Bear Republic Brewing Co. Grand-Am Pale AleMay 1, 2015
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1055
Brewed in: Healdsburg, CA
Where to Find This Beer: CA, NY, OR, PA, TX, VA
Golden with green highlights; tight head hugs the glass and hangs on. Balanced aroma of flowers and cereal. Complex mouthfeel is hop-forward. Perhaps a little too herbaceous for some foods; we found it ideal with local rockfish lime ceviche, homemade hot peppers, La Quercia Prosciutto, and cotija tacos, with salted pumpkin seeds. Hoppy finish.
- Charles Finkel
Classic citruslike American hop character blooms in aroma and flavor. Amber hop hazed with a rich creamy head atop. A bit of old-school yeast-induced richness. Full-flavored mouthfeel. A style never to get tired of, Grand-Am has all the classic lines and finishes well balanced. Hops in your head but not assertive. Malt in your mind but not distractive. Worthy of celebrating. A perfect “go-to” example of this “go-to” style. In a word: delicious.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and National Beer Examiner at examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.