Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Mongrel:
4.03/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A classic, obviously, but I'm new to BA and felt I needed to review Racer 5 as it was formative in my early appreciation of IPAs and craft brews in general.
Pretty, pale gold appearance. A finger of soft head and lasting lace.
Immediate whiff of citrus (orange and lemon), which carries through on the taste. Everything you would expect from a west coast IPA, but what I think separates this one is the light and refreshing body and soft mouthfeel.
Smooth hop profile – bitter and clearly abundant in hops, but restrained. A bit of booze comes through and I've heard it goes well with good vodka, which makes sense. Always want to go back for more.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2013 02:55:19 | More by Mongrel
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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 6,062 ratings.