Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kflorence:
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a golden, copper in color with a small amount of foamy head that dissipates and leaves plenty of lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look spot on. Looks tasty and refreshing.
S: Very light aroma for a West coast IPA. Lots of citrus and grapefruit hops, tropical fruits and an earthy, malt characteristic in the background. Subtle floral notes.
T: Similar to the aroma, but with more punch. Bitter up front with tons of citrus, mostly grapefruit, some tropical fruits like mango and apricot and a very subtle, bready malt backbone. Finishes dry and bitter with a prominent grapefruit flavor. Higher ABV is masked nicely, though it does come out a bit more as the beer warms.
M: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. This brew packs a bit of substance and a nice amount of chewiness, keeping it drinkable and pleasant on the tongue. Very smooth.
O: As my introduction to this brewery, I was quite impressed. A prominent grapefruit hop profile lives up to the West coast IPA style and is sure to please hop enthusiasts, especially those (like me) that love citrus. I wouldn't call this a balanced brew, as the malts are very subtle and hardly noticeable, but it doesn't come off as overly bitter or overwhelming like some IPAs. I look forward to trying out more from this brewery. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2011 03:32:57 | More by kflorence
More User Reviews:
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
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,062 ratings.