a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Racer 5, makes me think of the big eyed kid in the half helmet and the song Go Speed Racer, Go Speed Racer, Go Speed Racer Go! I would seriously suggest Racing out and find this great beer. Perfect bitterness and a finsh that has ready for the next sip .
dmac (5603) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber from padrefan78/zinnamon, wound up getting two bottles of this in the same week. It was a good week. Poured a beautiful clear golden/honey/amber with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is citrusy hops, flowers, slight pine and towards the end I was able to detect some caramel. Flavor is mild hop bitterness that finishes a little on the sweet side especailly for an IPA. Very easy drinking beer and perfect after doing yard work all day, okay for a few hours but it seemed like all day.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber-orange brew, average size head, good form layered lacing. Solid piney citrus hops aroma. Very inviting, not overpowering. Good bitter bite right from the start, gentle warmth, sweet and piney nice malt compliment. I have had this bottle since last July and this stuff is awesome.
Nephilium (1696) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer starts with a pine/floral note, with a touch of citrus underlying. It pours a slightly hazy amber, with almost no head. Very crisp flavor, with a quick burst of pine notes, fading away to a sweet finish. Seems to be missing the sticky mouthfeel of most IPA’s. Overall, not a bad beer, but there are a lot better for the same price.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: This one pours gold with a small white head. Smell is a pretty good amount of pine and earth. I smell a hint of caramel as I continue to swirl the glass and take periodic whiffs. The taste is a bit dry feeling, but very earthy and piney again. As I drink, this one begins to taste a little sticky, probably that hint of caramel I smelled.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orange copper color with a white head. Aroma is caramel, with bitter citrus hops. Flavor is malty caramel, with a bitter citrus finish.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a fairly yeasty light orange with a very thin qhite head. Smells of big, floral hops, with a touch of light citrus. Taste is mostly grapefruit, hops, a little spice, touch of cinnamon or brown sugar. Seems to be very well balanced, and quite an easy drinking IPA. Very floral and subtle in its characters, which was a nice transition to the smooth finish. Very nice IPA.
Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a golden amber with a huge rocky head and chunky lacing. Aroma is mildy sweet malts and floral hops. Taste is floral and grapefruit with a lot of sweet malts. Not nearly as aggressive as I expected. Much more drinkable than many bigger IPAs. The sweet aftertaste leaves your mouth watering for another sip. Extremely sessionable, excellent IPA.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Pours amber gold with thin white head. The aroma is citrus hops all around, hints of taffee, sweet fruit. The flavor is honeydew melon and grapefruit. The bitterness is pretty mellow, the hops flavorful. Good and smooth brew.
NachlamSie (3279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2008 Draught during my Dark Lord excursion. Pours a clear bright gold/orange with a tall white head. The nose is awesome, very full and floral. Good honey presence with grapefruit and pine. Flavor is excellently spicy, balanced, and wonderfully clean. It is pretty drying and hugely floral with notes of green tea and more pine needles. There is a good level of aggressive hop character and a sturdy malt foundation that makes it nicely sticky throughout. Great IPA.
[December 16, 2008]
Bomber. Oh yeah, here we go. This is a true American IPA. The aroma is zesty and stinky herbs. Citrus comes into a play. I love the way Bear Republic infuses such clean and strong hop character unto their beers. Loads of grapefruit and backdrops of herbal bitterness are found in the flavor. The palate is medium sticky. This is a prime example of what an American IPA should be. I could use a little more aroma, that is my single, unneeded complaint.