MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Bottle. Hazy orange with a medium head. Good retention and good lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine and caramel malt. Flavor is moderately sweet and bitter at the back end. Medium to full body. Slightly astringent. This is a lot better if you manage to get it on tap. (I’ve had it ’on tap’, but didn’t rate it at the time)
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured a dark copper with a great faomy head after it settles,not as hoppy as i like me ipa but still was a very good beer.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pop from the carbonation when I cracked this beer.
Racer 5 poured a hazy orange/golden. Lots of carbonation coming up from everywhere on this one. Two finger dense eggshell head sits up top and doesn’t want to budge. This is a lively beer. The head lingers throughout and leaves sticky white lacing.
Smells very good. I drank the Red Rocket last night and there was all kinds of unexpected smells. The same thing with Racer 5. The first thing that comes to mind is oatmeal. Then the hops come around. There’s citrus, orange rind along with a small touch of grapefruit. Just smells really fresh and refreshing.
The taste is excellent. There’s a very solid caramel malt upfront that falls back when the hops hit but stays as a nice balancing point throughout. The hops come in as a refreshing and crisp citrus bite. This is some good stuff.
The mouthfeel is close to perfect. Medium bodied with a really nice carbonation that pushes through and tickles the tongue.
I could easily drink these all night long and I would if I would have bought more than just one of these bombers.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great brew. Pours with a nice frothy white head that lingers. Aroma is full of hops and spices. Mouthfeel is a little sweet for my tastes. Flavor is excellent and packs a punch. A great beer.
drpimento (3077) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
YUMMMM-OOOOOOOOOOOOOO Great head and lace, nice mysterious hazy pale amber, piney grapefruit, nice mouth feel. big beer. had this on draft at Bodega, but it was the last one of the keg.
bhensonb (13984) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent piny hop aroma. Seems like flowers as well. Beautiful amber color with that hughe white bottle conditioned head. Starts with nice bitterness, followed by some floral and citrus aroma. I think I can detect some malt, but I could be wrong. The bitterness goes on and on.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a foamy white head. Smells of citrus and wildflowers. Some perfume and caramel also emerge as the beer warms. Taste is bitter with mandarin orange undertones. Finishes citrussy and peppery.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff but early on in the flavor its a bit too sweet and there is a bit grainy alcohol burn that makes it seem uneven. Not in same league as this brewer’s rye ipa or stout.
Tmoney99 (13338) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns. Poured hazy amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Heavy bitter flavor with a medium smooth bitter finish of long duration. A standout beer.
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle. Strong bitter hop smell upon opening, like it may be dry-hopped. Coppery IPA pour with a bubbly thick head that settles into a rocky landscape. Taste is strong on PNW hop bitterness that curls up in my mouth. Light on hop aromatics, mostly pine, I think. Solid malt profile with the occasional odd thread of saccharine. Of course I’ve had much hoppier than this, but it undeniably has its own style.