frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep golden in colour with a thin creamy head. Heavy piney, grapefruit hop aroma as well as some sweet malts to. The flavour is a well balanced act of big grapefruit, orange and piney hops and a sweet malt backbone. Great bitter lingering finish, and beautiful sticky lace down the side of my glass. An excellent I.P.A.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As I sit here sniffing this beer, picking up strong notes of delicious grapefruits and the pine resin that coats my windshield regularly, my mouth waters. If only the enourmous fluffy white head that rests on top of this clear amber body would go away quicker so that I can taste this tempting concoction! Finally I raise the glass to my mouth, noticing tons of lacing on my glass. Bang! The hops dominate the flavor imparting a strong pine bitterness that could be best described as "fresh". Maybe this is what Budweiser is going for when they preach the importance of freshness. If only they would load all their beers down with this much Columbus. A fantastic IPA that could easily be enjoyed year round.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Translucent, magnifying and fiery copper in color with a creamy, dense, mossy, spongy and off-white head. Simply beautiful to behold. Aroma hints at euphoria. Honeydough biscuits trumped by sweet hop array. Cherry frisked lemon grass, orange rind, clementines and nectarines-meeting-grapefruit. Flavor affirms that this is the West Coast at its best. Sweet, bitter urgency commands the flavorful realm. Orangey paradise. Arid, pulpy oranges, papaya enzyme, and a scraping, honey-mutilated citric pine trait. Freeze dried mandarins meander with a touch of caramel cubes spiked with west coast pulp. Abrasive bitterness succumbs to dry creaminess. The effervescence, baseline tropical sweetness and heralding bitterness embody the perfection of balance. A flicker of fire clings to the tonsils along with arid tongue abatement in the finish, raping and pillaging the palate with clean citric extremities and numbing the mouth forevermore. The aftertaste of chewing on a grapefruit rind hangs around for quite sometime. A lovely beer - thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!
JohnnyJ (4817) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 A tasty IPA. Tastes to me a lot like the Hop Rod without the rye and less bitter. Citrusy, piney, and bitter. Another good brew from Bear Republic.
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite standard IPA. If you can find it on tap, get it. Wonderful US hop aroma and flavor with enough bitterness to be assertive.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours amber\copper with a large beige head. Aroma of citrus & piney hops. Flavor is citrusy, carbonated, pine, bitter hops. God body, good brew.
radagast83 (5423) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Great, just great. Very hoppy, and I mean very hoppy. Crisp, clean, citrus and has a great finish and a fantastic aftertaste.
unclemattie (4350) - Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent IPA. I picked this one up during my trip to San Diego. 22oz bottle. This has not been a let down from a very good brewery.
Foxbush (1463) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2009 This is my first Bear Republic beer. It is an excellent start. The IPA is flavorful and very drinkable. The alcohol is modest for an IPA but it has the proper balance with the hops. The citrius overtones are very evident. There is a noticable acidic taste. The color was a cloudy light copper. The head was a fluffy white but did settle down. I enjoyed this IPA again at the Capital Ale House on 11/28/2006. My scores stand an excellent IPA.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
the latest in hop delivery systems that i’ve been privileged to orally inject is bear republic’s ’racer 5’. well made products of this ilk are engineered to bring to the consumer an embodiment of hops in the freshest, highest order of fidelity. the effect, if successful, should bring to the tongue a full tactile immersion probably not unlike rolling in a sticky mound of fresh hops. this one does succeed. the slightly smudged, polished caramel apple color of the beer is academic when compared to the capture of hop essence, and while a gorgeous big, lacing head is noted for the record, the bean counters of hop worship scurry over mere appearances to revel in it’s fragrance of a very piney variety of lupulin, with it’s suggestions of orange and sandalwood. moderate alcohol, and a nice platform of structurally sound malts to support the big weight of bitters, there is woody sweetness and a full rich feel. with this mechanical sounding review, i guess i’m respectfully opining that although everything is splendidly in place, this drinker couldn’t indentify an attribute to set this apart from the fleets of other ostensibly india-bound pale ales under sail on the metaphorical open seas of today’s market.