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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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 38
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance 2013 at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Churchill X." (This was NOT called "Churchill's Ten" on the menu/taplist during the Churchill's Finest Hour 2013 release. Not sure where they got that name. I loathe inattention to detail). Served on-draught into a pint glass at the Churchill's Finest Hour 2013 release at Churchill's pub. Reviewed from notes taken standing up in a crowded bar; as a result this review does not go into as much detail as I usually like to.

A: Pours a one finger fluffy head. Soft, with nice cream and excellent retention (8+ minutes). Body colour is a hazy yellow-orange. Vibrant and appealing. I'm excited to try it. Nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lovely fresh citrus zest. Juicy. Nectary. Pale malts. Fresh and pleasant. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Floral. Very attractive. A moderate strength aroma. Subtle and appealing. Good for the style.

T: Lovely. Light lemon-citrus zest. A bit juicy. Some nectary hop character. Pale malts comprise the supportive apt foundation. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Refreshing. Well balanced; little hop bitterness comes through. Clean. Delicious. Good complexity and subtlety, especially for the style.

Mf: Soft, chewy, smooth, and wet. Yet it's still coarse enough to coax out the flavours without limiting its refreshing texture. Good presence on the palate. Excellent carbonation. Really good execution.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. I could down this beer all night. Tasty stuff. I'd highly recommend it to friends. Another knockout IPA from Bear Republic. Impressive.

High B+

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Photo of HopHead84
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of corby112
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of jvillefan
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A very hazy wheaty looking yellow body with a one finger white head.

S: Extreamly hoppy. There is a citrus and grapefruit bitterness along with a subtle sweetness.

T: Dank hop flavors in the front. There is some citrus. Extreme bitterness throughout. Very little malt to back it up. This is an unbalanced hop bomb.

M: Thick body with great carbonation.

O: Good but not great IPA. If they up the malt, it would be an extraordinary IPA

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Churchill's X from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.2 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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