Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by dancinwillie:
4/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.
A: The beer itself is the a shade or two darker then golden straw. A lovely 1 finger head that seems to be holding up well. After the first couple of sips the head dropped to a thin covering, leaving some decent lacing on the glass.
S: Piney, floral hops, and also some citrus notes. Just a bit of bready malts show up here too.
T: As in the aroma, piney and floral hops dominate, with a lot of citrus hop flavor coming through too. A solid malt backbone does its job of balancing the brew. There's also a little spiciness, sort of a peppery undertaste which is little unexpected. This is very tasty overall.
M: Level of carbonation is adequate, really lets the hops hit my tongue. As soon as you swallow, you get a bit more of the malt flavor. The finish fades quite rapidly, almost enticing me to take another drink. A pepper and hop aftertaste invites another drink.
O: A very good IPA, and at 7%, this could get a person into trouble somewhat quickly. I would have guessed it in the 5% range. Alcohol is not that evident, although you do suspect it from the warmth in your throat. A tasty beer indeed.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2009 02:54:58 | More by dancinwillie
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4.54/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a hazy golden with a dense white head. Great head stand.
S:Floral hop aroma with grapefruit, apricot, some mild pine and citrus. The malt filters through the hop aroma with a pilsner and wheat like aroma.
T: Nice hop flavor with apricot, pine and some lemon zest. A malt peeks through with a light caramel, orange and sweet bread character. There is a tinge of alcohol but not overpowering. The floral hop fills the nose as you drink, then a flash of malt sweetness followed by a delayed bitterness that is very much balanced to the hop aroma. Not a powerful bitterness but smooth. The finish is dry with a lingering citrusy bitterness.
M: Medium body, a little slick on the palate with a moderate carbonation. The 7.5% abv gives a pleasant warming late in the finish.
O: A very well done IPA. Smooth balanced bitterness and hop aroma. Surprisingly less bitterness in the finish for an IPA. Nice clean malt profile. A complex and highly drinkable beer. It's an IPA in the beginning but more like an APA in the finish. Love this beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 23:48:10 | More by slusk
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle into snifter
A: Half finger white head sitting on a hazy, unfiltered looking brew. Fine sediment, light/fine carbonation, body appears medium – lacing is moderate and retention is good.
S: Sweet and resinous simultaneously, strong presence of grapefruit with undertones of pineapple and mango. Somewhat of an astringent aroma that is clean as well as mildly dry. Light agitation coaxes out a sterile lemon zest with notes of pine.
T: Clean taste, lemon and grape fruit provide a crisp astringency. Pine needle presents toward the middle mouth and dominates the resinous feel. The middle mouth packs a lot of citrus zest and is drier than I expected. Sweetness arises on the palate as the beer warms, letting on mild notes of mango, honey, and muddled mint leaf. Quite bitter, but well balanced, even a bit tart. The finish has hints of coriander and ginger; hop florals and freshly cut grass.
M: Medium to light body, fine carbonation, good balance between juicy and dry – aftertaste has a coriander soapiness and is again rather dry. Pretty decent drinkability
O: If I did a blind tasting of this, I would think it’s a solid IPA. That being said, I had heard some pretty high praise of this beer and I don’t know that I completely vibe with that. Good drinkability, good full flavor, but I was looking for a juicier palate. Overall, I like this beer, and I like it better warmer.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 01:41:45 | More by ZagZagg
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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