Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 6,258 | Reviews: 2,182 | Display Reviews Only:
4.11/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured into snifter glass. It presented a light amber color with a quarter inch thick white head. Did not dissipate quickly. Moderate lacings around the glass.
Aroma: It smelled primarily pine and mango immediately after pouring. I covered the glass and just swirled lightly. The smell of pine greatly amplified! Also some notes of pineapple.
Taste: Tangy at first, I tasted pine, citrus, orange rind, and some subtle spiciness. It started out sweet and finished with some bitterness. This beer was not overpowering and is very easy drinking. While the beer start to reach room temperature (I can't drink a bomber that fast) it became a bit more mellow and maybe tad bit lighter on the flavor. Best to drink chilled.
Overall a great beer. I think I had my expectations a little too high considering the ratings it received on BA. However I'm glad to try this. Each IPA is often different in its own way, just like this one is different. This is worth trying BUT if it's not distributed to your state, there are plenty of other IPA's just as good if not better. If you do have one, pop open the bottle, relax, and enjoy!
05-16-2013 02:53:50 | More by Benish
4.23/5 rDev +1%
22 ounce bomber
A bit lighter than I expected and clearer than I thought it would be. Apricot colored pour with a smallish head. Still enough goodness that light doesn't shine right through, but lacking in head. Slight, thin lace.
Very pleasant West Coast smell. Lots of citrus, peach and pineapple, and a bit of pine. Fairly classic for the style.
Taste follows the lead of the smell with peach, pineapple and pine having a party. A biscuit backdrop.
A quick shot of sweet followed by acidic citrus and bitter hops. Medium bodied, the fairly moderate alcohol is muted by everything else going on. A bitter, citric, oily finish.
I'm really happy with this. We don't get Bear Republic anywhere near home and this didn't disappoint my excitement. An easy drinker for the style, good taste and nice alcohol. A very solid American IPA.
05-15-2013 03:16:34 | More by RickS95
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,258 ratings.