BlondeBush (5) - Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2004 does not count
Strong hoppy character but better balanced (to my taste) than the Stone Ruination that I enjoyed in a head to head taste test with this beer (thanks to BevMo). The Bear plays nicer with others than the Stone Gargoyle (though I’ll take a Stone IPA anytime). Donations accepted. dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
From wine country comes this dinstinctively delicious beer with a completely fulfilling taste of the pacific coast. Lots of spruce and woodsy hops in this drink with maple and a slight bitter toffee texture that leads to the smooth mouthfeel and a sensational yet bitter finish. Awesome! Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2004
A well done brew from BR, poured out a nice looking copper color. Notes of mild hop and malt dominate. Was quite smooth and overall a good + beer. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 12, 2004
This beer surpised me... in a GOOD way. I was just expecting another red ale, I should have paid more attention to the brewer ’bear republic’ they never let me down. So I pop the top off this 22 and I immediately smell those mouthwatering west coast hops. I liked this beer before I even tasted it. Pours a nice red color with a thick tan head. Aroma is a bit sweet with the malt, but also a bit of citrus and pine with the hops. The flavor is quite unique- I like the fact that I can taste the hops and malt individually, they are not blended like most beers. Flavor is also very earthy. Nice lacing down the glass. heemer77 (5357) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Pours with a gorgeous red and brown. A large light tan head covers thies beauty! Nice sweet smoky character of tobacco to the aroma. It also smells of cinnamon and some carmel. Very beautiful aroma. The taste has some subtle tobacco with oak and some light sweetness of bubblegum. Overall a very solid brew. Got this in a trade, thanks a lot Flipbrewer!!
omhper (25093) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled. Ruby with beautiful rich, firm head. Lychee aroma. Sweet with solid, rounded malt profile and some salty licorice. Resiny salty, bitter finish. Another solid Bear Republic offering! Gachupines (1252) - USA - OCT 19, 2004
Reddish brown appearance. Taste is fairly bold and hoppy but not overpowering. Rather crisp and refreshing. AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2004
hoppy nose, dark green/brown body (yeah its kinda weird), grey/tan rocky balboa head, toffee, crispy hops, buttery milk palate, piney and dank bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Bottle. Mahagony color with a big beige head. Roasted malt and citrus hop aroma. Very good and surprising hop flavor (citrus and some pine) combining wih roasted malt. A little plum fruitiness in the background. Smooth flavor that mostly works, but I can see I’d get tired of it. steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Pours deep ruby red with thick tan head. Nose is hoppy. somewhat sweet with almost citrus-like character. Flavor has a nice balance of malt and bitterness. There is a tingle on the tongue. Woodsy, pinelike finish. No typical red here.