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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Ratings: 613 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of xhcadamx
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy yellow / soft amber with a creamy white head and some nice lacing

S - Biscuit and some earthy smells. Doesn't smell like a typical West Coast Pale Ale

T - The biscuit taste really comes out. Again some earthy tastes and hint of citrus. Nice bitterness at the end.

M - I love bottle conditioned ales. The carbonation is very soft and makes the beer very creamy. I wish more beers were bottle conditioned.

D - Very high on the drinkability. Very good flavors without being to hoppy. Definition of Session Beer.

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Photo of froghop
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a semi-hazy pale amber with a large white head that does not want to leave you, excellent lacing.

smell of nuts, caramel, malt, earthy, and some hops.

taste is creamy, nuts, caramel, malt, slight roastiness, and some hops.

overall a very nice pale ale, very tasty, and very drinkable.

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Photo of cameraman
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber color, with a two finger thick head, that is cream in color, that stays on top for some time. A bread and cracked grain comes out at first scent, then a vibrant grassy aroma grows, with a citrus and earthy fragrances that follow. That bready scent is strong at the front of the flavor with a touch of malty sweetness. That all blends to a grapefruit and earthy flavors that dominates the palate. A medium bodied feel, a slight tingle from carbonation, finishing with a dryness that lingers on the back of the palate. This is strong pale ale, very evenly balanced in the flavor and mouthfeel. A strong aroma is inviting, that all rounds out this very good beer, from a very good brewery.

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Photo of twbrewer
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear copper color,lots of carbonation.Very thick,chunky head that quickly fades.

S- Smells of mellow citrus hops and caramel.

T- Slight hop bitterness thats right for the style and is balanced well with the sweet bread/caramel malt taste.

M- Medium bodied,decent carbonation.

D- This is my first taste from Bear Republic,so far so good.Seems right on for the style.

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

A - Poured a copper color with a big white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of citrus hops for the most part

T - Lots of citrus hops upfront spice and caramel malt balance it all out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - A very good easy to drink APA that tastes good this is a beer thats definitely worth trying

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Photo of yesyouam
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bear Republic XP Pale Ale is a hazy light amber ale with a thick, foamy, off-white head. It has excellent retention and leaves thick doily lace on the glass. The aroma is a little muted and a little sweet, like caramel. The hops are bright, piny and citrusy. Was this dry hopped? There is an underlying scent of a damp field. It is medium-light in body and fizzy; thin but fluffy. The finish is crisp and maybe a touch astringent. It is lightly sweet from the smooth malt and a touch dusty. The flavor is mostly straight-forward West Coast hops. It has great balance. This would be appropriate as a session ale any time.
(rated Feb 20, 2008)

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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 magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the Northern California answer to AleSmith's X. Pours clear gold, but with an uncontrollable white head that the pint glass could not tame. Aroma is light and hoppy. Balanced taste of hops with sweet malts and citrus. Could drink this all day. Unfortunately, if I had to choose, its a tough call, but I'd have to go with the Alesmith X over the XP.

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Photo of stewart124
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one for almost 8 months and I hope it's still good.

Huge rocky, slightly off-white head atop this light copper-colored beer. Lacing is nice.

Lots of citrus and pine in the nose with a slightly sweet pear note.

Taste is malty sweet with a good fruity presence and spice of citrus hops. Tastes of pear and a light caramel malt are a nice touch to this pale ale. Aftertaste is spicy, citrusy and dry.

Nice medium mouthfeel and a smooth taste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Slynger
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

XP pours a hazy goldy-oranged amber with a quite nice lid of light beige.

Comes in with pleasantly, zesty, citrus (orange, lemon zest, and light grapefruit), with a nice biscuity malt base, and a hint of spicy-bitter pine. Real nice creamy-fuzzy carb to the slick medium body.

Definitely one of the better APA's out there, and it doesn't hurt the wallet too bad either.

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

22 oz. bomber, first time I've seen this one,

A: Pours a light honey amber with a light white head, typical looking pint. Second finishing pour gives the look almost of a cask head. Solid head retention, very good lacing.

S: Grassy notes, earth, and a hint of sweet lemon candy.

T: Nice flavour, sweet malt though the hops steal the beer from the first sip. Lawn clippings, earth, a bit of dirt and sweet citrus character form the main flavour. Candied fruit comes out a bit in the aftertaste.

M: Mild carbonation, smooth. Light/medium body, real easy to drink.

D: I liked this one, a solid example of the APA style, though I think I'll stick with Racer 5 at a similar price point. I would love to try this on cask to allow the hops to come out more, they show great promise.

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Photo of mattffrost
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a very cloudy light amber honey color. Head is off white that dissolves very slowly. Pretty to look at.

Smell Some citrus fruity smell with a sweet carmel smell. Nothing to profound here.

Taste Nice flaver with a spicey upfront taste that finishes bitter. I like this Pale Ale compared to some others I have had because it finishes more bitter than many others I have tried. In my oponion very well balanced. A hint of some sweentess as well.

Mouthfeel Very pleasant nice and light in the mouth. Very well made beer.

Drinkability. I could drink this beer so often and not get tired of it. Great beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber-orange color. The head is massive, bright white, and recedes slowly into a thick cap of lacing. The aroma is of strong grapefruit and pine with a hint of caramel malt. The taste is a bit more balanced than the aroma. There is still a lot of grapefruit and pine, but there is more malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is slightly high for the style, but it does really get into the way. Overall, this is a fine APA. I like how it is aggressive, yet easy-drinking. I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden honey colored brew with a nice thick layer of foam.. It is slowly shrinking down to about 3/8 inch, but looks like it will stay around for awhile. You could probably rest a penny on it because it is so dense. Nice lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: A pleasing aroma of cut grass and a bit of grapefruit. Slightly resinous as well. A bit of sweetness is also in the background.

Taste: This hits the spot. Just what I was looking for in a Pale Ale. There is a nice, light bitterness from the hops. It is not too bitter, but is definitely a pale ale. Not a lot of superlatives for this, other than it just tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Light on the palate, some tingling from the carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall, A top-notch pale ale. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of lynx1245
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice orange-copper amber with some light lacing from a pillowy white head. Staring deep into the cup you can see a few tiny bubbles rising from the bottom hinting at the carbonation.

Smell: I took note of the smell as soon as I cracked open the bomber. Big aroma filled with sweet citrus fruits and complemented with a nice hoppy jab.

Taste: This is exactly what I expect when I buy a bottle labeled pale ale. There is definitely a hop presence, but it is not overdone at all and it really is well balanced with the pale malt and orange peel flavors. Just a twinge of bitterness in the finish. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body although some on some sips it seemed a bit watery? Strange. However, nice carbonation and a semi-dry finish really make it a pleasure to drink.

Drinkability: This is one of the easiest drinking APAs I've come across. I really like how they didn't go overboard on the malts or the hops unlike many other APAs I've tried. It's an excellent sipping beer and also would be great to drink all night! Will buy again.

This is my first time trying a Bear Republic brew which is strange since I'm originally from Sonoma County. When I brought it home I was a bit disappointed after seeing the B+ average compared to a few of the other Bear Republic A's that I could have picked up. After drinking, however, I'm not disappointed at all! Now I really can't wait to try their others!

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Photo of Murchmac
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange even copper color with some gold highlights.

Smells more of sweet malts than anything, kinda thin metallic macro smell.

Tastes of dry pale malts at first, some sweetness from the hops, just average.

Kinda metallic and weak for me. I havent had this beer in a while, I'd rather watch reform school girls on Mojo HD.

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Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/20/08

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, dark golden in color. Nice rocky white head about 2 fingers thick that fades to around 1 finger.

Smell is mildly citrus and spicey with a nice hint of malt sweetness.

Taste is slightly bitter. Good amount of malt and caramel sweetness to balance everything nicely.

Mouthfeel is light w/ a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and clean finish.

Drinkability is good. Very mild Pale Ale.

Overall its a decent pale ale. Nothing really stood out for me, it just all blended pretty well.

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Photo of Vancer
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, and a massive pillow of ivory capped this beauty. Plenty of sheet lacing surrounds the volcano of head in the glass.

Easy drinking west coast ale, light pine, citrus and orange in both the aroma and quaff. Even some woody resin mixes in during the finish. Nothing strong or standout with this one - a decent little brew, but it seems better suited for a sixer than for a bomber.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one poured from a 32 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It poured a copper amberish color, with a thick creamy head and very solid lacing and retention. The smell is exactly what you would expect of a pale ale. Lots of hops, hints of the rest.

It drinks much of the same, the hops hit you first, not overpowering at all, and then you can pick up some hints of fruit and other spices. A bit watery in the mouth after the first taste, but very drinkable... I could definitely go through plenty of these in a session.

Overall I'd say it's a good, but not spectacular pale ale.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear reddish gold with a thick meringue-like white head.

Big aroma of orange and grapefruit hops dominates the nose. While light malt and biscuit fill in the gaps.

A watery hop bitterness up front along with faint citrus and biscuit. Finish is dry and malty.

Light to medium bodied, thin and watery, with moderate carbonation.

I felt a bit let down with the taste after noting the aroma. Still, it's a pretty drinkable APA for sure.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light orange with some gold for good measure. Hazy, with some sediment suspension. Plush ivory head sits rather jauntily on top, lasting for ages and leaving a beautiful, full lacing. This is one magnificent head.

The nose actually makes it through the cap with quite a bit of power and only gets stronger through the back end. Lots of citrics, just a little floral to round it out. The malts are nowhere to be found - slightly sweet I suppose.

Pleasant and crisp hop-forward flavor; light body size shows that the malt is just a vehicle for the flowery cones of glory. Tasty without ever becoming bitter. Orange peel, just a tiny bit of grapefruit, an even tinier amount of pale malt. Not quite a pilsner, but just a bit of biscuit and some body.

The finish is again pretty light, not much bitterness, and with enough carbonation to keep any stickiness out of the palate. By no means watery, this is just a perfectly attenuated, wonderfully crafted pale ale. Top of the line for this style.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark copper with a huge white head. This reduces fairly quickly to leave a thin foam layer with a lot of lacing.

Smells of hops primarily, with malt also coming through. Has a bit of a grassy character, as well as some spices.

Tastes of hops up front, but nicely balanced by malt and some spices. Finishes bitter and hoppy. Very good example of what a pale ale should be, I think.

Mouthfeel is quite decent; somewhat thick and with just the right amount of carbonation. This is a really drinkable beer that I'll be picking up again.

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

A: Ridiculously heady. Dark gold color with a white head. Retention great, lacing wonderful.

S: Rich grainy alcoholic malt with some dark fruit and lots of sugar.

T: A nice fruit flavor backed up by a great sugary roasted malt. Peaches seem to dominate.

M: Very dry and clean, non-astringent, medium-light bodied,

D: Pretty refreshing. Goes down really easy, and doesn't fill you up as much as some.

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Photo of morimech
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My bottle was a gusher. The color is a hazy golden when the off-white head eventually settles enough to reveal some fluid.

Has a faint citrus hop aroma and a bit of caramel malt.

Balanced flavors between the citrus hops and caramel malt. Surprisingly light flavors. Not what I was expecting.

Light body with a nice semi-creamy texture.

Nothing spectacular about this beer. The low ABV and light body makes it easy drinking when you are not waiting for all the foam to settle. I will pass on this beer next time.

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

22 oz. bomber into a shaped pint glass...

A: Golden amber in color with a massive off-white head. Super sticky lacing with great retention in the glass. Very nice looking beer.

S: Slight smell of sweet/caramel malts and floral hops. Subdued citrus notes.

T: Good balance between the hops and the malts with the hops standing out a little more than the malt. Unlike the smell, I get a nice moderate pine bitterness on the palate with perhaps some citrus notes buried in the mix. Fairly dry finish with a short bitter hang.

M: Good carbonation with a firly thin body for the style.

D: I wish I would have purchased two or more of these. Nice easy drinking pale ale. I recomend this if you want a "down-the-middle" pale ale. Don't expect any massive hop explosion, just a good all around brew!

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