iRavali (37) - Delaware, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a classic IPA. Nice, full bodied with American hops and maltyness to finish.
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brigg (512) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(On tap at Penn Commons) Hazy orange body, thin white head. Sweet fruity aroma with pine and citrus. Medium body, a bit chewy. Noticeable alcohol; bright, acidic; citrus zest, strong bitterness; mostly dry but sweet aftertaste.
dsmith4 (23) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Probably the best IPA I’ve ever had, you have to try this if you like IPAs. This beer is so very hoppy and bitter - definitely one for those hop heads out there!
ATulloch (92) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from bottle shop in Kirkwall. Pours a light golden yellow with lots of yeast flakes floating around. Nice white fluffy head which a hangs about. An aroma explosion of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Beautiful taste with similar tropical fruits and a lovely balanced hoppy kick. Incredible IPA.
Ontape (294) - Valley Village, California, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. It’s a good beer it’s really never been my thing. Good classic American hop presence and solid bitterness up front, but I don’t care for the sweet, malty finish. Hand me one and I’ll drink it, but I never buy it.
River_Master (5) - USA - AUG 2, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Love it! another must on draft, but still tasty poured from the bottle. Probably my favorite beer so far
essjay (10) - Alabama, USA - AUG 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle. Have had this on draft some years ago and I don?t recall it having such a sweet finish. Pleasantly bitter, but brewery needs to address the overpreponderance of a treacly malt, over-sweet finish.
gbeerrater (29) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 29, 2014
1.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2014 What happened to the old "Circa 2009" RACER 5 IPA? The wonderful RACER 5 that won gold in the Great American Beer Festival?
Pop ,pour WTF! no golden color, or nice lacing, just a thin yellow color
liquid that smells like the green Christmas tree air freshener from the car wash. There is also a noticeably large number of debris chunks floating at the bottom of the bottle as well as a large amount of yeast swirling around.
Hum? This isn’t right. One taste confirms this is not the same circa 2009 Racer 5, instead a slam you in the face Pine overload with a heavy bitter yeast finish. There are noticeable bitter citrus flavors and some floral notes but the pine overload is just way to strong.
Aggressive as the brewery suggests is one thing, stomach belching Pine
like the Jack Links Beef Jerky Sasquatch was allowed to participate in the brewing process adding Pine tree,resin loaded cones,bark and roots is another.
So what happened? Strongly hopped IPA’s under 8% ABV are often fragile hence the bottles have been bottle conditioned with extra yeast claimed by the brewery as yeast is a good thing. Nice sales pitch to try and sell what is obviously a fragile ale that needs bottle conditioning to survive distribution but does not work.
From the brewery itself, still quite piney but manageable. From a distributed bottle" HELL NO" this is just over hype riding off the former success to sell as one of the most expensive six packs available for a IPA. Not a imperial(Double IPA) or triple , but perhaps an experiment gone wrong trying to duplicate Stone,Russian River or Dogfish head IPA intensity by choosing massive hops like the Green Flash Green Bullet hops used in triple IPA. or just way to many Chinook,Cascade,Columbus,and Centennial hops way out of balance
for anyone except for a Sasquatch.
The West Coast IPA brewery battles sure did not help bring out the best
here ,which his a shame. The OLD RACER 5 sadly has crashed and burned.
Bear Republic makes a very nice Black bear Stout in the 8%ABV range
like a thinner Russian imperial however after samples from various locations including the brewery itself Pass on the Racer 5 just to intense with the pine for most.
Check this out. Hosted a catering event with several ales on tap as well as about 200 bottles of ale of which 36 were RACER 5 IPA. 4 hours into the event mostly everything is consumed except there is still 33 of the original 36 bottles of RACER 5 IPA left. One of the bottles was sipped and tossed in the trash full. A guest had brought 2 cases of Trader Joes
Fat Weasel which is then distributed and the remaining RACER 5 sits untouched. No one even wants to take it home!!
I think this sums it up pretty clear!
Nivekkcul (13) - - JUL 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really good IPA with a great balance between flavor and . A wonderful taste one of my top IPAs.
Godzillalad (8) - - JUL 19, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet beer with great fresh citrus aroma and nice mouth about it...
Drinking after a morning of wine tasting and the beer still holds up