Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured into my favorite Surly pint glass. A bright orange that is clear and not cloudy at all. Medium carbonation bubbles. The head is not very large, maybe a finger, and bright white in color. Lace is starting out a bit sticky, and retains it's stickiness all the way to the end.
Smell is of citrus hops and sweet. It kind of smells like an orange.
The taste is at first a bitter and sweet hop punch. I think maybe a lemon with sugar flecks. There isn't much malt character, but that is what I expect from a west coast IPA. There is just a bit of bready tastes, way late.
Mouth is great for the style. A bit spritzy in the carbonation, but full bodied and there to the end.
I have mentioned in other reviews that I think my pallet is changing over the years. This beer is a perfect example of my theory. Racer 5 has been readily available to me for years and I have enjoyed it for as long, but as I sit here to write down what I am experiencing I realize it is kind of a one trick pony. Which at on time I really enjoyed, and still do, but not quite as much as I once did. I think that it is only fair to give it a score based on it's entire life with me not just tonight. Highly recommended!!
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2011 06:19:39 | More by azdback
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,928 ratings.