White Star XPA | Santa Barbara Brewing Company

5 Ratings

Brewed by:
Santa Barbara Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DrewBeechum on 06-01-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by JayTheFinn:
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a whim I gave this one a shot while visiting the Santa Barbara Brewing Company. Overall it looked good, with a full head. It has a very strong citric/fruity taste, perhaps stronger than I care for, but good regardless. I thought maybe it tasted just slightly off, but may have just been my imagination.

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4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Saturday 31st May 2003 was spent at the 6th Annual San Diego Real Ale Festival, & amongst a plethora of Beer Engines, several beers for me stood out from the crowd; this one was right at the front of it.

Dispensed via the traditional Beer Engine, the oversized 5oz serving had massive carbonation that produced a lovely white frothy head that resided proudly on a fantastic looking straw-gold colored body. High inherent carbonation meant that the beer took a while to settle down, whilst all the time a buoyant white mass of carbon dioxide bubbles slowly bobbed underneath the beers surface. Excellent presentation and appearance – Top Marks all round.

The nose was very fresh, and soon revealed a “fruity” nature so characteristic of good Pale Ales. Hints of sharp grapefruit, lemon and fresh hops which are all based around a light grain malt odor.

Tastes are very refined and perfectly balanced. A very tidy beginning that immediately quenches any thirst you may have. Very hoppy beer, with a light mouthfeel overall which aided the beers serious Drinkability. The WS-XPA made for a great Imbiber on a warm, sunny afternoon, whilst we all sat outside during the Saturday session at Pizza Port, Carlsbad.

The White Star XPA was a special beer I believe, but regardless, it was definitely the “Beer of the Festival” for me, and certainly benefited from the Beer Engine dispense as well as the cask-conditioning. One of the few beers I re-tried, i.e. I went back to the Bar for more refills, despite the fact that there were still other beers that I had yet to try.

It wasn’t the strongest, biggest, bitterest, hoppiest, or any other ‘–est’ you can think of, at the Festival. It is however, a very accomplished, extremely high quality hoppy Pale Ale, that is put together with immense Drinkability. I assume the X stands for Xcellent.

I already have plans to get to the Santa Barbara Brewing Company at some time in the future to reacquaint myself with this lovely offering if it is ever brewed again.

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Photo of spycow
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewBeechum
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on cask at the San Diego Real Ale Festival

Bright wonderful hoppy beer, easily one of the highlights of the Real Ale Festival.

The beer pours a pale gold into the glass with a light hop haze and a bright white head.

The aroma is that of dried and sugared grapefruit slices. The body is hop dominated with a crisp citrus hop character with a faint grainy malt

Overall, a very clean and refreshing beer with a crisp sparkling character.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

White Star XPA from Santa Barbara Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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