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XP Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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XP Pale AleXP Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
XP is short for Exception Pale Ale. This light golden pale ale balances the malt and hops for a smooth, drinkable beer that compliments any meal.

2009 California State Fair – SILVER
2008 Colorado State Fair - GOLD
2006 California State Fair – 1st
2003 Real Ale Fest (Chicago) – BRONZE

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Ratings: 613 |  Reviews: 396
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden amber color with a nice white head that leaves pretty good lace for its style. The nose is of super floral hops...probably the most I've experienced. The taste is bitter and also of floral notes. It's a very perfumey beer, which might deduct from it's drinkability. It has a light- to medium body. Very good carbonation.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly murky hone, small off white head leaves to ring pretty quick. Some spotty lace.

S - Subtle. Very mild malt and hop character.

T - Light malt with hop and citrus seasoning. Pretty simple.

M - Light to medium body, good balance. Uncomplicated.

D - Very easy to drink. Nice session, for sure.

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Photo of hiku7
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomber to a nonic. Pours a cloudy honey amber with a thick off white head.

Smell is very citrusy, oranges, lemon, and maybe grapefruit, almost sour, with underlying toasted malt. Taste is also citrusy, with some floral notes. Earthy and grassy hop backbone. Hops are a bit much for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected, and moderately carbonated at best.

I love Bear Republic beers, but this is not my favorite, though it's a drinkable decent pale ale.

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Photo of climax
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one pours a very cloudy tangerine orange. Very cloudy and a good tan head with cratery retention yields a good looker.

The aroma is plump full of juicy oranges, further sweetened by heavy caramel and cinnamon. Great balance between toasty sweetness and bright hops.

The flavor keeps things going on a good note. Orange peel and grapefruit get an added pine flavor. Gratuitous use of cascade hops, love it. The sweetness balances extremely well, definitely a beer of two sides. Finish is dry with pine resin lingering until the next drink.

Incredibly easy to drink, and the body is nowhere near thin. It has a fluffy softness accented by sharp carbonation. The finish is on the chalky side, and asking for another sip.

It certainly accomplishes what it set out to. It's full of good flavor, but not too much to have as a sipper, you could drink this one all night, week, month, whatever.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and a light straw in colour. Solid white head and strong lacing.

S - Citric hops, peach and grass. Biscuity malt rounds it out.

T - Clean, sharp hop kick characterised by grapefruit and pine. Has an earthiness too.

M - Light in body, crisp. Moderate carbonation.

O - Bold and refreshing. Full-flavoured and drinkable. Quality APA.

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Photo of Gmann
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with some small yeast flakes floating about. Some nice lacing left on the side of the glass. The aroma is of a sweet pale malt, honey, bready, with some nice floral hops. The taste is on the sweet side, appears that the malt won over the hops, or I have an old bottle. I think I have an old bottle, crap. Anywho, a nice bready honey malt followed by a weak floral/grassy hop flavor. Enough hops to give it a nice flavor but no real bitterness. Though I believe this is old, still fairly good flavor. A nice solid feel, with prickly carbonation, smooth and balanced, though not sure that was intentional. The bottle had a 020608 code on it so it is not terribly old but old enough for any good hop flavor. I will need to revise upon a fresher sample.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden amber color ale. respectable head with solid lacing. Head stays throughout the drink.

S - Crisp citrusy Bready aroma.

T - Good hop balance that lasts throughout the the taste.

F - moderate body that is a little light on the carbonation.

D - Very drinkable American Pale ale. Great session beer.

Overall - I am usually not a huge fan of American pale ales, but this was a pleasant surprise. Nice hoppage that goes down very smooth.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a modest, lasting head and amazing lacing. Aroma is grassy fresh hops and sweet malt. Nice strong malt backbone and aggressive hopping - some optimistic breweries would call this an IPA. Good carb, crisp body. Very very quaffable, well-balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that rapidly faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts and citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has fruity flavors and some hints of initial sweetness. Only traces of bitterness are detectable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and is rather thirst quenching. It goes down easily like a pale ale but has a decent amount of hoppy aromas and flavors like an IPA but without the bitterness. It’s very sessionable.

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Photo of Donsmitty
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fsimcox
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-orange cloudy color. Fluffy white foamy head forms immediately. The foam dissipates slowly leaving a soft white layer. Some lacing.

Smells of hops, citrus, and green apple.

Taste is smooth up front, apple cider and citrus, with a slight hop finish. The cider taste lingers for some time.

Mouthfeel is medium body, some carbonation, and a dry finish.

A nice ale. Reminds me of a cider beer I once had in Belgium. Very drinkable.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

A malty, citrusy, hoppy fruity nose with faint floral notes.
Pours a beautiful amber with a 1" dreamy off-white foam cap that provides excellent lace.
The malt dominates the palate penetrating throughout offering big caramel and creamy flavors with a bitter accent on the finish.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of bomber style bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a burnt orange with a big 2 finger white head. Very standard look for an American pale ale.

Smell: Piney hop smell with a little bit of caramel.

Taste: Piny hops with a slight citrus fruit taste. Very crisp and fresh tasting

Mouthfeel: Light first taste with lots of hoppy bitterness. As it gets further in the hops give way to a slight citrus taste. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: Overall a very solid APA. I would take Sierra Nevada over this if I had to choose. However it was worth a try and very above average.

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Photo of Llamameister
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Halfway between gold and copper, with a 2" thick, fluffy, foamy head that stayed lofty and luscious. Lots of lacing as I drank.

S: Pine tar, strong grapefruit, peach, light scents of fresh-baked bread, oranges, alcohol. Definitely heavy on the hops, makes me excited to taste it.

T: Lots of grapefruit, orange, and pine up front. The generous hops balanced with the present, but muted, malt undercurrents. Crisp tasting, really great Pale Ale style that avoids the pitfalls of being watery or flaccid.

M: Light, refreshing, crisp. Hops bite, but don't linger on the palate overlong. Perfect for a PA.

D: Easy to drink, for sure. The surprise is that it's also more engaging than I've come to expect from American Pales, serving as a great representation of its own style, rather than as "IPA Light."

I really liked the Black Bear Stout put out by these guys, but never got around to trying anything else by them. Now I'll hunt their beer down like dogs.

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Photo of birdsellam
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft, toasty maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness; bright, crisp hops; a little raspberry-like fruitation.

Super-massive head – it’s so creamy and lively, like some kind of home-baked baked-good. Good clarity. Off-copper color – lighter and more golden, but not too much gold.

Tart hops and toasty malt start the party. Aforementioned raspberry joins conservatively. Malt flavor blooms into a biscuit with snappy sweetness. Bright hops slowly become the life of the party and round out the end with their lovable bitterness.

Medium body with nice foamy carbonation and a slight, acidic pucker.

This beer’s alright. Not my favorite pale ale, this one, but given the opportunity – sometime in the not-so-near future – I wouldn’t not drink it again.

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Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of williamherbert
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear amber-orange. Only a film of head. The color is really excellent, really attractive. Almost no lace.

Strong pale malt scent with a nice layer of hops. More pale malt smell than hoppy smell. Smells like a true pale. Good balance. Flowery.

Heavy pale malt taste with only a hint of hops. The malt is biscuity at first but then has a bitter finish. More bitter of a malt thyan other pales. Hops take a back seat.

A dry feel. Leaves a milky finish that is quite nice. Medium-to-full thickness. Malty feel, but gets less dry as it warms. It's a nice, thick pale. Dry, bitter, not bad at all.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Bear Repiblic.

A: Clear golden color. Not much head or lacing. Looks like a standard Pale Ale.

S: Some nice malts. A nice citrus hop aroma. Let it sit for a while and the smell never really got much stronger or improved at almost room temp.

T: Kind of bland. There was a bit of a citrus hop flavor to start. Then went into a malty finish. I don't know why, but I wasn't crazy about the taste. It was ok, but it just wasn't doing it for me.

M: Llight to medium bodied. Well carbonated. Noce and crisp.

O: It was okay, but not something I feel the need to order again. I think, perhaps everything was just lighter than I would have liked.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy, cloudy bottle-conditioned pale ale, amber in color. Great head retention.

Smell: Very citric, lemon especially, and a touch yeast.

Taste: Fairly dry with a solid malt backbone and lots of zesty citrus. Quite hoppy in the finish, but with a very clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with exceptionally smooth, gentle carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

Drinkability: A very sessionable beer, distinctly in the Pacific Northwestern style. Probably one of the better California pale ales I've come across.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Three fingers of fluffy head are noticeable immediately. It appears very well carbonated and crisp looking. The beer is a amber-caramel orange. Looks very inviting.

Smell - Fresh hops and malts fill my nose and make me anticipate the taste of this pale ale. Smells heavily of toffee and wheat also. This beer smells very fresh and pure.

Taste - Tastes of very fresh malts and hops. Slight hints of grapes linger in the overall taste as well. The malts are sweet and blend well with the hops and other ingredients. Quite sweet overall.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A sweet pale ale filled with caramelized malts and hops. A thirst-quenching medium bodied beer. Quite biscuity and bready as well. Fairly easy to drink a lot of.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange with nice background of debris floating in glass and a very light 2 finger head which eventually desolves to nothing and leaves little to no lacing. Smells ungodly fruity with a hint of pine. Taste is definately apple (grannysmith) and has a very suttle piny bitterness to finish off. I just had a great lakes burning river before this, and this is a definate step up imo. Very drinkable and satisfying brew.

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Photo of VonZipper
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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