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XLCR | Excelsior Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by morimech on 08-11-2012

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Reviews by FakeDeniro:
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: looks like a dessert snow globe as streams of rapidly rising bubbles push chunks of sediment up only to drop down as the near the surface. This is probably a sign of age of mishandling. The color is hazy copper amber under a 1" cream colored cap with fair retention

S: smells of stone fruit, melon, and biscuit

T: Stone fruit starts the flavors supported by citrus and bread crumb, finishing with a moderately assertive bitterness and slightly astringent. There is a trace of oxidation or something else that is not quite right with the flavors.

F: medium body and medium high to high carbonation

O: The chunks are off putting and the high level of carbonation washes out some of the flavors

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint at the taproom, now enjoying a growler from home. Pours a hazy amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Not the most aromatic pale ale. I pick up some floral hops, bready malt, and sweet caramel.

For an APA the flavor runs a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Size wise it is approaching IPA territory. Not as sweet as the aroma would have suggested. More bready than caramel. Nice dose of floral hops. Nice change of pace from the usual C-hops. I really enjoyed the clean finish.

Body is big for an APA. Good carbonation and texture. Very consistant throughout.

A quality brew from one of Minnesota's newest breweries. Keep an eye on these guys.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A traditional American Pale Ale with 50 IBUs and a 14 OG. Smooth and Crisp, nearly session for the hops-tolerant folk. A slight amber hue with a floral and caramel aroma accurately suggests a reasonable level of malt to match the hop. Worth a try.

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3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, maize color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, sage?, grass, floral hops, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, grass, floral hops, hint of rye, hint of ginger, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, but odd;y earthy and grassy aroma and body.

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3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.74/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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1.68/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

(Re-review 7/14/17, original score 2.64)

This beer pours a murky red color. Foam gushes out of the bottle as soon as the cap is popped, and then fills up the glass after only a few ounces have been poured. The aroma is sweet with no hop character. The taste is sweet too, and also has nothing in terms of hop flavors or bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, and greatly over carbonated. My experience with Excelsior beers over the years is that they are always over carbonated, and I have to believe that they are doing it on purpose to mask the multitude of flaws that can be found in their beers. Overall, this is another bad beer from a brewery known for making bad beer.

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

Oxidation and huge cloying sweetness dominates. Chewy and not at all refreshing. Wildly disappointing. Had two different times to ensure first experience wasn't a one off problem.

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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XLCR from Excelsior Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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