Churchill's Pale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken at Hopfields in Austin, Texas in 2014. Cost was $6 for 12 oz.

7.50% ABV. IPA.

APPEARANCE: ~2cm wide head. White in colour, with nice creaminess and thickness. Nice lacing. Soft consistency.

Body is a murky dark orange-copper. I see no yeast/lees or sediment within. Translucent. Nontransparent.

OVerall, it's standard fare for a pale ale.

AROMA: Pleasant floral hop character. Orange citrus zest. Pale malts. It's almost a bit soapy, but thankfully not quite.

Has a nice balance of hops and malts based on the aroma. A pleasant overall aroma of mild strength.

No yeast or overt alcohol is detectable.

TASTE: Floral hops, orange citrus/zest, pale malts, clean barley. Has a nice sweetness/bitterness balance, with a nice subdued hop flavour.

Depth of flavour is above average. Flavour duration and intensity are average. It could boast more complexity and subtlety, but there's enough here that it's interesting. A tasty pale ale build, all things considered.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet, to style. Nicely carbonated. Clean, though slightly oily. Could be softer, but overall it suits the taste nicely. Medium-bodied, with enough thickness to support the flavours featured in the brew.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable. I like it and would get it again, and it's solid work from Bear Republic even if it does have room for improvement. Well worth trying.

Low B- (3.30) / WORTHY

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Photo of Auraan
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden color with a thin white head that dissipated into a ring of white, with abundant carbonation bubbles. It looks quite nice, very true to an IPA. Scents of cat urine upfront, which thankfully quickly subsides into a wonderful bouquet of tropical fruit, especially pineapple, citrus and pine resin. A typical American IPA aroma, but fairly nice after the initial aroma of cat subsides. Flavor begins with pine resin and tropical fruit with a light cracker malt backbone, but also a slight onion-like off flavor, a problem I also had with Racer 5, but not Café Racer 5. Moves into grapefruit peel and citrus pith bitterness and some herbal and grassy hops, with the same off flavor still present. Finish is bitter, with pine resin and some tropical fruit, the off flavor continues to be present. Aftertaste is bitter piney hops, some herbal hops, and again the off flavor. It's not a bad flavor profile all things considered, a good West Coast IPA that is nicely hop forward, however the onion flavor keeps it from being great. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, resinous, with moderate carbonation and a semi-drying feel. Nothing to fault here, very nice. Overall this is an okay West Coast IPA. It has a good aroma after it sits for a bit and a pretty good flavor. It's just that there are a few off aromas and flavors that detract from the experience. Still not bad, but not amazing either.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at House of Brews. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale golden orange. Slight haze. Nice white head that settles to a medium collar and a thin layer of foam. Nice rings of lacing.

Smell - Grassy and piney. Grapefruit behind it. Sweet tropical fruit at the edges.

Taste - More discrete hop flavors. Herbal and pine right up front. Brings out the grain. Behind it is mango and tropical fruit sweetness. No apparent sweetness from the malt. Dry, grassy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but the dry finish makes it crisper. Moderate bitterness.

Overall - Tropical characteristics come out more as it warms. Seems to get better, too. Very enjoyable.

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Churchill's Pale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 71 ratings