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

Added by xlperro on 10-05-2001

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Jordan
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh... Bear Republic. Bought a whole assortment of BR brews while I was in Healdsburg. Each one incredibly fresh and alive. Pours out of the bottle like it was fresh from the tap, lively carbonation, potent malt and hops aromas. It's fun just to tease yourself for a minute and let it sit there and breath in that romancing aroma.

The flavor sensation begins with a tangy honey sweetness dissolving into an aggressive citrus and herbal-hop essense, finishing slightly piney, everything is enveloped with a freshly baked malt-bread undertone. Brown sugar, floral, and herbal notes to the nose. The complexity here is staggering.

The new benchmark for the APA?

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Photo of Brent
4.84/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a cool beer! I don't think that has been the thought that pops into my head very often on sampling a new beer, but that is exactly the impression this beer had on me. Poured a hazy copper. Aroma was a distinct bright citrus, tangerine comes to mind, with hints of lemon and orange. The citrus continues as the first impression, very light and clean. Polishing off the bomber, the citric character fades somewhat and a more traditional hops bitterness emerges, but well balanced as a little more malt strides along, arm-in-arm. According to the bottle, both Centennial and Cascade hops are used - a magical combination in this beer. Off the scale in drinkability - the stuff is evaporating out of my glass. "Summer in a bottle."

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Photo of mempath
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a bomber into a british ale pint

looks rich...great lacing and cling...beautiful head that lingers and settles into a topographic fantasy island...deep golden/light amber. beautiful.

i was expecting something more malty but the hops are right there, a big thick veneer over a hint of malt core...again, impressive.

taste...wow. ya know, maybe i am just used to too many Torpedos...but this seems like another example of perfect balance...is seems similar to Torpedo in some ways...a shade less agressive, but barely. this of course is no hop bomb...but i love the taste of hoppiness without the bitterness (which i DO prefer, but when i want that bomb, i go for smuttynose ipa, etc...). this is a stealth hop grendade!

drinkability is just as exceptional. i can't compare this to BRepublic's other greats like hop rod rye, etc....this simply is stellar for what it is.

HIGHLY recommended

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Photo of StevieW
4.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle. One of six brought back from the Sonama Valley of California by request.
Beautiful orange-amber color. Huge rocky off-white head. Uneven lumpy head. Nice look in the glass.
Aroma is super hop charged from the moment the cap is popped. Fresh whole Cascade hop presence. Citrus and floral notes. Smell matches a pine tree split open by a lightning strike. First taste is a full bodied assualt by the Cascade hop presence. Citrus, grapefruit, and extra juicy. Pine tree taste subtly comes through. Fresh bitter snap, unbelieavably refreshing. Sticky and resiny on the tongue. More hops than you know what do with, but that's fine with me in this case. Although the hop charging come through on a nice bready biscuit malt flavor. It's overshadowed by the hops, but it's there. Finish is bitter, and cleansing to the palate. Begs to be guzzled. Flavors never waver, very impressive. Doesn't compare to the other beers listed with it. Without knowing I would list this one as an IPA.

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Photo of Gavage
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow with a 3" thick fluffy white head. The head barely receded as it looked like whipped egg whites after some settling.

Smell: tremdous floral hops and oranges. You can pick up the aroma without having your nose in the glass.

Taste: this beer is dominated by the floral bitterness and slices of oranges, but the malt levels are strong enough to balance it out. There is a hint of biscuits in the background.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. The finish is slighty dry. The oranges and bitterness linger long on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: simply put - superb. This is an all-day and all-night beer. With all the raves about some other BRBC beers, this one caught me of guard for how good it is. This is a great APA.

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Photo of Skidz
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a bright pale gold and sits a gleaming golden amber in the glass with a good sized, creamy off-white head. Fades to a light skim, but paints the glass white with a thick layer of lacings.

Smells vibrantly of citrus, ranging from oranges and grapefruit to a tangy lime. Dried apricots, nectarines and fresh plums add to the sweet, malty core. Overall, just intensely fruity with waxy hop aromas begging you to dive in.

Tastes initially fruity, though fairly mild, hints of oranges appear. An intense rush of bittering hop flavors strike down, leaving flavors of spruce and maple sap. Flavors of grapefruit rind scour the tongue, but fade out to a mellow malty sweetness that is complete with gooey dabs of caramel. Finish is well bittered and hangs on to those fruity flavors quite well.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth, about a medium body. Makes for easy enjoyment.

Fanstasitc APA. Bombers dissapear like half pints, still thirsty for more. A very good tribute to Centennials and Cascades.

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Photo of orfeu
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Agressive carbonation streaks upward in a burnished transparent orange with a rocky meringuing yellowed-snow head. Orange pineapple juice and pink grapefruit aromas mingle with a citrus blossom honeyed malt scent. Honeyed orange juce flavor predominates -- the malt is so expertly paired with the hop bill in this beer that they fuse into one unified flavor. Juicy, almost sparkling mouthfeel. In fact the sweet orange-pineapple juice flavor combines with the aforementioned mouthfeel in such a way that this is almost reminiscent of a mimosa. Lacing is practically uniform in the rings it forms after each sip. Utterly ridiculous drinkability. Nearly flawless APA.

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Photo of BigMike
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A golden orange in color with a lot of effervescence. A big 3 finger head that creamy and sticking around nicely. Some tremendous lacing. This thing completely coats the glass.

The nose is awesome. Fresh and clear citrus and floral. You can smell the cascade and centenial hops working their magic.

Oh yea. This is pretty much the what a Pale Ale is supposed to taste like. Gorgeous hops that are fruity and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit and orange and a nice balancing amount of light caramel from the malts. Well balanced and tasty for sure.

Mouthfeel is soft, light and creamy. So smooth and glides down the throat with such ease. Perfectly balanced.

This is a beautiful Pale Ale. Balance is super. Enough hops to satisfy a hop craving and tons of flavor with a superior mouthfeel. I could most definitely drink a few of these.

Bear Republis shows me once again why they are one of my top 5 favorite breweries in the US!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not gonna lie I've had this from the bottle in the past and couldn't justify sampling it because of a date issue. However, on this brew fresh from Fathead's taps there's nothing better around, a beer I could literally drink all night. Appears a slight hazed copper with a large bright white head that sticks around for awhile leaving behind textbook picture perfect lacing around my pint glass. Aroma is assertive with grapefruit and floral cascades. Completemented with sweet sugar coated hops, whant excellent money pale ale with biscuit malts just enough it really drinks amazingly. Flavors are not overly bitter but incredibly hoppy, blatant citrus and floral hop flavors rush the palate with a soothing crisp bitterness level very green and citrus pith with candi sugar coated presence as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is so even and smooth that it glides down the palate with extra added lubrication from all of the hop oils. Drinkability is amazing I'm so willing to grab a keg of this stuff, I may offer my buddy jcdiflorio to go half on a 1/2 barrel of one of these Bear Republic brews if their available at his distributor.

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Photo of Zorro
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear Orange colored beer with a bit of white head.

Smell is sweet and hoppy with a clear malt and grapefruit aroma. No off or weird or hard to place smells in this at all, a very clean smelling beer.

Taste is mild and malty up front on first taste. Mild bit of smokiness and woodiness is experienced next after your tongue adjusts to the mild sweetness and the hop bitterness asserts itself. The more bitter and sour notes of the hops come out if you search for the flavors, mostly grapefruit. This is one mellow easy to drink ale!

Mouthfeel is full yet still refreshing.

Drinkability is superb! This is one tasty mild ale that you can drink anytime. Not harsh in the slightest and in my opinion superior to SNPA.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BuckeyeSox (Dev) gave me a free bottle of this on top of a nice trade, it was much appreciated. I poured it into pint glass and fell in love with this beer. The thick poof of foam on top looks perfect, imparting a near-perfect aggregate score to the appearance once combined with the clear straw liquid, hint of haze. The smell is lightly hopped, citrus style, with a hint of wheat beer aroma included (although I don't think there's any wheat used in this beer). The flavor is very good for the style, not a pretentious style though. There was a light hops presence leaving a lightly sweet/bitter citrus combination on my taste buds after each sip. Overall very nice.

It's easily available in OH, thank God, this will be a frequent guest in my belly.

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Photo of aaronh
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange amber color, topped by a seemingly everlasting cream colored head. 22 ounces of liquid gold. The aroma is sweet honey tinged malt aromas with the smell of citrus from thte hops. Almost reminiscent of an orange-marmalade. Truly divine. The taste is very hoppy up front, but allows a bit of biscuity malt to shine through mid taste. Then a nice blast of hops finish it off. The Centennial hops temper the citrus qulaities of the Cascades a bit, and allow some earthy and grassy notes to appear. Malt is there, but the hops are most prevalent. As the beer warms, the balance becomes a bit better. Mouthfeel is solid, thinning out just a bit early on the way down, but not watery by any stretch of the imagination. And the drinkability is very good. A nice blend of malt and hops, with the Cascades being (thankfully) tempered a bit. The increased malty sweetness shown at warmer temps makes this just about perfect for me, and it is overall a great beer.

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Photo of skrib09
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

xp pale ale poured out a semi-clear amber with a foamy looking white head. good retention and lacing.

smell of the brew is mild hoppy. pine and citrus coming through. some bread towards the back of the nose.

taste is excellent to me. well balanced hop and malt. slight pine and citrus on top of the malt flavor.

great mouthfeel and great drinkability.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Burnished dusky orange filled with loads of tiny particles and a few wispy flakes that resemble citrus pith. The head is a thing of beauty. It's rich ivory in color, creamyfirm in consistency, displays dozens of tiny, pearl-like bubbles on its increasingly craggy surface and leaves an impressive amount of chunky lace when it eventually deflates.

Lucious, hoppy nose of sweetened citrus zest. More orange than grapefruit, but bursting with the essence of each. Since there's very little intrusion from the malt (thanks for using only the paler varieties Bear Republic), this is a nose that can be enjoyed in all of its hoppy glory.

XP is a delicious pale ale. There's no doubt that it's an APA and not an IPA--as some APAs aspire to be--because of the light-medium body and the impressive amount of hop flavor that isn't accompanied by a huge amount of hop bitterness. In that respect, it reminds me quite a bit of Three Floyds Gumballhead. Both are hoppy as hell, lack a tongue ruffling amount of bitterness and are relatively light in the mouth.

The flavor profile consists of sweet, juicy orange and white grapefruit (Cascade and Centennial) with a delightfully tart, bitter zing. I may like Gumballhead's tropical fruitiness (Amarillo) a bit more, but they're both outstanding beer. It's hard to imagine how drinkability could be improved.

I haven't yet commented on the malt because its flavor contribution is minimal. It clearly provides yeoman-like support though. I wish more brewers would stick with pale malt in their APAs and IPAs. What the hell do they think the 'P' stands for anyway?

Bear Republic is one of those breweries that gets it. They know what works and they deliver, time and time again. XP Pale Ale is great beer and should be an object lesson for those brewers who need something to shoot for. Simply put, XP is one of my new favorites.

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Photo of Troyone
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An apple juice and ginger ale color, lots of head with lacing, and lots of carb action. Bit into the fantastic head.

A light cookie caramel malt smell with pine lime hops and hints of vanilla.

A light sweet and bitter taste with cookie caramel malt; pine and lime hops; and flavors of ginger, light licorice, and cola.

A light body, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a slight metallic finish.

The untimate true session beer for a beer drinker.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous cloud of oranged - yellowy amber sun at dawn color. Tons of haze and stuff floating around. Towering foamy sponged capping of frothy off-whiteness sits forever. Smooths out to a very thick coating of leathery bubbles and laces the glass in huge curtains. The pinnacle of great looking glass of ale!

Could smell it as I was pouring as clean tangerine and lemony grapefruit hit the air quickly. As it warms it gathers a quick caramel noting to hint at its backing and plays wonderfully between the two. Citrusy caramel, if there is such a thing, which this is, then this is that.

Flavors are clean and well-rounded the whole way through. Easy going clean profile of citrusy hops and a nudge of pine. Caramel backing is perfect to juice up the sweetness around the citrus. The citrusy hoppyness is quite unique and complex in this one. Apple, pear, tangerine, melon, white grape, orange, lemon, and grapfruit all tend to get a bit of something in there. Its seemingly simple and has a significant delicate nature about its taste and bite that makes it apparently drinkable the moment it hits the lips.

Feel is medium bodied, clean, with a fiestyness of well-balanced carbonation and hoppy buzzing. Pales down as it warms and digs out some earthy pine notes as it trails off into the finish. It has some exceptional complexity to it and maintains a very welcome palate of flavor and ease of drinkability. Wonderful stuff!

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The latest beer I have had from this fine brewery. Bomber pour a clean gold with a soapy white head with a sticky lacing down the glass. Hops come through in the aroma, citrus fruit and some grassy herbs. Grapefruit shows in the taste as the cascade hops show through, truly making this a West Coast pale ale. Bitter, but very balanced and immensely drinkable.

Personally, my favorite of the brews from Bear Republic that I have had, barely edging Red Rocket. One of my favorite APAs.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours out orange and cloudy. Once it settles in, you get the vertical rows of tiny bubbles. Cool. Dimply head is rather thin, but it does produce big swoops of lace when you're done. Very cool.

Aroma - intense, citrus and floral, portends of bitter things to come. Or so I thought...

Taste - all fruity and floral up front, pretty sweet as IPA's go, mostly oranges though. Busy carbonation in the mouth, a solid Centennial and Cascade presence. But where's the bite? You'll need to be patient and dial down the expectation. After the swallow, more of a lemony feel than orange, there's the bite. Not near as sharp as I thought, that's happened to me 2 or 3 times over the last 10 IPA's. Just goes to prove, what you sniff doesn't always reveal what you get!

The last part of the bottle pours in the sediment, both softening the mouthfeel and increasing the hop bite. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth at the outset, even more velvety once the dregs are added.

Outstanding session beer! 8 months ago, I may not have liked this beer, but I have grown so fond of some of these sweeter IPA's, they are quickly climbing my short list of favorites.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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XP Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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