Beer 217/365 – Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 7.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Not much really, but it was a pretty damn good beer.

Will I be drinking this again: I would love to try it fresh on tap sometime.

Grade: A-

6/13/2010: I figure its summer time so I might as well get around to trying some new IPA’s instead of sticking with my go-to stouts. I never thought the style would be something I would like, but alas it is growing on me. Although I still prefer an Imperial IPA.

Racer 5 is my kind of IPA, it almost pushes the the lower line of an Imperial IPA. The smell is hoppy (citrus, and a little earthy), and sweet (pale malt). The flavor reminds me a lot of a Bell’s Two Hearted, with a bit of an earthy kick. Citrus hops are the headliner, with pale malt playing a nice supporting role. The mouthfeel is buttery, almost “slippery” in a way. Overall for an IPA I would say this ranks in my top 20% for the style.

Picture of the day: Whats more boring to watch on TV? Nascar or Soccer?

Published in: on June 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm  Comments (5)  
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