Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.75/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours a light orange yellow color. A huge fluffy head with ok lacing, very white and very American IPA at its heart.
My nose it a touch congested but I think I'm able to smell well enough to judge this. There isn't a huge hop aroma, but it certainly is there. Grape fruit, lemon, zesty, yet a sweetness from the malt.
The taste is very hop forward. A huge hop presence biting the tongue giving off grape fruit notes all over the place. The finish has a distinct almost buttery caramel malt flavor which I really like.
A good bite, crisp hop finish and a lingering malt flavor at the end. This is darn drinkable an darn enjoyable to drink.
A true shame I can't get this locally and only have this one bottle. Reminds me a good bit of stone IPA but the malt has more a role in this one and well I can't say one is better or not but I'd love to make a choice between them from time to time.
This is an IPA at its best. There are many that could be describe this way but I think this one does a few things exceptionally. First, the carbonation is just wonderful. Second, while having a wonderful hop forward attack the malt shines wonderfully in the back. Finally, the mouth feel here is beyond exceptional. Cannot recommend this beer more and the price as I recall was extremely reasonable.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2010 01:31:56 | More by bobhits
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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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