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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21675) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown. Golden color, delicate lacing. Bitter and dry, medium body. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Draft at Peaches in Yellow Springs. Rosy reddish copper with a nicely active head. Big sweet floral aroma. Drinks with a sweet floral kick, and a bitter twist. Good. (#3915, 5/29/2010)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5781) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2010 Location: Tap at Blind Tiger, 5/9/10

Aroma: Resiny/citrus hops and caramel on the nose
Appearance: Clear caramel-orange color with a thin, lasting white head
Flavor: Taste is fairly hoppy with a nice malt presence as well
Palate: The body is light-medium with average (plus) carbonation
Overall Impression: This beer is solid. I like it, a nice, flavorful beer. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried this one before, but I had never rated it prior to yesterday’s sampling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevd193213 (989) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 8, 2010
On draught. Copper pour with a thin off white head. Aroma of bitter hops and pepper. Medium body. Taste of hops and faint malt with a hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Tap @ Migration... Poured amber/red with a white head. Floral nose with hops and a subtle grain bill. Soft palate, easy drinking with sweet malts, caramel, butterscotch and still a good kick of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
On draft at Bear Republic (Healdsburg, CA): Pours a rich, clear golden copper color and topped with thin white lacing. Moderate hops (resin, pine, floral) in the aroma, along with rye, toasted seven-grain bready malts, pale malts, and molasses. Tastes of bitter hops, resin, caramel malt, and some light fruit tones.. Somewhat metallic which definitely throws off the balance a bit. Drinkabillity: Fresh, simple, drinkable. Pairing: Roast chicken or pork, curry. Rebuy: Yes. #361 on 31032010, DG.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
On tap at Pap. Hazy gold pour with thin foam on top. Sweet malt, a touch of yeast and some light hops. Refreshing, but nothing too exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2010
On tap at Vintage. Pours a darkish amber with a little bit of head and aromas that can best be described as soapy with a little bit of grass and citrus. Flavor is pretty soapy and comes across to me as watery with a grassy and grapefruity finish. The hops is a little underdone for my liking, but it’s solid enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2010
On tap at the Other Side Cafe, Boston, 15 October 2009. Copper colour. Described as a bitter but more of an American feel than English. Good grassy hops throughout. Some clean malt, with a nutty touch. Nice balance and very drinkable. One of those beers that doesn’t scream out at you but hits the spot just right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Tap @ SD Taproom. Pours a lightly hazed copper color with a frothy off white head leaving some nice lacing. Nice hoppy nose with citrus peel, resin, and cereal grain. Flavor was also quite hoppy with a medium bitter finsh. A greatt ESB.

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