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RATINGS: 2610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed American pale and crystalmalts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial. Theres 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

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3052) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bomber bottle. Strong bitter hop smell upon opening, like it may be dry-hopped. Coppery IPA pour with a bubbly thick head that settles into a rocky landscape. Taste is strong on PNW hop bitterness that curls up in my mouth. Light on hop aromatics, mostly pine, I think. Solid malt profile with the occasional odd thread of saccharine. Of course Ive had much hoppier than this, but it undeniably has its own style.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Draft. Not too much aroma. Nice smooth mouthfeel, with a good blend of hop and malt flavors. Similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but without the yeasty aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
12 oz. bottle- color of hazy amber , with a medium lacy white head - nose of tar , resin , great hopps , grapefruit , and slightly malty taste of tar , resin , great hopps , and grapefruit , and slightly sour/ bitter - body creamy butt resiny, and mildly carbonated aftertaste of resin , tar , hopps

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Pours light to medium clear amber body with a medium white head. Mostly diminishing with good lacing. Very strong hopp y aroma with hints of flowers and sweet hops. Initially harsh bitter and moves into a moderately bitter taste for an average duration. Medium body and lively carbonation with a watery texture. Reviewers notes: "The Racer 5 IPA rivals the He rcules Double IPA in taste and quality. Hoppy as hell and right up your alley - Amber. For a non-specialty IPA, this is second o nly to the Smuttynose IPA- Ian. Over the top." Reviewed on November 11th, 2006

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bomber. Smells of sharp hops, but fainter than I thought. Light amber color with high carbonation. Taste of perfection. Just right hop taste is followed by small scrubbing bubbles that wisk away aftertaste and scuzzy palate. Well done!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 22oz bomber. Gorgeous IPA. Thick but drinkable, intense citrus hops with some malt. Lustrous amber with a massive fluffy head. Compared to some of the other hop bombs out there, this is simply a well balanced, quite floral drink. Really fine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Bomer, poured was copper with a foamy white head. Nose was all hops man, grapefruit and pine. Thick. Taste was malt sweetness with hops all over the place.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3462) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Bottle: Orange, somewhat cloudy pour with a substantial white head. Very thick lacing. Aroma is intense citrus hops, as well as pine and some sweet. Nice hop collection of citrus, pine, and florals. Sweet maltiness and some fruitiness to balance. Very drinkable, not overwhelminly bitter, but a great use of blended hops.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Very good brew here. It had some yeast collections in it but this is an easy to drink beer. The drinkability is almost unmatched. I could easily consume ridiculous amounts of this. The foam was thick and deep. The smell on this sweet. This has to be one of the better beers ive tried since my adventure out in the beer world.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Wonderful piney hop aroma wafts from a murkey, copper colored beer with a huge, frothy white head. The palate is creamy and medium. Very malty, but not overly thick or sweet. Nice grainy hop presence with a very slight off flavor in the aftertaste.


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