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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 mschofield
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden copper, topped with a two finger puffy off-white head. Leaves very wide bands of lacing, almost a full sheet.
Citrus and floral aroma, mainly floral aroma, the citrus comes out more in the taste. Citrus zest and bread.
Citrus, floral and toffee taste. Good bite to it for a pale ale.
Medium bodied, very good drinkability. This beer fits somewhere in the middle of American pale ale to English IPA.

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

An utterly ordinary amber hue that leans heavily towards golden. Tiny rising carbonation. But the head! French vanilla colored, rising fast, and sticking forever, only receding to form pits and caves anchored within the foamy bedrock.
Cascaded nose. All grapefruit, and pine needles, along with notes of dry grass. Wet bready malt hues are manifest, but aren't significant, aromawise, aside from asserting that the malts are, in fact, present.
Begins with bread and dough, and then evolves into something very British-seeming. Toasted muffins and dry toffee and scraped with butter. The malt base is full but very dry. Hopping is not explosive, but it is gripping. Cascades and their grapefruit and Cennentials with their steely pine. This stresses balance rather than excess.
The body is airy and medium, which suggests something that is drinkable all day long. With additional bombers, I could easily do just that.
A tasty, amiable Pale Ale, that seems built from a Best Bitter frame.

Photo of arizcards
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have liked both Bear Republic samples to date so I'd figure I would try the XP that I saw at Trader Joes recently. And once again I am enjoying another one of their brews.
This brew is copper colored and highly carbonated. Poured a nice fluffy inch and a half head that is leaving a nice lacing. Smell is wonderful, floral hop tones, citrus, and bread. The taste is really growing on me the more I enjoy the 22 oz bomber. Well balanced taste that finished nicely with a bigger than anticipated hop finish. Mouthfeel is lively and very full for a APA. This is a very drinkable PA, one that will be enjoyed again. Bear Republic is fast moving up my list of favorite breweries!

Photo of rkhaze
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a huge foamy white head that got dense, creamy and rocky as it fell. Decent lace.
Smells sweet with malt, fruit and honey notes. A mild perfumy hop aroma at the end.
Tastes of sweet grainy malt, tropical fruit, citrusy/grassy hops and a hint of vanilla. Nice balance of flavors.
Light bodied with a full mouthfeel and a lot of carbonation.
Very crisp and refreshing. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a paler amber color with a thick off-white head retaining well. Hoppy nose, grapefruity and sweet smelling. A little grassy and herbal smelling. Nice malt profile hiding underneath all those hops. Kind of a fruity malt profile on the palate. I picked out blueberry amongst the rest of the huskiness of the malt. One of the best pale ales I've had from the U.S.

Photo of Mitchster
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed with American 2-row, English Wheat, Belgian, and Dextrin malts, and hopped with Centennial and Cascade hops.
OG=1.052, 5.4% ABV, 55 IBU.

Firm "psssht" blows the cap off, and pours out to a slightly hazy caramel with orange accents, forming a very large, peaking whipped light beige head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is medium. Aroma is delicately fruity with lots of citric hops, floral dryness, dust, green apples, navel oranges, a touch of sweet caramel, and some kiwi fruit. Aroma is dry and dusty, akin to many spontaneously fermented Belgians. I wonder if this is infected? Mouthfeel is spritzy and alive with a medium body and astringent finish. Taste begins with a mild, dusty citric hoppiness and mild bitterness up front, followed by predominate kiwi fruit, a splash of pineapple, and the finish is bone-dry, clean, and brief with a touch of sourness and aluminum bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is too strong in the finish for a 5.4% ABV brew.

This has the makings for a great Pale Ale, however the kiwi fruit flavor has me worried about it's longevity. The metallic sourness and hint of alcohol in the finish also detract from the taste. I noted these issues on a 6/28/2004 review, and this 2nd 22oz bottle today (5/12/11) has the same character.

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

Major league pale. British and hopped up with spice and citrus. Pineaple, Not too bitter. Nice combination of malts and hops. Refreshing and complex. Misty orange colour. Great floral and yeast aroma. Nice malt. Full mouthfeel, tart,but milder texture. Fizzy

Photo of beerinator
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A little bit cloudy. Tannish with a slight hint of amber. Very pleasant super white head.

Aroma: Hoppy bread aroma. Hops present seem flowery and vegital. Not very citrusy smelling.

Taste: Heavy on the malt side, not a hop centered pale. Slight bit of smokyness is tasted. A lot of sweetness in the front. Cake batter-y. Breadyness makes the mouthfeel pleasant. There might be a slight bit of butteryness.

Notes: Very easy to drink. Not too X-treme for a pale! Good beer.

Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Poured orange and clear with a white head. Served on the warmish side for maximum flavor. Subtle balanced aroma of grapefruity hops and fruity yeast notes. Malt shines through the citrus hop flavor and bitterness nicely to make this well balanced and delicious. This is one easy drinking brew.

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

Large bubbles form a thin lacing before receding, atop a clear orange brew.

Aroma of yeast, biscuity malt, and citric hops.

Taste follows suit. Moderately yeasty, a bunch of golden-brown toast flavor in the malt, and a balanced amount of grapefruit and leafy hops.

A little more focus on malt than the average American Pale, this has a nice chewy property to it..pretty decent all in all.

Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent, but it mostly boasts of intensely citrousy hops that refresh as they hit the nose. The taste is good. It has quite a bitter flavor which is dominated by citrous hops again along with a complex malty core. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good pale ale. It has a malty character as well as an intense hop spectrum; a good drinker.

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

Bomber bottle, this one seemed just a little off to me, maybe I got an old bottle or something. Faint hop aroma. Not what I was expecting in terms of malt, pacific NW jolt of hops. Still a decent P.A. I'll have to try it again to see if there was something missing here.

Photo of david23
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque light copper color with a nice head that settles quickly but leaves nice lacing. Smell is somewhat subdued but hops are in abundance with a nice citrus note. Carbonation is right on for this style and very refreshing on the palate. Dominated by hops but a citrus note makes its way through making this an very enjoyable Pale.All in all, I'm sure i'll be having more of this.

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

I've had five Bear Republic Ales and none has failed to impress. This one, of the ones I've had, has been my least favorite, but it's still pretty amazing. The pour is a pale light copper that just seems a bit too light. The aroma, a faint floral hop profile that just begs to add a little more hops to become fuller. Nevertheless, it still smells really good, just a bit faint. The taste is one of subtle hops with a slight malt profile and a not-too-bitter aftertaste that sort of lingers. The carbonation is high, but just seems appropriate, as it seems like a nice refreshing beer.

Though this one is very drinkable (and a solid beer), I'd probably leave it for a session beer, or to ease someone into the joys of ales.

Photo of joshlara
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper color with a thin white lace.
Rather sticky as it coats the glass the whole way through.

Smell: For a pale ale it packs a punch. Definately a west coast pale ale as there is a huge citrusy hop aroma. The centennial and cascade hops used are very noticeable. Huge grapefruit rind and hop resin in the nose. From the smell alone I would call this an IPA.

Taste: The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma. The hop presence isn't as prominent as I thought it would be. A bitter herbal tinge on the palate. The malt makes itself known more in the flavor than the aroma, some caramel comes through intermingling with the hops. Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable.

Overall: It almost seems that this beer isn't as full flavored as it could be. Looking for that something extra that you think is going to be there but just isn't. This is all predicated by the aroma. This is a very good american pale ale, but again, the aroma promised more.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty beer. Pretty like a Christmas tree. Lots of crazy bubbles rising up. Curiously, I note two distinctly different sized bubbles. Smaller ones rise up steadily, happily, and much larger ones race upwards among them from various launch platforms at the bottom of the glass. The larger ones rise much faster owing to their increased buoyancy. It’s quite fascinating really, and as I watch them interplay I become increasingly aware of the fact that I spend way too much time staring at bubbles these days. I must have burst my own bubble months ago. Anyway……

A very righteous hoppy aroma stretches outwards from the glass and across the chaotic entanglements of my desk. Intensely floral. Hits me in the nose like a big bully. The full fluffy head gracefully drops from three fingers to one, and you know which one. Ah, this one is a serious quaffer. Distinctly rounded mouthfeel, subtle malt profile, and then a casual yet prolific bitter edge.

This is a simple brew really. Simply excellent. Clear amber, nice curtained lace, just a thin smear of yeast left in the bottle. A lovable beer in that girl next door kinda way. And as with the girl next door, that mouthfeel gets me every time.

Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a clear, amber color with a two finger, offwhite head that lasts through the entire glass. Patchy lace is present all over the large imperial pint glass.
Aroma tantalizes with some serious Cascades and Centennial hopping. Grapefruit, orangerind, and pinecones dominate the nose, with a mild note of caramel malt emerging midway through.
This is medium bodied in the mouth, with a full and rich coating of fresh Cascades hops.
Citrus hops dominate, for the most part, with grapefruit and orangerind successfully beating back the caramel malt. A delightful note of clover honey emerges toward the end, and presents a wondeful balance to this ale. Finish has a mild, white pepper twang.
This is an excellent pale ale, one of the best in North America.

Photo of drewbage
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was sampled from a brown 22 oz bomber bottle standard of the Bear Republics with no bottling marks for freshness dating.

This new style XPA pours into the glass a pale and deeply hazy orange with a bright white head that disappates into a crispy white foam on the glass. Beer is highly carbonated.

Beer's aroma is lightly grassy with a potent almost overwhelming aroma of honey. There's just a touch of a mild phenol that crawls up to the top of the nose and sits there tweaking the nostrils.

Flavor starts with a mild malt before a giant outgassing of CO2 completely blows out any sensation of the body or malt. As the CO2 flattens out a honey flavor appears matching the nose. As that falls off, an intense peppermint and resin bitterness jumps up and slaps the mouth and the sides of the tongue.

Long after the final swallow the bitterness sits there burning at the edges of the palate with a growing mineral character that completely dries out the tongue.

Brisk.. this beer would be better without the potent honey character.

Photo of stegmakk
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice light copper with a decent head left too quick. Slight off white in color and some lacing.
Aroma was of pine hops and sweet malt. Good mixture
Taste was good. Hits firs tpine then to surprising floral hops taste. Ends clean and crisp. Hint of caramel like malt in the background.
Mouthfeel was a little watery but not bad at all.
The drinkability is high. Good session beer.

Photo of ElGuapo
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear golden colored brew topped with a small white head that will linger for just a bit. The aroma is loaded with hops. It is bitter with some nice floral and citrus notes.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, but there is plenty for the style. There is a lot more sweet malt flavor than the aroma would lead you to believe, and the hops are noticably toned down from the nose. They do still give it a great kick. It is very crisp, and the drinkability is exceptional. This is a great session beer.

Photo of CBFanWish
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great beer for any beginner. This ale ha a nice amber colour with a mon=derate head and little lace. The smell was very fruity. Hoppy as well. The taste is lemony with a slight hoppy bitterness.
This was a really good ale. The lemon taste makes it a great beer for those warm days. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. Another clear golden pour for Bear Republic. White head, but not much retention and no lace really. Tons of floral rose petal notes through out the beer and not too much in the way of malt counter balance in the smell. Taste was very classis pale ale. Not overly hopped like I expected for a west coaster. Very traditional with notes of a bitter almost coppery malt flavor and the obligatory biscuit/cracker flavors to balance it out. There was also a bitter orange rind undertone to the taste, which made it unique. Very traditional for the west and nothing that jumps out at you. Solid brew and good to introduce people looking to expand their tastes.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Duvel, with tulip. Color was a bright pale copper. A substantial rough head formed, leaving behind good sticky lacing. The smell was fresh and alive with hoppy goodness, with sweet citrus and floral notes that lept from the glass into my nose. Taste was very balanced and lively, with an assertive level of bitterness, and an appropriate malt backbone backing it up. The beer had a good crisp and somewhat tart and zingy finish, with bitter and aromatic hop characteristics that lingered for only several seconds after the taste. The mouthfeel was full and right for a pale, and it was quite drinkable and refreshing.

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

Pours a shiny amber with a smallish pure white head and some webby lace. The aroma is an equal blend of sweet doughy malt and hops, with just a touch of cut hay. The malt is lightly sweet, with a biscuity quality and a bit of butterscotch, and just a hint of tarragon. The hop bitterness has some citrus zestiness and a mild metallic bite. The flavors blend and balance as it warms, making it smooth, fluid and highly gulpable

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

As with all BR brews I have tried this Xp pale ale had a really nice pillowy head with great lacing. And status quo is the great smell of fresh agressive hopping that had some nice citrus notes. There were also nice bready malt notes.

First thing I notice in this beer's taste was the diacetyl buttery notes. They were mixed in with doughy malt and grains. It had a good all around pale ale balance of hop and malt. Hops were juicy but subdued in this one compared to Racer 5 and Rocket red but still flavorful with a nice drying and sharp quality.

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XP Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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