soulassasin (3) - San Marcos, California, USA - JAN 12, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great bif hopy flavor and aroma. The combo of columbus and cascade hops really take this one to another level.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Grassy aroma and flavor, clean, and a lasting bitter finish. Lots of bitter apiricot and pine flavor.
[compared next to Port Brewing Wipeout IPA]
I’m still a bit caveman in my ability to distinguish tastes, but the Racer 5 tastes more piney to me; the Wipeout I think has a kiss of peach. Tough call, but I think right now I like the Wipeout a touch more.
[tasted next to a Ballast Point Big Eye IPA]
The Ballast point is syrupy; the Bear Republic is a cleaner taste so you notice the bite more. Both excellent depending on what you’re looking for.
[compared with Lagunitas Kill Ugly Radio]
The Racer 5 has more red color, the Ugly Radio more gold. Racer 5 is more fragrant--lots of grass. The Ugly Radio is way more malt, and basically a jumble of flavors. The Racer 5 is nice clean grass, and so much better at home than in a bar (bars serve it too cold). I prefer the Racer 5.
[Tasted next to an Avery IPA]
The Racer 5 is way more bitter, way more grapefruit, and--in my opinion, a better West Coast IPA. That said, the Avery is better than most IPAs and---depending on what you’d like--may be preferable.
[Tasted next to a Stone India Pale Ale]
The Racer is more red color; more apiricot and pine flavor; and more bitter. The Stone is much sweeter, smoother, and lemony-peach.
kevd193213 (946) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy yellow rust pour with thin white head, lots of yeast present still in the bomber. Floral aroma with some hops and orange-citrus. Sweet citrus taste with nice even slightly bitter finish.
Boutip (5465) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a dark beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops is totally dominating. Taste is also dominated by fresh C-hops and can be best describe as chewing on a grapefruit. This is truly the most ‘’grapefruit’’ I have experience in an IPA. While this is a very interesting beer, it is also a one-dimensional beer lacking complexity IMO.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Clear amber color with white head. Hoppy aroma and taste with bitter after taste. These is an average IPA.
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 pours a dark orange gold with a one finger off white head and some sediment. aroma is a nice hops with oranges. is light to medium body with some lacing. flavor is nice hops with orange peel and pine a little carbonation on the tongue as well. very nice ipa i like it a must try! very nice for the price too at $4.50 a bomber. i would have rated it higher if there was a little more lacing, head that lasted longer, and just a touch more malt. but very good overall! aroma does get stronger as it warms so i went from a 7 to an 8. a little more cloudy and more sediment on the second glass of the bomber which was cool. little sweet orange as it warms as well. again a very nice ipa!
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at Landmark. Golden amber color. Smell of wonderful hops, flowers, pine, caramel, roasted malt, sugar, citrus and orange peal. Taste is fantastic! Taste of hops, malt, citrus, rye, hints of pine, flowers and a rich bitterness at the end. I love this on tap.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Clear gold with a large frothy off-white head and spotty lacing. The aroma is classic juniper and pine and the taste matches that pretty well. The bitterness is abundant and seems to be more apparent as you continue to consume the beverage. The body is about right and this brew stands among the good IPA’s that one could go to frequently.
jason (1751) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber via trade with cbkschubert. Good hoppy aroma with a little citrus zest added. Golden amber look with thin head. Smooth well balanced flavor that is a little rough at first but my palate quickly warmed up to it. Pretty good IPA. Thanks Craig!
johnnysuede (16) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is light and subtle, hue is appealing dark orange, frothy head. Flavor is a bit bitter initially and finish is good. Medium body, texture is dry, and carbonation is soft.