Racer 5 India Pale Ale – Bear Republic Brewing (Cloverdale, CA, USA)

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale – Bear Republic Brewing, 7.5% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Cloverdale, California, USA)

-I can’t remember how many times I passed by this bottle while perusing the beer shelves thinking “this beer can’t  be any good, the label is too plain“.

from ratebeer.com:

“This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed American pale and crystalmalts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial. There’s a trophy in every glass. 2009 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – GOLD; 2009 Colorado State Fair – Best of Show; 2006 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – SILVER; 2005 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – SILVER; 1999 Great American Beer Festival® India Pale Ale – GOLD”

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy balanced orange honey toffee malt too smooth
  • Where I got it : Gift from a relative
  • How much: ~$6 USD – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., Fall 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: undoubtedly yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours yellow orange with a small fine head, hazy layer of retention, lots and lots of fast streams.

Nose: bright sweet citrusy malts, honey (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: thick, fine micro CO2, exceptionally smooth entry

Mid-palate: continual creaminess, (lvl-6)-sweetness, tangy backdrop, (MAIN) orange, honey, toffee malt

Finish: stealth soft bitter hops, malty clean finish.

Summary: Inconceivably smooth. A zen-like balance of sweet, creamy, bitter, and alcohol. The finish could be slighter longer but otherwise flawless.