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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

Added by xlperro on 10-05-2001

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Ratings: 613 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of carln26
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright Copper color, very clear with a nice sized white head. Good carbonation is exhibited by the champagne bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The aroma has bread dough up front followed immediately by a citrus/grapefruit zest. It’s all brought together with a nice caramel/toffee. The flavor has the same bright citrus character I detected in the nose. It really freshens the flavor of the ale. The toffee and caramel is there form the malt too with a pear taste on the finish. Smooth, rich mouth feel. Very drinkable.

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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 rastaman
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[email protected] Republic brewpub. A very respectable, well balanced pale ale. Light American hops, low to medium bitterness to finish, perfectly drinkable. Nothing offensive, some lightly fresh aromatic hops, with a soft malty sweetness, i didn't mind it at all. Drinkable stuff.

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

01/16/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22 oz bomber with no date. Poured into a standard 20 oz pint glass.

Appearance- A golden orange, somewhat cloudy pour. Nice foamy white head with light lacing.

Smell- Malts and hops abound. Floral and fruity hops and lightly carmelized malts.

Taste- Am I drinking SNPA? This tastes like SNPA consumed from a different bottle. Very similar IMO. Maybe a bit more malt as SNPA has a bit more hops. A nice balanced beer.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, maybe a tad creamy.

Drinkability- Another great possible session beer. It's a bit hard to come by unless you get it at the brewery though. Very tasty!

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Photo of meathookjones
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came in a 22oz bomber bottle. This appeared a light orange with a tall white head that left chunks of lacing around the glass. Aroma was a lighter citric hoppiness with a supporting malty sweetness. The taste starts of with a bit of malt sweetness before easing into the citric hoppiness. Very pleasant clean and crisp taste here that is what I like from a Pale Ale. Finish went down smooth with a slight bitter citric bite to it. Body is about medium with a good carbonated feel to it. I will most definitely have this again, very laid back flavorful beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was a bit of a gusher: the cap came off with a fervent "shhhpp!", and the foam started spilling out of the neck! I had to cover it with my lips, of course, to lap it up, and spoiled the surprise of the taste. I'll just pretend that never happened and carry on...
Appearance: big carbonation, hazy, pale orange hue, enormous head, as poured into a Belgian-style tulip glass, with delicate lace, an attractive thing, beckoning the nose to investigate further delights...
Aroma: rather light, but flush with sweetness, and citric, tropical fruit, typical pale ale esters, some bitterness, a true hop cornucopia.
Taste: mild, and fruity, sweet, and hoppy, a perfect profile for an EPA, even from the West Coast. Mmmm, I peeked at the label, and see Centenniel and Cascades were put to use here...two of my favorites!
Very smooth, yet full flavored, and unremittently tasty...medium bodied, long, fruity finish, non-stop taste, and excellent ease of drinkability...what's not to like, here?
Glad it's a bomber, for I've lost enough to the carbonation, and want to enjoy every last drop!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty copper color, that is lightly hazy. It has a large fluffy off-white head. It is well carbonated with a solid stream of bubbles coming up from the center of my Duvel glass. The aroma is quite enticing with solid aromatics of American hoppiness, I get notes of grapefruit and tangerine. The beer is quite dry tasting, which pairs interestingly with the dominant citrus character of this beer. This finishes with a solid bitterness. Because this beer is so light on the palate the hop bitterness actually seems higher than many IPAs. Tasty, and refreshing, but could actually use some more malt focus to keep this more in balance.

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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 SixpointJMH
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a lovely crisp bright orange with a nice fluffy tan head that leaves its mark all over the glass. the smell is predominantly hop, with some malt and bread thrown into the mix. simple but bold. nice. the flavour is much like the smell, but more complex, some sweetness (caramel, maybe?) comes into the mix about midway along with a touch of fruit as well. hops still dominate throughout but the malt balance is definitely noticeable and is mixed in just right. there's a very bread-y feel to this one. it's nice that it has a bit of a bite to it as well. i thoroughly enjoyed this relatively simple but finely made brew from the bear republic folks. an easy choice for a great session ale.

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Photo of mschofield
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden copper, topped with a two finger puffy off-white head. Leaves very wide bands of lacing, almost a full sheet.
Citrus and floral aroma, mainly floral aroma, the citrus comes out more in the taste. Citrus zest and bread.
Citrus, floral and toffee taste. Good bite to it for a pale ale.
Medium bodied, very good drinkability. This beer fits somewhere in the middle of American pale ale to English IPA.

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

An utterly ordinary amber hue that leans heavily towards golden. Tiny rising carbonation. But the head! French vanilla colored, rising fast, and sticking forever, only receding to form pits and caves anchored within the foamy bedrock.
Cascaded nose. All grapefruit, and pine needles, along with notes of dry grass. Wet bready malt hues are manifest, but aren't significant, aromawise, aside from asserting that the malts are, in fact, present.
Begins with bread and dough, and then evolves into something very British-seeming. Toasted muffins and dry toffee and scraped with butter. The malt base is full but very dry. Hopping is not explosive, but it is gripping. Cascades and their grapefruit and Cennentials with their steely pine. This stresses balance rather than excess.
The body is airy and medium, which suggests something that is drinkable all day long. With additional bombers, I could easily do just that.
A tasty, amiable Pale Ale, that seems built from a Best Bitter frame.

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

I have liked both Bear Republic samples to date so I'd figure I would try the XP that I saw at Trader Joes recently. And once again I am enjoying another one of their brews.
This brew is copper colored and highly carbonated. Poured a nice fluffy inch and a half head that is leaving a nice lacing. Smell is wonderful, floral hop tones, citrus, and bread. The taste is really growing on me the more I enjoy the 22 oz bomber. Well balanced taste that finished nicely with a bigger than anticipated hop finish. Mouthfeel is lively and very full for a APA. This is a very drinkable PA, one that will be enjoyed again. Bear Republic is fast moving up my list of favorite breweries!

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Photo of rkhaze
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a huge foamy white head that got dense, creamy and rocky as it fell. Decent lace.
Smells sweet with malt, fruit and honey notes. A mild perfumy hop aroma at the end.
Tastes of sweet grainy malt, tropical fruit, citrusy/grassy hops and a hint of vanilla. Nice balance of flavors.
Light bodied with a full mouthfeel and a lot of carbonation.
Very crisp and refreshing. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a paler amber color with a thick off-white head retaining well. Hoppy nose, grapefruity and sweet smelling. A little grassy and herbal smelling. Nice malt profile hiding underneath all those hops. Kind of a fruity malt profile on the palate. I picked out blueberry amongst the rest of the huskiness of the malt. One of the best pale ales I've had from the U.S.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed with American 2-row, English Wheat, Belgian, and Dextrin malts, and hopped with Centennial and Cascade hops.
OG=1.052, 5.4% ABV, 55 IBU.

Firm "psssht" blows the cap off, and pours out to a slightly hazy caramel with orange accents, forming a very large, peaking whipped light beige head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is medium. Aroma is delicately fruity with lots of citric hops, floral dryness, dust, green apples, navel oranges, a touch of sweet caramel, and some kiwi fruit. Aroma is dry and dusty, akin to many spontaneously fermented Belgians. I wonder if this is infected? Mouthfeel is spritzy and alive with a medium body and astringent finish. Taste begins with a mild, dusty citric hoppiness and mild bitterness up front, followed by predominate kiwi fruit, a splash of pineapple, and the finish is bone-dry, clean, and brief with a touch of sourness and aluminum bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is too strong in the finish for a 5.4% ABV brew.

This has the makings for a great Pale Ale, however the kiwi fruit flavor has me worried about it's longevity. The metallic sourness and hint of alcohol in the finish also detract from the taste. I noted these issues on a 6/28/2004 review, and this 2nd 22oz bottle today (5/12/11) has the same character.

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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 beerinator
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A little bit cloudy. Tannish with a slight hint of amber. Very pleasant super white head.

Aroma: Hoppy bread aroma. Hops present seem flowery and vegital. Not very citrusy smelling.

Taste: Heavy on the malt side, not a hop centered pale. Slight bit of smokyness is tasted. A lot of sweetness in the front. Cake batter-y. Breadyness makes the mouthfeel pleasant. There might be a slight bit of butteryness.

Notes: Very easy to drink. Not too X-treme for a pale! Good beer.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Poured orange and clear with a white head. Served on the warmish side for maximum flavor. Subtle balanced aroma of grapefruity hops and fruity yeast notes. Malt shines through the citrus hop flavor and bitterness nicely to make this well balanced and delicious. This is one easy drinking brew.

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

Large bubbles form a thin lacing before receding, atop a clear orange brew.

Aroma of yeast, biscuity malt, and citric hops.

Taste follows suit. Moderately yeasty, a bunch of golden-brown toast flavor in the malt, and a balanced amount of grapefruit and leafy hops.

A little more focus on malt than the average American Pale, this has a nice chewy property to it..pretty decent all in all.

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

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent, but it mostly boasts of intensely citrousy hops that refresh as they hit the nose. The taste is good. It has quite a bitter flavor which is dominated by citrous hops again along with a complex malty core. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good pale ale. It has a malty character as well as an intense hop spectrum; a good drinker.

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Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber bottle, this one seemed just a little off to me, maybe I got an old bottle or something. Faint hop aroma. Not what I was expecting in terms of malt, pacific NW jolt of hops. Still a decent P.A. I'll have to try it again to see if there was something missing here.

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Photo of david23
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque light copper color with a nice head that settles quickly but leaves nice lacing. Smell is somewhat subdued but hops are in abundance with a nice citrus note. Carbonation is right on for this style and very refreshing on the palate. Dominated by hops but a citrus note makes its way through making this an very enjoyable Pale.All in all, I'm sure i'll be having more of this.

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Photo of twilight
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had five Bear Republic Ales and none has failed to impress. This one, of the ones I've had, has been my least favorite, but it's still pretty amazing. The pour is a pale light copper that just seems a bit too light. The aroma, a faint floral hop profile that just begs to add a little more hops to become fuller. Nevertheless, it still smells really good, just a bit faint. The taste is one of subtle hops with a slight malt profile and a not-too-bitter aftertaste that sort of lingers. The carbonation is high, but just seems appropriate, as it seems like a nice refreshing beer.

Though this one is very drinkable (and a solid beer), I'd probably leave it for a session beer, or to ease someone into the joys of ales.

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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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