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Grand Am - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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171 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MIrvine
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Very hoppy but refreshing. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

MIrvine, Tuesday at 09:53 PM
Photo of jayfarley3
4/5  rDev +7.8%

jayfarley3, Monday at 12:24 AM
Photo of WuBByG999
4/5  rDev +7.8%

WuBByG999, Sunday at 05:42 PM
Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +7.8%

InfernoBoss, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of CHickman
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours very cloudy dark gold color with a lot of sediment floating around and a thick foamy 2 finger off white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes which faded slowly leaving OK spotty lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of orange peel, caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, mango, wheat bread, grass, herbs or mild spices and dry cracker. The fruity aroma jumps out hard and fast but settles down and lets the malt come through for a nice balance that includes some piney and sweet fruit notes as it fades.

Taste is more malty and bready that the nose indicates, with graham cracker, buttered roll, caramel, citrus hops, lemon zest, orange juice, pine cone/piney hops, pear, mild spices like pepper and cinnamon, funk yeast and a toffee like brown sugar sweetness at the end which has a very light bitterness. This flavor completely hides the ABV.

Mouthfeel is slick and almost watery with mild carbonation, a medium body that’s on the thicker side, and a slightly bitter finish that has grainy notes combined with citrus hop/fruity sweetness. A pretty good APA that see-sawed back and forth between fruity sweet and malty. I’d have it again since it was easy to drink and flavorful enough to warrant another try.

CHickman, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of rallyr32
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

rallyr32, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of BcOneSeven
4/5  rDev +7.8%

BcOneSeven, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -19.1%

atrocity, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of atpca
4/5  rDev +7.8%

atpca, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

On tap. Poured a clear, orange color with a slight head. Mild lacing. Aroma is modest but mostly driven by citrusy hops. Soft, pale malt sweetness. Flavor is direct. Citrus hops with some grassy hop notes, too. I swear, I get a hint of watermelon in there somewhere. Finishes dry and easy with a dry, pale malt finish. Well carbonated with a light body. It was a fairly tasty Pale Ale. Probably one of their weaker offerings in my opinion.

VelvetExtract, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

vfgccp, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of MikeWard
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
Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color and has a mixture of fine and small visible particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin but large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has some flavors of citrus hops—orange and tangerine seem to stand out in particular—along with notes of biscuit and caramel malts. Only slight amounts of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This APA has a fairly good balance between the malts and hops but I didn't find anything to really stand out in the smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle

metter98, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of DPCJR
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%

DPCJR, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Boone757, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

22Blue, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Loco_Joe
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Loco_Joe, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

wethorseblanket, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of JMUduke
4/5  rDev +7.8%

JMUduke, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +7.8%

redfox405, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

lupercmda, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%

Pleasant aroma of floral hop. Solid malt base. The hop leans more to the regularly bitter black pepper.

Cloudy light amber color. Small head with minimal spotty lace

smcolw, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Modernrickk
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Modernrickk, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of mirrorball
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

mirrorball, Aug 31, 2014
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Grand Am from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.