XP Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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2.61/5 rDev -32.2%
22 ounce bomber
Very orange, a bit darkish for a pale ale, though today, who knows? Just seemed a bit dark and orangey to me. It's very clear. Not Budweisery clear, but orangey clear. The head starts off fairly thin and has only moderate retention. Each swirl creates a white top and slight lacing.
Smells like a pale lager. It's got a bit of citrus, but also some pilsner smelling malts. Ever so faint pine smell.
Not what I was expecting or even like. Very pilsnerlike, Earthy taste. I'd not guess this to be an ale if the label didn't say so. I don't get any of the citrus from the nose, just some pilser malt flavors.
Very watery, feels like a macro. I'd not guess this to be a craft beer. Light bodied, no alcohol presence, and the hops leave a lot to be desired.
Not impressed. It was fairly cheap at the beer store and I can see why. Not what you think of as an APA from the left coast. Skip this one, or just buy a Bud and keep the change.
05-23-2013 02:43:56 | More by RickS95
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
22 oz. bomber served in a snifter. Pours orange-amber with a light white head. Modest head retention; spotty lacing.
S: Grassy and herbal hops with some faint citrus. A solid malt base.
T: Nice fruity-grassy flavors from the hops grab attention from the underlying sweet malt with its hints of toffee. Orange is the most obvious component of the citrus character.
M: Light/medium body; mild carbonation, but enough to keep it alive; smooth; exceptionally dry finish for style.
O: An exceptional example of the APA style from a very reliable brewer.
05-14-2013 22:53:00 | More by chinchill
2.98/5 rDev -22.6%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a New Belgium globe glass
The beer pours a light copper color with golden highlights. An aggressive pour yields a smallish white head that recedes quickly leaving behind a small amount of lacing.
The aroma is comprised largely of sweet caramel, and to a lesser degree citrus hops. Not quite what I expected from a west coast pale ale.
The flavor follows closely with the aroma, a bit too sweet with some bready notes. The hop profile is pleasant; mostly citrisy with some piney notes as well. While it is slightly less than I am used to in most APA's, it is not outside of style guidelines.
The body is a bit full for the style, combine that with the sweetness of the flavor, the beer becomes a bit hard to drink. While it is good, it is not suited to consuming multiple pints in one sitting.
Overall, XP is good, but with so many superior examples of the style I cannot see myself purchasing it on a regular basis...
05-11-2013 00:48:17 | More by CBlack85
XP Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.