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Grand Am | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by our team’s passion for racing, Grand-Am™ is an American Pale Ale worthy of the “Racer” family. True to our roots, this sessionable yet assertive ale balances both classic and new American hop varieties with a distinct malt backbone. Start your engines…

Added by argock on 06-10-2012

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Reviews by Nugganooch:
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub – Healdsburg, CA
06/12/14 - Served in a full Pint glass

A: Sunburst look of goldenrod and peach with some slight hop haze through the body. Half finger of stubborn ivory cream rests over top. Nice broken tracks of sticky lace running all the way down the glass.

S: Lots of toasted bready pale malt character on the nose followed by some very floral hops. Vibrantly perfumed with some citrus fruit undertones.

T: The toasty pale malt stands firm in the flavor as well delivering lots of freshly baked bread notes while remaining only slightly sweet. Integrated are some delicate hop flavors that emerge very floral like. Has me thinking Columbus hops here. I get some lesser notes of pine and tangerine as well. Not super bitter at all with a really nice balance across the board. Finishes dry and crisp with only a slight hoppy linger. Very easy on the lips.

M: Moderately lighter body with a nice even consistent carbonation pop. Dry and crisp in the finish with a light resinous linger.

D: A great easy sessions APA and quite possibly an instant classic for me…fits so well into the current BR lineup. Will be grabbing more of this one once it finally hits distro to SoCal.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours amber (SRM 9) with a slight haze under a ½” moderately persistent white foam cap.

S: An initial fresh laundry aroma gives way to light biscuit, light woody earthiness and light citrusy floral notes.

T: Attacks with fruit – primarily citrus and melon supported by light bread crumb to biscuit malt culminating in a moderately high herbal bitter with a moderate linger.

F: Medium to medium light body, medium high carbonation.

O: A full flavored and easy to drink American Pale Ale.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus, grass, and grains. Citrus hop scent of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Earthy hop hints of grass and slight pine. Pale malt scent of grains, biscuit, cracker, and caramel with yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus, grass, and a solid grainy malt backbone. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine. Pale malt notes of grains, cracker, biscuit, and caramel along with some yeast. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good Pale Ale. On the hoppy side with some big citrus flavor but plenty of malt presence.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yhoshijima
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samtrillo
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of joeyjoey104
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No Freshness date on the bottle

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden orange in color with an off-white half finger head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the top. Spotty lacing left around the glass.

Smell - Citrusy with hints of orange and lemon with a cereal grain malt undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lemony with a mild orange sweetness and a big malty cereal backbone. Finishes with a mild bitterness that exhibits both citrus pith and grassy character.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, drinkable brew that goes down easy.

Overall - Did Toucan Sam lend a hand to this beer, because it evokes thoughts of yellow and orange Fruit Loops. Not the most complex APA, but it has a decent kick. Good, but plenty of APA's out there I prefer more.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bang on pale ale enjoyed at the Tap Room. Light golden colour, lacey,easy smooth mouthfeel. Citrus orange bitterness. Good drinkability. No astringency at well. This apparently will become their main pale ale. Above average bodied and medium hoppiness.

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Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dertyd
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bear Republic Grand-Am American Pale Ale
12 oz. brown bottle, no apparent freshness dating.

Bear Republic's Grand-Am is done in their typical style: richly malty, loaded with bright hops, and focused. Also, it appears at least partially unfiltered, and it has excellent head retention and lacing.

The malt is a basic golden base but with some breadth to it. You get some sweet, almost doughy notes at first, but the hop flavor and bitterness soon beat that into submission. The hops initially appear as bright citrus and soft pine, but then you find a wider, grassy and minty undertone. Yeast steps in and adds a touch of fruitiness and some drying mineral character. It's solidly bitter, and the alcohol lends a drying touch as well. I lingers in the finish, quite dry, with some piney and minty hops.

It's a straight-forward, well made, perfectly balanced, full flavored, fresh and unfiltered American Pale Ale. You can't go wrong with this one!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy light orange color with off-white head. Aroma has mostly citrus fruits like orange and grapefruit. Taste is also citrus forward, a bit of sweet malt at first but gets quite bitter on the finish and aftertaste. Lingers with grapefruit pith and pine resin. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Quite good overall, a classic example of an APA.

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Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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