Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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2.5/5 rDev -40.3%
I bought this beer on vacation and had very high hopes. Split between myself and two other avid beer enjoyers.
All of us were in agreement that it was just an okay IPA. Poured into tulips, very minimal head. Appearance was nice with a darker orange/amber color.
Taste was not fully there, hops on the front not too citrusy and tastes left mouth almost as soon as I swallowed it.
All were in agreement it was just okay - and being able to have the option to try anyother IPA blindly in front of us over that one would do so.
07-08-2011 17:36:53 | More by byteme94
2.58/5 rDev -38.4%
This is my second time trying Racer 5, the first being on tap. I remember it tasting better than this, maybe this is one that is better kegged? Smell is tasty enough, very piney, but the taste is off a bit to me. It seems like the alpha acid levels are out of wack with the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel is not right either, not enough carbonation (which could explain the mysterious lack of head too). Overall, I am very disappointed with this, but may give it another try on tap.
editing this review down as I could not even finish the bottle.
06-03-2006 20:45:45 | More by audiojon
2.68/5 rDev -36%
Dark gold with less than one finger of white foam, and decent retention. The aroma has some citrus hops, and pine. Not as strong of an aroma as I expected.
The taste is just like the aroma. Very bitter, no balancing malt. A little too bitter for my taste. Grapefruit peeling and pine flavors, not much else
High carbonation, dry, with a long bitter finish. I like hoppy bitter beers, but not bitterness which lacks complexity. I also don't like for a beer to be astringent. Not something I would seek out again.
09-12-2010 18:57:50 | More by hardy008
2.7/5 rDev -35.6%
A popular but in my mind mediocre West Coast IPA. In some cases, like with BR's Hop Rod Rye, balanced is good in that the ingredients all contribute to a nice, complex brew. In Racer 5's case, it has been balanced into insipidness. Not nearly enough hop complexity for hop-heads, and there is an odd brackish taste at the front end of the palate as well. Very disappointing.
03-19-2013 02:10:16 | More by Cobrito
2.7/5 rDev -35.6%
Very thick, frothy head. Very small amount of carbonation.
Smell is different. And lacking hops. Smells oily, soapy, and metallic.
Finally, hops. Nowhere near what I want. Hop oils are dominant, with a very slick soapy feeling taking over. It's like a jumbled mess of an IPA. I finally get why twaddlac hated this thing. The aroma hops are AWOL. Light body.
12-26-2011 19:12:01 | More by VncentLIFE
2.73/5 rDev -34.8%
I poured this hopped up beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was hoppy smelling and poured a cloudy wheat looking color. The smell and taste also was like it had pineapple in it and was fruity beyond what I like tasting. I will not buy again.
03-30-2010 21:43:11 | More by Minkybut
District of Columbia
2.78/5 rDev -33.7%
I really didn't want a second one.
The after taste is just too bitter. The overall taste is not balanced, but is rather harsh.
The astringent quality in the taste and the mouth feel are overwhelming.
Pine, resin, grape fruit, just too harsh.
11-17-2011 15:39:39 | More by Bugsey
2.78/5 rDev -33.7%
LOOK. Nice honey-colored tones. Dense head on the pour but short-lived.
AROMA. Green, zesty, fresh hops. Like hops right off the vine that you crush between between the palms of your hands.
BODY. Medium-heavy in body, oily, with a firm carbonation.
TASTE. Grabs you by the tongue right off the bat with a bitter, resinous, pine sap attack. Finishes with an oily, medicinally bitter finish. Malt is there, but feels like it's just hanging out, not really bringing enough to balance the harshness of the hops.
AFTERMATH. Not my favorite. I would have liked a little more balance. It smells really, really wonderful though.
09-28-2009 18:07:50 | More by ajayma
2.8/5 rDev -33.2%
Purchased 22oz bomber from Martignetti's
Appearance = Good looking murky, dark peach colored golden browm. Decent head which fades quickly but leaves some intricate lacing. Small bubbles rise up giving a mild sense of carbonation
Smell = Very piney fresh hop scent. Super clean and crisp. Citrus flavors are there although not as dominating as the pine flavor. Still a great, strong intense scent.
Taste = Hmm...strange tasting. My initial impression was one of severe disappointment. It's way too sour, almost like the hops have faded away. There's no umph or kick...just a bitter sourness like someone squeezed lemon juice in here. Mouthfeel is flat and has little carbonation which surprises me. I think this. As I drink more of this, I see the taste isn't awful, but it is WAY below the IPAs I'm used to drinking and contains absolutely nothing special or unique.
Overall = a serious disappointment considering Bear Republic's reputation. I had high hopes for this beer but I can think of 15 IPAs of the top fo my head that I'd buy before I try this one again. I hold IPAs to an extremely high standard and this one did not meet my constaints. Did I possibly get a bad bottle?
03-08-2006 02:27:19 | More by LPorter33
2.85/5 rDev -32%
22 oz into a pint glass
A - Light amber to yellow, slightly hazy, almost no head
S - Strong citrus and floral hops
T - Big sweet sticky hops upfront, peaches and grapefruit Too much for. Almost no malt at all
M - Thin and heavy, cloying sweetness
O - Not my beer, just far to sweet
08-19-2011 23:39:09 | More by DrewSnyc667
2.89/5 rDev -31%
S: bottle from mix & match, not refridgerated, poured into New Belgium globe and allowed to warm.
S: light piney, typical West Coast hop profile. Not strong on aroma. Stale crackers, musty grass.
A: bright gold, slightly hazy. Soapy, large bubbles drop from two finger head to just a layer. No lace, no legs.
T: again, not much going on. Some pine, citrus, orange pith bitterness. Malt is flat. Finishes slightly bitter.
M: thin body, no alcohol warmth, slick finish but bitterness coats mouth. Feel a trace of acid on teeth.
O: disappointed. Thinking this one hung out on a shelf for too long. May try again but not rushing to do so.
04-08-2013 19:19:51 | More by JRdaSconnie
2.9/5 rDev -30.8%
A- Poured from a bomber straight down the center and got a huge fluffy off white head. Nice retention and lacing. Great color, light copper and clear although there is some particulate in suspension. Had this upright in the fridge and everything looked well settled.
S- Tangerine and grass with malt in the background and some phenols. Complex.
T- Doesn't quite deliver on what the nose promises. Citrusy bitterness up front but there is a significant phenolic banana taste from the middle to finish which is not working for me. There is some harsh alcohol in the finish too.
M- Maybe it was the pour but this is a bit flat. Took it easy with the second glass but same result.
O- This is one to review again, maybe I got an old bottle or there was some other issue. Hope this is not typical because I have heard great things about this IPA
07-18-2012 21:27:32 | More by mschind
2.9/5 rDev -30.8%
clear amber color very light tan soapy head with some retention clinging, smells like pine and grass clippings, really a odd smell not like other ipas I have had. Seriously the smell reminds me of something more earthy. taste is a huge dissapointment. Malty with some pine hops at the end to back it up but very weak. Easy to drink since the flavor is weak. Not going to lie, my least favorite IPA I have had.
02-07-2010 03:43:05 | More by minnunderground
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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