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Grand Am - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bang on pale ale enjoyed at the Tap Room. Light golden colour, lacey,easy smooth mouthfeel. Citrus orange bitterness. Good drinkability. No astringency at well. This apparently will become their main pale ale. Above average bodied and medium hoppiness.

Sammy, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

djrn2, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

nmann08, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Texasfan549, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

kjkinsey, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Knapp85, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

largadeer, Feb 18, 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
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Kegatron, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Slatetank, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 8/25/14

Pours a decent fizzy slight creamy almost 1 finger head, fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, very hazy chunky yeast sediment reddish orange colored beer.

Nose brings some bright hops, fresh like but not super fresh, some mild grapefruit and hint tropical note, a hint bubblegum like note, and just a touch citrus, a mild earthy grassy note, with some papaya and juniper berry like aromas, a bit of pine resin too. Lots going on in hop range, with very little slight malt character.

Taste brings lots more fruit, and hops, but a little soapy note which is a turn off, as well as a soda flavor that is weird. Malts bring a fair sweetness with some caramel and candy notes, a little soda syrup in there too like a sprite without lemon-lime, but there is a little lemony note in the hops. then fruity hops, various mix of fruits, a little tropical fruit note wit touch of grapefruit pith, melon rind, papaya like, a hint of berry as well, and into a little pine sap note, and some grassy earthy characters, etc. The back end brings a little more weird cilantro soapy note, a little sticky on the finish, bit more fruit and a little more candy malt lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall meh, has some interesting characters but some off notes as well with that soapy character, the hops are not the best overall, interesting blend but also kinda meh.

jlindros, May 11, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

mendvicdog, Aug 19, 2013
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 ejimhof
4/5  rDev +7.8%

ejimhof, May 29, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

BARFLYB, Jun 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

wrightst, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

PEIhop, May 27, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled on Nov 18 and consumed on Nov 22 poured in to tulip.

A - Medium yellow/orange with one finger of dirty white head.

S - Moderate bitterness up front with citrus and pine aromas and a fairly prominent sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - Moderate bitterness with grapefruit, orange peel and pine flavours. The malt base adds a big malt sweetness; fairly well balanced overall. Some light spice is present as well. A dry, bitter finish.

M - Medium body, dry. Lots of sticky hop oils. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery in Healdsburg. yellow color, white head. Aroma is lemons, citrus, hops, sort of breezy. Flavor is citrus and hops but not too bitter, sort of light drinking for the ABV. I wish this would show up in Denver but it better be fresh. Overall a solid hoppy pale ale that won't be drawing me away from Racer 5 anytime soon.

ArrogantB, May 08, 2014
Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Pencible, Jul 01, 2014
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Grand Am from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.