Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from bomber bottle into the The Queens pint glass. Bought at Binnys.
Cloudy light copper haze with 2 finger head, noticeable yeast present from bottle conditioning. Been wanting to try beer republic.
Aroma, smells big upfront like Magnum or warrior type of hops. Sweet caramel and bready malt. Not as centennial as the Michigan beers. Floral slight citrus. Aroma is more subtle, a bit refined, not as pungent but I love the hops used.
Taste is very piney, also with citrus but not as big upfront. Instead the hop flavor is more lasting on the backend. I can taste centennial or cascade? A bit syrupy with Carmel. It's very balanced with malt and hops.
Mouth feel is smooth, soft but can use more carbonation. Very easy to drink and goes down very easy for its 7% Abv. Bottle conditioning ?
Great beer, very soft and easy to drink, elegant like and less pungent. I really enjoyed it but I am more taken by the Michigan and 3 Floyds style that hits harder with aroma and hops taste. I think the bottle conditioning mellowed and subtle the edges on this beer and it works. I reccommend trying it.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2011 02:18:15 | More by Durtdiggler
4.22/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Arrived at my table nicely poured into a Founders pint glass.
A) Nice looking amber with a slight haze. There was a full finger of good looking head. The head settled to a dusting. There was nice lacing down the pint.
S) Nice fresh pine and citrus fruits.
T) A good malt/hop balance. There is a little fresh squeezed OJ flavor, pine and tropical fruit. The bitterness evens out really well with the other flavors present.
M) A medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. A smooth drinker with a clean finish. Nice aftertaste.
O) Well done.... This is a fine IPA. I would gladly recommend. I hope it tastes this good out of the bottle, because I will likely be looking to buy a six pack.
Serving type: on-tap
11-27-2011 14:11:53 | More by RoamingGnome
3.48/5 rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance - very uninviting appearance. Less than 1 finger head that quickly disappears. A scary, murky/cloudy light orange color.
Smell - Very pleasant citrus hop presence. Love that smell.
Taste - piney and somewhat bitter. Lots of hops frying the palet. Ok, but too much imbalance of hop fry vs. lack of flavors to balance the bitter hops.
A good mouthfeel.
Overall - this beer is ok but a little too unbalanced hops for my taste. They need to find the flavor balance to the hop bitterness to make this a better crafted beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2011 01:03:51 | More by bubseymour
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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