Grand Am | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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307 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
307
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
9.21%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
55
For Trade:
0
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Lots of bottling yeast in the bottle, very piney and resinous. I could see this being great at any outdoor car racing event when you're in the sun...screaming, "please no more budweiser...need...more...flavor..."as you give your last breath.

Glad I've slept on this one for so long, another mediocre pale ale.

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3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anytime I can get something from Bear Republic it's a good thing but not this time for Grand Am was simply terrible.
The taste was as bland as bland can be tasting more like a malt beverage or worse,
I had high hopes because the appearance and aroma was quite nice.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly above average beer for me

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BOTTLE: Brown glass. Branded silver pry-off pressure cap.

Acquired: At an Austin, TX bottle shop.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2014.
ABV: 6.50% ABV.
Style: American Pale Ale (per the label).
Serving temp: Cold.
Serving vessel: Pilsner glass.
Expectations: High (given the brewery, which I adore).

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~3 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Nice thickness, creaminess, and fullness. Soft-looking. Frothy, with a great shiny complexion and a good even consistency.

Retention: Fantastic (~8-9+ minutes).

Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Vibrant orange. Boasts a dazzling cascade of bubbles towards the head. Translucent but nontransparent.

A great looking pale ale. Looks fresh and inviting. This appearance promises a good pale.

AROMA: Fresh citrus (including orange, faint mango, and tangerine without coming off too tropical), fresh floral tones, mellow pale malts, clean barley, softening flaked malts, and cream. Citrus zest lends still more complexity.

The pale malt sweetness balances any hop bitterness wonderfully. This is a great overall aroma for a pale ale, and suggests a balanced brew with plenty of pleasant hop flavours without too much bitterness or bite.

Aromatic intensity: mild.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The first thing I notice is the delightfully zesty, airy, and soft mouthfeel, which boasts a rare delicate presence on the palate. This texture would be perfect if it weren't also slightly dry, coarse, and rough - attributes which make the beer unrefreshing in spite of its fresh pleasant flavours. It might even be a biteen astringent. At least the carbonation is perfect. It couldn't be more light-bodied.

Unfortunately, there's plenty of hop bitterness evident in the third act. Prior to that, the beer is quite balanced; pale malt sweetness plays a nice counter to the orange zest, citrusy hop bitterness, floral hops, and tangerine. It's not a resinous, oily, or piney hop profile, but it brings plenty of hop flavour to the table. Flaked malts leaven the body and clean barley helps fill it out, but as a result it lacks depth of flavour; it's a bit too light, cushioning the impact and delivery of the flavours a bit too much.

Flavour duration: Average.
Flavour intensity: Above average.
Flavour amplitude: Decent.

It has the complexity a great pale needs, but the balance just isn't there because of the bitterness and hop bite in the third act, and it never feels particularly cohesive or gestalt. There are some fantastic elements in play here, but it never quite comes together.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or scratchy. There're no off-notes or untoward yeasty tones.

OVERALL: As drinkable as it is imbalanced, Grand-Am is an interesting pale ale that - with work - could be world-class. Bear Republic has done so much right in this beer, but its flaws hold it back from greatness. I highly recommend trying it if only for its impossibly soft and light texture coupled with its effective citrusy hop notes, but while it will pique the interest of the discerning drinker, it will fail to dazzle. It's not up to par with the Racer series, but it's well worth sampling.

High C+ (3.25)

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Grand Am from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 307 ratings.
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