looking for in a Pale Ale. There is a nice, light bitterness from the hops. It is not too bitter, but is definitely a pale ale. Not a lot of superlatives for this, other than it just tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Light on the palate, some tingling from the carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall, A top-notch pale ale. Definitely recommended.

Photo of lynx1245
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice orange-copper amber with some light lacing from a pillowy white head. Staring deep into the cup you can see a few tiny bubbles rising from the bottom hinting at the carbonation.

Smell: I took note of the smell as soon as I cracked open the bomber. Big aroma filled with sweet citrus fruits and complemented with a nice hoppy jab.

Taste: This is exactly what I expect when I buy a bottle labeled pale ale. There is definitely a hop presence, but it is not overdone at all and it really is well balanced with the pale malt and orange peel flavors. Just a twinge of bitterness in the finish. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body although some on some sips it seemed a bit watery? Strange. However, nice carbonation and a semi-dry finish really make it a pleasure to drink.

Drinkability: This is one of the easiest drinking APAs I've come across. I really like how they didn't go overboard on the malts or the hops unlike many other APAs I've tried. It's an excellent sipping beer and also would be great to drink all night! Will buy again.

This is my first time trying a Bear Republic brew which is strange since I'm originally from Sonoma County. When I brought it home I was a bit disappointed after seeing the B+ average compared to a few of the other Bear Republic A's that I could have picked up. After drinking, however, I'm not disappointed at all! Now I really can't wait to try their others!

Photo of Murchmac
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange even copper color with some gold highlights.

Smells more of sweet malts than anything, kinda thin metallic macro smell.

Tastes of dry pale malts at first, some sweetness from the hops, just average.

Kinda metallic and weak for me. I havent had this beer in a while, I'd rather watch reform school girls on Mojo HD.

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/20/08

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, dark golden in color. Nice rocky white head about 2 fingers thick that fades to around 1 finger.

Smell is mildly citrus and spicey with a nice hint of malt sweetness.

Taste is slightly bitter. Good amount of malt and caramel sweetness to balance everything nicely.

Mouthfeel is light w/ a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and clean finish.

Drinkability is good. Very mild Pale Ale.

Overall its a decent pale ale. Nothing really stood out for me, it just all blended pretty well.

Photo of Vancer
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, and a massive pillow of ivory capped this beauty. Plenty of sheet lacing surrounds the volcano of head in the glass.

Easy drinking west coast ale, light pine, citrus and orange in both the aroma and quaff. Even some woody resin mixes in during the finish. Nothing strong or standout with this one - a decent little brew, but it seems better suited for a sixer than for a bomber.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one poured from a 32 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It poured a copper amberish color, with a thick creamy head and very solid lacing and retention. The smell is exactly what you would expect of a pale ale. Lots of hops, hints of the rest.

It drinks much of the same, the hops hit you first, not overpowering at all, and then you can pick up some hints of fruit and other spices. A bit watery in the mouth after the first taste, but very drinkable... I could definitely go through plenty of these in a session.

Overall I'd say it's a good, but not spectacular pale ale.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear reddish gold with a thick meringue-like white head.

Big aroma of orange and grapefruit hops dominates the nose. While light malt and biscuit fill in the gaps.

A watery hop bitterness up front along with faint citrus and biscuit. Finish is dry and malty.

Light to medium bodied, thin and watery, with moderate carbonation.

I felt a bit let down with the taste after noting the aroma. Still, it's a pretty drinkable APA for sure.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light orange with some gold for good measure. Hazy, with some sediment suspension. Plush ivory head sits rather jauntily on top, lasting for ages and leaving a beautiful, full lacing. This is one magnificent head.

The nose actually makes it through the cap with quite a bit of power and only gets stronger through the back end. Lots of citrics, just a little floral to round it out. The malts are nowhere to be found - slightly sweet I suppose.

Pleasant and crisp hop-forward flavor; light body size shows that the malt is just a vehicle for the flowery cones of glory. Tasty without ever becoming bitter. Orange peel, just a tiny bit of grapefruit, an even tinier amount of pale malt. Not quite a pilsner, but just a bit of biscuit and some body.

The finish is again pretty light, not much bitterness, and with enough carbonation to keep any stickiness out of the palate. By no means watery, this is just a perfectly attenuated, wonderfully crafted pale ale. Top of the line for this style.

Photo of philipquarles
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark copper with a huge white head. This reduces fairly quickly to leave a thin foam layer with a lot of lacing.

Smells of hops primarily, with malt also coming through. Has a bit of a grassy character, as well as some spices.

Tastes of hops up front, but nicely balanced by malt and some spices. Finishes bitter and hoppy. Very good example of what a pale ale should be, I think.

Mouthfeel is quite decent; somewhat thick and with just the right amount of carbonation. This is a really drinkable beer that I'll be picking up again.

Photo of ralree
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ridiculously heady. Dark gold color with a white head. Retention great, lacing wonderful.

S: Rich grainy alcoholic malt with some dark fruit and lots of sugar.

T: A nice fruit flavor backed up by a great sugary roasted malt. Peaches seem to dominate.

M: Very dry and clean, non-astringent, medium-light bodied,

D: Pretty refreshing. Goes down really easy, and doesn't fill you up as much as some.

Photo of morimech
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My bottle was a gusher. The color is a hazy golden when the off-white head eventually settles enough to reveal some fluid.

Has a faint citrus hop aroma and a bit of caramel malt.

Balanced flavors between the citrus hops and caramel malt. Surprisingly light flavors. Not what I was expecting.

Light body with a nice semi-creamy texture.

Nothing spectacular about this beer. The low ABV and light body makes it easy drinking when you are not waiting for all the foam to settle. I will pass on this beer next time.

Photo of ckaufman
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a shaped pint glass...

A: Golden amber in color with a massive off-white head. Super sticky lacing with great retention in the glass. Very nice looking beer.

S: Slight smell of sweet/caramel malts and floral hops. Subdued citrus notes.

T: Good balance between the hops and the malts with the hops standing out a little more than the malt. Unlike the smell, I get a nice moderate pine bitterness on the palate with perhaps some citrus notes buried in the mix. Fairly dry finish with a short bitter hang.

M: Good carbonation with a firly thin body for the style.

D: I wish I would have purchased two or more of these. Nice easy drinking pale ale. I recomend this if you want a "down-the-middle" pale ale. Don't expect any massive hop explosion, just a good all around brew!

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, burgandy/copper color with a foamy, bubbly, tan, one-finger head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus. Also, some faint floral notes and hints of caramel.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness. The hop flavor was sharp, bitter and pine-like. Good balance between the hop bitterness and the sweet caramel.

M - It was dry, sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer that was fairly easy drinking.

D - This is a very fine pale ale. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada with some subtle differences.

Photo of Floydster
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Liquor Barn in Redding dor $3.29, split with my dad last night, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden copper color, 3/4 inch white foamy head, sediment floating around in my glass, nice retention, some lacing early on
S-Hoppiness, black pepper, tangerines, lemons, bread, citric acid, some funky spice, and soft malt
T-Starts off with some hops, then the middle is made up of peppery spices, some floral notes too, finish is dry with a biscuity malt feel, gets spicier as it warms and slightly sweeter with more citrus popping up, would have liked to see more dry hops in this one, a little funky for its style and I am glad I did not try to drink this bottle by myself
M-Thin to medium body, carbonation is too low, spicy and dry mouthfeel, lingers too much for a pale ale
D-Goes down fairly easy, can be heavy for its style, ABV is low and alcohol is hidden in the flavor, not my choice for a session beer probably

This was the first time I have ever seen this one, for some reason it never has made it down here to Southern California, I am not too worried about ever having it again but it was fun to try, not Bear Republic's best offering but still a decent one

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a nice sized white head that has great retention. Some lacing on the glass. Lots of sediment in the glass. Aroma is grapefruit, pineapple, and a touch of caramel. Nice bitter hoppiness that lingers throughout the taste. Some toasted grain in there as well. Sort of like a light version of Racer 5. Pretty solid easy drinker here.

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

My pour produced a rocky head of about a finger height which subsided gradually and left a persistent ring of lacing around the glass. This beer has a beautiful golden amber hue.

Intense and aggressive hops are immediately noticeable upon first sniff. Pine oil, candied orange peel, and a biscuit backbone of malt come through upon further investigation.

This beer does not taste as hoppy as I expected. Instead the malts tend to dominate with the hops serving more as a companion rather than a tour guide on the journey through the palate. Biscuity malts and pine oil make it through but honestly I was expecting a bit more of a hop emphasis. There is a slightly metallic aftertaste which does me wrong.

Good prickly amount of carbonation but the finish is overly thick on the mouthfeel.

As far as overall drinkability goes, I would say this beer is just a'ight. Tastes good but the metallic aftertaste and overly heavy mouthfeel on the finish keep me from rating this any higher.

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Wichita

Pours copper with one finger of beige head. Whoa, floaties appear as this bottom of the bomber is decanted! Above average head retention & lacing

S: Citrus hops dominate, some peppery hops as well.

T: Nice tangerine & lemon hops. some breadyness & biscuitty malt as well up front. Pineyness & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes with slight breadyness & citric hops

MF: Light/medium body with low carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, but I expected more from this brewery, a respectable, not a great APA

Photo of WillClark
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a pint glass a nice rich copper with a decent amount of head that released smooth hop notes and ester but the froth dissipated fairly quickly. Not too big on the hop in mouthfeel, but a great balance with the malt which creates a magnificently smooth and clean finish with a nice little citrus bite to cap it off.

Very drinkable and non-overpowering. A great session beer.

Photo of MrMonkey
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from sholland119. Thanks Scott!

Pours a clear light amber (on the first pour without any yeast getting into the glass) and a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving lots of thick lacing. Decent retention.

Smell is floral, earthy hops with a hint of lemon zest and orange peel. There's a bit of toasted biscuit in the background.

Taste starts with some pale malts and a minor hop bitterness. Toasted biscuit and orange peel lead into a touch of toffee before a floral, earthy dry finish. Moderate bitterness throughout.

Medium-bodied and medium carbonation. Very crisp.

Pretty good drinkability, but having tried this once was probably enough. A nice pale ale, but nothing that really wowed me.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a rocky head that is quite big and leaves some nice lacing after it fades to a relatively thick cap. Smells of fresh grain and dry malt, with some earthy hops lurking in the background. The taste is quite dry and spicy, with the hops being a much bigger presence than they were in the aroma. The hops are earthy and spicy, with a medium level of bitterness and some very dry malt and a slight Horlick's flavor rounding out the profile. Fells pretty big and rich in the flavor department as well as body, but the body falls of a bit at the end. There is a slight graininess in the mouthfeel that is not unpleasant. Pretty nice, if a trifle heavy to be refreshing.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper body with an off white head. A little bit of retention, some nice lacing.

I smell a little bit of hops, not a very strong aroma on this beer.

Slightly spicy. Citrusy hops and a strong malty backbone. Very light smooth mouthfeel.

Average drinkability.

Photo of sholland119
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the few BR beers that did not light my fire. When we did a blind tasting last week, Great Lakes Burning River won a unanimous decision.

Looks like a pale ale, nice amber color, nice frothy head. But very little going on in the nose or in the taste. Less hop presence than I expected.

Mouthfeel is fine, drinkability is fine but I don't think I'd bother.


Photo of Reagan1984
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had an overly aggressive foamy head when poured from the 22 oz bomber. There was also a huge amount of visible carbonation. Clear and a very light copper color or deep gold.

Aroma was citrus and of grain.

I was excited to taste this as Hop Rod is one of my favorites. This one didn't live up to expectations. I thought the taste was very astringent and chalky. There was some roasted malt flavor and a slight spiciness provided by the hops. While I wanted to love this beer, I can't say that I did.

Mouth feel was fairly light but ruined by over carbonation.

I'm not sure how drinkable I can say it was as I didn't really enjoy drinking it.

In the future I will try again out of respect to Bear, but I had a long list of other APA's I'll enjoy before this one again.

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XP Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.