Grand Am - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.16/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a translucent golden orange in color with copper and amber tints. A typical pour will yield about a fourth inch of creamy, white head that slowly dissipates to a thin layer of film atop. Carbonation seems spot on. On the lighter side of the pale ale spectrum, this one looks to be lighter bodied with a slight bit of chewiness.
S: A mostly hop-forward aroma with notes of orange peel, lemon, flowers and spice. There is a sweet, honey, candy maltiness lingering in the background with maybe a hint of bread. Certainly a fresh, un-offending and pleasant aroma, but nothing really standoutish.
T: Similar to the nose; an amalgamation of hops and malts up front, mostly bitter citrus rinds and honey with a small dose of toasted pale malts. The flavor peaks in the middle with a hop tang and then quickly subsides, finishing crisply with a pale malt and bitter grapefruit rind aftertaste. A great blend of classic pale malt balance with the trendy West coast hop characteristics, this one manages to come off fairly balanced even though there is nothing predominantly notable in the malt profile. Hop dominant for sure, but not in an overwhelming sense.
M: Lighter bodied with average carbonation, this brew goes down smooth and easy with a slight bit of chewiness. Very drinkable and easy on the stomach.
O: To my own surprise, this is only the second brew I've had from Bear Republic and I've yet to be disappointed. This one came across quite as advertised and I couldn't be happier, really. For the style, this is about as flavorful and drinkable as you can get. I'd certainly come back for more. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 21:17:52 | More by kflorence
4.04/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a light cloudy copper with over a finger of head that dissipated steadily until it was reduced to a thin film. The nose has both fruity and hoppy notes. The taste pretty much follows the nose.
This is an excellent example of a style that is too often overlooked. Given a choice between this APA and a thin “session” IPA, I would take this every day of the week.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 05:10:36 | More by 57md
Grand Am from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.