Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz brown bottle with racing inspired Bear Republic labeling. I really dig this brewery's logo. Unique and eye candy. Poured into a standard American pint glass
A - golden colored amber or one could say copper, but this is a darker golden ale for me. Head wasn't as big as some ipa's I've had but it did have some fluff to it and settled into a nice ring of lace with pretty good stickiness.
S - solid aroma. Not as big on the hops as typical west coast style ipa's are, but the overall aroma has some hoppiness to it. Citrus, grapefruit, some pine and somewhat floral hop aromas. A caramel and lighter malt background makes this aroma pleasing to take in. The pine really takes control after a few whiffs but its soft and refreshing to the nose.
T - man, is this a good flavor or what? Pine to start things off with hints of citrus and grapefruit flowing over the mouth nicely. Some caramel malt holds everything in place and really keeps the bitterness in check. Sure, it has some awesome mouth puckering hops but the bitterness never really grabs you. I love a well balanced ipa that still get its big flavor across without busting balls. The hop spice and bitterness gets a bit more pronounced in the final stage and supports the semi dry finish. This flavor is so classic and simple yet done to perfection.
M - medium bodied and smooth texture. It may be a touch on the thin side for an ipa of this style, but surprisingly does an excellent job of providing a good texture and an even better job of coating the entire feel. This is one of the easiest going ipa's you'll ever have.
O - throughout this experience I was shocked at just how laid back and simple Bear Republic kept this though its so good I never became bored with its perfect balance and simple flavors. It has the hoppiness and bitterness to allow yourself to take in a real world class American ipa while letting you take big, flavorable drinks. I'd recommend this to anyone and this lets me automatically love Bear Republic. What a California gem this thing is. The highest of marks from me
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2013 04:53:58 | More by BradtheGreat7
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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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