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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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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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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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4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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