Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Tupperwolf:
3.98/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a dark apple juice amber color into my nonic glass - very clear, with lots of tiny rising bubbles. So neat to just sit and watch bubbles appear out of nowhere and rise in rapid streams. Rocky eggshell white head isn't going anywhere with so many little bubbles feeding it! Super appealing looking IPA! Fat, heavy, complete lacing. So much damn lacing as I drink it down - a total wall of white! I had to come back and bump up the appearance to a 4.5 after getting near the bottom - the lacing totally does it for me. Super thick and sticky and enticing!
Big whiffs of grapefruit, orange peel, and pine in the nose - a nose-puckering sour hoppiness. Rather intriguing, a little different from other IPAs in scent, but in a roundabout way I can't describe.
The taste, on the other hand, isn't as aggressive and hard-hitting as the other Californian IPAs I've come to love; It lacks that kung-fu hop bite, and shows its hoppy nature in a sort of reluctant way. Don't get me wrong, it's tasty! Rather smooth for an IPA; Maybe I've been drinking too many Double IPAs? That must be it. The flavor is scored accordingly. The taste has a sweet, grapefruit-pine slickness that doesn't assault the taste buds, but croons them a gentle hop lullaby on top of so-tasty malt sweetnesses.
Mouthfeel is average, just a little above. For so much head and bubbliness, the carbonation is a little off, a little thin. What's left behind after swallowing is nice; A thin, reedy aftertaste. I'd hoped for a heartier IPA body.
I'm waffling a bit on the drinkability; It's good, for sure, but not outstanding. This is a tasty, quaffable beverage, so it's definitely worth a try! Good on Bear Republic!
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2006 08:52:56 | More by Tupperwolf
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3.91/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A: Translucent orange body with an off white head decent retention and a fair amount of lacing
S: Pineapple, grapefruit and malt
T: Piney and grapefruit.
M: Pretty decent some booze as this warmed up.
O: Pretty damn good for the price. Its nice to see a bomber at a reasonable price.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 01:51:34 | More by watermelon
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,451 ratings.