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Bear Republic Nor Cal Ale
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RATINGS: 114   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 18, 2009
Tap at Rattle n Hum (It’s east coast premier). Thanks Eyedrinkale! Pours a deep golden with an off white film of head. Fruity American hop aroma- peachy and fresh (Amarillo?) with a soft crystal malt sweet background. Creamy light body with a rounded crystal malt sweetness in the flavor as well, that leads to a nice American hops fruitiness of peach and mango notes. Mildly bitter with some toasted husky notes and toast toward the finish. A simple session with robust flavor for the ABV (doesn’t feel British).

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2009
Tap at the brewpub. Light brown pour with a hefty white head. Citrus aroma also some biscuity malt business going on. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this has an IPA level of hops like a prior reviewer did, but it certainly does pack a wallop for a sub 5% beer. Nice floral hop and crisp malt flavors. Solid brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2009
on tap at bear republic. clear amber with little to no head. smells of citrus hop and a bit of biscut. finishes clean with nice hop balance. great session beer with the low alc.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
On tap at the Hopyard. Want a sessionable beer that actually tastes like something? This is your beer! At only 4.8%. this beer borders on the IPA taste scale in terms of hops. Pours a clear brown with white head. Not very carbonated - but definitely not oxidized. Aroma is slightly fruity and grassy. For a bitter, this has some good hop florals. The flavor is a nice bitter with fruity notes in between the breadyness of the malt.


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