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Bear Republic Nor Cal Ale
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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Inspired by Northern California’s brewing history, this California Bitter is as inviting as the Redwoods. Smooth and drinkable, this ale has a well rounded malt character accented by Cascade and Centennial Dry Hops.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Pours burnt orange. Aroma is fairly mellow with caramel and a mixture of earthy and citrusy hops. Tastes of caramel, earthy hops and dirt. Big hops in the finish with an ashy aftertaste. Medium-light bodied. Just too hoppy in a beer where it doesn’t belong. Not EVERYTHING should be an IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2009
On draft at ACBF09. Pours a light brown with a small head. Aroma of light sweet malt. Flavor is sweet and fruity initially with jam and sweet malt. Pretty good bitter. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Draft @ Capones: Poured a golden orange with a nice head. The aroma was hoppy, floral, citrus and pine. The flavor was hops, a nice bitter aftertaste with a touch of citrus. Overall, a surprisingly tasty brew outta left field. Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2009
[Draft @ Capones] Poured a lightly hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, toast, pine, and toffee. Taste of citrus fruits, piney resin, toasted malts, sweeter toffee, and a dry, bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Tap at Capones. Damn- thought this was an IPA- shit is nice and hoppy. Pours a lightly hazy copper with a nice massive frothy cloud-like head. Aroma is citrus, pine and orange-zest hops and a light caramel and toasty malt. Flavor seems bigger than the 4.6% but still is so easy to drink- citrus hops, resinous, light toast, toffee, and ok caramel- very nice hops all the way through and a very clean finish. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Tap at Toronado. Medium amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of bready malt and citrusy hops. Flavor more of the same, with a little caramel and a bitter citrusy hop finish. Palate medium and fairly dry on the finish. Great session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
On draft at Capones. Pours a clear light amber with a small off white head. Aroma of light citrus and bitter hops. Taste of light citrus, bitter hops and bready malts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Tap at Capones. Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a medium creamy off white head that left great lacing. Aroma of citrus zest, floral, perfume, light bready malt and some various fruity notes. Flavor of a handful of floral and citrusy hops, moderate hop bitterness, dry and crisp, bready malt and some light pine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of hops, citrus, and malts. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, pale malts, citrus, pine, and slight caramel. Medium body. Thin, dry texture. Average carbonation. Hop, malt, and caramel finish. Not a bad session bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2009
On tap at The Flying Saucer KC. Pours a slightly hazy pale copper with a thin, creamy, off-white head and cascading lace. The nose is a beautiful blend of hops: resin, pine, earth and flowers backed by a lightly bready malt note (similar to an American ESB with a bolder hop profile). Light-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, it transitions to a pleasant tongue-squeezing, moderately bitter finish. The flavor, for the most part, follows the nose with resinous, spruce and floral hop notes and enough malt in support to keep the hops in-check. This is my kind of session brew: easy-drinking, lower ABV and jam-packed with flavor. If Bear Republic ever transitions to 12 oz bottles, this is a great candidate for that format.


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