Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a golden copper color with moderate clarity only broken up by tiny yeast floaties. The head is a two finger eggshell color with a thicker texture near the sides of the glass. Decent patchy lacing.
S: Grapefruit rind/flesh, a little peppermint, rosemary, hints of pine, black pepper, and a subtle malt sweetness. An enjoyable scent that does a good job of getting varying aromatic notes solely from the hops.
T: Surprisingly sweet, but in a good way. The initial wave of citric, grapefruity hops subsides to allow flavors of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee from the malt backbone to shine through. Touches of black pepper and coriander abound. Only a subtle citric/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish breaks through the malt profile, along with the slightest hint of booze. Not only does it feature great balance overall, it has a (minor) depth of complexity to it; any IPA that reminds me of Hop Stoopid in that regard will almost certainly be a winner in my books.
M: Carbonation is very mellow, almost too mellow. Given its heavier body, it renders it slightly less drinkable then it could be (which isn't saying much, this is still pretty damn easy to down). Nice creaminess, with an aftertaste that is dry with herbal flavor qualities.
O: There are so many good IPAs on the market in my opinion, and this is definitely one of them...and it's easy to find in my area, too. Will definitely be buying this in the near future.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2012 22:01:23 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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