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Grand Am - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 01:42:32 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 02:08:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

10-14-2013 18:26:04 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-17-2013 23:40:37 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-26-2012 00:30:03 | More by nmann08
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-13-2014 18:26:31 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-13-2014 17:25:43 | More by Texasfan549
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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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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-18-2014 20:02:58 | More by largadeer
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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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

06-20-2014 18:39:06 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 02:51:46 | More by jlindros
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

08-19-2013 13:15:52 | More by mendvicdog
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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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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-29-2014 02:55:12 | More by ejimhof
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-27-2014 01:07:54 | More by PEIhop
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

08-27-2013 23:35:49 | More by GraduatedCashew
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: growler

11-25-2012 22:05:54 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-10-2014 10:20:21 | More by wrightst
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 20:16:47 | More by ArrogantB
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-14-2014 19:09:11 | More by DrBier
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Pencible

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-01-2014 15:55:26 | More by Pencible
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AgentMunky

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 02:31:07 | More by AgentMunky
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-01-2014 01:23:49 | More by mattmarka1
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Grand Am from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.