Bear Republic Nor Cal Ale
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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 15, 2009
On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente’s Session Ale fest 2009, thbis bitter had a citric flavor with some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5493) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Pours deep amber into an english pint. Off-white head with medium retention. Citrus aromas. Soft with classic bitter malts and a lasting grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Nice ruby amber color, very little carbonation. Earthy taste with some hops in the background but that dirt/earth taste is upfront. Coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2009
On tap at the brewpub on 6/29/09. Dark yellow, touch of orange. Very hoppy nice aroma, exactly what I would’ve expected. Nothing too complex, but just a nice lingering bitter finish. This is just what I wanted from the style and Bear Republic delivered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2009
draft at Public house. Pours a dark yellowy copper color with a small, miniscule white head. Nose is light hops with a fairly dominant sweet malt note. Palate is full as all bear rep’s are. Flavors of dry hops with some sugary sweetness and a light caramel malt note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Tap at Pacific Standard; they didn’t label it "California Style," so imagine my surprise when I ended up with a rather hoppy beer that was supposed to be a bitter. Hmm. Biscuit and wet towel aroma, with a crisp, wet, earthy, and surprisingly hoppy flavor. Rough body, bitter, kind of dull and harsh. Not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Tap at ACBF. Aroma of caramel apple, floral hops. Flavor has the flowers along with spice and citrus on a crisp, cracker malt. Delicate, nuanced, tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Tap at Bear Republic. Reddish brown pour. Hoppy malt aroma. Taste is bitter hops, earthy, toffee malt. Nothing really stands out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Not that great. Aroma is very floral with some fruit. Taste is very floral and earthy. Too much for me to handle.

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