Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This just became available in Mid-MI a few weeks ago in 6-packs as it's been available on draft for a couple/few months though. After having it on draft last month, I'm glad to have a sixer for home.
Poured into a std. nonic pint glass a dingy gold color with lots of teeny-tiny suspended particles. The off-white head settles to 1/2" with a craggy, creamy and somewhat loose texture. A moderate amount of large-bubbled uprising carbonation is visible. Gobs of globs in the lace dept. A lacy massacre all over the inside walls of the glass.
The scent is heavenly. Lots of citrus, grapefruit rind cascade hops captivate the nostrils. Succulent, fresh and perfectly pungent. Bright, lemon zest and other zesty citrus fruit blast a beautiful bouquet that my nose just keeps going back for.
Very bitter and lush aforementioned hop goodness keeps rolling along. This time a more earthy, rustic element takes a more dominant role in the flavor area. I was surprised at how quickly the flavor drops-off as I was trying to discern the different nuances and characteristics. A bit more of a sharp/perfumy slant of hop flavor rubs nicely against the soft, malty undertow.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and definitely lower on the carbonation level of most (if not all) commercial IPAs I've tried. The carbonation, albeit modest, is very fine and lifting. The nice bitter/chalky, estery zingy finish.
Overall this IPA is yummy. There is a considerable deviance fron the blossoming nose to a more two-dimensional flavor experience. The flavors aren't bad, just a bit narrow and restrictive. It reminds me of a terrific homebrew that I'd definitely scrounge a growler of. Very rustic and unrefined, but I believe this is the simple allure of this ale. I absolutely enjoyed it.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2011 22:58:55 | More by malty
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