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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Samples on draft at the brewpub. Pours a clear dark golden amber/copper color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a creamy one finger head that slowly settles into a lasting ring that coats the glass with sheets of lacing. Slightly roasted malt aroma with some earthy hops. There’s also some biscuit, toffee, nut and smoke in the nose. Lighter end of medium body and slightly watered don some subtle toastiness in the malt profile. Hints of caramel, biscuit and toffee along with some nice dry piney and citrus hop notes. Hints of lemon peel and grape fruit. None of the flavors in this beer are "big" rather it is a well balanced drinkable session beer. Pretty fever but nothing spectacular.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11972) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2010
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a small off-white head. Aroma of grass, grain, florals, and earth. Flavor of grass, stale crackers, toasted grain, and some florals.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (4052) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Draught at brewpub. Bitter and tasty ale. Mix between a steam ale and a bitter. Light in ABV and refreshing. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3385) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
On draft at the Bear Republic Brewpub where it was paired with my Black and Blue Burger and garlic fries. Came a nice clear amber color with a creamy off-white head . Medium body and a nice clean mouthfeel. Nose of grains and floral hops. Taste is bitter. Finish is dry. A very nice bitter that went great with the pub food.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4399) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Pours a slightly hazy gold, with white head. Malt, light bread, light hops, and a touch of fruit. Thin creamy mouthfeel. Not very interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
hoppy with some minor citrus notes. the tail end of the taste is really bitter. tastes much better with food especially bread and cheese.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2009
This is a thin, one-dimensional, unbalanced attempt at producing an English Bitter with defintie APA hop character. It’s amber with a creamy, medium off-white head, thinning slowly to a ring and wisps. It does leave some good lace. Aroma is toasted grain, grapefruit, with a hint of lemon. Taste is bitter grapefruit from the very start through the finish and into a lingering bitter aftertaste. It has hints of toasted grain and raisin, along with a faint trace hint of pine in the finish, but otherwise it’s only grapefruit. Thin and watery with rather characterless malt, it cannot support the unwarranted bitterness, and has almost no sweetness or flavour to balance. Although not bitter in an absolute sense, this is one beer that is far too bitter relative to the rest of its elements and is totally unbalanced.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4640) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2009
(Draught) Poured with copper colour and clear. Head was medium sized and white. There were hops and malts in aroma. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. There were flavours of hops, malts, bitterness, sweetness and molasses. Finished malty and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3423) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Samples at GABF. AMber pour with white head. Spicy, bitter aroma. Creamy, hoppy, spicey. Really good example of an bitter. Wouldn’t mind crushing a few of these in bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
On tap at RFD. This is excellent. POurs a clear, light amber with a modest, white head tat leaves little retention. Aroma is very fresh grapefruit, resiny hops. taste is similar with good, refreshing caramel, orange peel, red grapefruit. This was simple, fresh, easy to drink, and outstanding.


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