Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Giovacchini:
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
A- orange-ish/amber color with a thin white head.
S- hop aromas, citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, guava.
T- Nice hoppiness up front with a mild caramel maltiness. Citrusy hop flavors. Tropical fruitiness. Grapefruit.
M- this beer has a bitter dry mouthfeel with a mild booziness along with good carbonation.
O- I really like this beer and it's not to expensive. I live in Sonoma CA and I have a wide variety of local IPA's to choose from. My go to IPA's are RR's but I got to Racer 5 when I want more bang for my buck. This is a solid IPA and although it's not the best IPA there will always be a spot in my fridge for it.
03-03-2012 02:54:59 | More by Giovacchini
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Go speed racer go speed racer go,sorry.Pours a light golden with a orange tint to it as I neared the bottem of my bottle the chunks and floaties came.A very floral aroma poured a foot and a half away from my nose and picked up the citrus and piney aroma very tantalizing and bold.Taste is a hop heads dream but there is a firm malt backbone very piney almost medicinal in its hop character with a light nuttiness coming thru late.A hop fix for me really liked this beer wish I had more.
10-17-2004 00:51:59 | More by oberon
4.78/5 rDev +14.1%
An attractive amber-orange. Not much head, but oddly enough, it tastes more carbonated than it looks, if that makes sense.
A nice piney hop note, though more subtle than I'd like, even when the beer is warmed up.
Quite a delicious West Coast style IPA. Big, crisp, piney hops, but with a slightly sweet maltiness---I get orange with maybe a little brown sugar.
Smooth, with a nice, long lingering of the malt.
If you like Lagunitas, Stone, and other big West Coast IPAs, I'd recommend this one, and like these other representatives, it has a substance to back up the hop punch. Cheers.
06-12-2011 18:40:19 | More by ddean
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
Appearance Very clear, thin-looking body with a tremendous, foaming head that laced and pitted my Ruination glass.
Smell Sharp, piney hops lead the way here. If theres a malt balance I cant find it. This one is all about the hops. Very complex, actually, with some floral and citrus notes.
Taste The taste sees through the promises of the nose. The complex hoppy flavor comes out at the tongue, but not overly sharp. Theres a tremendous smoothness to this ale that reminds me of NW style IPAs.
Mouthfeel Very smooth and medium-bodied. This one is also exceptionally dry and refreshing.
Drinkability Clean and distinctive offering of the style. I brought a few more Bear Republics back with me from LA and am looking forward to giving them a try.
Comments - The brewery is located in Healdsburg, home of the CA Wine Country. It's a beer island in a sea of vino, so woulid probably appreciate a beer-lover's visit.
11-06-2003 04:19:53 | More by RoyalT
3.38/5 rDev -19.3%
Poured from a very cool 22 oz bomber.
Appearance: Deliciously golden orange, great color. Lots of fun junk floating around. Beautiful froth. Looks great!
Smell: Clean citrus hops. Mild scents of inorganic salts, acid, and alcohol. Coarse.
Taste: Mild hops, mildly bitter citrus, oven baked biscuits
Mouthfeel: Smooth. Mildly warming. Not very exciting.
Drinkability: High. Very, very easy to drink only I wont be drinking much of this one. I can think of at least 5 IPAs that are better and more affordable.
09-26-2005 16:13:27 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.29/5 rDev +2.4%
This one has eluded me for a long time, mainly because I couldn't find a fresh bottle. Finally got one last week, looking forward to finally trying this one. Pours almost a completely opaque, bright amber and light copper color. Big eggshell head builds up nice and foamy-like, leaving lots of chunky lace on the glass nearly all the way down. Awesome looking IPA.
The nose is quiet at first, but I believe I served this one to myself a little too cold. Once it warmed up, the aroma came out strong; big-time citric hops immediately send your senses into a frenzy. Plentiful grapefruit and dense orange peel, thick layers of pine needles, with a light perfume-like characteristic that lingers about. The citrus is sweet, mildly bitter, and potent; the hops are humongous in character - sticky, oily, and brash... this is one goddamn wet and hoppy IPA. Not quite reaching "dank" status, but the piney hops have a largely resinous aroma.
Malt? Not too much. It's certainly underplayed on the nose, but that's to be expected. I take one sip and I'm strapped in for the hop-coaster. Big, wet, pine-encrusted hops glide across my palate and smack my taste buds - powerful and bitter without being too harsh or abrasive. Large, white-pepper sprinkled grapefruit peels and other various citrus rinds coat every corner of my mouth. Couple that with the thick and dense resins and hop oils, you've got yourself a sticky-delicious IPA.
Lots of pine in the finish with a nudge of bitterness that grazes the palate without completely raping it. It's actually quite mellow, really, and becomes even more mellow with time. Warming also brings out a large floral and perfume character that wasn't as evident before. Just like with many other IPAs, the malts coming in much more handy in the flavor than the aroma - biscuity and bready, the malts here perform a very nice balancing act with the aggressive hop profile, something I love to see. Fresh aftertaste with pines, oils, bread, and orange peels. The mouth feel is slick, clean, snappy, and lively; medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.
Wow, I can't believe this stuff went under my nose for such a long time, it really is a delicious IPA. Very good perception of extreme hoppiness while maintaining a great balance with the malt that keeps this beer drinkable as all hell. Goes down like a champ - and it helps that the 7% ABV goes primarily unnoticed. Delicious stuff, no joke.
05-03-2013 16:11:58 | More by tectactoe
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
22 oz bottle into glass; served cold and warmed as I tasted it...Recommended, because it got better as it got warmer.
A - It's unfiltered, so has a cloudy look to its (light) orange color. Soapy head dissipates fairly quickly. Lighter (looking) than most IPAs.
S - NICE nose to this; soapy, grapefruit-y hops; promising...
T - Pervasive hoppiness, balanced with a nice, continuous backbone of malty sweetness. Just before you get of alcohol at the end, there's a hint of orange/grapefruit pith, that is really distinct. Hangs around for a bit too...
M - Smooth, as a result of low carbonation and un-filtered-ness
D - Could easily down a few of these and enjoy the helll out of them.
Overall a solid IPA and wil be looking for more from this brewery.
04-20-2010 23:29:24 | More by ExtraStout
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
A: At first glance, I'm a little disappointed by the look of this brew. In a standard pint glass, it looks a little thin, with a see-through golden orange color. A medium-hard pour leaves about a 1/2 finger head that fades quickly. The carbonation looks great, however, as does the thin, thready, lacing the sticks on the side of the glass.
S: Mostly sweet citrus notes come upfront; is is a nice orange and lemon scent. A little bit of oily, pine-y hops support the citrus smell. As with the appearance, the word thin comes to mind. It does not have a big aroma, but it does have a nice aroma.
T: The taste, however, is not thin and this makes this guy quite happy. There is a very delicious balance between the sweet citrus flavors and the pleasant, dry, pine hop tastes. The finish has that nice, lingering dryness that I really enjoy from a quality IPA.
M: A good, warming feel that spreads joy to all parts of the palate. Crisp and refreshing in the mouth.
D: Not a palate-ruining IPA at all and its crisp, clean citrus tastes lead me to believe that I could drink several of these puppies and be pretty joyful.
03-01-2010 01:10:31 | More by TCHopCraver
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from a bomber into a pub glass.
A: Nice golden orange with off-white 1 finger head. Hazy with a little bit of very tiny fuzz floating around. Head dissipates in a couple minutes and leaves a decent collar that remains throughout. Medium lacing.
S: Lemony citrus. Also some tangerine. Sweet maltiness lightly appearing under the hops.
T: Hell ya! Very juicy hop flavors with a good malt structure that's not overly malty. The hops are very forward but nicely balanced for the style. The sweetness knows just how to be the canvas without usurping the stage from the very prominent hops. The hop profile of this IPA really works for my palate; it's not super bitter, but it is super flavorful with a nice spicy, resinous characteristic. Alcohol asserts itself as it warms. There's also an enjoyable graininess in the aftertaste, along with the predictable bitterness.
M: Very nice feel that's medium to full for the style. Unlike some IPAs, there's actually some grain in this recipe. Smooth on the palate with an adequate carbonation level.
D: Quite high, although it can get a little sweet and boozy as it warms. But at optimal temperature, I can easily drink the bomber and more.
Overall, a very good IPA that has a good malt backbone without being overly sweet. Delicious hop profile.
04-07-2010 00:00:53 | More by imperialstout27
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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