Churchill's Pale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BearRepublic on 01-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
9
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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0
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5
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16oz draft on 3/11/14 at BRBC Brewpub in Healdsburg, CA.

Appearance (4.75) - Gorgeous, day bright, crystal clear, gold-orange. Thin 1/4 inch tenacious head really hangs in there. Bright white, impossibly fine bubbles. Laces the glass densely in a full blanket of super low caliber foam.

Aroma (4.75) - Mosaic. Mosaic everywhere. Which is to say: pineapple, papaya, guava, tangerine, kiwi, cava cava orange, even a hint of green banana.

Taste (5.00) - Hop characteristic follows the nose, all about the Mosaic. Topical fruit abounds. The rye contributes a mild savory spice. Superlative showcase of an amazing hop. Grains lay down a clean, slightly peppery canvas on which the Mosaic speaks.

Mouthfeel (5.00) - Clean effervescent carbonation falls perfectly short of cider like over crispness. Wheat contributes a beautiful cream texture that conveys a full round mouthfeel. Light and clean while concurrently smooth and milky. Perfect balance.

Overall (5.00) - Peerless.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliant light orange color leaning toward yellow. Big fluffy head with excellent retention. Tons of lacing.

Aroma: Jumps out of the glass. Tons of tropical fruit. Citrus zest. Lots of dankness. Hints of earthy, oniony character. Really light, pale malt profile. Enormous aroma.

Flavor: Again lots of tropical fruit and citrus. Medium to high bitterness that has a definite earthy, grassy, oniony edge. Finish is big, lingering, and quite bitter. Quite dry with minimal malt presence, with a touch of spicy rye. Total and utter hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Quite bubbly and effervescent while still maintaining a sort of full creaminess. Mouthfeel is exceptionally well done and makes this beer drink easier than it needs to.

Overall: Maybe the best new IPA I've tried in 2014. If the bitterness and some of the hop flavors were slightly less earthy, you might be looking at perfection.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

@ Tyler's Bottle Shop

Orange gold with a small, white head that fades to a thin collar. Bright hoppy aromas of grapefruit, mango, sugary melon, mixed berries, lemon, lime, and faint pine. Huge, juicy hop flavor...oh man. Fresh tropical fruity goodness with a touch of resin. Mango, grapefruit, pineapple, loads of citrus, tangerine, melon. Medium bodied with a nice softness and a surprisingly restrained bitterness. An absolutely outstanding IPA pushing into DIPA territory ala Sucks. Glad it seems they realized this was too good for a one-off.

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4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Brandon. Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear brilliant gold with a large cap of white fluffy head. Some chill haze present. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Smells really nice - tons of tropical fruits and some dankness and citrus with a light cracker malt underneath.

T: Huge flavors of tropical fruits, oranges and other citrus hops dominate the palate. The light cracker malt plays only a background supporting role. Modestly bitter at most, and the fruity hop flavors dominate the hang without being sweet. Quite tasty.

M: Light-bodied, lost of carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: A very tasty beer, and easy to drink. I'm quite impressed. I do think it straddles the line between IPA and APA - not in the hop flavors (which abound), but with the light mouthfeel, minimal alcohol presence and the background role of the malts. I might compare the category as much the same as Zombie Dust, though FFF chooses to categorize theirs as an APA. Semantics aside, it is a very good beer. Highly recommended, and I'd love to have more.

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4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's.

A - Clear gold color. Dense head of white foam that leaves some good sticky lacing after each sip.

S - Bright aromas of juicy citrus fruit. Sugary fruit candy. Sweet melon. Resiny pine and fresh-cut grass in the background. This aroma really pops, even served in a mug.

T - Huge, juicy bitterness. Slightly grassy. A very sweet malt character quickly balances the big hop presence. Finishes very clean and fairly dry. Begs for another sip.

M - Spot on for the style, but with a bit more heft than one might expect. Slightly chewy and surprisingly viscous for 7.5% ABV. Perfect carbonation.

O - Blew me away. A big single IPA that drinks like one, but with all the flavor and aroma of a big DIPA. Went through two mugs with ease.

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Churchill's Pale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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