Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Ah...Racer 5. My gateway beer into pungent sticky hops. This beer is responsible for letting me know the potential Hops and IPA's had to offer after a few so-so ones.
A - Golden orange, a bit cloudy but not murky. Good head retention
S - The first beer that let me know beer could smell and taste similar to chronic dank weed. Now I know why the tap-handle is colored Rastafarian. Awesome, I love it. Pine, oranges dominate, hemp and a sweet malt backbone that holds it together. A musty citrussy nose for sure.
T - Showcases hops upfront. Oranges are the main focus of fruit, followed by hints of grapefruit, sticky pine and hemp. This beer fresh is a treat and 100% walks the line of bordering DIPA territory in terms of a heavy hop forward profile for a single IPA. Before Pliny was bottled, this beer is what Northern Californians bought to satisfy their quality hop fix with. To me, this beer is like a sloppy Pliny in flavor. Many similarities.
M - Very nice and crisp. Sweet malt backbone is there but overshadowed by the hops. Just a bit resinous...lingers like a DIPA would on the palate which is aces for me.
D - Very good. Can put down numerous pints in a sitting without batting an eye.
Final Thoughts - This beer used to get much more praise from hopheads 3 years ago and before. Along came the Sculpins being bottled and the Blind Pigs and Union Jacks and I feel Racer 5 fell a bit by the way side the these. Make no mistake, a fresh racer 5 is arguably as good as all the other over hyped single IPAs mentioned here on BA. I'd never turn one down.
Serving type: on-tap
02-03-2011 17:23:36 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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