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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No notes at this time.

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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear golden orange. Head is a full finger of white fluff. It laces well. A nice looking beer.

S-Here come the hops. According to the bear Republic website, the two showcased hops are Mosaic and Meridian. I've never heard of Meridian before but I know what Mosaic smells like and it's all here in the nose. Very tropical hoppy aromas. There is also a grass and pine element as well. I get a noticeable melon and mango aroma which is great. Also a slight peppery spiciness which I am figuring is rye.

T-The mango and melon is very intense. I even get some guava. Citrus and green grass hops as well. A great combo of tropical fruit and sheer bitterness. The rye malt really brings some nice spiciness that almost seems peppery. Finishes very, very bitter.

M-Long lasting bitterness. Medium body with tight bubbles. Dry. Drinks very easily; my pint didn't stand a chance.

O/D-Great beer. Very hoppy with unique flavor and also a hoppiness that is shockingly similar to mangos. I do t know if I will be seeing this one again any time soon and I am damn happy I tried this.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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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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4.46/5  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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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