Fastback Racer
Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #837
Ranked #4,194
4.14 | pDev: 6.76%
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
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Notes: Formerly Fastback Racer X3

Massive hop additions of Citra and Ekuanot are revved to the limit on a chassis of Rye, Munich, and light caramel malts. Intensely bitter, extremely hop forward, and amazingly drinkable, this is a Double IPA with full throttle hoppiness...
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a day! I had a very receptive group of students today, but I am really beat, thanks to my new sideline gig. I am having this beer & then giving up to try & catch up on some lost sleep. At 10.5% ABV, I do not see that being a problem. This bottle was one that I recently acquired along with another from Bear Republic with the other one held in abeyance for tomorrow. I like to plan ahead!

From the Bottle: "Massive hop additions of Citra and Ekuanot are revved to the limit on a chassis of Rye, Munich, and light caramel malts. Intensely bitter, extremely hop forward, and amazingly drinkable, this is a Double IPA with full throttle hoppiness …".

This is one of those times that I want to quickly Pop! the cap, get in a C-Line pour & get going. My actions had consequences in the form of the formation of just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention that left behind loads of sticky lacing. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with some floaties in evidence. In bringing the glass up to my nose for an initial sniff, I got a shock of fusel alcohol heat in my sinuses, causing me to sneeze & my eyes to begin to water! Whoa. This is definitely NO playin' around! Giving it another go, it smelled very much of pineapple upside-down cake with additions of pine and grapefruit. Mmm. This seemed like it was going to be an adventure from the outset. Mouthfeel was full and thick, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. I decided to allow the first sip just to roll around in my mouth, coating my tongue and palate as it warmed. Wow! It warmed everything from my tongue to my sinuses & when I swallowed, I felt as though I could track its progress through my esophagus and into my stomach! Phew! Did I say no playin' around? Well, I meant it! It began with a gentle sweetness, letting caramel and pineapple lead the way at the opening, but as it expanded, it unleashed a furious assault of black pepper, grapefruit, orange peel, earthy green pepper and pine mintiness. Wow! I was rocked back in my seat by all of this and when I deeply inhaled to try to catch my breath, I had my breath taken away, literally. Hoo hah! Man, did this one finish dry! I found myself reaching for my asthma inhaler as a result. Phew. A second breath was cool, minty & peppery, like an amped-up menthol cigarette. Wahoo! Did I mention that I am just having one & then going to bed? I was not kidding, just as this beer was not kidding around. Def proceed with caution. Mos def. YMMV, but I doubt it.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Sep 20, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper orange in color with a slightly murky and very hazy appearance. Poured with a moderate, creamy, off-white foam with excellent retention. Aromas of malt, caramel, crusty bread, earthy pine, over-ripe citrus rind, herbal hops and light booziness. Medium bodied with lazy, medium light carbonation. Rich, creamy smooth, slightly oily feel with pleasant boozy warmth. Medium high malty flavors with dark caramel and bready notes. Earthy, herbal And over-ripe dark orange flavors followed by medium pine hop bitterness through the middle. Pine hop flavors persists and intensifies to the end,  along sweet booziness, competing with the powerful malt character. Finished with sweet, rich malty flavors balanced by bitter pine hoppiness and boozy dryness. A classic malt forward DIPA. Intense, tasty, rich malt character that is balanced by earthy hoppiness. Great stuff.

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IronLover from Pennsylvania, Aug 10, 2018
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3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, best by 08/11/18. Peachy-orange colored ale with a thin beige head. Boozy and fruity aroma along with some light caramel malt. Sweet & malty: honey, light caramel, nutty Munich, spicy rye; fruity & bitter hops: orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine. Full body, too boozy and hot, yet a balanced finish. Fresher might have helped this one out, but it is what it is. I was happy to find it even though it's hour is fast approaching. I wanted to like it more, which maybe is why it gets the 4 overall. Lots of flavor here but the alcohol presence is a bit over the top for me.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, Aug 04, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep copper, cloudy, 1 finger of head and some lacing left on the glass and brew

S - Citra hops, lots of citrus, and dank aromas. Big malty backbone

T - Citrus and finishes bitter. Big malty undertone and caramel. Very tasty!

F - Medium body and well carbonated

O - Another excellent DIPA from Bear Republic. These guys crush the IPAs, DIPA, etc.

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BeerDawgs from Georgia, Jul 08, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/11/2018. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, green pepper, pine, toasted bread, rye, honey, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and rye/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, green pepper, pine, toasted bread, spicy rye, honey, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy peppery bitterness; and rye spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, green pepper, pine, toasted bread, spicy rye, honey, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and rye/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and rye spiciness balance; with no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium/full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 10.4% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and rye/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV, with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. No overly aggressive. Awesome Citra/Ekuanot hop showcase. Very juicy, vibrant, earthy, and dank balanced hop complexity; sizable bready malt backbone, but not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering, well made style example. Loved the hop profile as expected.

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superspak from Michigan, Jul 07, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 16 oz Mason Jar from the Craft Beer Quick Stop on 6-21-18 for $7.00.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with a smallish one finger head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is citrusy with some tropical fruits.

Taste is a huge malt base with pale and caramel malts. Hops profile is well balanced between citrus, tropical, and floral. Not surprised given how big this brew is.

Mouthfeel is mdium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall the brewers did a really nice job balancing this bad boy all the way around. Delightful! Glad i got to try!!

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arizcards from Arizona, Jun 23, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is citrus, mild sweetness and slightly heavy/floral hops. The flavor is grapefruit, malts, fruit and a complex citrus hop/slightly alcoholic finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, May 30, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Is this a Dipa or a triple IPA? Plus 10% but hides it well. Pours a murky (not neipa hazy) orange tan with generous foam. Candied orange and citrus notes dominate the aroma. For its strength it doesn't come off as overly hoppy or bitter. Some booze on the finish.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best by" date was about a week ago. However! This was a really strong DIPA.

Look: very hazy orange.
Smell: typical IPA stuff.
Taste: I was used to sweet and syrupy DIPAs by this point, but this one had a refreshing amount of really BRIGHT HOPS comin' at ya.

Very drinkable for it's high ABV. Would like to try it fresh. I could see myself housing 2 of these in a row while crushing through 3 episodes of Longmire.

Roommate Mike's Quick Sip: "pretty sweet tasting"

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OldeGolde from Maryland, Aug 03, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber botle, w/o dating info that I can find.

Pours heavily hazed, and leaves gobs of froth, and irregular fields of lacing all up and down the glass..

Ripe citric sniff....pineapple

More ripe pineapple on the palate....dank and flavorful...solid DIPA...go get some

I believe this was $9.99 at Bay Shore Beer and Soda, Bay Shore, Long Island, NY

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Billolick from New York, Jul 07, 2017
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ray-J's in MN.

This is a solid dipa. Very straight-forward. Not west coast dank and not NE haze. Just a classic dipa that is to traditional style that we rarely see anymore. Hoppy, floral, fruity, bitter. Easy drinking for the abv.

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mothman from Minnesota, Jun 29, 2017
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4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rye? IIPA? Bear Republic? Just show me where to throw my money. 12 oz. bottle with no visible dating. Tsk, tsk. Let’s get that done, OK?

The pour is slightly clouded orange, like oak that’s been out of the sun too long. A sniffer’s dream, there’s plenty of springtime coming off the surface: honey, fields of clover, sticky pine, orange zest. Lost of other stuff I’m sure too, but one of the best smelling IPAs I’ve had in a while.

Fastback Racer > Speed Racer, by a factor of roughly 3.4 million. What a horrific show. The beer is lovely. Citrus & orange zest mix with a bit of swamp flair, & a pine died in that bog at some point in history. Bit of lemon & pink grapefruit round out the produce section. Low bitterness doesn’t detract from this beer - & I like my IPAs bitter. Finishes with honeyed sweetness, light yeast, & general feelings of yummy. No hint of rye, which is the only draw/fast back. Dry. Hella drinkable.

Nearly as complex as Finnegans Wake & a hell of a lot less like an involuntary rectal exam with a splintery board. But I digress. You don’t get a unique west coast IPA too often in this day & age where everyone brews one, but this is tasty & different. Bloody excellent. Date these bottles & I’ll be on them frequently!

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maximum12 from Minnesota, Jun 22, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bomber of Fastback Racer DIPA from Total Wine on 06/09/2017. No bottled date, although Total Wine's white SKU label on the bottle identifies 05/23/2017 -- probably when they received it. 10.4% ABV. This DIPA is brewed with Citra and Ekuanot hops. Bear Republic Brewing hails from Cloverdale, CA.

Fastback Racer DIPA pours a cloudy, almost muddy orange with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of ecru foam. Not much lacing. The smell is citrus hops with some malt. The taste starts with citrus and tropical fruits, followed immediately by a intense citrus bitterness, all against a moderate malt backbone. It's the malt backbone that's the standout here -- according to the label, this beer is brewed with Rye, Munich and light caramel hops.

Fastback Racer DIPA works really well due to its malt backbone, which lends a complexity and depth beyond its hops. I'll definitely add this to my weekly rotation of daily DIPAs.

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R_i_P from California, Jun 21, 2017
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4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Brass Tap; rare to find in WI. Typical Bear Rep. west-coast hop bomb but good, complex flavors masking some of the 10.4% bite. One of my favorite breweries, and as usual this one lives up to the reputation.

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milwaukee512 from Wisconsin, Jun 06, 2017
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4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

About time, Bear Republic! This is the type of juicy drinkable DIPA that you've needed for quite some time. Racer 5 is great, Racer X is good... Fastback is just better.

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Walshwi from Maryland, May 29, 2017
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4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Color is cloudy yellow-orange. Head is minimal. Nose is quite boozy and piney with some citrus and tropical fruit- lots of juicy pineapple and mango- really nice nose. Palate is full and boozy but not sticky or cloying- malt is present but takes a back drop to citrus and juicy juicy candied pineapple. Pros juicy intense flavor but not overly bitter (even though it's 100 ibu), nice body, pretty well balanced. Cons head and lacing. 94/100.

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Photo of Act25
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this brewer and this TIPA. Citra and Ekuanot (formerly Equinox) are the hops with Rye, Munich and light caramel malts.

A) Pours light amber cloudy color with 2 fingers of frothy white crown. Steady retention and lace.

S) Sharp Citra, lemon zest, grapefruit, rock candy, marmalade, floral, perfume, pine, herbal, grass, and long resin.

T) Follows smell with more flowers and resin. Hides ABV well. Solid. Lemon, flower store, pine, citrus marmalade, grass, herbal, sugary pineapple.
F) Oily texture with a long, medium, sugary, juicy finish.
O) One my favorites. Try 24.

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Act25 from New Jersey, May 12, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Burnt orange color with a small head that quickly vanishes. Caramel, rye, lemon, orange and a touch of booze on the nose. Taste is on the sweet side. Hoppy but the malts overtake the taste buds a bit too much. Some alcohol detected as well. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy. Coates the mouth. Goes down easy.

I am a bit dissappointed with this one. I usually love Bear Republic's hoppy stuff but this one seems a bit jagged around the edges. Glad I tried but not something I could have more than 1 of in a sitting.

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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a slightly hazy caramel orange body, one finger white head, short retention and not much lacing. Smell is rich citrus and grapefruit, a bit of resin, sweet caramel and a bit of canteloupe. Nice, very clean west coast style beer. Flavour is on the sweeter side; more of a grapefruit flesh, pulp, resin and pine cone, moderately sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink. A very solid double IPA.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, May 06, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grapefruit zest, pine and orange rind. Spicy rye malt profile. Medium bodied. Decent amount of bitterness. Good sweet helps balance out everything. It's ok.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, May 02, 2017
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 'Best Buy 07/20/2017' into a tulip glass.

L: Pours hazy (with visible suspended particulates) bronze copper with 1 finger of variable density white head with moderate retention and left combination streaked/spotted/ringed lacing.
S: Nose is very piney and earthy, perhaps some very subtle tropical undertones. As it warms some tropical notes begin to appear more prominent.
T: Follows the nose well, with underlying citrus. Finishes with plenty of bitterness, some astringency, a bit of rye spiciness and clears the palate quickly with perhaps just the slightest lingering tingle from the ABV.
F: Lighter bodied with low-medium carbonation. Very easy drinking for the ABV (which says a lot).
O: While I'm much happier that Bear Republic finally packaged Hop Shovel, this beer is a solid entry into the IIPA category. Comparable price-point, I'll take this over Lagunitas Waldo's whenever it's fresh.

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jakecattleco from California, Apr 23, 2017
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4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a bright orange with an average head. The aroma has notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pomelo, pineapple,, mango, pine, and guava. The flavor has lots of citrus first - grapefruit, pomelo, tangerin - as well as guava, pineapple, pine, resin, and a really solid bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall this is a sensational beer - the fruit is dominant, but it is well moderated by a solid and bitter dose of pine - the balancing effect of the bitterness is just perfect here.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Apr 22, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 7/20/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy orangish golden; fluffy white head that fades leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are citrus forward along with some sweet malts. Subtle hints of oranges and clementines along with some sticky grapefruit. The flavors basically follow the nose. Citrus leads the way. More orange and clementine. Hints of lemon and grapefruit. Some pine and fresh grass in the mix. The rye is noticeable without being overwhelming. Solid malt backbone. It's bittersweet. Finishes juicy for the most part with a mild warmth, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slightly watery, but still has a body to it and doesn't come off as thin. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid DIPA. It's nothing flashy or crazy, in my opinion, but it's still nice and enjoyable. Not bad at all.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Apr 21, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Beer Nerd tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $7.99
Purchased: April 7, 2017
Consumed: April 9, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: No bottled on date

Picked this one up on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s along with seven other new beers to try and a six-pack of a Port beer. First time I had ever seen or heard of this beer. Bottle reads Citra and Ekuanot (formerly Equinox) for the hops with Rye, Munich and light caramel malts. Was looking forward to it.

Poured a light amber cloudy color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent foamy spiderweb lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled sharp Citra, lemon zest, grapefruit, citrus candy, floral, pine, herbal, grass, light resin and tropical flavors. (Smell - 4.25)

First thought on the taste was that it did not taste 10.4 pct. Got Citra, unknown hop spices (probably the rye), lemon, lime, pine, candied citrus, grass, herbal, sugary peach, grapefruit rind and pineapple. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, sugary, citrusy finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was just a really smooth DIPA. Really enjoyed it. (Overall - 4.25)

4.19 | 93 | A-

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BucannonXC5 from California, Apr 17, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours rich amber, clean with a just off white foamy head that laces well. Smells of a spinning carousel of fruits, spice, and caramel, yet still leading the olfactory to believe there is an intense IPA to be had. Flavor follows with a good emphasis on the spicy rye, and the fruitiness and sweetness are instantly backed by classic piney goodness. Feel is rich, smooth, bitter, slick, well carbonated, and easily masks the 10.5% abv. Overall, this beer is no joke, and pretty outstanding all around. Cheers!

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Fastback Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 111 ratings