Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 6,063 | Reviews: 2,173 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by silenius:
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This is one helluva nice beer. We just started getting this in Chicago as far as I know. I picked this up today at thelonegunman's shop.
I'm always up to trying out an American IPA and I'm glad I popped the top on this one.
The beer pours a really solid deep golden with yeasty bits afloat. The head is like a bubble bath with great big bubbles floating two fingers thick. As I drink the beer I get great big spiderweb lacing down the glass.
The smell is a bit more on the sweet side than other West coast IPAs I've had. Many W coast IPAs are just like grapefruit juice to me. This is more floral and sweet.
Taste is very balanced between hops and malt. Nice big hops with a solid core of malt to back it up. Not over the top. Just plain good! Hop burps are tasty, too.
Mouthfeel is creamy and the beer leaves a bitter taste in the back of my throat. Good.
This is a really drinkable beer and I would definitely reach for another after the first is done.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2004 02:42:21 | More by silenius
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 6,063 ratings.