Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 6.0 IBU: 45
Bear Republic Brewery Grand-Am
What the brewers say
“Grand-Am is a sessionable yet assertive American Pale Ale that balances both classic and new American hops varieties with a distinct malt backbone.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Resiny, juicy hops notes with pine and lemon/grapefruit/orange citrus at the forefront and mild biscuit toasty notes from the malt.”
Flavor: “Citrus and pine hops flavors dominate with nearly no malt or yeast character. It leans more towards bitter, both in flavor and finish, than some of the others we’ve tasted. The hops grapefruit sweetness is evened out with a touch of grapefruit bitterness and lemon notes that add depth. The finish is refreshing and dry.”
Overall: “A classic version of an APA with entertaining hops complexity. Leans toward the bitter side, but still drinkable—very tasty and worth seeking out. This beer was very refreshing, juicy, and sweet. Nice showcase of the hops and a great example of the style. A solid beer."
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