Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 6,029 | Reviews: 2,171 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Soonami:
4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I decided to review Racer 5 again because it was served in a different format than before, on cask, which contributed to a unique experience of the beer.
Bear Republic makes some great beers and racer 5 is definitely one of them. The IPA was served at cellar temperature from a hand-pumped beer engine. This service resulted in ale with warmer temperature and lower amount of carbonation, which really allowed the taste of the resinous hops and biscuity malt to come through. Moreover, lower carbonation improve the mouthfeel, making it silkier and easier to drink without feeling as full. The warmer temperature did also make the beer seem to taste sweeter, but the lingering bitterness kept it from being cloying.
Racer 5 on cask was delicious with abundant pineapple, peach and mango flavors, with assertive bitterness and a sweet cracker-like malt background.
Serving type: cask
08-07-2010 20:42:12 | More by Soonami
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.51/5 rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
$8.60 plus deposit for a 650 ml bottle at the 8th Street Liquor Store at New West station. This liquor store advertises a selection of over 200 bomber of craft beer, and yes, it is a pretty good selection. I was already in the mood for IPA when I noticed their helpful list of top-rated IPAs that they carry. Based on the list, I picked out this one and a few others.
This beer pours a murky amber with one finger of head. The aroma is fairly mild, fruity and sweet, with a bit of orange, but not heavy on citrus or pine, like many IPAs. It's maybe a bit floral. Overall, on the milder side.
Upon tasting, it seems to me that it's on the low end for IBUs for an IPA. I want more hops! How many IBUs is this? Not enough. Mouthfeel is a bit flat. I see that the alcohol content is 7%, and after drinking half a bottle, I feel that, but it doesn't taste like it.
I'm kind of disappointed with this one. I mean, it's certainly not BAD, but I can't see why it's rated so highly. I guess maybe I should just stick with Fat Tug. To be fair, I'd probably like this beer more had I not known it was so highly rated. If I wasn't expecting the next best West Coast IPA, I'd probably be considerably less disappointed. (That said, Fat Tug is still way better.)
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 05:49:57 | More by souvenirs
3.81/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle coded 1/10/15 poured into a goblet. Deep orange-gold with slight haze from yeast in the bottle. Orange/citrus hop aroma with pine, somewhat subdued, with Chico yeast twang. Little malt character. More pine as it opens up. Tastes similar to its aroma, then almost pine-sol like hops burst through after initial balance. Aggressive bitterness, long hoppy finish. Medium-full mouthfeel. I would love a little more hop aroma and slightly less bitterness, and less of the yeast character.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 00:16:20 | More by natron002
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,029 ratings.