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XP Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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XP Pale AleXP Pale Ale
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3.84/5
Very Good
613 Ratings
XP Pale AleXP Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,589
Reviews:
396
Ratings:
613
pDev:
10.68%
Bros Score:
3.87
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
16
Trade:
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Ratings: 613 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Major league pale. British and hopped up with spice and citrus. Pineaple, Not too bitter. Nice combination of malts and hops. Refreshing and complex. Misty orange colour. Great floral and yeast aroma. Nice malt. Full mouthfeel, tart,but milder texture. Fizzy

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on cask, This poured out as a hazy yellowish gold color with a thin white head on top. The smell of some hops and grains were what filled the nose most. The taste of the beer was a little on the weaker side, but it still had enough to keep it a little interesting. There were some sweet grainy flavors in there and some lighter hop flavors in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little light too, probably from the cask, not sure if it really made this brew any better honestly. Overall this brew was decent. I'd like to try it again from a bottle or on regular draft to see if it differes.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm getting used to the notion that these guys make some pretty good beers. The XP pours a more-carbonated than usual look with an aggressive foamstand rising from the glass, but later falling to about a half inch. The hue is very light copper and quite clear until the last of the bottle is decanted, then comes a bit of murkiness from the bottle conditioning. Aromas of light malt, otherwise all hops- citrus and pine. A light estery, peppery note seeps in late. Flavors are light on the sweetness, leaving nothing unattenuated. Modest malt flavors persist and struggle to give balance to the hops. Again, the spicy notes and fruity esters begin to rise as the hop-bite disipates. Very light on the palate with a bold dryness from the hops and moderate alcohols. With a finish that expectedly lingers of hops. This beer is quite drinkable and nice throughout, but the light malt profile allows too much of a hop-bite, carbonic-bite, and a metalic note to settle in from time to time.

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3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber...an increasingly distant remnant/reminder of 'Summer' 2010...

This beer pours a medium orange-amber colour, with many a floatie, and one finger of foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice cavernous lace around the glass as it dissipates. It smells of creamy caramel malt, and mild grapefruit/orange citrus hops. The taste is caramel nougat malt, somewhat bready, a bit of bitter orange citrus, and floral, facilely spicy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body pretty full and dense for a pale ale, and pleasantly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt in a sexy dance with the latent citrus hoppiness.

Definitely a West Coast pale ale, but not the kind where you wonder if the brewer just had a hard-on for an IPA. Lots of hops, but the bitterness is kept on the down low, giving us a nicely balanced drinker...

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium amber color with an overwhelming head that sticks and laces well

Smell: Bread and grapefruit

Taste: Opens with a very dry cracker flavor that spreads into piney and pithy bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the dry, bready flavors return to balance the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink and well-balanced; hits its target, but I prefer a little more malt character

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, burgandy/copper color with a foamy, bubbly, tan, one-finger head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus. Also, some faint floral notes and hints of caramel.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness. The hop flavor was sharp, bitter and pine-like. Good balance between the hop bitterness and the sweet caramel.

M - It was dry, sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer that was fairly easy drinking.

D - This is a very fine pale ale. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada with some subtle differences.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

22 ounce bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice dense 2 finger off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap. Some decent lacing is left on the glass as well. Aromas of nice orange, pine, citrus, and some caramel. Nice strength and balance in the aromas as well. Taste of citrus, caramel, pine, and some spices A decent amount of bitterness shows up on the finish that lingers for a bit with citrus and pine flavors. Medium carbonation and body. Very smooth drinking with very nice flavor and no alcohol detected at all. Excellent pale ale from Bear Republic, as expected. Delicious!

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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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber body with golden highlights is capped by a short and frothy white head that holds quite well and leaves thick rings of lace with each sip. Citrusy (more orange and lemon than grapefruit) and gently piney hops are immediately noticeable in the nose, but they're restrained enough that you'll want to give it a few more sniffs to really see what's going on. The Centennials appear to dominate the Cascade, but maybe that's just my impression. The body is medium/light and nimble across the tongue. The very fine-bubbled carbonation is somewhat restrained, leaving it ever-so-smooth in the mouth. And although this is an American IPA, the body and carbonation have more in common with the British style. IMHO, this adds greatly to it's drinkability; and I see this as an excellent session beer! The flavor delivers all of the hop flavor the the nose promises, nicely wrapped and delivered in a delicately caramel-tinged malt wrapper - exceptionally well balanced! And although it's not a complex beer, the hop flavor is varied enough that it remains interesting throughout the pint. It finishes with a crashing wave of flavor that receeds but leaves tiny swirling whirlpools of hop flavor on a smooth and dense sandy shore of bitterness. Very nice! Exceptionally well done and worth seeking out!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear golden orange to copper in color with moderate to significant amounts of very active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a couple of medium sized patch of thick film (made up of larger bubbles) and a mottled thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness and moderate aromas of citrus/orange zest + citrus/grapefruit pith hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange zest and citrus/grapefruit pith hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink and definitely sessionable. Really nice flavors and aromas with a low ABV make this one I would definitely purchase again. The light amounts of bitterness combined with the moderate flavors/aromas of hops is very enjoyable.

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

22 oz. bomber served in a snifter. Pours orange-amber with a light white head. Modest head retention; spotty lacing.

S: Grassy and herbal hops with some faint citrus. A solid malt base.

T: Nice fruity-grassy flavors from the hops grab attention from the underlying sweet malt with its hints of toffee. Orange is the most obvious component of the citrus character.

M: Light/medium body; mild carbonation, but enough to keep it alive; smooth; exceptionally dry finish for style.

O: An exceptional example of the APA style from a very reliable brewer.

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XP Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 613 ratings
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