- My Rating: [A], I gave it a (4.3 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
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“.
“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.