Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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3.79/5 rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.
Hazy gold with 2 fingers of white head. Moderate-heavy carbonation with a lot of yeast sediment floating about.
Orange citrus, grapefruit, caramel and bread dough. Hints of clove, potpourri and cinnamon.
Candied orange, grapefruit juice and tangerine. Lighter notes of lemon and bready malts. Grapefruit zest and pine resin hit hard in the back. There does seem to be touches of cinnamon and clove somewhere in there as well.
Medium bodied, crisp, silky, bitter and dry.
For whatever reason the bitterness and spiciness are giving me cinnamon and clove flavors that simply are not there, but overall this remains a very classic tasting American IPA.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2013 18:56:14 | More by justintcoons
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured on tap at piggyback bbq-whitefish, mt
A: pure golden straw color with a slight cloudiness. Head is huge and white. Already can tell this is heavily carbonated.
S: big floral hops , scents of sweet citrus. Alittle bit of bread too on the nose
T: big hoppiness huge hoppiness. Great fruit-citrus, tart grapefruit. Light malt and a still alittle herbalness. Straightforward huge IPA
M: huge carbobation, really hop bitter and dry
O: great gargantuan IPA, I understand why its won awards. Good stuff
Serving type: on-tap
03-21-2013 02:53:53 | More by mtboozeaddict41
4.08/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22 oz. bottle (1 pint 6 oz) with no apparent bottled on date present. Have enjoyed the other two beers I have tried from Bear Republic, and I am looking forward to this one as well. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.
A - Semi-aggressive pour yields about a quarter inch of quickly dissolving head on top of a beautiful orange copper colored body with plenty of bubbles flowing to the top and a nice bunch of sediment twirling around. Thin ring of wispy lacing. Second pour yields about two fingers of thin bubbly off-white head, and tons of sediment!
S - Oranges. Grapefruit. Lemongrass. Pine needles. Slight toasty malts. Has a bitter hop presence, but it is definitely not overly dominant. Smells like a well-balanced beer so far.
T - Bitter hop profile, but again, not overly dominant, which is pretty amazing considering the four different hops that were put into this thing. Bit of spicy hop bitterness, but also a smooth clean lemon / green apple zest. Might seem a bit tame for those of us who like extreme amounts of hops, but I find this beer to be well balanced. Fruity sweetness, with just a tad of alcohol presence. Lingering sweetness of pear, green apple, mango.
M - Sweet, sugary, and resinous. Smooth and clean.
Overall, remarkably well-balanced and hides it's high 7.00% abv well for an IPA. Might not satisfy those overly intense hopheads, and it might not be breaking any spectacular new ground, but it is a worthy addition to the realm of IPA's.
Bear Republic Racer 5 India Pale Ale ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2013 02:27:00 | More by mfnmbvp
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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