Endeavor IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Kendo on 10-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by mcallister:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

Enjoyed on tap at Holy Smoke BBQ joint in Mahopac, NY

Arrives typical almond amber, and fairly clear under a mid sized tan cap, leaves moderate fine strands of lace.

Minor sniff of mostly malt

Quite tasty EIPA, malt is smooth and clean, drying hops in the mid section and finish. Subtle, understated, balanced and flavorful brew. I def would enjoy a few more pints of this one. British all the way...

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Photo of BSW
4/5  rDev +7.2%

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a pint glass. Sampled 11/21/10.

A: Arrives with a fingers worth of purely white, densely compacted foam that later takes on a creamy consistency. Decent retention. So far, the lacing is laying down with thick foamy sheets that break down into a spiderweb formation after time. The body is murky amber brown with very little clarity.

S: A gentle bouquet of floral hops is presented on the nose along with a sturdy caramel malt backbone. I'd love to know the hop varieties here because the aromas they impart are a thing of beauty. (A quick reference to the BR's website reveals EKG's.) A half point was deducted from the lightly phenolic, plasticky aroma that surfaced a few sips in. The longer the beer sits, the more noticeable the phenolics are, however, and the score loses another half point.

T: The taste is a subtle blend of hops and malts and the balance is exceptional for the style. Caramel malt is secondary to the hop flavor and restrained enough to avoid toffee comparisons. Lightly fruity yeast character. Flavor is good but not great.

M: Again, the mouthfeel suits the style well. Medium body, forgiving carbonation, and a creamy texture makes an easy to drink beer that much more quaffable.

D: [DRINKABILITY] For me, Endeavor is a very enjoyable English [style] IPA. I would be interested, however, in hearing a UK opinion on this west coast brewery's interpretation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper color with a white head 2/3" deep. Aroma was hoppy, reveals crystal malt as well, floral hops, never BR's strong suit, they make a hoppy beer but generally their aroma scores are behind the rest of theirs.

Taste is very good. They took a shit ton of Euro Kent Goldings and American quantity hopped this. A different take, interesting, this isn't going to please many traditional English IPA fans. But I can dig it like Booker T. Malt leans more caramel than toffee. Maybe some honey pale.

Total hybrid of styles, seek out just to say you ticked something where East meets West kind of vibe.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of wadecats
2.66/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Dirty Truth - very dark in color for an IPA - wet tobacco seat color. The head was quick to die on this one but the carbonation was fine.
High acidity is the first and main feature of the taste and mouth feel. For other tastes, I was hit with bitterness throughout and a burnt flavor that was not smoky in any way. The malt character along with the burnt taste was dry and thin.
Nothing much to shake your home stick at...

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Photo of Kendo
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on-tap at Blue Tusk in Syracuse on 9/30/10. Surprised to find it's not listed here on BA, as the Bear Republic website has it listed. They describe it thusly:

"This copper-colored IPA is crafted in the English style using Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt, East Kent Golding hops, and our house Scottish yeast. This well balanced ale is malty and hoppy with a soft and fruity yeast character."

OK, on to my review:

A: Arrived in a mug, probably about 10 oz. Body is clear, amber-honey in color with a 1-finger whitish head. Leaves behind good rings of lace.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose (this may stem from my impression that the beer was served a bit too cold). I get a bit of bready malt, and as it warms, some earthy-ness and a touch of spiciness.

T: First impression: "Nice English-style IPA." Some caramel malt up front, along with a toasty character. Slightly yeasty fruity flavors follow. Finishes with a dry, lemony bitterness. That bitterness lingers on the mouth, but it's not a juicy hop assault like you'd find in an American IPA. It provides a touch of bitterness, but not a lot of hop flavor, which makes it nicely balanced overall. Warmth is felt in the belly, presumably from the 6.7% ABV (though it could've been due to the fact that I sampled this on an empty stomach).

M: Light-to-medium in heft, carbonation levels feel about right.

D: Excellent. I enjoyed this beer and drank it pretty quickly.

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

On tap at Holy Smoke.

Appearance is a faint copper tone with a small white head. The smell has faint grapefruit, candy, tea spices. Its` taste contains light hops, flora, some bitterness, not too much. MF is medium, small amount of carbonation. It is a refreshing beer, that goes well with some beef brisket or pulled pork.

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Photo of sholland119
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Craft Ale House, 10/29/10.

A-Pours a clear amber with hints of golden peach, a thin white head and good sticky lacing.

S-Malty with just a hint of earthy hops.

T-Sweet caramel malt dominates, very sweet, some earthy English hops appear in the finish.

M-Medium bodied and a bit less dry than I would have liked.

D-Yeah, kind of a miss for me. Even adjusting for English versus American style, still kind of underwhelming.


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Photo of coldriver
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 10/26/11.

A - Poured into a pint glass a clear hazelnut with a one finger head that leaves nice side lacing.

S - Rather sweet and malty with a light subtle hint of hops.

T - Starts sweet with the malts, as typical of the style, that fades to pleasant earthy english hops.

M - Nicely carbonaetd, however, it is slightly boozy.

O - This wasnt a bad English IPA, but there are other solid offerings from different breweries.

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Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a copper color with a small off white head. The nose is very faint and hard to pick up, theres hops, an earthy spiceness. The taste is fairly light and almost watery, there is a slight earthy tone in there as well. Mouthfeel is very light and thin, almost like carbonated water. It's a good beer but not quite what I expected from Bear Republic and I probably would pass on this given the opportunity again.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mahar's.

A: Light amberish in color. Poured with a nice looking finger of white head with good sticky lacing.

S: Very bready. Super clean malt nose. The yeast was fairly clean with just the slightest hint of some esters. The hops were all continental but there. Really balanced nose.

T: Well balanced English IPA. The malt came across so clean. You really could taste the maris otter. The bitterness was mostly in the finish. Nice spicy character from the hops.

M: Perfect mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D: This is one of the best English IPAs that I have ever had. Really well balanced and fresh enough to have that nice hop character. Well done.

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Endeavor IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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