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RATINGS: 634   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Hop heads dream! Very floral aroma. Rich amber color, foamy head. Nice caramel backbone balanced with just the right amount of citrusy Cascades. Finish is equally floral.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
Amber body with a thin white head, watch this: a bottle-conditioned APA. Aroma is rather complex and interesting, moderate grapefruit/spruce/fir cascade profile flirting with caramel malt delivering sweet orange flavors. Obvious flowery notes, perfumey, candyish. Taste is very malty, hops are just hinted at here, it's very sweet honey, maple syrup with minimal bitterness. Medium-bodied and pleasant! I'm pleasantly surprised John!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
Languorous maple syrup seeping through the C-hop effluence...Sweet oranges growing in conifer bark influence...Prickly alcohol and chewy balance conducive to faithful confluence...

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldGrowth (2913) - the Containment Area, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mribm (458) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SirTom (89) - 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.

   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.

   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 ;-)

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