Racer 5 India Pale Ale

Posted: February 18, 2011 in American IPA
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I picked up a pint bottle of Racer 5 IPA at the local Safeway.  The label calls it an “aggressive styled IPA” and “well-hopped” and as you’ll see below, it really lives up to those descriptors.  It’s brewed by Bear Republic Brewery which is just a little north of me, so a little trip may be in order.

This was a clear gold beer with an off-white head that dissipated quickly and lots of lacing.  It smelled very citrusy with a bit of pine.  Oh wow, this is hoptastic!  Hops, hops, and more hops.  A bit bitter once you get past all the hops and some hints of the citrus and pine.   Not at all malty.   Mouthfeel is middle-of-the road. Definitely has some body to it, but not too heavy, though it does stay with you for a bit afterwards.

Overall, a good beer but probably not a great choice for a true beer novice due to the bitterness.  This is really the beeriest beer I’ve reviewed so far.  I’m really not a big IPA fan, but would certainly recommend it for fans of the style.


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