Grand Am | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Grand AmGrand Am

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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Photo of IronLover
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Weathered copper orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short, soapy, off white foam with moderate retention. Medium malty aroma with light caramel notes. Medium light floral hop aroma with orange zest. Medium bodied, with prickly, medium light carbonation. Light creamy smoothness through the middle followed by light warmth at the finish. Medium malt and caramel malt flavors up front followed by medium spicy, herbal hop flavors. Spicy medium hop bitterness through the middle with herbal flavors returning with light over-ripe orange and floral notes to the end. Finished semi-dryly with herbal hop flavors and light lingering hop bitterness. Balance leans toward the malty side as the hop character is a bit subdued. Easy drinking nonetheless.

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Photo of Ssippisam
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dacrza1
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 VoxRationis
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz bottle into a Weissbier vase; no production information.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden to light amber color with a foamy, one and one half inch eggshell white head.  Nice Belgian lacing all the way down.
S: Aromas of lemon citrus, biscuit, and pine.
T: Notably bitter up front with caramel and citrus; crisp, lemony finish.
M: Medium bodied with robust carbonation.
O: Enjoyable, if, like me, you like the consequences of aggressive hopping. Would definitely try again and recommend.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrancisM12
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Six pack copped from Bottle King in Morris Plains. Pours a copper ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of caramel and citrus. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy golden orange color with lots of sediment, the pour quickly builds up massive creamy off-white head that is here to lastingly withstand against the time and also leaves lots of lacing patch and spot along the glass-side.

Crisp citrus leads the aroma along with lime, pine, floral, earth, and grass. It is quite fruity at first before malt gradually taking over with its biscuit, bread, and caramel to bring some smoothness and sweetness. Slight touch of yeast too deriving from the sediment.

It has bold bitter kick to please the hop heads. Also citrus, earth, and grass. Malt is bready, biscuity, sweet, and caramel that is obviously mostly from the Pale. The finish is lasting with intense bitterness that is IPA level like.

The body is medium with smooth mouthfeel from its lively crisp carbonation that is proper to carry all the things well. Finish is very dry.

This one is a bitter APA with hop focusing on its full bitterness rather than typical fruity character, pretty good one.

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Photo of vidisad
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fisherbray
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dms844
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

normally not a huge fan of malty pale ales that arent english ones, but this is a great beer, a really fine example of what a good malt balance can do for the style. this beer is a total classic, cant believe it has taken me this long to give it a review! I love it on tap, where it pours a creamy headed pale light amber color to orange color, leaving almost nitro looking rings in the ping glass on each sip. pretty classic west coast hop profile in the aroma and in the taste, citrusy and clean, just less bitter and oily than an ipa would be, dialed back just enough in just the right places. the malt is cool, toasted and dry, but bringing some body and a little bit of a biscuity, well rounded flavor, seems to work wonders with the hops, and make this feel kind of classic and timeless, like a beer of such high quality and balance that it is immune to the trends in the style, and will be here when the hazy juice bombs and whatever recede back to niche beers in the category. scary drinkable, i wish it was lower abv because i could drink it all day at a slightly lower strength. this is the standard for balanced pales right now, other breweries should take note.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy burnt golden with tons of floaties/sediment; big fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. This beer is definitely unfiltered. The aromas somewhat faint and malt forward with some citrus notes. Hints of orange, lemon, crackers and fresh bread. The flavors are pretty crisp and clean. More hints of orange and lemon with some pine in the mix. Some nice floral notes. Solid malt backbone, but the hops still do their thing. Solid bitterness as well. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid pale ale. It's not flashy and stays true to style, which works. It's "simplicity" and subtleties is what makes it enjoyable. It becomes even more enjoyable about half way through. It's refreshing and well crafted.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint at Growl Movement in Salem $2..after 5 star reward. Deep golden colored beer. Small off white head. Fruity, orange peel hops...strong caramel malts. Taste similar to the aroma. . Nice medium mouth feel. Good traditional APA

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malt forward, a bit of pine. Taste is pine, malts, citrus, balanced and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but less hoppy than I would expect from this brewer.

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Photo of AnotherDisease
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rarigney
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brayton
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taybeh
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a single (can't find a date, but it is from a good shop, so I hope) into a spieglau IPA glass, pours a bright and slightly hazy tangerine with a good 2 finger eggshell head. Nose promises crackery malt with a touch of caramel and some melon flashiness and grapefruit peel. Taste follows...the melon is a bit more pronounced than I prefer... but that is not a knock on the craftsmanship. Feel is very clean with a real snap and bite.

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Grand Am from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 304 ratings.
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