Churchill's X | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Churchill's 10

Crafted in honor of the tenth anniversary of Churchill's Pub and Grille in San Marcos, this IPA is brewed with a large proportion of wheat and rye malts and the newly released Meridian and Mosaic hops.

Brewed annually for Churchill's anniversary party (aka Renaissance).

Added by jvillefan on 03-04-2013

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4.99/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Churchills – 03/16/13
Standard pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden straw colored body with some orange tones. Has a sort of fuzzy peach appearance to it with some streaming bubbles rising up to form a thin rim of paper white foam on top. Not enough head to note much on retention but what was there seemed pretty persistent leaving behind a nice trellis work of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of deep lush tropical fruits with highlights of mango and juicy melon. I get a light grapefruit zesting mixed with some lemony pines and an expressive danky herb note. Very floral nose with just a smidge of sugary sweet pale malts in there. An awesome prelude to the great hoppy flavors here.

T: Flavors burst with green melon, tangerine, grapefruit, and a generous spike of mango. I get a dash of lemon and young berries as well. Incredibly hoppy, fresh, and lush. I would say the Simcoe origins of the Mosaic hops really start to assert themselves with a following of that piney dank weed. Light sugary cracker malt base with a touch of peppery rye. There is a real nice juicy pucker to the beer but despite the massive hop flavors overall bitterness is rather moderate and smooth. A touch of alcohol presence noted but all things considered this is incredibly well balanced. This is outstanding!

M: Lighter in body with a nice even carbonation. Smooth creamy texture and a nice drying crisp towards the finish. A bit of hoppy pucker to the palate and slightly resinous with sticky hop oils.

D: Fantastically drinkable stuff. An all around incredible IPA. Bear Republic has reaffirmed my love for them as one of my favorite breweries. I thought Café Racer was great and Churchill’s X even better. Has everything I look for in an IPA. Just juicy with citrus, tropicals, pine, and sticky greens.

Probably the best IPA that very few will know. Only 10 kegs brewed exclusively for Churchill’s Pub 10th Anniversary. Get this one while it lasts!

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4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

03/02/2013 and many times after that

Hazy yellow orange. Explosive Amarillo aroma with huge grapefruit, tangerine, and orange aromatics. Bright and vibrant and outstanding. Juicy orange and grapefruit with big tangerine in the flavor. Just a blast of hop flavor with a lower moderate level of bitterness. Delicious. Rye malt has a soft and unobtrusive presence. Bear Republic killed it with this one. A beer worthy of the bar it was made for. Crushable stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A very hazed golden with a thick, creamy near-white head. Sheets of lace are left down the glass. A very pretty IPA.

An explosion of Nelson and Citra hops...but apparently, neither were used in the brewing of this beer! Apparently this is brewed with Mosaic hops, but they sure fooled me! Well then...regardless, this is an incredibly smelling beer. It's a wonderful balancing act between Alpine Nelson and Societe Pupil. Grapefruit, spice, dank, citrus, passion fruit...this one has it all. Wonderful!

The flavor isn't quite as exceptional as the aroma, as there's more biscuit in the flavor than there is in the aroma, but, regardless, the hop character translates nicely from the aroma and this is an incredibly delicious, gulpable IPA. A very expressive hop-forward IPA. Cuz AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR MALT!

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Fantastic. A highlight of Churchill's Renaissance party.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Big citrusy/berry/tropical fruit aroma – a bit pungent, but quite fragrant. Coupled with a very light amount of malt sweetness.

A: Golden color, totally clear with a white head of micro-bubbles that slowly recedes. Moderate lacing is evident in the glass.

T: Lots of citrusy/berry/tropical fruit hops upfront, but not as flavorful as the aroma. There’s a light malt sweetness for support and very light bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Quite tasty! Originally made Churchill’s 10th Anniversary, the beer routinely now shows up annually for Churchill’s anniversary, better known as Renaissance. The beer is super clean and hoppy – yum!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Churchill's, March 2013.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a two finger pillowy white head.  Great retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap/ring.  Soapy lacing left behind.  

Floral, resinous hop aroma with a slight onion-y/summit presence along with earthy grass and tropical/citrus fruit.  Pine needle character with biscuit malt, slight caramel,  mango, pineapple and orange peel.  

Medium bodied with a crisp, oily resinous hop bite that lingers over the tropical fruit notes and pale malt backbone into a slightly dry finish.  Crisp, clean and easy to drink with bitter, grassy hops followed by grapefruit,  orange peel and papaya sweetness.  Really well balanced with fruit and light malt notes countering the earthy bitterness of the hops.  Really drinkable with an invisible ABV.  Very nice!  

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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tasting glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 10 March 2013.

A: Cloudy, wheat-gold. Light head. Good lacing.

S: Pine and citrus, unsurprisingly, but the hops don't taste particularly bitter.

T: Tastes initially sort of like Pliny the Elder, then fades into Racer 5. The finish is soft and wheaty.

M: Dry and bitter, but light and round. I like it.

O: At 100 IBU, it's intense, but still approachable and drinkable. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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