Nor Cal Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Nor Cal Ale
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DefenCorps on 04-28-2009

Inspired by Northern California's brewing history, this California Bitter is as inviting as the Redwoods. Smooth and drinkable, this ale has a well rounded malt character accented by Cascade and Centennial dry hops.
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Photo of BARFLYB
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap

Nor cal held a semi firm off-white cap on top of a copper/amber liquid. Some thin sheets of lace left on the glass. Scents of grapefruit, toasted malts and grain plus hops which is what BR is all about. A bitter taste throughout with a grapefruit burst plus pine on top. The malts don't make a dent at all. Pine in the finish. The feel is on the light side and could be boosted up some, not much depth, rather crisp though. I liked this for what it was but I was left thinking this could use something else.

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium to dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt and a grassy hop.

The taste was well balanced and mild with soft malts and vibrant grassy English hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a good residual hop spice and dry finish.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable APA.

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, orange/gold color with a thick, foamy, off-white, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine.

T - It tasted bubblegum sweet with citrus and a sharp burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was a little thin considering how much flavor it had. A light bodied APA.

D - This is a nice APA. I was pleased to see in on-tap at a local watering hole.

Photo of Offa
2.34/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer, called a "bitter" on the menu and 4.8% ABV, really seems to be an American Pale Ale. Regardless, it is rather thin, one-dimensional, and out of balance. I had it at Bear Republic on 3 May 09.

Amber, it has a medium off-white head, crweamy and slowly shrinking to a ring and wisps, leaving some nice lace.

The aroma is toasted grain, grapefruit, and a little lemon.

The taste is bitter grapefruit up front and all the way through the finish and lingering bitter aftertaste. It has a little toasted grain and hint of raisin, with the faintest hint of pine needle in the finish, but otherwise is just grapefruit. It is far too bitter for the thin, characterless, watery malt, with almost no sweetness or flavour to balance the bitterness, which lingers. Although not bitter in an absolute sense, this is one beer that is far too bitter relative to the rest of its elements and is totally unbalanced. It is a bit reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but the latter is a little better when on tap, fuller in feel and flavour.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never heard of this beer, and was thrilled to see it on tap at the Blind Tiger. Awesome!

This beer pours a burnished copper with a white head with good retention and good lacing. On the nose, this beer really is a hop lovers wet dream. Pine bitterness clears out your nasal passages quite gorgeously, with an incredible depth and flavor. Unfortunately, this is not replicated in the palate, with the flavor profile being almost one-dimensionally hoppy with massive waves of pine bitterness. There really isn't much hop flavor, so to speak, and there isn't any sweetness to counter the hop character. While the beer has great carbonation and body (crisp and light), the massive bitterness is a bit of a chore and reduces the drinkability.

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Nor Cal Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.