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Grand Am - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% 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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Yellolab2010

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-09-2014 16:20:08 | More by Yellolab2010
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Hopped_up_Chuck

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-09-2014 03:35:04 | More by Hopped_up_Chuck
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tvghost

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-06-2014 20:53:29 | More by tvghost
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edzo22

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-06-2014 14:34:04 | More by edzo22
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kflorence

California

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
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57md

Pennsylvania

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
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Jtrigonis

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-03-2014 01:23:59 | More by Jtrigonis
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Pencible

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-29-2014 20:39:22 | More by Knapp85
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-29-2014 19:55:40 | More by jwps214
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williahd

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-27-2014 10:10:33 | More by williahd
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-27-2014 02:20:48 | More by BARFLYB
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Nugganooch

California

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub – Healdsburg, CA
06/12/14 - Served in a full Pint glass

A: Sunburst look of goldenrod and peach with some slight hop haze through the body. Half finger of stubborn ivory cream rests over top. Nice broken tracks of sticky lace running all the way down the glass.

S: Lots of toasted bready pale malt character on the nose followed by some very floral hops. Vibrantly perfumed with some citrus fruit undertones.

T: The toasty pale malt stands firm in the flavor as well delivering lots of freshly baked bread notes while remaining only slightly sweet. Integrated are some delicate hop flavors that emerge very floral like. Has me thinking Columbus hops here. I get some lesser notes of pine and tangerine as well. Not super bitter at all with a really nice balance across the board. Finishes dry and crisp with only a slight hoppy linger. Very easy on the lips.

M: Moderately lighter body with a nice even consistent carbonation pop. Dry and crisp in the finish with a light resinous linger.

D: A great easy sessions APA and quite possibly an instant classic for me…fits so well into the current BR lineup. Will be grabbing more of this one once it finally hits distro to SoCal.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2014 22:54:26 | More by Nugganooch
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spark3148857

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-25-2014 03:13:32 | More by spark3148857
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, pale, and toasted malts.

Taste: Same as above. Faint hops with mild bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, light bodied, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty nice and enjoyable pale ale. I could revisit this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2014 23:20:21 | More by Flounder57
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MattSlem

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-23-2014 04:05:13 | More by MattSlem
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JGLittle

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 19:54:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-19-2014 12:19:19 | More by Kegatron
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timlyon

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-19-2014 03:06:51 | More by timlyon
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Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

06-15-2014 22:19:27 | More by Celtics76
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-15-2014 01:53:17 | More by 2dogbrew
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-14-2014 22:56:14 | More by Dizzy242
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

06-12-2014 03:54:56 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Grand Am from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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