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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (14467) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown. Golden color, delicate lacing. Bitter and dry, medium body. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (14015) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2009
Draught at Craft Heads. Claer amber - white head. Nice bitterness, high malty, light sweetness, toasted, grape fruity, peachy, grapes, ok hoppy, herbal. Plain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Slightly hazy amber pour with an off-white head. Nose is a bit on the sweet side with some toffee and toasted bread malts. A floral and earthy hop note, surprisingly fruity, and lightly herbal as well. There’s a mild bitterness on the palate, but it’s certainly sweet and malt forward. There’s a lot of toast and toffee. Light herbal hop flavor along with some floral and spicy qualities. A fair amount of sweet fruit throughout, too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12072) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11866) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Draft. Crystal clear light amber body, white head. Aroma is mildly sweet, spicy, earthy/orange, some bread. Taste is medium sweet, earthy/orange, some spicy, light bread. Light body, somewhat watery, nicely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11470) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2009

Name: Nor Cal ESB
Date: April 17, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: The Pint House, Asheville
Appearance: clear amber, fine off white head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, nice earthy hops
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, lots of fuggels, light balancing bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10700) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2010
On cask at Lanesplitter poured a clear amber with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, floral notes, fruittiness and light pine. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness and light fruittiness with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9964) - 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.

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