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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Ratings: 321 |  Reviews: 62
Reviews by srv33:
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3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: No idea - this ones staying in the bottle! So it gets a 3.

Aroma: Whoa, really a lot going on here, gorgeous citrus aromas, strong pine scent, some sweeter fruits and a nice dose of skunkiness to round it out. This one might have sat for too long but the skunk isn't a drawback, it smells great.

Taste: Smoother than the taste would let on, very easy drinking. A more muted taste than I expected. Orange, pine, hops, a very drinkable and sessionable pale ale. Nothing too strong or overt here.

Mouthfeel: Fine carbonation, relaxed mouthfeel, slightly thick for the style.

Overall: A great pale ale, nothing too rambunctious, but an ideal session choice. Would absolutely drink again. One of the better beers I've had in the style. If you like pale ales - pick this one up!

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L- Darker gold, pours with thin white head that clears almost completely in 10 seconds. There was nothing to warn me that a lot of sediment would pour with the beer, and it had been resting for days in the fridge. It is one of the slugdiest beers I've had, hundreds of small chunks of it hang suspended. That might explain why there is zero rising CO2 in the glass.
S- Quite a perfumed mandarin orange, that all I get.
T- Citrus notes into a somewhat bitter finish
F- It's quite dry. I do get CO2 showing itself in my mouth. It is refreshing.
O- It comes over as a bit low-ABV% to me. [ps. I now just checked the lable and am very surprised to see it is 6%!!, I don't get that tang at all.] Interesting to try, but I doubt I buy it again.

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Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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 +15.3%
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 -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yhoshijima
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of pgregoryCA
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samtrillo
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dacrza1
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE: July 7, 2017... OCCASION: watching Indiana Jones with the boys for the first time--a truly memorable night... GLASSWARE: Stoudt's signed pint.. pours a dark, cloudy amber with a brisk, white, foamy head that creams its lace neatly around its rim... head retention is resilient... a glorious bouquet of grapefruit, mango, apple, and a nice balance of bread malts make for an alluring pale ale... effervescent, lively, and easily drinkable... at 6% ABV, reasonably weighted.... medium-bodied, creamy, and a trigger for each successive sip... the grapefruit and mango set this squarely in the West Coast, while the herbal and earthy natures combine to build a profile that rivals the growing number of great pale ales out there... caramel and dough malts leave the aftertaste formidable and memorable... that flavor diversity may set it apart from other pales... another quality brew from Bear Republic...

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Photo of joeyjoey104
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +3.2%
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 +0.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Grand Am from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 321 ratings