Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a pint glass.
Hazy body hits the glass with a color of hazy gold, with yeast just floating in the bottle. The conditioning is pretty obvious. Nice, 1/2 finger white head with good retention gets fed by the bubbles that keep floating to the top of the glass, taking an aromatic citrus scent with it. Nose has a nice balance in the hops department, with a lot of citrus and spruce scents brought along for the ride. Any malty tones are downplayed or covered up by the strand of yeast in the glass.
Heavy, thick body carries the hops on the tongue in a beautiful way. Lemon dances on the tongue while a bitter kick shifts towards the back. Really even character at first. As it warms, a slightly sweet underbelly appears to round things off. Alcohol is effectively covered up, and the finish is clean and easy.
Overall/notes - Really good IPA! The flavor, while perhaps a bit unbalanced, is spot-on in its citrusy tones. This makes me eager to dive into my bottle of Hop Rod in the fridge!
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2011 02:03:32 | More by bbkd3b
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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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