Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
From a 355 ml bottle (with a code of some kind...I couldn't tell what it meant) into a globe glass.
A-This is a decent looking brew with a nice copper, orange golden color. There are some minor bubbles visible, but not much in the way of head; a thin white, slightly shiny head devolves quickly. A touch of lace is left behind.
S-The smell is a balanced mixture of buttery, toasted malts and fruity, lightly dank hops. The hops are sweet and orange flavored, but a little underwhelming. A slight hoppy oiliness comes out as the beer warms up to room temperature.
T-The taste, like the smell, is uh (read: uninspiring), balanced and there is more malt here than I would've expected. The hops are citrusy rather than pine-oily-dank, but there is a mild, peppery, spice in the finish. The flavors are a touch coarse.
M-The feel is creamy for the style with mild, fine carbonation and a medium body.
O-This brew hits the meh button for me. It wasn't unpleasant, but I expect an IPA with 7% ABV to provide a little more flavor firepower than this. Perhaps my bottle was old, but I felt like the hops had faded, almost into oblivion, and the result was a so-so brew that did not measure up to other examples of the style.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2013 03:14:39 | More by spoony
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,053 ratings.