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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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Ratings: 581 | Reviews: 393 | Display Reviews Only:
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JLapadura

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

07-23-2013 01:14:26 | More by JLapadura
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rob133

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-18-2013 22:12:06 | More by rob133
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jmm380

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-18-2013 15:13:26 | More by jmm380
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-17-2013 01:30:28 | More by pathman
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GeorgeH

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-14-2013 22:55:38 | More by GeorgeH
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chris1919

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-13-2013 01:53:05 | More by chris1919
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Lukass

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-09-2013 21:50:26 | More by Lukass
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Jeeb

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-08-2013 17:01:00 | More by Jeeb
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-01-2013 02:17:04 | More by WOLFGANG
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codynevels

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-30-2013 17:56:26 | More by codynevels
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-26-2013 13:34:38 | More by petermethot
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-23-2013 20:21:30 | More by jaxon53
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Nolen12

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-22-2013 12:48:15 | More by Nolen12
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-13-2013 22:44:29 | More by doremite
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-04-2013 01:00:43 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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RickS95

Indiana

2.61/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 02:43:56 | More by RickS95
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

05-23-2013 01:15:52 | More by mikeincharleston
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-22-2013 15:26:59 | More by InspectorBob
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Bromine

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-16-2013 23:00:50 | More by Bromine
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 22:53:00 | More by chinchill
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-14-2013 18:19:17 | More by drummermattie02
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CBlack85

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 00:48:17 | More by CBlack85
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

05-10-2013 14:48:55 | More by twenty5
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2beerdogs

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-09-2013 04:37:58 | More by 2beerdogs
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-08-2013 20:06:16 | More by waddellc2
XP Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.