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End '08 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Multiple Beer Blend

Added by bonbini26 on 03-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from the closet, this was served on-tap at The Gate in BK.

Appearance is dark brown with a finger of light tan head. Its` nose has chocolate, citrus, malts and a little pine. Taking a sip of this random beer from Bear Republic and I taste caramel, roasted malts, some more chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium, some hop bitterness sneaks up in the finish. All in all, a pretty solid beer from the good people at Bear Republic.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this at Bierkraft over the weekend, sounded like a stout/ale blend and we were looking for a little more heft ( 2 growlers of Penn Kaiser!). The 08 smelled pretty good, nice and malty with a hoppy presence. Don't this is actually wild, I ran into that naming problem once and couldn't change it back later. I think this would be more like a brown or black and tan style. None the less, it's a very drinkable beer, well blended with an interesting range of tones across the blend. It looks a pretty dark red in the pilsner glass and the head is starting to go. Light lace doesn't last. It is in its third day in the growler and this is the last glass. Ben (?) told me over the phone today it ran maybe 8-9 % and was a mix of their leftover beers. He called it an American Strong Ale. I liked it. A nice one-off stumble on.

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Photo of m1ked
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at my new favorite beer haven...Bierkraft. Just moved to the hood from San Diego, and they had growler fills of Green Flash West Coast IPA....on CASK! I nearly welled up with tears. It is totally awesome. The growler fills are very reasonably priced.

A- This guy gave a huge fluffy off white head over an inch without an aggressive pour. Body is a dark brown, only visible at the edges with light. Edges hang on to the glass while the head slowly recedes. Overall, it looks like I poued myself a rootbeer.

S- The maltiness of an amber or brown with a definite pine intertwined for sure. No etoh on the nose.

T- Taste the bready malts, I think I am getting some rye (hop rod?), with some of that piney hoppiness in the mix. I get some that nuttiness that you often get with browns. Starts like a brown, finishes like an IPA.

M- This feels a little on the full side, with the creamy carbonation throughout. Great for this rainy day.

D- This is a hoppy brown ale IMO... easy to drink. I wish there were more info on it. Hard to imagine mixing up anything from BR and getting a bad product. Way to be resourceful in these tough times. I hope my buying this growler helped stimulate our economy.... just doing what I can.

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Photo of illidurit
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Clear brownish copper color with a thick beige head that leaves tons of epic lacing. Aroma is surprisingly hop-centric, with lots of pine, orange zest, and herbal resin. Flavor is also rather hoppy. Herbal with solid bitterness and only a touch of cocoa maltiness. No idea why this would be classified as a brown ale; it's seriously hoppier than a lot of IPAs. Medium-thin body, nice carbonation, very robust. Good beer.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton...served in an old-fashioned pint glass.

Color is clean, crisp, pure bourbon...maybe a smidge darker Head is a bready, rye-colored full finger and then some. Sort of like the head on a root beer float...that color. Good lacing and retention.

Prominent scent is excellent, perfumy citrus hop grapefruit. This may be weird, but as a former Buffalonian I actually smell a hint of Loganberry if you can believe it. Good caramel maltiness in there too - maybe a little bit of amber or Munich malt as well.

Decent citrus grapefruit hop presence, although the hops may be getting a little earthy. Amber malt comes to forefront more on the taste than the nose. Medium bodied...good for style.

Palate gets a clean and crisp hit with even weight - this is reasonably fresh and finishes on an even keel.

After a while, most in this style get a little too hefty towrards the end of the pint. Same deal here. Slight heft but it'll play.

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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong herbal hop and a soft burnt malt.

The taste was hop forward with a biting herbalness and a dry roasted malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style and dry.

Overall a tasty hop forward brown ale.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger 03-22-09

So this was on tap from the Bear Republic event last Wednesday. Apparently it is a mixture of surplus beer from the end 08 and to clear out inventory they combine the beer, make some adjustments and came out with this.

Pours a deep ruby color, with a nice white head, leaves little lacing. Fruity notes in the smell. This beer is so complex, starts out as a belgium dark ale, then turns into a stout and finishes with the hops of an IPA. Mouthfeel is excellent, really puts the taste buds through a full ride. A really delicious beer and a great idea to finish off extra beer.

I know its not an american wild ale, but i didn't know how else to classify this creation

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End '08 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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