Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.47/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12. 0z into a pint glass.
The look is a hazy golden yellow with particles floating homogenously throughout. The head is white and creamy with a decent lacing.
Smells ridiciously sweet, I can tell its going to be quite viscous. Caramel malts with fruity hops taking a backseat, I can barely tell that there are any hops present through the smell. This would be an interesting beer to smell in a blind taste test.
Dayummm, this beer is sweet. Very sweet caramel malts with some dark fruity character, maybe fig or a rasiny influence. The sweet, fruity malts are immediately met with a strong citrusy hop character that seems to slowly aasimilate into the malt. This is very interesting, the hops and malts are both extremely powerful, it's as though the hops wrap themselves around the malts and then slightyyyy overpower them giving a pleasantly strong bitterness that almost anyone can enjoy. The finish, is silky smooth, sweet, bitter, earthy and overall fantastic.
The mouthfeel is great, viscious, and creamy for an ipa due to the high concentration of malts. I would even venture to say it has a slightly chewy quality to it. The carbonation is perfect as well.
If the beer wasnt so sweet I could drink this all day. The profound malt character gives it a heavy feel which is very enjoyable, however, a drawback is that it makes it nearly impossible to drink more than 2 in a session.
Overall this beer is fantastic, definitely a unique ipa thats a similar to a double ipa. If it had not been for the overwhelming malt character, this beer may have been 5's all across the board. While the hop character was strong, it was a little disappointing to see some of the the hops hidden behind the sweetness. I feel like a little less sweetness could be a literal perfect ipa. BUT, it still made for a truly fantastic beer that I would recommend to anyone.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2011 01:53:20 | More by MikeyMikee
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