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Grand Am - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Inspired by our team’s passion for racing, Grand-Am™ is an American Pale Ale worthy of the “Racer” family. True to our roots, this sessionable yet assertive ale balances both classic and new American hop varieties with a distinct malt backbone. Start your engines…

(Beer added by: argock on 06-10-2012)
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

LloydBobBoozehound, Apr 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

yhoshijima, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

razorsdescent, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

SmellsofMahagony, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bear Republic Grand-Am American Pale Ale
12 oz. brown bottle, no apparent freshness dating.

Bear Republic's Grand-Am is done in their typical style: richly malty, loaded with bright hops, and focused. Also, it appears at least partially unfiltered, and it has excellent head retention and lacing.

The malt is a basic golden base but with some breadth to it. You get some sweet, almost doughy notes at first, but the hop flavor and bitterness soon beat that into submission. The hops initially appear as bright citrus and soft pine, but then you find a wider, grassy and minty undertone. Yeast steps in and adds a touch of fruitiness and some drying mineral character. It's solidly bitter, and the alcohol lends a drying touch as well. I lingers in the finish, quite dry, with some piney and minty hops.

It's a straight-forward, well made, perfectly balanced, full flavored, fresh and unfiltered American Pale Ale. You can't go wrong with this one!

NeroFiddled, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

mkirkland80, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

VeganUndead, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

The_Craft_Deviant_Rob, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

cdean801, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Spaz7, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

nosavingsaccount, Dec 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

TheMagnanimous, May 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Slatetank, Jun 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

danipp, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Horbar, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

locustking, May 27, 2014
Photo of AgentMunky
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a half-pint glass at Ale Arsenal.

A: Gold and almost clear. No effervescence. Heavy lacing

S: Perfect pale ale. Crisp, citrusy hops. Grapefuit and pine. Clean and strong with a biscuity dryness.

T/M: It's GOOD. Light, crisp, effervescent, and tingly. Hoppy. Dry finish, citrusy main taste. Herbal and enduring.

O: Highly recommended. Great pale ale. One of the best.

AgentMunky, Jul 19, 2013
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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!

kflorence, Jul 04, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a beautiful hazy dark reddish orange, almost like a pink grapefruit.

In the aroma, there’s lemon and grapefruit peel, floral, hint of white bread, bright spearmint.

On the flavor, grapefruit peel and citrus in the front. A pop of floral in the middle with some pink grapefruit. On the back, the beer is medium plus bitter of pine and grapefruit pith.

This tastes like an updated Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, with more citrus upfront. A well made brew and great for the summer.

dar482, Aug 12, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +8.9%

BushwyckCraft, Aug 12, 2014
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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.

57md, Jul 03, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +8.1%

12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. No freshness dating that I could find.

Faintly hazy strong yellow body. 1" foamy head. light carbonation and lacing.

Not much on the nose. Clean slightly sweet moutgh, with a decent bitter wash. Edge goes to the malt on this one, but it is finely balanced and extremely drinkable. 6.5abv may prohibit sessionability, (like that word?) but those of us with a higher tolerance would enjoy several of these at a sitting.

MikeWard, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

SanFranJake, Apr 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

InfernoBoss, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

tvghost, Jul 06, 2014
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Grand Am from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.