jackamackson (127) - USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
good solid IPA. golden amber pour with a white soapy head. citrusy hop aroma mostly . sweet malt base, with a great bitter finish. nice medium mouthfeel and very tasty.
OldMrCrow (1830) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 From the bottle.
Pours a gold with some floaty bits and a big fluffy head.
The aroma is all Columbus-hop crushed pine needles, with a bit of grapefruit peel and a bit of pale malt and, as the beer warms, a bit of alcohol. The flavor is a great big bitter Pacific Northwest IPA flavor of grapefruit and a pine and a hint of spice. The malts come in warm and firmly supporting - but never supplanting - the hops, as one might expect from a good American pale ale. The bitter finish is impressive in its intensity and duration. The mouthfeel is substantial and slightly oily but in no way thick or cloying; this is a beer that drinks cleanly and easily.
My biggest complaint is probably the aspects of graininess that sneak into the long finish, but nevertheless, this is a very nice (if not particularly complex) IPA. Well done!
Tap at Fiddlers 2/4/10. This one seems to be slowly slipping from favor in my eyes. Surprisingly light colored pour, very nice aroma (8 is not unreasonable) but a flavor that is much too heavy on bitter resin and pine, and almost entirely lacking in any of the fruitiness than can contribute so wonderfully to an IPA. I’d go about 3.5 at best.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden pour with some small, yeast floaties. The aroma is rich and full, noting both the citrus hops as well as a hint of the buttery, caramel malts. The hops are balanced great with the malt in the body - this is anything but one dimensional. Lots of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla and sweet bread work in contrast to the moderate hop bitterness. Balance is the key in a great IPA and this is a shining example.
jcr (2210) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intriguing balance of floral, citrus hops and malts in this IPA. The hops are there, for sure, but they don’t shout for attention. The nose is dominated by floral hops with grapefruit and orange notes. The flavor is where this IPA propels itself to above average. The sweet malt backbone keeps the hops from becoming too perfumey. Medium body that is midly sticky. A bitter, though not long-lasting, finish. This may not be bitter enough for some, but I enjoyed the sweet malt layer.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 22 oz bottle at the Montreal YeHa! 2005. Hazy, cloudy orange-amber with a bit of head...big, loud citrusy nose with tons of bitter orange, grapefruit and a touch of sharp aromatic wood-resin...flavor somewhat lactic, bitterness subdued, somewhat sugary and syrupy, seems perhaps just a touch too old though I think the bottle was recently bought? Who knows...not bad, but underwhelming.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma brings me to my teenage years. Smells like I am standing in a hop field in Tettnang, Germany. Flavor has the bitter hoppiness that an IPA shoudl have. Long lasting bitter finish. Elements of fruit and flower as well. This one never disappoints.
DadofFenway (7) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Why is it I live in New Hampshire when the best IPAs on the planet are made in California? Thanks heavens for great distributors. Racer 5 is that rare find. Hoppy, floral, and aromatic, this beer simply tastes better than it looks.
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light golden amber color with a small disappearing head. Aromas of citrus hops, sweet malts, and a hint of fruit. Flavors of grapefruit, orange, with subtle hints of caramel.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Peachy golden, with a faint but fluffy head. It sported a massive amount of chunks, pretty odd for this style. I don’t think the bottle was very old, I got it only a few months ago.
Fresh hop aromas that burst of strawberries then the alcohol creeps in slowly to release notes of pine trees.
Relatively mellow carbonation, the malt tastes like cookies with a bit of cooked vegetables. The hops show up nice and easy, and slowly grow momentum, without ever going into excess. Almost no alcohol to be found in the taste, somewhat ashy finish, perhaps from the yeast shot. Not my favorite Bear Republic, but a nice sessionable IPA.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great ipa....very floral and piney with a soapy white head....i would definately like to try this side by side with stone ipa to see which one i would prefer