Nor Cal Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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3.83/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Filled up my growler at the Hulmeville Inn. Pours a crystal clear amber color with an egshell colored heading. Lacing is good leaving some ringage throughout the session.
Smell of hops blasts you in the nose but then a heavy fruity aroma kicks in for the finishes nice balance.
Taste is hoppy a very green taste at first,followed by a slight burnt caramel tasting. Finishes with a sugary hoppy smack on the palate.
Mouth is a bit thin but bubbley excellent retention but finishes with a lingering hoppy feel in the mouth
Drink is good. A light ABV and I would say very sessionable. A great beer for someone who is looking to get into the craft seen a decent all around tasting beer.
Serving type: growler
08-30-2009 18:54:08 | More by TheFightfan1
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On cask at Bear Republic on 7/17/09.
A - Hazy amber/orange body with one finger of dense, creamy white head that just streaked the glass with thick, intricate lacing, finally settling to a quarter inch of creamy retention.
S - Malt-forward aroma with toasted grains and some sweet caramel. Hop character is light and citrusy... simple but not overstated. Classic pale ale nose that is on-par for the style.
T - Malty flavor overall with bready and sweet caramel notes as well as hints of toffee. Hop character is subtle with citrus taking center stage, but also some mild perfumy notes in a secondary role. Finishes with a distinct toasted grainy malt character.
M - Medium body with a light syrupy texture and a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel overall. Not too thin at all. Mouthfeel is pretty spot-on for a cask ale. Moderate hop bite on the palate with a slightly dry, bitter finish.
D - Really tasty pale ale with a distinct malt character. Nor'Cal is light and flavorful, and certainly very good on cask.
Serving type: cask
08-13-2009 23:00:36 | More by ffejherb
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On tap/growler @ DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours cloudy dark almond amber, lazy, tiny bubble head/film and leaving fine sheets of lace and also tiny spots. Nose of orange peel and pine hops.Tasty and easy drinking moderatly hoppy ale. Nice soft and smooth mouthfeel adds to the easy drinkability of this one. Notes of citrus and pine, smooth malt under pinings. An understated and sublimely sessionable brew. More high quality product from BR
Serving type: growler
07-01-2009 19:49:41 | More by Billolick
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
So the saga of our lives continues, and this week's soundtrack is provided by the little brewery that could in Sonoma County, Cali, USA. The past month of rain gave way yesterday to one humid honey of an afternoon, a real sticky situation. Marilyn took the kids out to the playground around 4 so they could run through sprinklers and get some relief. They are so much like dogs at this age. Meanwhile, Daddy went in search of his own refreshment. Thankfully, the corner Bierkraft specializes in a wide variety of lagers and ales for what ails you, and in nothing flat I had the hookup.
The girl at the growler station said this was an ESB, but upon closer internet inspection I discovered two things: A.) That Beer Advocate considers this beer a Pale Ale, whilst B.) The fine folks at Bear Republic are calling it a California Bitter to distinguish it from the more traditional English ESB. By the way, have you noticed that a number of brewers are steering away from the Bitter appellation? For instance, Sierra has their Early Summer Beer, Boont brews an Extra Special Beer, and Foster's has taken to calling their ESB "Premium Ale" instead. What is the stigma here? Is the average American beer palate so unsophisticated that the mere suggestion of a certain bitterness turns the consumer cold? I'm sure the sea change is the product of extensive market research, and who am I to question a man's making a buck, but still. Your typical ESB ain't all that much more bitter than the average ale. But then again, I suppose all is perception, and let's leave it at that.
Especially since I like what I like and whether ESB or Cali Bitter or Pale Ale, what I'm digging this week is this beer. A perfect 64oz aperitif accompaniment to the muggiest day of the Summer thus far. Okay, so we've been Clear to Close on our new apartment for a week, and Marilyn is selling off everything we aren't taking with us, and we've given our current landlord a drop-dead move-out date of August 1st, and now the lawyers for the owners of the new apartment are refusing to return our phone calls and set a Closing Date--so what? Who cares if today is the Stoop Sale that seals our fate, and Marilyn and I have done nothing but squabble and bicker over the tiniest detail ever since this moving process began? What does any of the pain and anguish of rearing two mewling bratwursts matter a farthing when I have this bottle in front of me?
Oh, wait I just poured my last glass. Now is when the problems really begin.
Serving type: growler
06-27-2009 11:37:03 | More by EarlNobdy
Nor Cal Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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