Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.22/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - clear, glowing orange, thin white ring with a few soap bubbles floating about, yet still leaves a sheet of lace down the glass.
S - fresh hops, light fruity sweetness, floral, I'd be hardpressed to call it grapefruit, leans towards orange w/ honey.
T - more of the traditional grapefruit flavour comes through, but it's still got that sweet-fruit flavour, malt character is virtually non-descript, seems to be providing some basic sweetness and a decent backbone, hops are quite strong, but don't have any bite, very smooth bitterness, aftertaste is lingering sweet hops and alcohol which blend quite nicely.
M - bit more body than some IPAs, but still no more than medium, very smooth and creamy, carbonation is medium and keeps it light, alcohol is evident, but quite mild
D - yeah, this is a damn good IPA, and slightly different from the norm.
Website says they are using Columbus and Cascade, but this tastes far sweeter and less dank than what I would expect from that combo. The bitterness isn't huge, and the malt bill is basic, but it's still very tasty and is one of the more interesting IPAs I've tasted.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2009 23:44:31 | More by markaberrant
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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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