Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +19.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.69.
A-Pours a deep golden, almost orange color with a one finger, off-white head with average retention and modest lacing. Beautiful in appearance. A gorgeous beer.
S-Very pronounced juicy citrus hops. Grapefruit is most prominent. I love the smell of this beer.
T-Very, very balanced, IMO. Hops are aggressive without being overpowering. Nice malt backbone in finish is pleasantly sweet. Atypical for a West Coast IPA. Very distinctive and a real treat. This beer may cause me to change my favorite style. No bitter after taste and alcohol taste is absent, even at 7% ABV. Extremely well crafted.
M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced, yet complex.
D-A great IPA. May be my favorite beer. Dangerously smooth given ABV. I'm satisfied sipping this beer, but if I am especially thirsty on a hot summer day, I can readily down this in big swallows.
This is my go-to IPA. I can buy this for $1.69 a 12oz single year round. When in Northern California for vacation earlier this month, I bought a half-case of 12oz bottles for $15.99. An exceptional value! Especially compared to Stone and Russian River offerings. I am stingy when giving praise, but this beer garners top scores across the board for me. I like variety, but if this was the only beer I was permitted to drink, I would not be an unhappy camper.
07-26-2009 01:34:06 | More by velosuds
5/5 rDev +19.3%
A-An aggressive pour yields a very clear light orange color with a finger and a half of thick white head.
S-Smells of dank pine and huge pineapple notes with some mango and light caramel notes.
T-Big pineapple and caramel on the front with some bitter pine and grapefruit on the finish.
M-Extremely smooth feel with a medium body and light carbonation.
D-This is an incredibly balanced, yet flavorful IPA. I've had this one before, but I'm not sure why I haven't revisited it since. I'll be sure to in the future.
06-25-2011 20:46:39 | More by samie85
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,259 ratings.