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.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very pale yellow-orange, with a small ephemeral head that leaves lace. One of the palest pale ales I’ve ever had, to tell you the truth. I believe that this bottle is pretty fresh and the aroma is outstanding, with heavy West Coast hops - oranges and citron flower aromas come on very strong. Very balanced flavors, a little malt sweetness with a citric, almost sour bitterness. Body is light and refreshing and hop resins seem to coat your mouth, with long-lingering tastes and aromas. This one is an excellent IPA -- not my favorite (I’ve only had it twice), but damn close.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have had this in bottle, as well as on tap in San Diego and at the brewery in Healdsburg. It’s another great west coast IPA from a very good brewery. Looks, tastes and smells just as you would expect. Wonderful stuff. It’s got a nice, sweet taste, but not overpowering.
Bartzilla (600) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When I fired up this page to write this review, I actually began to salivate. This stuff is delicious. This has all the right elements for a sturdy IPA: strong hop nose, balanced malt/hop and it looks almost like apple cider in the glass. Fresh, delicious beer! I can drink a lot of this before someone wishes to beat me up. And, at 7%, I say "Bring it on!"
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is a very well balanced IPA. the hops aren’t over-the-top, but there good. This is a great tasring - easy drinking beer, I think an easy drinking beer means it’s a ’session’ beer. Bear republic is nothing less the impressive.
hilikus83 (6) - san diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2006 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
To me Racer 5 was dissapointing, it was basically like drinking a sierra nevada pale ale in a Racer 5 bottle. Not saying that sierra nevada is bad, but for an IPA to taste like a regular pale ale, thats bad.
Aleacolyte (13) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Hazy gold, with a tint of red, and a medium sized white foamy head. Excellent lacing. Strong floral hop aroma, well-balanced w/ a smooth malt finish and a bitter aftertaste. Refreshing and very drinkable IPA--one of the best I’ve had. Only gripe is the price--please make six packs!
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked this up while on business in Maryland. Fair amount of hops in th earoma, but not a whole lot. Has a different hoppiness that most other IPAs, in my view, even though there is a lot of grapefruit present. Head disappears quickly.at recedes fairly quickly. Carbonation is good. Can’t say that I would want to pick another of these up.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very clear golden color with a huge creamy white head that persists. Nose is subtlely hoppy with citrusy notes. Flavor is a bit wattery, not as potent as was expected. Good hop head session beer.
sersdf (1019) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
unable to rate appearance (drank in dark theater) but i’ll give it the benefit of the doubt since the other BR’s did so well. pretty good IPA aroma, pretty typical. flavor was a bit muted, very syruppy and sweet, but not enough to hurt it. an interesting variation on the style after the exact opposite Ruination IIPA.