Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 6,065 | Reviews: 2,173 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Lauthaha:
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster.
Appearance: Beer is a clear, golden color with active carbonation visible through the glass. Head is a frothy, 1/2 finger coating on the surface of the beer. Lots of bubbles and medium lacing. Looks good!
Smell: This beer smells very, very beautiful. The word "creamsicle" comes to mind. A sweet malt base provides ample room on which citrus zest and a perfect mix of bitter/floral hops build a fortress of awesome.
Taste/Mouthfeel: The beer is creamy from the get go, with a tangy bitterness coming from the hop oils about mid-sip. Subtle sweetness from the malt (caramel) can be picked up in between attacks from the hops. Beer rinses rather smoothly leaving a hop-assault reminder on the tastebuds. Very bitter, you've gotta love hops to love this brew.
Overall: Definitely worth a try, but only if you're into IPAs and their compadres. I almost wish I had bought a six-pack of these (rather than the single that I found), but there'll be another chance, I'm sure.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2011 02:33:56 | More by Lauthaha
More User Reviews:
4.54/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a hazy golden with a dense white head. Great head stand.
S:Floral hop aroma with grapefruit, apricot, some mild pine and citrus. The malt filters through the hop aroma with a pilsner and wheat like aroma.
T: Nice hop flavor with apricot, pine and some lemon zest. A malt peeks through with a light caramel, orange and sweet bread character. There is a tinge of alcohol but not overpowering. The floral hop fills the nose as you drink, then a flash of malt sweetness followed by a delayed bitterness that is very much balanced to the hop aroma. Not a powerful bitterness but smooth. The finish is dry with a lingering citrusy bitterness.
M: Medium body, a little slick on the palate with a moderate carbonation. The 7.5% abv gives a pleasant warming late in the finish.
O: A very well done IPA. Smooth balanced bitterness and hop aroma. Surprisingly less bitterness in the finish for an IPA. Nice clean malt profile. A complex and highly drinkable beer. It's an IPA in the beginning but more like an APA in the finish. Love this beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 23:48:10 | More by slusk
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,065 ratings.