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RATINGS: 631   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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XP is short for Exception Pale Ale. This light golden pale ale balances the malt and hops for a smooth, drinkable beer that compliments any meal. 2009 California State Fair – SILVER 2008 Colorado State Fair - GOLD 2006 California State Fair – 1st 2003 Real Ale Fest (Chicago) – BRONZE


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Not a bad pale ale. Rather dull in comparison to others in the style but still worth trying for a change.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2003
I tried this beer on tap. It pours a dark amber. The tastes seem a bit muted overall. The malt and hops are there, but not as full as I like them.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldGrowth (2615) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Bottle: Good nose, floral, citrus, tad perfumey. Ok orange copper color. Little head that disappeared quick. Toffee,carmel, Citrus, Grapefruit, lemon, lime all come to mind. Clean, thinner finish. Alittle lite linguring bitterness. Classic west coast pale ale, though I let it warm up too much.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2003
22 oz. Bottle. Poured with a nice thick white head. The beer itself was orange colored. Nice malty smell and taste mixed with a medium amount of hops. It isn't overpowering in the hop department, and therefore would make an excellent session beer. In my first sip I thought I detected a very slight chocolate taste, however that was only evident in my first sip. This was a good pale ale and I would definitely try it again, however the Bear Republic Racer 5 was more to my liking.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Older bottle, past its prime. Hop flavour was diminished. * Had this at a beer club meeting with many other beers, hence I don't remember all my comments - only the ratings which I wrote down at the time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Much, much less bitter than Bear's Racer 5! The XP is almost mild in comparison and is an easy sipper for a beer novice. However, the brewer may have gone too far stripping this beer of its malt backbone. The XP's really not that substantial and I'd have enjoyed more aromatic hops.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Pours with a tightly bubbled white head over a clear amber body. Aroma of citrusy hops tempered by some sweet, grainy malt. Dry hoppiness over that same grainy malt makes up the flavor. I would have appreciated a more robust malt backbone, but I can see the brewer's intentions here - a light-bodied dry beer with a champagne-y feel. I'm sure it fits a niche somewhere, just not in my palate ;-)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4789) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2003
One of the better APAs I've had in recent memory - the hops and malt presence were close to what some breweries try to pass off as a IPA - tasty, but started getting thin on the palate as it warmed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Pours amber, with a healthy sized creamy white head, somewhat lasting, lazing very nicely. Aroma is of grapefruit and some other citrus, with some bready maltiness in there as well. Flavor starts with a good chewy, bready maltiness, ends with a medium level of hop bitterness. Medium bodied, fairly dry, somewhat acidic, extremely drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Mealy, citrus nose. Pale copper hue. Small sticky off-white head. Starts with pleasantly pale malts, light caramel, bread, light to medium bodied, slightly oily, finishing very floral, with an herbal, grapefruit, piney, hoppy bite. Decently balanced, and very drinkable.


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