SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apricot colour, a piny aroma with maybe some peachy notes. flavor of grapefruit zest, nice dryness, a bit edgy.
hopscotch (9952) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear, light amber ale. Large, off-white, frothy head with spotty lacing.
Smells piney, like a big, fresh Cascade hop cone. Malty undertones (caramel).
Moderately and warmly bitter. Piney too! Plenty of rich malt to balance the flavor.
Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Astringent. Lengthy, dry and bitter finish with notes of earth and wood at the very end.
So close to being a world class beer!
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a light,sweetish, soft floral nose. Lacing on the glass, lingering bitter finish but not over the top. I like Bear Republic. Thanks Redlem!
BBB63 (6358) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge creamy head tops this amber hued brew. Nice lace cling to glassware. Aroma has big pine esters as well as soapy, spicy, grassy and grapefruit hints. Initial taste was sweet but soon a big rush of bitter hops announced it's presence. Very piney aftertaste and dry finish. This medium-bodied brew has a lively and metallic mouthfeel. Hides the 7% ABV too damn well. I'm becoming a big fan of Bear Republic's beers, hope to find some on tap next week in NoCal.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber, white head and nice lacing. Stong hoppy aroma with spice and pine present. Big hop kick with some malt sweetness. A little unbalanced and leaves a pucker. Medium body with lots of carbonation.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose is malt and hop spice. Pours a slightly cloudy amber brown. Start is malt sweet followed by a fairly strong hop floral and bitter finish. This is fairly well hopped and I don't care what category it is in. Very nice drinkable brew- I am not rating it against the other IPAs.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Racer 5 has a bold hop aroma with a big hop/malt flavor. The hop bitterness hits you with just a short delay, really complex.
Radek Kliber (6586) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
How can’t you love such refreshing hoppy aroma? Add to this some honey, very nice! Tea appearance, nice white head. Medium creamy texture, with instantly hitting your sensors hopps. Bitterness that mellows in the middle and finish. Scent of chocolate (medium roasted malt). Alcohol wraps thing nicely and it’s adding nice warming feel. Very well thought IPA.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
golden amber, small white head. citrus, perfumy hop aroma. mildly malty and earthy with citrusy, pithy bitter finish.
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 A fortified bitter citrus sirocco also carries apricots and peaches... Delicious, shearing resinous bitterness in a drinkable, athletic malt body... This is a very nice West Coast-style IPA, from the tap at the brewpub, or from the bottle...