Foxbush (1748) - 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.
eaglefan538 (3019) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice IPA. This one poured an amber orange with a nice little small head. The head sustained itself well, but just wasn’t big. The aroma was piney with light florals. The flavor was exactly the same as the scent with some resin-like flavors coming through and some grapefruits. Good stuff.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber, no date. Pours a clear copper with a large fluffy off-white head. Aroma of citrus and pine, caramel malts. Flavor has a lot of caramel sweetness to balance out the piney hops, not really a lot of bitterness--one of the lesser bitter IPAs--but very delicious nonetheless. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation--I think since most of it went to the head, which is still pretty thick throughout my glass, leaving great lacing behind.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2009 Bomber. Pours amber with a nice thick white lacing head. Great looking beer. Nice strong aroma of citrus and floral hops. Nice malt backbone behind a pleasantly aggressive piney hop bitterness. Bitter finish is semi dry and herbal. Not too resiny or sticky. Very nicely done and not overpriced. So far, Bear Republic has yet to make any mistakes with me
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice showcase of hops. Great hop aroma. Nice malty backbone with bitter hop finish. Mellow and easy drinking. Excellent brew.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robe dorée claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche mince qui persiste. Arômes de sapin, de houblon herbacé et de malt caramélisé. Saveurs de sapin et de houblon amérisant.
ozzydog (2) - USA - MAY 15, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I came across this on tap at the local Hard Times Cafe on a lunch outing... mmm, delicious. Seemed to pour quite dark with a good head. Taste and aroma was nicely hoppy! Extremely drinkable, so drinkable that I went back for another couple the following day.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Avg off white head, great lacing, med orange body. Spruce and grapefruit hop aromas. Great IPA. Perfect balance, too drinkable, on many occasions.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep, rich copper colour. Fluffy white head that leaves great lacing. Good hop aroma predominates malt base. Hop descriptors are tangy, zesty, and slightly minty. A bit a of sweet finish, but overall a good balance.