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RATINGS: 2569   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed American pale and crystalmalts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial. There’s a trophy in every glass. 2009 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – GOLD; 2009 Colorado State Fair – Best of Show; 2006 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – SILVER; 2005 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – SILVER; 1999 Great American Beer Festival® India Pale Ale - GOLD


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours a deep honeyish orange with a fluffy white head that leaves a nice lacing. There’s also some visible floaties. The aroma is beautiful. Thick and chewy in every direction. Huge resins of flowery hops, minty suggestions, candyish malts and rye bread. The flavor is just as amazing as the aroma. Huge hops (I picked up on what I though was Amarillo), minty flavors, tangerine, zesty spicyness, hint of peppery alcohol, blood oranges, piney with a solid chewy rype bread background. The finish is long, grapefruit-like and bitter. This is a top IPA, with great complex qualities. Bear Republic always has an amazing malt depth to their beers.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
soulassasin (3) - San Marcos, California, USA - JAN 12, 2007 does not count
Great bif hopy flavor and aroma. The combo of columbus and cascade hops really take this one to another level.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 8, 2007
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevd193213 (988) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 8, 2007
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
22 oz bottle. Clear amber color with white head. Hoppy aroma and taste with bitter after taste. These is an average IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2006
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2006
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
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!


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