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RATINGS: 2548   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. There’s 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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4.3
can8ianben (1601) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Deliciously hoppy. Sampled on tap in DC. Orange colour, nice frothy head bursing with pine and citrus. Beer is very smooth and subtly dry and bitter in the finish. Sweet on the lips, and every well done.

3.7
rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2007
22oz bottle, hazy yellow golden hue, with a small creamy white head, leaving laces, cascade floral hop nose, with some fruity orange and peach accents, with a toasted malt note, good piney, coniferous, cedary hop aromas follow through on a medium-bodied palate with a crisp piney hop, with a peachy, orangeish fruity character, with some coniferous, leafy, grassy and cedary flowery hop accents, hint of lemon fruitiness, leading towards a nice leafy, grassy hop bitterness finish. A good interpretation of an i.p.a.

3.6
enzofan (1) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2007 does not count
Bottle in a pint glass. Nice hazy orange color with great head. Easy to drink. The 7% alcohol is fairly well hidden. Will buy and definately drink again.

3.1
nobcity (6) - Apple Valley, California, USA - MAR 9, 2007 does not count
Bomber is a chilled pint glass. Poured up a dank orange color. Light on the hops, but more alcohol aftertaste than I would expect for a 7% alcohol beer. Good IPA overall.

3.8
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Bottle. Hazy orange with a medium head. Good retention and good lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine and caramel malt. Flavor is moderately sweet and bitter at the back end. Medium to full body. Slightly astringent. This is a lot better if you manage to get it on tap. (I’ve had it ’on tap’, but didn’t rate it at the time)

4
railcat1 (706) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
This beer poured a dark copper with a great faomy head after it settles,not as hoppy as i like me ipa but still was a very good beer.

4.5
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2007
22oz. Bomber. Pop from the carbonation when I cracked this beer. Racer 5 poured a hazy orange/golden. Lots of carbonation coming up from everywhere on this one. Two finger dense eggshell head sits up top and doesn’t want to budge. This is a lively beer. The head lingers throughout and leaves sticky white lacing. Smells very good. I drank the Red Rocket last night and there was all kinds of unexpected smells. The same thing with Racer 5. The first thing that comes to mind is oatmeal. Then the hops come around. There’s citrus, orange rind along with a small touch of grapefruit. Just smells really fresh and refreshing. The taste is excellent. There’s a very solid caramel malt upfront that falls back when the hops hit but stays as a nice balancing point throughout. The hops come in as a refreshing and crisp citrus bite. This is some good stuff. The mouthfeel is close to perfect. Medium bodied with a really nice carbonation that pushes through and tickles the tongue. I could easily drink these all night long and I would if I would have bought more than just one of these bombers. Sampled 10/14/06

4.4
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
A great brew. Pours with a nice frothy white head that lingers. Aroma is full of hops and spices. Mouthfeel is a little sweet for my tastes. Flavor is excellent and packs a punch. A great beer.

4.7
drpimento (3814) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2007
YUMMMM-OOOOOOOOOOOOOO Great head and lace, nice mysterious hazy pale amber, piney grapefruit, nice mouth feel. big beer. had this on draft at Bodega, but it was the last one of the keg.

3.8
bhensonb (15963) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Excellent piny hop aroma. Seems like flowers as well. Beautiful amber color with that hughe white bottle conditioned head. Starts with nice bitterness, followed by some floral and citrus aroma. I think I can detect some malt, but I could be wrong. The bitterness goes on and on.


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