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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. A bitter? Please. Pours a clear deep golden copper color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Hoppy aroma with resin, pine and floral notes. The taste is very hoppy and bitter with resin, herbal and slight metallic notes along with some toasted malts, caramel and light fruity notes. Medium bodied.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Clear yellow white small head. sweet hop floral and earthy. Citrus flavor dominates a lighter malt touch. wet finish and long!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
On-tap at PP C’Bad. Pours slightly hazy amber with a moderate sized white head and good lace. Smells sweet and sugary malty, slightly sweet, fruity and hop spicy. Tastes sweet and malty, slightly cereal, slight hop red fruitiness. Very tasty for a low alcohol brew. Medium body, good carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3146) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2009
Hell Yeah!!!! I tried on draft at Craft Heads, which stated the beer as 5%, but I will assume that is a mistake. Beautiful amber/copper color. Nose isn’t overly bitter or aggressive in any way, but the hops let you know they are there. The malt profile is likely N. American with excellent balance, mildly fruity and earthy, with subtle, but very present bitterness. The bitterness just sticks around until next week, but is never aggressive. Extremely drinkable, highly enjoyable. Finally an American brewer that nails a English Ale under 5%. Give me another pint or five!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (4817) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2009
On tap at RFD in Washington D.C. Pours a translucent copper amber with a thin, white head. Aroma is fairly standard, mild hops, slightly metallic. Flavor was fine, again, nothing wild. Some average citrus bitterness and some crackery malts rounding things out. Dry finish. This was average at best.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6072) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Fresh hoppy aroma with a sweet malt note. The flavor has a nice floral hop bite and some light bready sweet malts. Tasty.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2009
sample: RNH: not sure why this is in my notes, maybe Pwn3d can explain "hot dogs in a vagina!"... that can’t be a good thing for this beer! Mild hops, very even tempered a "nice"... nothing stand out at all though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9895) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2009
A golden ale with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, a nice light floral hops, with caramel malt. In mouth, a nice light pale ale with light floral c-hops. Medium bodied quaffer. On tap at brewpub, August 16 2009.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet malty aroma and taste with out much else going on.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 15, 2009
On tap at the Pizza Port Session Ale Fest. Pours with a creamy, small, barely off-white head over a slightly hazed copper color body. Aroma of grain, cereal, oatmeal, brown sugar and lightly spicy hops. Taste is grainy, husky and bitter. Light bubbles. Dry and thin.


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